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zarabellesmom

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  1. We are using the paper guides as I already have them and I feel like being able to sit down with those really helps us. She's enjoying the online component but I sit with her so I can see where she may need more practice. I've got the workbooks on standby if I need them.
  2. Thanks. I checked it out and noticed right away. The intention was good.
  3. When I was listing things, I probably wasn't as thorough as I could have been. She dances 12 hours a week, so electives are covered. We've joined a homeschool group. It's going to use our Mondays. I have no idea how academic it will be, but I haven't really considered it as covering any of our academic stuff even though they will do science and history and hands on projects. She was placed a year back because the 8th grade class was full. She's an advanced student in a lot of ways so I'm just not sure how much she'll get out of it, outside of the group aspect (which she had asked for). They also plan a lot of field trips, so we will probably get out and about more this year and I think we are all looking forward to that. After driving myself crazy and taking in everyone's suggestions, I think you are right, a year of geography is probably a good choice for where we are right now. Also, it's something she's expressed interest in, so yay! Science wise, I've decided to be kind of traditional and do physical science. Hopefully it will review some of the things she's already covered and fill in anything she missed, giving her a good foundation for next year's science. And if her online sociology class pans out, then I'll shift things around...again. ? Thanks everyone for taking the time to offer ideas. I'm starting to feel like I'll be ready next Monday. Maybe, just maybe. Teresa
  4. Both of my children attended a Montessori school through kindergarten. I do think that the way they teach reading helps immensely. It's interesting--to me at least--when experts talk about teaching children with dyslexia/dysgraphia to read and spell, Orton-Gillingham method is pretty much standard (though I think we are going to be seeing more interventions using structured word inquiry soon, but I digress). When you look at the way Montessori teaches reading and compare it to Orton-Gillingham approaches, there are a lot of similarities. I've often wondered whether my oldest, who reads well but is dysgraphic, would have been diagnosed dyslexic without Montessori. I don't think so really because the early signs were not there and her testing results don't show any weaknesses in phonemic awareness, etc. I DO think that my younger daughter, who IS dyslexic, would have fared much worse had she not had the Montessori reading foundation that she did. With my youngest, I knew something was up before reading really entered the picture but she did begin to learn reading at her Montessori school and actually left Kindergarten reading pretty well for that level. She just kind of stalled after that. Anyway, I guess that was a bit off topic. Sorry OP. Teresa
  5. Wow, there's some great stuff here! I'm going to go check out these books. Can you tell me a little more about your geography binder? I've considered the travel brochure idea too because it looks like fun and seems like something she would enjoy. Do you include other things in it? Going to check out Rick Steves on youTube as well. Thanks.
  6. Yes, It's Hakim's Story of Science series. The teacher did a great job of incorporating other resources and made it really hands on. She's not teaching it anymore though. I'm sad because I was planning it for my youngest as well. I loved the series. If anyone else is looking for middle school science, I agree Garga, they really should consider it. Thanks.
  7. My children have watched every episode of Brain Games multiple times--almost as many times as I saw My Little Pony in their younger years. ? I'll check out Subliminal. Thanks for the suggestions. OP, I second the recommendation for Crash Course if you haven't already found them and also Sci-Show. There's some great TedEd stuff out there too.
  8. Also Your Inner Fish is really well done depending on your view of Darwinism. https://www.amazon.com/Your-Inner-Fish/dp/B00J8QIDBK/ref=sr_1_1?s=instant-video&ie=UTF8&qid=1532531655&sr=1-1&keywords=Your+Inner+Fish
  9. I just started watching The Brain with David Eagleman. I'm really enjoying it. He's written a book as well. I'm not sure what age your kiddos are, but I'm going to watch it with my 13 yo. I think she'll enjoy it. https://www.amazon.com/gp/video/detail/B016O9XESU/ref=atv_wtlp_wtl_2 Curious to see what others recommend. I just added yours to my watch list. Teresa
  10. Title pretty much says it all. My daughter is 13 and will be in 8th grade this year. I've looked over curriculum until my eyes were crossed. Then I thought of going it alone on subjects and can't even begin to start putting something together. I had planned an online sociology class and now it looks like it will be cancelled due to insufficient enrollment (someone help me by signing up for this so it can still happen ?). She's taken a pretty broad range of science over the last three years with GHF's Story of Science classes with related hands on work and now has a very good backround in physical science, chemistry and biology. I don't really want to repeat that stuff only to cover it again at a high school level so soon. I'm at a complete loss. Same goes for History. Since the next couple of years are going to hit World History and American History pretty in depth, I don't want to do those either. So far I have: AoPS Algebra 1 (We've already started this and it's going well) CAP Writing and Rhetoric (I've tried every writing program there is and this one is the most tolerated so on we go.) She's just started doing some creative writing because she WANTS to. It's amazing for her because she has protested writing so much in the past. Fix-It (And I'm questioning this because something seems to have clicked over the last year and grammar and spelling are working just fine for my little dysgraphic girl.) WTMA French 1 She already devours books. I like to let her choose her own reading, though I sometimes make suggestions. She's pretty open to this so I hate to change up something that's working right now. I've thought about Geography for the coming year. I even bought BYL7 and quite a few of the books but when I look at it, I see a lot of busy work or things that I'm not going to use because I prefer to cover those skills a different way (writing for instance). I've looked at the 8th grade planning thread over and over. I'm not sure if this is a whine or an invitation for ideas (which are definitely welcome--secular only please). I'm feeling so blah. And then I wonder if I want curriculum at all. Maybe I'm just feeling a bit unschooly at this point (which is so NOT me usually). But next year is high school and it feels like this is our last chance to be relaxed. GAHHH! The other situation is that I have a soon to be 10 yo who is dyslexic. With tutoring and other skill work, her day is pretty full. If she looks over and sees her sister playing Minecraft or something else fun during what she perceives as school hours, she's going to be pretty upset. Anyone else? Or any ideas? Teresa
  11. My oldest daughter is dysgraphic and had significant spelling problems. I feel like I tried everything too--Logic of English, All About Spelling, Apples and Pears, Rod and Staff, Sequential Spelling. Anyway, she struggled some with writing and copying when she was younger and I still wouldn't she say she is the best writer, but she does pretty well. Her handwriting is OK, not fabulous. It used to be a lot worse. Anyway, I had her tested in the third grade wondering if this was some sort of super sneaky stealth dyslexia. Nope. She reads at a quite advance level and every test that would possibly reveal dyslexia, revealed none. She's just dysgraphic. (I say "just" but it's been a pretty big handicap.) In any case, my youngest daughter IS dyslexic and I ended up purchasing Barton Reading and Spelling. Since I was buying it, I decided to run my older daughter through it as well. She finished it this summer--completing all 10 levels in 1.5 years, though we could have gone faster but I was tutoring my youngest as well. She spells pretty well now. It made an amazing difference. It's expensive though--but not so much if you buy each level used and then sell it when you are done using the money to buy the next level. It holds its resale value very well and I haven't had any trouble selling them when I've finished with them.
  12. We mostly take summers off. Until last summer we took summers completely off and found it completely frustrating when no one could math when we came back. Then my youngest daughter was found to be dyslexic and tutoring absolutely had to continue over the summer. We decided to stick with math and tutoring for dyslexia over the summer and it worked out really well so we are attempting to do that this summer as well. It's a little more complicated this year as my oldest has four weeks of dance intensives and is pretty wiped out when she gets home. Luckily, it seems like a little summer math goes a long way.
  13. I agree with the outlining instruction being insufficient. I looked for a Remedia Press book on outlining but a quick search isn't turning it up for me. Can't you point me in the right direction Targhee?
  14. Wow! You guys are great! You know you are on the right track when you see a few books on the list that she's already read and enjoyed! I have so much to look at now Thank you, thank you, thank you!
  15. I need some recommendations for books to read with my 8th grader next year. I'm not interested in a list of classics as I have that part covered. I would like a diverse list of more recent works that aren't necessarily ALL depressing. She likes fantasy novels but I want to broaden her horizons without killing her love of books. I'm totally uninspired and feel like I've looked at hundreds of book lists. Bonus points for books that have diverse characters, though that isn't an absolute necessity. Where are you Farrar?
  16. It's like you are describing my daughter. We set a timer here. She works for an hour unless she's having a "bad math day" and it becomes clear that learning is just not going to occur. Then we just close up shop and work on something else. Fortunately that doesn't happen very often. In 6th, she was doing AoPS Preagebra. As someone else said, it took us about a year and a half.
  17. I love the videos. I'm scared thinking about Geometry because there are no videos for that text. ? I'm geometry phobic. I had a bad experience. Ok, I'm not really phobic but i am going to need some help with that text. My husband, the engineer could teach it well, but works so many hours. I may outsource that one to Well Trained Mind Academy or AoPs.
  18. After finishing through 5C, JA was much too easy for my daughter. AoPS prealgebra is a fantastic text. She had a love/hate relationship with it.
  19. If I were starting over with a kindergartner, (which I would love, but is not in the cards for me) I would probably skip all texts and do Montessori style math activities and play a lot of games. At second grade I would pick up Beast Academy and go from there. My oldest zipped through three grades worth of MIF her first year of first grade after her preschool/kindergarten Montessori experience. In April of her first grade year, BA released their first book and we were in love. It was a slow release schedule, so we didn't rush through it and we filled in holes in their production with other random things, but she's just finished AoPS Prealgebra and is starting Intro to Algebra. She's got a very solid math foundation. My younger daughter is in 4th grade and working through BA. She also attended preschool through kindergarten at a Montessori school and I love the way they teach math. At home, we did some RightStart, some MIF, Miquon...dabbled in all kinds of things before starting BA. We'll stick with this going forward.
  20. When we used MiF, I bought the texts used and the workbooks new. I bought the teacher's guide once and didn't need it at all. I've seen where some were concerned because the new workbooks say common core and the used textbooks don't. The only difficulty with that, which wasn't really a difficulty at all, is that the page numbers don't line up. The lessons are all the same so you have no problem finding what you need. I taught 1st through 4th. Just now, I did a search on Amazon and I see the texts for 5a and 5b listed at $8 and $12 respectively. I never used Singapore Primary so I can't compare. Just wanted to address the price issue.
  21. This is my second fifth grader and I think I'm finally starting to lighten up... Or maybe it's March and I'm just ready for summer so I'm having a hard time caring. We've been working so hard to remediate my daughter's dyslexia that we've lost sight of some of the fun stuff. Math: continue BA Reading/Spelling: Continue Barton Reading and Spelling Writing: continue CAP Writing and Rhetoric Grammar: Fix-It 2 (I'm not sure why this works, but it's working really well so on we go.) History: continue OUP World in Ancient Times Science: GHF Online: Fundamentals in Plant Biology Lots of read alouds and interest led reading It seems a lot more put together than I thought. Yay me!
  22. I just got AoPS Intro to Algebra last week. To be fair, we just finished their Prealgebra book, so I didn't need to feel guilty. But I do have a lot of other math books on my shelf and I'm too ashamed to list all of them. I admit, I have a problem. But I really really like math... On the other hand, I have a lot of history books on my shelf too. And for the opposite reason. I hate history and I'm still looking for a book I actually like. The search goes on.
  23. No good math collection is complete without Beast Academy IMHO. :lol:
  24. No advice, but... yoyo competitions, speed cubing, juggling etc. He sounds like a really cool kid!
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