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  1. We just open up where we left off and work until our brains are fried. Some days that's longer than others. It's really hard to schedule by number of pages because some pages go fast and sometimes there are just a few problems on the page but they take a long time. Planning it out for more than a few days at a time would just be an exercise in frustration here because we'd never be where we were meant to be according to some arbitrary schedule. I also don't worry if we are still in a 4th grade book when 5th grade rolls around. The books came out too slowly for my oldest to use them at "grade level" but she always tested ahead in math anyway and in the 95+%.
  2. And the crying. My daughter doesn't roll her eyes, she glares or cries.
  3. Tentative at best: AoPS Intro to Algebra Computer Science with GHF RSO Biology 2 Continuing Fix-It Grammar and Finishing Barton Reading/Spelling if we haven't already. Everything else is undetermined.
  4. What happens with testing in your state? Here we take a test of our choice and then keep it on file, no one sees it but myself and my husband. We just test when we are supposed to test at whatever level they would be by state cut off and when I get the results, they always show exactly what I expect. I pop them in a file folder and roll my eyes at the wasted time and expense. Except lately... I've started thinking of them as SAT/ACT test prep and that makes me feel a little better.
  5. First, I don't really think of someone with an April birthday as being young for grade, but that's just me. My daughter is nine and in the fourth grade as well. She won't turn 10 until the end of August, so almost a month into the fifth grade. This is her grade by the state cut off. Is she at grade level? In some things she is. She's dyslexic, and we didn't discover that until mid-third grade so we are in process of remediating that. It's going to take a while, but she's only in the fourth grade so I feel like I've got time. She's also ahead in some things and it would be a shame to hold her back. In any case, I'm homeschooling and even though I have to list her grade on my letter of intent every year and do standardized testing every few years, her grade is otherwise irrelevant until we get to high school. My older daughter is dysgraphic and so her spelling, grammar and writing (and I don't mean handwriting, though it was problematic too) are just now starting to take off. She's ahead in all other areas. She has a late June birthday so she's young for grade too. Next year she'll be just turning 13 at the beginning of her 8th grade year and she'll be earning her first two high school credits. You can't know what kind of growth is coming. I wouldn't think too hard about a grade level and just continue to meet your child where they are.
  6. So someone the other day mentioned getting bedbugs from library books. My daughter wanted to go to the library and pick up books today and it was all I could think of. :crying:
  7. Today we watched the videos first. I went through all the teaching problems with her, which she found annoying because she kept saying, "I get it, OK?" I then cut her loose on the exercises and she did fine. We worked the challenge problem (in this case, there was only one) together. It actually went pretty well. We only had one moment when her eyes started to water and her voice started to creep up (I swear these hormones are going to be the end of me). I feel like I've looked through every book and watched quite a few videos and I'm just frustrated. AoPS needs to create a program specifically for overwrought preteen girls.
  8. Since you have both of these, can you help me compare a bit? I have the Elementary Algebra book. I'm looking at the TOC of AHE. Some of the topics in the Human Endeavor book look really intriguing. Do you feel like the Elementary Algebra book is different enough that it's worth doing both? I mean, is there a lot of overlap? The tessellations on the cover are almost enough to sell it. Which edition do you have? I'm thinking I'd like to buy used. They haven't made many changes across the different editions, I don't think. I could be totally misinformed though. Also, I'm sending you a PM. Thanks, Teresa
  9. It's worth a shot. We've thought about watching the videos first, but haven't done it. Don't ask me why. I really don't know. My first instinct is always to jump ship. (Maybe because I like shopping. Ha!)
  10. I have never actually looked at Math U See. I've heard people talking about the younger grades and the non-traditional sequence and it just didn't seem like the right material for us. I took a look at the Algebra samples on the Rainbow Resource website and it looked intriguing. I'm going to look at them again this evening. I haven't talked to Rainbow Resource. I usually count on the hive here. :lol: I don't mind taking her off the traditional path for a little while. We do a little school over the summer as well, so we aren't really in danger of falling behind. As for the Key to series. Is there anywhere that anyone knows of to see a sample of the inside of these? I've been curious about them before but I hate buying sight unseen. Thanks, Teresa
  11. Thank you, Christy. The information for finding the area of a trapezoid is found a little while later in AoPS prealgebra. We ended up pulling up one of their (AoPS's) free videos on trapezoid area and it was no problem. I'm more frustrated that the teaching in the particular book we were looking at (Lials BCM) was basically, "Here's a trapezoid. The formula is blah blah blah. Now calculate the area of these three basic trapezoids." That's just lame. I wouldn't count that as instruction at all. We're used to playing with things. We discover the formulas for ourselves usually because of how well laid out the AoPS book is, and failing that, we watch the short video and boom! Then there's no memorization needed at all because to can derive the formula itself using information you already know. It's exactly what we need/love, but we just need a slightly less challenging version while we deal with these other physical changes that are altering brain chemistry. :) I'll check out your videos. Thanks. Teresa
  12. My daughter is 12 and the hormones are hitting hard at our house. She's so easily frustrated lately and then starts crying and then yelling at me and our relationship is starting to suffer from the daily battles over math. The thing is, she's a good math student. She's done BA 3-5 and moved in AoPS prealgebra. We are through Chapter 11 out of 15 and she's done well aside from the drama. Part of it is that she's a perfectionist and is really angry if she can't get the answer right and pretty quickly too. Obviously AoPS is not designed to be that kind of program and we've talked about that too. But you know, hormones and perfectionism and just... She's so angry and I think she's starting to feel like maybe she's not so good at math which is soooo not true. I suggested maybe we take a break from AoPS and we try something else for a little while and she likes the idea. But... I can't find anything I like. I had a copy of Lials Basic College Mathematics that I thought we'd just fill in the remainder of prealgebra with and move onto algebra. I opened it up to the Chapter on Geometry and we worked a few problems and it is not a good fit for us. This kid wants to know WHY something works and HOW it works which is why Beast Academy and AoPS were a decent fit (thought less so right this moment). We opened it to the chapter on geometry and the lesson for figuring out the area of a Trapezoid can be summarized as: here's the formula. Plug in these numbers and you'll have the area. Here are some problems for you to do. I'm NOT ok with that. And honestly, she's not either. She's not great at memorizing things, even if I were ok with it. That's just not a skill for her and it's never been the way we do math. So... I own Jousting Armadillos and I gave her all of the chapter tests as a sort of placement and she passed them all 90% or better. I purchased a copy of Foerster's Algebra 1 and I don't like it. It also feels more like memorize this formula, and now plug these numbers in kind of thing, so I'm sending it back. I've already looked at Lials BCM and if the Algebra 1 book follows a similar teaching method, that's out as well. I have Jacob's Algebra and I'm getting ready to take a closer look at it. I need AoPS but less stressful--Like AoPS light. Does that exist? Please help me. Selling her to the gypsies is out and I can't afford the counseling I'm going to need to get through this as things stand right now. If you've made it this far, thank you! Teresa
  13. Yes to the above. At first, I was like, "Seriously? Why does everyone love this? It's confusing and the interface is SO not impressive." Once I got it kind of figured out, I fell in love. (I say kinda, because I'm soooo not using it as well as I probably could.) I have hundreds of flashcards on it now (thanks dyslexia :glare: ) .
  14. Yes for PC and iPhone. It's not the most intuitive program, but other than that, it's safe and does what it is supposed to do.
  15. Can you come to my house and homeschool my kids? 😜
  16. It's a slippery slope. It starts small with the occasional homeschool curriculum package and then grows and grows until you are an Amazon Prime abuser and you and the UPS man are best buddies. :crying: :lol:
  17. Try to stay awake while watching the videos. If you can do that, you'll be just fine. 😉Can you practice a lesson on your spouse. It was easy once I got the hang of it, but it took a couple of lessons to really be comfortable with it.
  18. Oh man, we play a lot of board games! Ticket to Ride, Dominion, Takenoko, Splendor... Right now we are playing through Pandemic Season 1. It's sooo much fun. My oldest played with us for hours over the weekend. We are finally getting my littlest interested in some of the simpler games. Please please please let this be an excuse for me to buy more games! I've read Dyslexic Advantage, and thank you and (OneStep) for the recommendation. Both of my daughters have amazing strengths. Still, as their mom, I would spare them every difficulty. I know that's not realistic but it is what it is. Thanks, T
  19. Yes, my 7th grader types. She mastered that skill around the middle of last year. It's made a big difference. This part makes me laugh: To write, your dd needs to hold her thoughts, handle distractions, and motor plan to get them out. So if you do the metronome work while talking, having a radio on or kids banging around, etc. she's motor planning, using her language, holding her thoughts, and handling distractions. That sounds like it's designed to make me rip my hair out. I can see how that would be a helpful skill to master. And I appreciate the pixie dust. I'll take anything I can get. I've resisted highlighting in her book for her, though I've shown her how to do it for herself. She likes to read the instructions really fast so that she can just get the whole thing over with. Of course, then she's missed the critical parts and has to go back and sort it out. She's actually really improved at getting her thoughts onto paper. Now we are really working on mechanics. She doesn't seem to understand where sentences start and end no matter how much we talk about run-on sentences. Punctuation is problematic too, comma placement especially. I think part of it is that she speaks in run-on sentences herself. She doesn't seem to "hear" where one thought ends and the next begins. My younger seems to understand this much more intuitively. I'll check into Inspiration and metronome work. I've heard of that before but never followed up on it. Thanks.
  20. Yes, I definitely find it impossible to schedule AoPS, so I just don't even try. It was like that with Beast Academy too. We just set a timer and then if she is brain dead before the timer runs out, we stop early. Most days go just fine. We set aside an hour for her math. She usually uses all of it, but sometimes not quite. When the time is up, the book gets closed and we move on.
  21. My youngest is in Barton Level 4. She just finished taking the posttest and now we are reviewing lessons where she is struggling. My oldest in zipping through Level 6. Both started Barton at the end of November last year. My youngest is pretty independent with Beast Academy and I do pretty well with it too, having already been through it once with my oldest. As far as math goes, I think it's a good fit for both of us. Math, aside from being slow with math facts and having to refer to her multiplication table, is a strength of hers. (Counting money, not so much.)
  22. Yes, History Odyssey and WWS is a lot of writing. This was probably a big error in judgment. I felt like we weren't getting to history and I just wanted something that scheduled it out for me. But it's a lot. You are right, it has to go. I hate to drop chemistry for my youngest though. Doing hands on science stuff is the highlight of her week. (It's not the highlight of mine, that's for sure.) There has to be a way to simplify this, right? Last year we did Mystery Science with their free subscription and she absolutely loved it. It was also super easy for me. Unfortunately, she had such a great time that we went through pretty much all of their material so there wasn't anything left to do with that for this year. I wish they had more content. The format--video/hands on--is really her favorite way to learn and she really retained a lot.
  23. For the first time ever, I actually made good on my threat of continuing some school through the summer. Actually, it was my youngest's dyslexia diagnosis this past November that really cemented that decision. Discontinuing tutoring over the summer seemed like a terrible idea given the way things get forgotten around here without plenty of review. Everyone did math and Barton lessons daily, and read. They put in around 2 hours each. Why doesn't that make me feel better? But you make a good point, I could just do math and Barton lessons on Friday and leave the rest of the day for science/history. Fortunately, we are getting out of the house for extracurriculars already. My oldest is in a pre-professional ballet program and spends about 8 hours at the studio weekly (slightly more during performance seasons). My little one is taking a dance class, a weekly piano lesson and has recently discovered the joy of Tae Kwan Do. Fortunately, all of these activities occur in the same 2-mile radius (can I hear a hallelujah?) and so the ferrying people around isn't as much as one would expect given the number of things happening. Also, my husband works right there too so he's sharing in the chauffeuring. They are both pretty happy and the exercise is good for their little ADHD souls. I do not have to do a lot for my seventh grader's online classes. She's been taking the science class for two years already and has the routine worked out pretty well. I do check to see what assignments have been posted (her teacher keeps us guessing sometimes with when things will be assigned and when they are due). She's got a planner this year, and I'm going to attempt to get her into the habit of writing down her science and computer class assignments and due dates herself so she can figure out how to manage her time. We are going to see how this goes. She hasn't been ready for that kind of responsibility in the past and I've had to tell her exactly when and what to do for every little thing or she just forgets. She's going to become best friends with her planner this year I hope. Other than that, I make sure she has the materials she needs for any science projects and just look over her work when she has questions about instructions. And I remind her to turn it in. What's the point in doing the work if you don't turn it in for Pete's sake? We work from about 8 to 2 most days, though when their school day is up, mine really isn't. I need to find my own rhythm this year for having everything ready to go each morning. I still have to be pretty flexible because I just can't tell how much material we will get through. So yes, definitely setting a timer and we do that for a lot of things. What would really help is if I could teach them to quit interrupting each other's work. Tons of time gets wasted this way. Also, my oldest is a so full of information and she wants to share share share and it seems cruel to cut her off and say let's get on with what we were doing....but seriously, sometimes we just need to get on with it. I can ask my husband to do science stuff with the kids on Saturdays, but I really hesitate to do so. He WOULD do it. He'd be really good at it. He runs a chemical facility (and is a chemist and chemical engineer) but he works long hours during the week and we try to do fun stuff on the weekends, like play board games, video games, read books, and just be lazy together. My youngest dragged her chemistry set out this weekend and the three of them did all kinds of fun stuff together. I told him I was counting it as science for the week, but really I didn't because I'm kind of glued to the plan I have laid out for myself (stupid, right?). RSO Chemistry is taking a lot of time though. My oldest wants to be involved (even though she did it in third grade) and then they start bickering and today I just put it all away and said enough, we'll try again tomorrow. It's been the same every day that we've worked on it together. Something is going to have to give with that.
  24. We started AoPS PreAlgebra toward the end of last year and just slowly continued it over the summer. We are about a third of the way through and doing ok there. It takes a fair amount of time, but she likes the challenge and it is something she knows she's good at it. It's almost a self-esteem boost since she knows that writing and spelling are such a struggle. WWS1 is pretty challenging and maybe too challenging. I haven't really found a good fit writing wise. We started last year with IEW Continuation Course A (she completed the student writing intensive the year before). She wasn't enjoying it, and I had WWS already so I just pulled it off the shelf. Three weeks ago when we were beginning the school year, I asked her to choose and she picked WWS. I'm not sure how much we are getting from it, but like I said, I don't really know what to do with her there. I'm definitely open to suggestions. Before IEW and WWS, we were using CAP. We got stuck at Narrative 2 when they started outlining. It was just like, BAM! here's a story, create a two level outline! And then looking at the next in the series Chreia, seemed like an even bigger jump. I hate writing. (I mean, I personally like writing, but I hate "teaching" writing.) My youngest is also doing well with Beast Academy. She's much more independent than my oldest was with it at the same age. We read the guide together and work through the sample problems. She usually doesn't need much more unless she gets to something super tough or needs me to help read a word problem. My husband seems to have given my children his talents in math. I'd like to find the source of this dyslexia and punch that person in the face. (I've not come to terms with it yet. The diagnosis is still pretty fresh.)
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