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  1. Yes it does :001_smile: It might change the books I look at for next year though lol
  2. So yesterday I realized that dd7 is slightly more accelerated than I previously thought :lol: She is half way through 2nd grade (school year = calendar year here). I knew she was accelerated and would have said a grade or 2 ahead... I have been allowing my girls to do their own research and reading for science this year. I have been a little (or a lot) slacker than I would have liked in actually checking what they have been reading and learning, blame my terrible health and 2 littles, anyway, yesterday I realized that not only has she been reading my Holt Life Science book (7th grade) bu
  3. I have always been under $500 for the year (for 2 school age kiddos) including fun supplements and additional games etc. Now that child #1 is starting "middle school" and #3 is starting K things are a little more expensive with the middle school curriculum starting to cost more. I think I have spent about $350 so far for next year (for all 3) and will probably spend a bit over the $500 mark all up, that will be about $600 total for 3 kids if you include the cooperative board games and prodigy subscriptions etc. I have always tried to buy curriculum that we can use for all 4 kiddos rather than
  4. My kids are very similar ages to yours, right now I have a 9yo (4th), 7yo (2nd), 4yo (prek) and 2.5yo, next (calendar) year I will have 3 school age kids, K, 3rd and 5th with a tornado toddler underfoot. I also have thyroid issues so am dealing with terrible fatigue and mental issues. Our school days run very smoothly. Over the years we have settled into a routine that works really well for the school age kiddos, the little ones I keep busy as best I can during school times with playdough, books, drawing (they are drawing inside of a big box today), collage etc. I find that knowing what they
  5. I have never heard of using a check for correct, never, so strange lol As a general rule I do not mark correct answers except for on a test however when I do mark a correct answer it is always with a tick (check mark), I have never seen any other way of marking an answer correct. Wrong answers I usually put an X next to, sometimes I circle the question. In writing I usually circle the issue. Cannot get my head around a tick meaning a wrong answer in some areas.
  6. My DD is still working through beast academy so she has not started prealgebra but I recently order the AOPS prealgebra so I could work through it before giving it to her. I am loving it and can't wait to order the next book lol. While your daughter might be fine with the placement test for algebra I personally would consider getting prealgebra as well as algebra for her, the aops method is so different and while I am finding the maths easy enough so far in prealgebra the methodology and strategies being taught are amazing and I am finding them to be a great intro to their methods without
  7. Just thinking and planning ahead of time here as I like to have a plan in place which I will then change several times and spend ages second guessing myself over lol. For those that have used wordsmith apprentice what did you move onto after that? We are using wordsmith apprentice for 5th and I am trying to plan where to from here. My DD will be 10.5 and starting 6th grade. She is not a natural writer but is about on grade level. She needs a little hand holding but is very independent so we prefer a writnig program that is independent but includes some hand holding within the program itself.
  8. We do things that just cannot be done with toddlers underfoot. STEM construction projects, art, sewing etc. All this is assuming the kids are finished with their core subjects by that time though, if they still need to work on core work then they just continue with it until done, if we have time we will do other stuff once done
  9. Magnetic whiteboard, we use ours all the time
  10. Go basic and just find a box that the cards fit into nicely, I use a small plastic lunch box and they fit perfectly. Definitely start at level 1. It is recommended that everyone starts there and as your dd is leaving vowels out of her words then level 1 is clearly the level she needs to be at right now. You may find you go through level 1 fairly quickly, do not push to get through it too fast but just expect that it may happen. In the early years my spelling "plan" was to get through 1-3 levels a year depending on how fast my kids worked through them, we averaged about 2 levels a year for th
  11. My eldest in only half way through 4th now but she does pretty much all of her work independently now. We work together on spelling (AAS), grammar (FLL) and sometimes writing, other than that she mostly works on her own.
  12. I do not micro plan. I macro plan each subject individually working out the required number of days per week we have to work on that subject to finish the program at the time we want to finish (usually the end of the year or the end of the semester). Once I have a list of subjects and number of days a week my plan is done. On a weekly basis I just have to roughly stick to the weekly targets and we are done, easy :)
  13. My eldest 2 are 19 months apart. I started out teaching dd1 at the time she was due to start school, dd2 tagged along for all content subjects but did not do any phonics/reading/math. dd2 was meant to start school 2 years behind her sister but ended up starting 1 year behind as she was so keen (although I say she is in her age based grade), she has always done her own math and language arts but everything else is combined, sometimes I adapt the difficulty between them and sometimes they are doing the exact same work. Now at grades 2 and 4 they are still doing science and history together alth
  14. We work on it for a set time daily (about 30-45 minutes depending on difficulty and frustration levels). Some days she gets through 6 or more pages independently (I believe the max was 10 in half an hour!) and other days it takes 30 minutes to complete one page with my help. I let her work at her own pace, we got through BA3A in about a month and same with 3B. We are using BA as a supplement only and alternate about 1 month to each book. She is also using prodigy math most days.
  15. I only plan the overall year and never the individual weeks or months. Before each school year starts I look at each book (curricula) and decide when I am planning on finishing with that item, will it take a term? a semester? a year? 2 years? A school year here is 40 weeks divided into 4 terms of roughly 10 weeks each. Then I basically look at the table of contents assuming it has one and divide the number of chapters by however long the book will take to complete in weeks. Eg a 100 chapter book like FLL that will take all year to complete = 100 chapters /40 weeks = 2.5 chapters a week, I ge
  16. Same as above, we spend about half an hour a day doing the problems. Some days that is one page, some days that is 10 pages. On days where she reads the guide we only do about 15 minutes of problems after the reading
  17. I love this type of discussion, it is always so interesting :) This is so strange to me, short i and long e are COMPLETELY different sounds to me, they are not even close and definitely not interchangeable. As to water, I doubt I would understand any of you asking for water lol, it is pronounced WOR-ta where the a on the end has a short u sound like in tuba (and WOR is pronounced the same way as the word war)
  18. They all rhyme here, short i in the middle and rhyme with ink I have never hears any of those words pronounced in a way where one (or more) would not rhyme with ink
  19. My dd will be doing about 5 hours a day next year for 5th on paper, depending on her mood and motivation I expect it will take anywhere from 3-6 hours daily to complete.
  20. And then there is #3 who is always requires the exact opposite of her 2 older sisters.....
  21. True but when you have 4 children buying it once and actually owning the book usually works out cheaper than a limited time online subscription. Also, even if the next ones don't use the exact same books I often find I will refer to books I have used with another child for specific problems. Additionally, #2 DD is very close behind her sister, I expect she will be starting pre-algebra before #1 is actually finished with the book, she is a clear cut case for AOPS (even though she will most likely be starting it at 9). Either way I need this book in the next 2 years but I was not sure whether t
  22. She wouldn't mind an online version but as she is the eldest of 4 I want the books to be able to pass down to younger siblings. As to second hand, I have tried but it is hard to find anything and then once you add in international postage the costs are outrageous.
  23. Lol thanks guys, I knew I was over thinking this yet again. The biggest problems are cost and shipping though, if we try it and don't like it not only will it cost heaps to buy another choice but it will likely take a month or more for that to arrive, cost wise I really need my #1 purchase to be the one we actually go with, I can't afford to buy several expensive books.
  24. I am second guessing myself yet again about where to from here, sigh, why is this so hard? DD is on track to start pre-algebra mid way through 5th grade. At that point she will have completed MUS through to zeta and BA5 (hopefully all of them but depends on if the last ones are out). My heart says AOPS as she loves beast and loves the approach but my head is saying a very young 5th grader for AOPS pre-algebra might be too young? Should we do something else first maybe? She will just have turned 10 when she is ready to start assuming we do not hit any major speed bumps before then (age wi
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