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  1. Those triangles look like a flashcard form of the "number families" Singapore teaches for +/-, and I teach again for multiplication and division. We just draw them on the paper though. I did plan to teach him number families, especially as a problem solving strategy (even though his basic arithmetic is strong, he's missing questions like 852-?=262, and 864/?=8 so he's never been taught the relationship between addition/subtraction and multiplication/division or how to use it to solve problems) and I plan to go all the way back to unit cubes to teach it. Everyone loves unit cubes, right? I even
  2. I would let her keep reading BA, or doing a problem or two a day, but make her main, daily math program something traditional. Beast Academy is fun and engaging, but I think there is a very specific type of learner that can do it as their main program, and it doesn't sound like she is one. My daughter wasn't either. As for remediating, I would go back to old MM books and pull reviews or EOY tests and see what she is missing on them. Then spend the summer hitting the subjects that need shoring up and progress forward next year.
  3. Also, yes, I'm worried for him too for more reasons than just math. It's a very rigorous program, with most if it being completed at home and it's going to require a lot more consistency and discipline than they've had. But he has made it clear he wants to be in a school of some kind, and a public school isn't an option to them at this moment. If there is such a thing, he is a kid who is used to nothing ever being the same, and being thrown into totally new situations, so hopefully he'll be OK. Better to try now when he has time to adjust and the grades don't have long-term implications, than
  4. I'm about to start him with Math Mammoth. He's not in anything now. Eilonwy is right below. My goal is to shore up his elementary math and get him into Saxon 7/6. Then he will have a proper math teacher he will have daily access to, if not daily instruction by, and I will have his mom get him access to that online math tutor that keeps popping up in this thread. AND he will still have access to me for homework help. While I don't want to attempt picking up a Saxon book and remediating a very behind student under pressure, helping with homework is a totally different issue. There is no perfect
  5. We would like to get him into 7/6. I mean, 8/7 would be amazing, but it isn't realistic in the time we have. He did take a Saxon placement test. His fluency with math facts is his one strong thing. Saxon looks like it's a full year behind the Singapore-method stuff. I just got Math Mammonth 3B in the mail, I went through and made a plan and assigned problems based on his placement test and Khan results. We're skipping measurement, and large parts of multiplication and division (focusing on the concepts and the word problems but he doesn't need a lot of practice on the actual mechanics), hit
  6. You set yourself up as the teacher, and then you can put in however many students. I had my daughter in there already but I added him. You can assign them different things. I assigned him all the Grade 3 end of unit assessments, and then when those results rolled in, started assigning the full units with instruction and practice. From my portal I can see his score on every exercise and quiz, as well as how he answered each question. I can see how much time he has spent on the website working and how far he is in his assignments.
  7. I am noticing the scope and sequence is behind Singapore for sure - we're barely into Dimensions 6B with my daughter, but she's covered everything up to (and much into) prealgebra on the Saxon placement test. And good news!! He only needs to test into Saxon 7/6. so I think I only need to get him through 5th grade math. Based on his third grade Khan results (he only passed measurement and single digit multiplication), I have assigned him the lessons and exercises for different units and so far as he is going through them, he is getting 80s and 100s on his quizzes, which is heartening. After
  8. Spectrum workbooks from the store, without parent guidance. I 100% realized what was going on with the tutor once I saw the results. Regardless, once a week was not going to make a substantial dent. She will be understanding of whatever we get to. She trusts me, I am not beating around the bush about what is going on, and she knows my daughter's math education has been good. She is realizing how far this situation has gotten and has already put her next child (1st grade) in outsourced math so it doesn't happen again. I have him reviewing a few of the topics on Khan, and I've bought
  9. It's a bit worse than I thought. He's working through the 3rd grade unit tests from Khan and instead of a mid-late 4th grade level like thought, I'd say he's closer to early 3rd. He can add multi digit numbers, but it's clear he's never seen the idea that, say, 492 + 253 is the same as 400+ 200 + 90+ 50+ 2 +3. He's missing every understanding or conceptual question. I'm not sure how he got the fractions questions on the Saxon test, but it's clear we need to start over. I'm starting with third and just going to go as quickly as I can while being sure of understanding, and at the end of the summ
  10. I am extremely nervous about my ability to teach from another program. 😬 Especially a program as different from PM as Saxon. Especially someone else's child who I'm attempting to catch up. Maybe it's silly but I am just so used to how Primary Math does things and I am nervous I will waste time floundering to figure out the program. I even opened up the long division section of the dark blue book of Math Mammoth and went, "What the everloving heck am I looking at?" (I still don't know. I've never seen long division presented like that.) And I could get the teacher's guide and figure it out, I'm
  11. One of our favorite state parks is in the 100% path and I plan to make reservations the hour they open. Hopefully we can bring many friends with us.
  12. I'm for some kind of testing. I know a pretty dramatic number of homeschoolers who would be extremely surprised to see how behind their kids are compared to the public schools. I wouldn't want those numbers to have implications, but I think for the parents that do care, it would be a wake up call. If it could be tied to funds for homeschoolers like the situation sweet2ndchance described up there, I'd be all for it.
  13. Yes, I think with a little shoring up, multiplication and division should be fine. His addition and subtraction are good with a few carrying mistakes. I don't know that he's seen long division at all. I'm sure he hasn't learned how decimals equate to fractions and therefore why it's a tenth, hundredth, etc, but his understanding of basic fractions seems to be fine. Overall I really think he will pick up quickly.
  14. Tutoring is expensive and at once a week, it is hurting them financially while not actually getting him anywhere in math. I can't think of any situation that would allow her to slowly catch him up over years that doesn't involve her being the teacher. They are not wealthy, and she is not confident beyond early elementary math, so a school with very small classes and a helpful family friend is looking like the best option. Thanks guys. I got a look at his placement test. The things he's missing from 4th grade/before look like multi-digit multiplication (I think he has the idea but needs mor
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