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Black-eyed Suzan

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  1. I feel like nonverbal reasoning is an area where games, art, and handicrafts can shine. These come to mind: origami, sewing, knitting/crocheting/quilting/etc., "shop" skills like woodworking, tangrams, other puzzles, legos/building sets/blocks, rubix cube, chess, ThinkFun games like RushHour and Chocolate Fix. I'm sure there are more board games, but I can't think of any at the moment. Have lots of different types of maps available to peruse. You may consider just strewing resources and letting them explore on their own. Math Kangaroo tests also have a lot of nonverbal reasoning questions. The Canadian Math Kangaroo website has lots of practice tests available.
  2. My state also requires an annual standardized test - to count here SAT and ACT need to include essay, so check your state requirements. Registering for the SAT was annoying: I ended up having to call the College Board to request a packet to register by mail. But the packet came quickly and it was straightforward after that. We also had him take his passport on test day just in case. I had him line up himself, but apparently they asked him where his parent was. ?? There were talent search students taking the exam who were put in a separate room, but my child was put with the high school kids because of the essay. My understanding is that unless you request that they keep the scores, SAT scores from students under 13 are not kept in the permanent record. I think ACT scores are kept no matter what the age, but check to be sure. He did well enough that we are planning to keep his scores, but now I'm wondering if taking the test each year will somehow be problematic when he applies to college. And what if he slips and gets a lower score one year? So that is at least an imaginary issue with the SAT/ACT. 😂 Have you done the Woodcock-Johnson achievement test? The only issue for high-achieving middle schoolers is that they can hit ceilings. Other than that, it's quick and informative.
  3. Life of Fred elementary placement is tricky. We just started up at the beginning and moved quickly through, but that’s a more expensive option. I recommend looking at/trying a book before you fully commit. Some kids like Fred and some don’t. Here’s what the author says about placement. https://www.stanleyschmidt.com/FredGauss/21 Questions/1020 Where to Start.html
  4. Especially since you mentioned Charlotte Mason, you may want to consider handicrafts and other fine motor activities to strengthen hands for writing. My child struggled in this area and avoided those activities. I regret that we didn’t work on it more (in a fun way, but consistently) in the younger years.
  5. My oldest is math-oriented and understood many concepts at an early age without being taught. I feel like for those kids, math in elementary school can feel like a holding pattern until other skills/maturity catch up with their conceptual understanding. How did we fill that gap? Life of Fred, math living books (quark has a lovely list linked in her signature, I believe). We did do the Beast Academy 3-5B books (the ones available at that time. Even when they contained information he already knew, he enjoyed them.) For all of those options, I scribed whenever he needed it. We used large square graph paper. We used the white board. Someone once recommended having different math threads: arithmetic, problem solving, conceptual, word problems, etc. so they can work on different skills at the appropriate levels. Eventually he started AOPS PreAlgebra and we worked through it slowly together. MEP is another option to consider. Or Singapore Challenging Word problems, since that is an area of relative challenge?
  6. Can I piggyback on this thread and ask an additional question? How does a younger homeschooled student register for the SAT by mail outside of a talent search? This link says "To register by mail, ask your counselor for the Student Registration Booklet for the SAT and SAT Subject Tests. It comes with a registration form and return envelope." Did you call the school where the child will take the test and pick one up? Do I contact SAT as a counselor and request one? The info for homeschooled students doesn't say how to register by mail. Thanks!
  7. If I was in your shoes, I would look into Charlotte Mason's approach to drawing, nature journaling, and artist study (and disregard beginning age suggestions). Strew materials and suggest activities, but don't force/push/etc. Incorporate these activities into the fun part of your day. Visit local art museums. This is even more fun if the museum has a piece from an artist you've studied, so you might do a little research when you are choosing an artist. ? A quick search revealed this information to start. I also like Simply Charlotte Mason's picture study portfolios. https://www.amblesideonline.org/CMM/topicalartmusic.html http://www.charlottemasonhelp.com/2009/07/picture-study.html Hope that helps!
  8. I can't love this enough. Bravo to your daughter! Very insightful.
  9. My tired brain is not comprehending what political leanings you are looking for, but would The Economist fit the bill?
  10. We skipped 5D because my first was well into PreA by the point it came out, but I plan to buy it for my youngest eventually. This makes me excited to read it and glad I didn't spoil the fun. ☺️
  11. When my child took the DORA years ago, his knowledge (not his reading comprehension) gave him a higher-than-expected reading comprehension score. He was tired and did not even attempt to read the final passage the test gave him, but he still answered several of the questions correctly because he knew the topic. Mercifully it was not enough to give him another passage. FWIW, I have always suspected he is 2e, too.
  12. How exciting for him!!! I've been to Romania several times. The landscape is beautiful (especially the mountains) and I found the people very friendly.
  13. Do your kids like games? Have you seen this way to "drill" facts? My kids enjoy multiplication war. I did take out most (or all?) of the 10 cards. https://denisegaskins.com/2006/12/29/the-game-that-is-worth-1000-worksheets/
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