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  1. You might want to read through Cathy Duffy's descriptions. Number bonds are just a way of expressing the relationship between addition and subtraction. If he "can't stand" them it's probably because he doesn't understand them. I wouldn't seek out a curriculum that avoids them, but you might want to do some additional teaching and assisting for that part. It might work well to start each day with a number bond warm-up using manipulatives. Just one number bond each day. You should choose something you think you can teach well with. Don't worry about having it be similar. I love math mammoth, but there is less teacher support than some other programs. Math U See, Rightstart, Saxon, Rod & Staff, and Singapore have lots more teacher support.
  2. Sounds like you've decided, but I just wanted to let you know my oldest did MP astronomy in 2nd as written with the workbook and he adored it. He was sharing his knowledge with everyone he could, dragging them outside to show them things. His retention of the material is still very high.
  3. Discuss the comprehension questions together. Write down the answer in a complete sentence. Have her copy it into her workbook. Have her make flashcards for the review section. If it says "marsupials are mammals with pouches" the front of her card should say, "what are marsupials" and the back should say "mammals with pouches.". Set up a memory box for her and have her practice new cards daily. Last week's cards can be on odd days, the week before that on even days, etc. Before a quiz she should make sure she can still answer the comprehension questions without looking. If not, she should review and quiz herself.
  4. It sounds like MUS would be a better fit, but it also sounds like there is an element of disobedience in him not wanting you to teach him. If you try MUS, I would make watching the videos mandatory, non-negotiable, full-stop. He has proven that he can't self-teach. Don't let him attempt it again just to end up frustrated and crying. You might also do well to split the wok in half, with half done in the morning and half in the afternoon. Implement an incentive for the first two months. This will give him the external motivation he needs to get over the feeling that he will never be finished. After that you can remove the incentive or reassign it to a different target behavior.
  5. I do all the homeschooling and cleaning. DH works full-time plus does some consulting. He does bills/banking, cooking, grocery shopping, and anything auto-related. I do most other errands, yard-work, and home maintenance. I also do some behind-the-scenes work for our consulting business. Of course we support each other, occasionally dipping into the other's domain when one person has a too-full plate or if one of us sick, etc. We never sat down and hashed out a division of labor. It has just developed this way based on our talents, preferences, and time.
  6. We started this year with book 2 after 4 years of mbtp, which is light on grammar. I have him do vocab on its own day since fix-it is only scheduled 4 times per week. He reads the learn it on his own and then I check for understanding by doing the day 1 marking with him. Days 2-4 have been pretty independent. I occasionally correct something he missed, but it is taking me less than 5 minutes per day and he is probably at about 10 minutes per day. He did just barely place into the third book and I started him in the second, so I was expecting it to be short and sweet. I'm quite happy with it so far; we are on week 3. Do the placement test before deciding to start with book 1. I can't imagine you would need to spend a lot of time reinforcing capitals and end marks.
  7. Mine all started as soon as they knew their letter sounds and could blend. One didn't really "get" syllables until he was reading around a 4th grade level. They have all started phonics before turning 4.
  8. Meaningful composition is billed as just what you're talking about. I haven't used it, but thought I'd toss it out there for you to look at. I believe it is evangelical in case that matters to you.
  9. The kitty litter container has a tight fitting lid. I have also done a small container inside a larger one. Mostly though, I didn't do that when I had a toddler to chase. I guess I have had older child carry things in a wagon so I could manage baby or toddler. The folding wagons are super handy for lots of things or toddler can be worn. Eta: like others have said I have my kids release after a short time, generally. But we have plenty of invasive species that citizens have been asked not to release if caught. So they can keep those if they wish.
  10. A small pail, or 5 gallon container for big things, old trick-or-treat pail works great too because it angles in at the top so it is difficult to jump out of scale the walls. Also plastic kitty litter container with lid of necessary.
  11. I wouldn't attempt to teach them together at all. If she is short on time I think it would be far preferable to get something independent for the 7th grader, skipping the time-consuming demonstrations (aka experiments) and read through the level 2 read-and-find-out science series with the 1st grader.
  12. Would this kind of schedule help?
  13. When you say you need more guidance day to day with singapore, do you mean a schedule with a stop and start, a script, alternative ways of presenting a problem? I'm wondering if dimensions math might work for you. Or maybe you just need to find a schedule for singapore, which can be found at various blogs for free.
  14. Mainly because it is better aligned with the U.S. sequence but is in a similar style to singapore. In Singapore, iirc, after 6th grade is when the kids all take a huge test that places them into their tracks for the next few years. Their sixth grade is a primarily a huge review for this test. But I also think it's a good choice for price and ease of use. There are free videos to correlate with many of the lessons at the 6th to 7th grade level.
  15. The Singapore sequence doesn't really align with U.S. Pre-algebra. I think you should try the math mammoth placement tests. The style is similar, but it is more straightt-forward, and she might place directly into the pre-algebra. The following year could be a traditional algebra course.
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