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  1. We only do one worksheet page (back and front) per day - every day including weekends. My 2nd graders are on 3A and my 4th grader is on 6A - I try to have them finish a years worth in a school year but we end up ahead because of summer. One of my 2nd graders needs more review so I also slow him down a bit with other supplements.
  2. We do Singapore math at home. It isn't "cute" so if he likes that he may not prefer Sing math. I just get the workbooks (not the rest of the kit) so it isn't particularly expensive. If he is already quite good at addition then I'd start him at 2A and skip 1a & 1b. You get to multiplication at the end of 2 (I think). I wouldn't want to leave addition and subtraction though before I was completely confident he can carry, borrow (including across zeros - which gives some kids some problems). 2 reviews all of that. You can accelerate through the book by just doing the reviews and seeing where he struggles. If he misses questions then you go back and pull out some of those pages. If he doesn't miss any then you just skip that section and move ahead.
  3. agh6. I can't help you with your request. Have you contacted your school district? My school district is doing it (theoretically - he hasn't actually started yet - grrr) for my son - but he is in public school. Anyway, if you don't get any replies to this thread, perhaps you should start a new one so that your question is at the top. Good luck, Snazzy
  4. My sons have done singapore math (1-6A, 1-3A, & 1-3A). It works great for 2/3 of my kids. It works ok for the other one but it isn't great. Honestly though, I think that is a reflection of the younger ones ability more than the program. I found we didn't need the textbook, the parent's books are excellent but in all honesty we found we didn't have time to do a lot of the activities. I now only buy the workbooks because of the time thing (and because I haven't hit any math I don't know myself yet - but this means I have to do all the questions in the workbooks to check their answers - that was fine in the beginning but now it is getting to be a pain - especially since my 4th grader is starting to work on material I barely remember) It does not follow the typical school curriculum though so you have to think of the lessons as separate from what they are getting at school (or you can pull pages from other parts of the books to follow the school curriculum a bit). This gets worse as they get older. My youngest twin definitely needs more review than singapore offers (even with school) and struggles with the word problems. My 4th grader though prefers to learn several concepts at once and just skip to the review section to keep from getting bored. My oldest twin seems to be at just the right pace for Singapore. Its just like Goldilocks.
  5. As a mother of twins (and another one) - I heartily agree!! Until kids are treated like individuals rather than by grade level or age, school will be difficult for some. I really wish PS had an a la carte system. KG for handwriting, 4th for math, 3rd for PE, etc. etc. My kids are not at the same level across the board. The youngest twin could really use KG handwriting about 4 more years...
  6. Thanks to all - I will just tell him to skip out of the lectures until he gets to something he doesn't know. They are still trying to set it up - my guess is they wanted to wait until September to start so they didn't have to pay for August (cheap!?...) I don't know where they will start him - hopefully will find out more tomorrow. If it looks too low I will bug the administrator. I didn't see the placement test on EPGY website - will look for it now. Thanks again.
  7. I'll chime in...We held all our kids back one year when we moved back to the USA - they are all summer birthday boys. One is gifted (really, not just because I held him back), one is bright/normal but not gifted, and one is normal/slow 1. I didn't want them as the 15 year old passenger driving with a 16 year old classmate whom I do not trust. I'd much rather they be the 16 year old driver. If I do not trust my 16 year old driving, then I guess I have big problems. 2. I didn't want them to be the smallest child, physically, in the class. And, no, not because of sports. My kids have a 0 percent chance of being on any sports team (5% height and weight). They are bi-racial and we have a minority religion so I am worried about bullying. 3. I wanted them slightly older when they leave home for good (this one is totally selfish - I like them and am not in a hurry for them to leave - at least I admit it) 4. We live in Texas - it is the norm here (so yeah "everyone else is doing it..." it sounds lame - but it is a consideration to have your child not be considered normal - again, we are already not normal in so many ways) 5. The normal/slow one struggled in his prior school so I figured with the move it would be a good time for him to reset his feelings/insecurities around school. 6. My father graduated very early and had mentioned to me that while academically he did very well (debatable, IMHO - he can't write worth squat) he always struggled socially. I asked if he struggled only in elementary, but he mentioned that the difficulties continued into college. That said, some people just struggle - maybe he was one of those. 7. I wanted to give them a longer time to think of themselves as "American" before they go off on their own (one thinks he is Chinese, one thinks he is Arab - neither me nor my husband is either of those - kinda weird) Results - no regrets with either the normal/slow or the normal/bright one. I really don't know with the gifted one yet.
  8. Do you know if he has to watch a lesson before he can answer questions or if he can skip straight to the questions? I think he could answer questions (even really easy ones) because it is something you "do" all day but would have a hard time sitting still through the videos if it is about a subject that he already knows. Unfortunately (or fortunately, as it means it is free for my son) the school district is setting up the program so I don't know how they are going to set it up. If they set it up at grade level, which EPGY recommends, then I need to tell him how to get through material that is easy for him quickly so he actually learns something new this year.
  9. Quick background: we move a lot - new school every year until now (no more moves!), 4th grade son, new school district tested him to be much higher in math than 4th grade but they don't know the exact level because they cannot accommodate him into higher level math until he is older so they stopped testing him. They are putting him in EPGY in the library during math time as a compromise (we will see - has yet to happen though) I've read online that with EPGY you start at your age appropriate grade level or even below so that you get used to the system. What method does EPGY use to accelerate the child to their actual grade level? I ask because if he has to sit through computer lectures on how ratios work or something he will be bored to tears (or, more likely, just have the program running while he reads a library book). Essentially - do they pretest? (or can you make it pretest?) Also, how does the program handle kids with holes in their education? Given how much we've moved, I can see that is a real possibility. Thank you,
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