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  1. My child passed the Math 4 placement test. However, I would like to put her in Math 5 based on her age. I think she may be able to pass the Math 5 placement test, but she has not had very much work with division, fractions, and percentages. Would there be enough review woven in to Math 5 for her to be able to learn those things that were taught in Math 4?


    I've noticed most curriculum (regardless of subject) have a review built into the first half. The same is true of Math 5.

    The first 15 lessons were very easy for my son (reviewing very basic less than/greater than addition/subtraction, etc). then there were a couple of lessons on Roman Numerals.

    Then the next 10 or so lessons were multiplication (also review) working up to 3 digit multiplication and carrying.

    Then Angles

    Then Fractions

    Then more addition (3 digit, rounding)

    then Decimals

    Then Money

    Then...finally...lesson 62 the Meaning of Division

    Then circles & quadrilaterals

    Then Percents

    then Metric measuring

    Then improper fractions & mixed numbers


    So no, a knowledge of division is not necessary.

    Mind you, once they introduce and teach a subject they are not done with it. It is reinforced throughout.


    Hope that helps.


  2. Put me in the camp of love for TT also. Yes, both boys tested into one grade higher than their actual grade level, which is fine by me. They still need occasional help from me, which is also fine by me. After all, I am still their teacher. I sit at the table with them and read or knit so I can be easily interrupted.


    For those of you worried about being "out of the loop" you can always view the lesson with your child. Sometimes when my one of the boys has a question, I'll say, "Well, let's see how MathGuy (that's what we call the guy on the DVD) taught you before I try to help." We then review the lesson (or portion of the lesson) together. Sometimes I am able to come at it from a slightly different angle, sometimes just the review helps. From time to time, I sit through the lesson with each boy (we each use one earbud) so I will be familiar with the terminology in case it is different than what I would use.


    I suppose TT could be totally "hands off" for a homeschool teacher, but that's not my style. I'm here anyway and look upon teaching my dc as my job, so I might as well be involved. When I'm working (at my actual job), they do do TT independently (Dad isn't quite as "hands on" as I am).

  3. Thanks for all of your reports! It is amazing how many variances exist. FWIW we really don't think she needs a full day, but she has the energy for it and would perhaps enjoy it.


    Just working the annual Chinese-number-puzzle of how to best meet every child's needs in the coming year. A high school junior and two high maintenance eighth graders have me concerned that my precocious kinder will get very impatient waiting her turn. I don't think ps is really the answer but I did need to at least get the info to consider it (or should I say, to rule it out).


    Anyway, I was just startled to learn the costs involved.


    The reason we send dd5 to 1/2 day PS K is that when she comes home in the afternoon, the boys are all done and I can concentrate on her. They are not so demanding, but she is and would really distract from my teaching them (as she did last year - but then she did learn a lot). I'm happy with the 1/2 day K because I have very low expectations. I expect them to keep her entertained and happy for four hours and then I'll educate her at home in the afternoon. So, even if this PS isn't the answer long-term, it is the answer to this particular situation for our family. A very wise woman once told me that no decision I make regarding schooling is un-doable (and she was right, we've changed our minds a few times).

  4. I think the same is done here in Indiana although my dc didn't do K here. Infact K is not required in the state of Indiana.


    Also here in Indiana they have what is called "book rent" for all grades. Yes, you are required to pay for the books your child will use for the year and no you do not get to keep them. For my 8th grader the fee was around 300 dollars give or take a few. It all depends on what classes they sign up for.

    I never heard of it before moving to Indiana. Back in Michigan, where we are originally from there were no fews for any grade.


    Yup, I'm also in IN. My dd attends 1/2 day K for the modest sum of a $60 book fee. Those choosing full day pay an additional $2,000 (aprox). mind you, all the "education" goes on in the morning. but I have heard comments that full day K is cheaper than daycare. Out of almost 50 K students, only 7 are half-dayers.


    The reason for the additional cost for full day K is that legislation was passed requiring school districts to offer full day K, but with no additional funding attached to the legislation. I attended many public and invitation-only meetings with representatives when this was being proposed. Every meeting was filled with teachers and school district reps (principals, superintendents, etc.). the overwhelming majority spoke FOR the legislation. Nobody wanted to think about how to pay for it. Any time funding was brought up, it was dismissed. Then, about 3 years later when the legislation passed, school districts were crying about no funds and some parents were complaining about having to pay for "free public education".

  5. I agree with this. There are some people wired to be introverted and some extroverted. My ds13 is quite introverted. If he wasn't in his room playing video games, he would be in his room doing something else. Before he got into video games, he would spend hours playing with his Lego blocks or reading. Before that, he played with his toys. He spends time with us, but he prefers to be alone or with just one person. I can relate. I'm the same way. My dd12 is a major extrovert, wanting to be with someone at all times. I love her to pieces, but after a while of being with her, I'm both physically and mentally tired. We laugh about it. :)


    You just described my oldest son and babygirl. My older son used to ask me to "punish" him by giving him a time out in his room so he could get some alone time. He really, really needs it. Daughter wears me out with extrovert personality. The middle one (son) is somewhere in between. Sometimes we're all grating on each other, and alone time is exactly what is needed (for me, too!). I'd rather recognize it and accommodate each child's personality, then the alternative, which is usually fussing and fighting.


    ETA: It does frustrate me when my SIL's teenaged children (and preteen) are all "plugged in" during a family event. My dh does not allow any plugged in items for our children at family events - he views it as antisocial. I'm not sure it is any more antisocial than all the adult men vegging out in front of the TV or what I used to do, which is bury my nose in a book.

  6. We start our morning snuggling on the couch and reading aloud. With one ds entering the wicked years (10 yrs old and into prepubescence) it may be the only time all day he is nice. Argghhh. But that's another thread, right?


    Anymahow - each boy is on a different book, but they both listen to both books. Awkward sentence.


    For ds8 I'm reading Danger along the Ohio, which fits into his history.

    For ds10, I'm reading War of The Worlds. The arcane language is a bit difficult for him to get through alone (heck, sometimes its difficult for me to get through). Both books prompt discussions.


    I read one chapter of each book every weekday morning (unless they beg me for another - but no more than 2).


    In the afternoon DD5 reads one page of Little House in the Big Woods and I read the rest of the chapter aloud to her. I never go beyond one chapter with her.


    ETA: Each child has his/her own book to read independently at night, and for trips we do audiobooks.

  7. But what if the dog is red? It is possible that red things are prickly (the statements don't say otherwise), so couldn't the dog possibly be prickly?


    I don't think you can so NO dogs are prickly unless you know ONLY purple things are prickly.



    ETA: Love the quote!


    Okay, I'll revise my answer:


    Therefore, more information is necessary to determine if any dog is prickly..


    Inconsiderate pet owners abound.


    Yes, as do inconsiderate child-owners (parents), inconsiderate car-owners, etc. I feel your pain.


    I think the first step is always a conversation, just to make sure it is not an oversight, or something the pet owner has never really thought about (not talking to you specifically here, Impish - just used your post as a jumping off point).


    Motives are assigned, but never clear without the initial conversation. We seem to have gotten away from the conversation and jump right into the retaliatory action. Polite society depends upon conversation (obviously my opinion only) and avoiding the initial conversation adds to the degradation of society. It is incumbent upon we who are polite to hold to these standards, regardless of others' actions.

  9. Your daughter sounds very sweet and kindhearted. These are qualities many struggle to bring out in their children.


    Here's how I would handle it:


    No flip-flops for DD this summer, since she spent her flip-flop money buying a shirt for a friend. This is not a punishment, rather a consequence of having a finite amount of money. If she chooses to express her generosity rather than have flip-flops I would feel proud of her, but I would not then give her extra money. Of course, I would make sure she understood at the beginning (this is not something I would enforce now, but for the next time - I'm using flip-flops as an example): "I am giving you this money for X & Y. If you choose to spend it on something else, I will not give you any more money for X & Y." Of course this would be a private conversation, not in front of the friend.


    I agree with the other poster that some budgeting advice may be in order for DD. I think far too many teens haven't had education/counseling about budgeting and this may predispose them to mismanage money in their 20's and beyond.


    You are in a very delicate situation. On the one hand, your daughter is displaying character that you want to encourage (or at least not discourage). On the other hand, you want her to realize that (as I used to get told) money doesn't grow on trees. Good luck with this. And might I add: what a wonderful problem to have with a tween daughter.

  10. I work *as* a homeschooler by having additional students.


    I have a 30 hour a week job at night and during the day Saturday running poker tournaments.


    It's not work, but I am also a full time student. Ok, it *is* work, but I'm not paid for it! :lol:


    Oh yeah, it is work. But wouldn't it be SO NICE if someone paid us for grad school? that is my fantasy, then I'd immediately start my doctorate or NP, instead of waiting until my student loans are paid..

  11. There's no 'sure' morning start. This am, it involved coffee, trading snapping comments with Wolf (I *hate* mornings that start like that...He's miserable in the am, and I'd decaffeinated, so it really doesn't go well).


    Other ams, I'm woken by the Littles crashing into my room.


    Another few years, and they'll be able to do breakfast completely unaided and Mommy will get to sleep til at least 8am.


    That's the dream, anyways.

    Oh, you ARE a dreamer!


    I finally trained all children not to wake me up until 0700. My middle child will sneak into my bed sometime in the early morning and watch the clock until 0700. Once he woke me up with these words, "Mom...I let you sleep in this morning, its 7:05." They just don't understand how much I need my sleep...


    When they're all teenagers, I have plans to wake them all up very early as payback (that's my evil dream).

  12. there is one active Roots & Shoots group in our area and I highly recommend it. They are focused on service. This group helps with the weeding and planting of a flower garden at a nursing home. Volunteers frequently at the no-kill animal shelter (we've cleaned catboxes, brushed animals, played with dogs, etc.). We also pick up trash along the road (our participating in R&S has prompted us to do this). No badges to earn, which is a plus for us! Not religious which is also a plus (but not anti-religion, either).


    This group is all about making a positive difference in local communities - it really doesn't focus on self awareness or self growth (although through service, one will grow). It also seems as if it would be much easier to lead a Roots & Shoots group, as there are few hoops to jump through, and the local leaders (or kids - it is supposed to be "youth directed" service) seem to pick the areas of service. Have you visited their national website? There is a certificate the local group can earn by completing a service project, and for full web-based support it costs $50 per group per year, so not a lot of money to raise unless raising money for a service project is desired.

  13. My doctor, whom I adore, tested me to see what I was allergic to. He discovered I was a 4 out of 6 on a gluten test (I have no idea what its real name is), and told me that I couldn't have gluten anymore. This was last summer, and I'm still eating wheat.


    I've read that this is the "undiagnosed epidemic" and 40% of the population is celiac or gluten sensitive. I have had no symptoms. No IBS, no pain, no gas, no nothing. I have no motivation to go gluten-free. I'm not the kind of person that can willingly give up food. I just don't wanna.


    So, give me some motivation. Please.

    what symptoms were you having that prompted the test? Did the doc indicate that these symptoms could be caused by the gluten allergy, or were you allergic to a number of other things as well that could be causing the symptoms?

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