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  1. The cluttered pages certainly can be an issue. I use markers to segment the pages to make them look more manageable. I use red to outline the teaching sections. Usually they are at the top of the pages, but sometimes there is one mid-page or a special note after a certain problem. That draws the kids’ attention to what needs to be read. It also lets me easily key in to the instruction when I am going over it with them either before they start working or if they run in to trouble (depending on the kid). Then I use a different color to mark the problems I want the kiddo to do (on the first pass
  2. For what it is worth, we have not had a problem accelerating MM. My kids tend to start MM1 at the beginning of kindergarten and complete at least a level and a half per year. My oldest finished MM6 at the beginning of 3rd grade. My second will be finishing it shortly at the beginning of 4th grade. My third is on pace to finish it somewhere in the same ballpark. Also, I agree that the Singapore add-on books can be great resources, but they can just as easily be used to supplement MM. I often had my kids working through Singapore Challenging Word Problems or Process Skills along with M
  3. My oldest went through the Singapore Essentials K books, and then moved straight into Singapore 1, and it was a great program. But over time I started to get burnt out on all the moving pieces: a textbook, a workbook, a home instructor's guide, plus the challenging word problem book. I realized I needed something very open and go, something that just required flipping to the next page and doing what it said. When all the Math Mammoth pdf's went on sale at Homeschool Buyers Coop, I bought them all and have been using them with all my kids every since. They still go through Singapore Ess
  4. $1 per tooth. And I did not want to be scrambling for singles late at night, so shortly after each baby was born I went to the bank and asked for 20 crisp dollars which I keep in the back of my bathroom closet for Tooth Fairy purposes.
  5. Off topic, but for my kids, math level and appropriate expectations often do not match at all. My goal has always been to not let my kids' weak handwriting and ADHD attention spans hold them back from learning math concepts. My oldest worked through AOPS Algebra 15 minutes at a time (two sessions a day)...he was certainly ready for algebra, but he was an ASD, ADHD 8 year old and 15 minutes was how long he could focus on math at that time in his life. My 4 year old is currently working through a 1st grade math book, and typically I have first graders work on math for 15-20 minutes, b
  6. My 6th grader sets a timer for 30 minutes of math to start with, then we check his work and he spends about 15 minutes making corrections. Anything that is still vexing him at that point, I help with. So, he typically spends 45-60 minutes a day on math. I expect by 8th grade it will be 60-90ish minutes on average.
  7. That is a great idea! She insists on trying to match her outfits to mine every day...which can be challenging since she owns significantly more pink/sparkle/unicorn clothing than I do.
  8. Thank you all. She (and the other kids) have a ton of crafts, play doh, dress up, outside toys. She is going to very excited by her room makeover (which she already knows is happening and is helping design) and her new unicorn slippers and the Fancy Nancy books she has been asking for, but I want to make sure there is a surprise for her to open that elicits that "WOW!! I want to play with that right now!!" feeling. I think I am leaning toward a line of dolls. Bigger than her doll house dolls (which have the clothes glued on and can't really do many things) and smaller than her
  9. DD is turning 5 next month. Her big gift will be a room makeover - out with the old, boring "nursery" color scheme and in with the big girl pink!! I also have several ideas for slippers, books, art supplies, etc. What I am completely stuck on is an actual toy. Something fun she can play with. She is not a big lego or building fan. She doesn't play much with baby dolls. She tolerates board games if she can convince others to play with her, but has no interest in single player logic games. She despises puzzles. She seems most draw
  10. I am much more likely to purchase things that will be used down the road with my oldest, because it that doesn't end up working out, there are still three more kiddos in line who might use them. I am also much more likely to purchase for the future if I think I could use the materials now to prepare for teaching or to just see where we are going. My biggest examples are AOPS Calculus and Writing with Skill. The calculus I am using as a refresher course so that I will feel confident helping DS with calculus...even if we don't end up using AOPS. I don't feel like I have a deep, conce
  11. We live in a neighborhood that gets a lot of trick-or-treaters - most years about 250 come to our house, but up to 400 if Halloween falls on a Friday or Saturday and the weather is nice. (And this year it is on Saturday which are historically the busiest Halloweens here.) Sidewalks are packed, walkways are packed, porches are packed. And it is easy to say that it could be done safely (handing out candy in the driveway, staying away from other groups), but you can only control your own behavior and I do not trust people around here to even attempt social distancing. My kids are not
  12. Yeah, here our middle schools and high schools have 30 minutes for lunch and 4-6 minutes between classes. No recess, no study hall. They aren't even designed with any indoor or outdoor spaces for kids to relax and hang out other than the cafeteria and hallways. Even our elementary schools only have 30 minutes total for lunch and mid-day recess combined and 15 minutes for afternoon recess...and really, during much of the school year here, playing outside requires enough bundling up that just getting dressed and undressed eats up most of that time.
  13. You could consider Teaching Writing Through Guided Analysis (which was written by a fellow boardie and used to be called Treasured Conversations if you want to look up old posts about it). It covers both grammar and writing...and note taking and other skills.
  14. My boys all have ASD, ADHD, anxiety disorders, and other significant mental health challenges. Those types of skills are the primary focus of our parenting and homeschooling. There certainly are curricula that teach those skills, but we have never had much success with them. For all the same reasons that my kids struggle with those skills in the first place, they also struggle tremendously with applying skills to their own lives. We can read, discuss, practice and role play until the cows come home, but in the heat of the moment they are still going to hit and tantrum and have panic
  15. Growing up in rural Michigan, our school district in the '80s and '90s employed one nurse for the ~9 schools which were geographically far-flung. She spent most of her time at the high school, and only came to the other schools once or twice a year to do eye checks and the like. The secretaries did almost all the routine medical care - handing out medicine, dealing with puking and headaches, bandaging injuries.
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