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  1. I live in GR. The Public museum is...fine...but it would not be high on my list if I were traveling. Similarly, the zoo is good for a small zoo, but it is no Cincinnati. The Meijer Gardens are amazing - that would be high on my list...but best when the weather is good. The Air Zoo in Kalamazoo (between Grand Rapids and northern Indiana) would also be a strong contender. Grand Rapids also has a very pleasant, picturesque downtown area that is nice to walk around. There are lots of parks, bridges, sculptures, etc.
  2. My 12 year old has autism and pretty severe medical anxiety. When he got his first dose 3 weeks ago, there was crying and puking...but I was prepared for that. It was all made 100 time worse because even though I had called the pharmacy and spoken to the pharmacist ahead of time (about 20 minutes before we got there so it would be fresh in her mind), she seemed to brush off my concern. I had told her that we needed to be in and out as fast as humanly possible because waiting and anticipation makes his anxiety sky rocket. Also, I told her that she just needed to do it. DS will start to hyp
  3. My kids have found the Process Skills books a bit easier than the CWP. I like the Process Skills example problems more - they don't just solve the problems, but explicitly explain their thinking every step of the way. For my most reluctant problem solver, I went though and renumbered the exercise problems in each subsection. First I would have them do the problems that exactly mimicked one of the example problems. Next they would do the problems that were very close to the example problems with just a tiny twist. Finally I would have them do the problems that required them to take the con
  4. Sure. I happen to be looking at Process Skills level 4: Randomly looking at chapter 3, it has 3 subsections. 3.1 has 3 example problems and 8 problems to work. 3.2 has 2 example problems and 6 problems to work (2 of which are marked as challenge problems). 3.3 has 1 example problem and 4 problems to work. There are 10 chapters with 22 subsections total. So I estimate there are about 130 problems total in the book. Hope that helps.
  5. Process Skills workbooks are all word problems. They have samples to look at on the Singapore site.
  6. We always run two (or more) math programs concurrently. My kids are used to doing Math Mammoth as "math" daily, and something as "problem solving" about 3 times a week. I use the problem solving time to go deeper or wider, to gently introduce a future concept, to offer more of a challenge, to explicitly teach strategies, etc. Pictorial balance equations are introduced in MM 5a...but not in depth. After they go through that section, I have my kids use their problem solving time to go through the Hands on Equations apps - first the one with only positive numbers to further practice balance
  7. I'm feeling a lot of grief and mourning about all my SN kiddos, but one in particular right now. Elliot is starting in a contained emotional impairment classroom at our local public school in the fall. On one hand I am hopeful that it will be an okay fit for him, will allow me to meet the other kids' needs better, and will reduce the daily stress and trauma we are all under. But, on the other hand, I really, really wish it wasn't necessary to send him. I wish he was mentally healthy and safe enough to keep at home. I wish he could participate in the nature and escape room and rock cl
  8. Thankfully we are almost done, but I will definitely ask if we can't figure out the last few major concepts.
  9. I help as I can, but realistically I don't have the time or skills to easily set him on the right path to discovery, so he is mostly on his own with the AOPS book...which often feels like he is just adrift on his own. He starts by reading the teaching at the beginning of a section...except that many of the sections don't have any teaching at all. Then he works the problems. One of his downfalls is that if he gets the problems correct he is very resistant to reading the solutions, but I think reading the book's solutions would be very helpful to him. OTOH, the book's solutions look dense a
  10. This is what we did for pre-algebra. Peter had already worked through most of Math Mammoth 7 (which is their pre-algebra level), but he still took 18 months to get through AOPS pre-algebra. It was time well spent...he didn't learn many new math concepts, but his maturity, executive function, and ability to persevere through longer, more challenging problems really improved. We started with AOPS algebra, but toward the end it was becoming obvious to me that the AOPS push-through-frustration-to-reach-discovery method was not working well for DS. We finished algebra with other resources.
  11. I don't think it is quite that simple. AOPS says of their Introduction to Algebra books: "This book can serve as a complete Algebra I course, and also includes many concepts covered in Algebra II." And it is generally accepted that a student only has to do chapters 1-13 of that book to cover Algebra 1, and that chapters 14-22 are Algebra 2 materials. Of their Introduction to Algebra A class, they say: "This course covers much of the algebra of a typical honors Algebra 1 course, some of the content of an honors Algebra 2 course, and some additional material not taught in most sta
  12. DH started working from home last March, and at this point has gotten approval from his boss to work from home for the foreseeable future. After some experimentation, we found that the best place for him to work (best for him and best for us) was the master bedroom. We carved out 1/3 of the room to house a desk plus folding table to fit his umpteen computer monitors. That aspect works well most of the time. The kids do get distracted when he comes downstairs to get snacks or fill his water bottle, but he is pretty good at redirecting them, or at least talking to them about what they
  13. Our situation is kind of unique in that DS-almost-10 has ABA therapy in the home every morning from 8 to 11:30. His therapy time is very structured and on task, so it only makes sense to have the other kids on a fairly structured routine in the mornings as well. None of our read aloud times will change, so everyone will still spend a couple hours a day listening to literature, poetry, history, science and Spanish...in fact, many summers I end up reading aloud more than during the year because my kids don't do well with free time, so I use read alouds as a calming method when they become d
  14. 1. Intro 2. Functions and Relations 3. Linear Functions 4. Systems of linear equations and inequalities 5. Quadradic functions and complex numbers 6. Exponential and logarithmic functions 7. Rational algebraic functions 8. Irrational algebraic functions 9. Quadratic relations and systems 10. Higher Degree Functions and complex numbers 11. Sequences and series 12. Probability , data analysis and funtions of a random variable 13. Trigonometric and circular functions 14. Properties of trig and circular functions 15. Triangle problems 8filltheheart seems to be sugg
  15. My oldest is just about to start Foerster Alg 2, so I am curious about your rationale for doing the chapters out of order. Thanks.
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