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  1. I mostly agree. OTOH, Spanish has a much larger conversational aspect than Latin. Latin is mostly memorization and logic, which might appeal to a "math, computer science kid". I think Spanish and Latin would both be good choices, with lots of available resources; the student just needs to consider what aspects of language learning might appeal to him or be most difficult.
  2. What are you looking for a kindergarten "language arts" program? To me, kindergarten language arts is learning to read (which you have covered) and lots of picture book read alouds (plus perhaps some early chapter book read alouds if the kiddo is ready). Some of my kindergarteners have listened to Grammar-land, but just because I was reading it to everyone and they were along for the ride. I don't think any grammar is required for a kindergartener. I do LOVE MCT grammar and poetry books, but my kids get more out of them when they are older. For K'ers, I stick to gentle, occasional exposure to
  3. As a side note, I have to say that these types of comments come off as very condescending. I said, "Trying to think about "getting a debt" is incredibly unintuitive to me. I have to ponder over those words for a long time before I can figure out what situation they would model." I am clearly saying that that is a difficult model for me, so your response that I am wrong (about what is difficult for me?), and that it is in fact easy, is grating.
  4. Maybe I am dooming my children by not doing what is best (🙄), but my goal is to offer them lots of models of a concept and give them lots of time to play with them, explore the similarities that allow them all to model one concept while looking superficially different, and figure out which are most helpful for them. For example, at our house, 4 years old is the year of the fraction. My goal is for my four year olds to firmly understand that a fraction is a part of a whole, that you have to be careful to split your whole into equal parts, and that the parts can then be put together to form
  5. My kids like Duolingo and the ULAT. We watch a lot of BASHO & FRIENDS on YouTube - songs about beginning concepts, but aimed at an older audience than the ubiquitous preschool Spanish videos. https://fluentkey.com/ is interesting. It compiles tons of short Spanish videos (clips from TV and movies, YouTube videos, music videos, etc), sorts them by difficulty, and adds subtitles and periodic self-checking comprehension questions. Many libraries offer free subscriptions to either Rosetta Stone or Mango Language which is similar. My kids don't love them, and I wouldn't pay for t
  6. Even owing someone apples is still a verbal agreement. They aren't handing the apples over right now, so they are agreeing that sometime in the future they will give you hypothetical apples. And that very much hinges on communication, rational thinking, planning for the future and holding up your end of the bargain. That is a lot for some kids to wade through to get to the numbers. Even as an adult, thinking about debt makes negatives less clear in my mind. Trying to think about "getting a debt" is incredibly unintuitive to me. I have to ponder over those words for a long time before I ca
  7. I think debt is very hard for my kids to grasp because it is a verbal agreement, hence the intersection of two of my kids' weaknesses: language and people. (Plus they are not interested in or motivated by money at all.) Trying to use debt as a mathematical model means they need to sort through all the word-y and interpersonal aspects of the problem before they can grapple with the numbers. Instead, for us, piles of dirt are much purer numbers. There are no words or people or motivations to trip over, just pure physical manifestations of "a positive unit" and "a negative unit".
  8. Same issue here. My oldest will be 12 in a few weeks, and I wish I could give him the choice of participating in a research study. I'm not sure what he would choose - he doesn't like shots and blood draws, but that might actually make it feel like a bigger sacrifice and therefore a greater contribution to the effort. But at this point we don't have that option because when last I looked there were no testing facilities within a 2-3 hour drive.
  9. My kids really struggle with summaries. I like these short units on Teachers Pay Teachers. I thought they did a great job of breaking down the goals of summaries and scaffolding each individual skill: Summarizing Nonfiction Text Summarizing Fiction Text / Stories You can also buy them as a bundle.
  10. To me, it seems like her current online charter is the worst of all worlds - no challenge, graduating too soon, and limited opportunities to form friendships. For my 11 year old, who is working about 4 year ahead and also has ADHD (and autism and anxiety), we have chosen homeschooling. I don't have to slow down his academics (he is earning 3 high school credits this year), but he won't be pressured into graduating early because I can always offer him broader and deeper things to learn. And finding peers is not a challenge for us - around here, my kids could be doing meet-ups, field trips
  11. Except for the ubiquitous instances of an e at the end saying its name: he, she, me, we, be That list of words is short in number, but sky-high in terms of frequency. It can be hard for some kids to realize that even though they run into that spelling pattern almost every sentence, it is actually really uncommon for an e at the end of a word to say its name.
  12. Some more than others. I think they build pretty well - the earlier constructions require less precision than the later ones. Also, I think there is a lot to be learned even if the figures don't come out perfectly. Like when my kids tried to construct the regular octagon, it kind of came out a wonky mess. But, they could tell me the steps they took, why they were necessary to construct the octagon, and what skills they would need to make it neater and more precise. But, no, it did not particularly look like a regular octagon when they were done. Largely because the book does not
  13. Mr. Q Advanced Earth Science is listed as being for ages 12-18. I would call it a strong middle school course or a light high school course. We have used almost all of Mr. Q's courses, and my kids really like the casual, conversational tone...and the pictures with the goofy captions.
  14. https://www.prufrock.com/Hands-On-Geometry-Constructions-With-a-Straightedge-and-Compass-Grades-4-6-P558.aspx
  15. Spencer has made it through all the levels of Typing.com. Now he is using https://www.freetypinggame.net/play.asp and https://www.nitrotype.com/. Finally, I will have him practice a little with https://thepracticetest.com/typing/tests/practice-paragraphs/...though that might not be until the following year.
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