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  1. Thanks, everyone. I think what I am going to do is have him finish MUS arithmetic, then have him do a couple Beast Academy books before moving him into AoPS PreAlgebra. Thanks for being a sounding board!
  2. Hi all, I need help cutting down on busy work for my 10 year old. What should I cut? What is redundant? What would you keep (or add)? Math U See (epsilon)- 1 sheet daily Mad Minute (1 minute fact review) 6 Mental Math problems (singapore) daily 1 Process Skill problem (singapore) daily I want to add in Beast Academy. That feels like it will be too much. What can I take out? Thanks so much in advance!! Jennifer
  3. Hi all, We are currently reading Pearl S. Buck's Story Bible. It is exactly what I was looking for in a children's Bible: no-pictures, clear, beautiful language, no interpretation (the text speaks for itself). I would love to find something similar for the Qur'an. Does anyone know if such a thing exists? All I can find are cartoon-y collections of stories, and I am too unfamiliar with the Qur'an to really know what I am looking at. I understand that it is considered ideal to read the Qur'an in the original Arabic, and that there are only one or two authorized English translations.
  4. Thanks so much! This is very helpful!! I think I'll go with Process Skills. I have one child in MUS Alpha (addition/sub), one in Gamma (multiplication) and one in Epsilon (fractions). Anyone know what grade level I should get of Process Skills for each? Jennifer
  5. HI all, I'm looking at supplementing our MUS with either Singapore's Challenging Word Problems or Process Skills in Problem Solving. What are the differences between the two? Should I do both? Thanks! Jennifer
  6. LOL! I appreciate all your input. This last made me laugh, because that's probably true! :) Which is also why I need a voice of reason sometimes...
  7. He uses Dragon, mostly, which is a relief to both of us. :) I'll take a look at the video. Thanks! Jennifer
  8. Hi all, I like aspects of all three of these approaches: CAP Writing & Rhetoric (only seen samples), IEW SWI-A & Bravewriter. My 12yo ds with dysgraphia worked with IEW about 2 years ago before his diagnosis. We switched to Bravewriter a year ago, and daily freewrites have been really helpful with lowering his anxiety around writing, but I'm ready to take the next babystep. I think he would find IEW more do-able now that he's older than he did 2 years ago. I'm also really curious about CAP W&R. Both programs seem to be structured and to build upon previous lessons, and
  9. We were doing IEW and fix-it before his diagnosis. I found Bravewriter during his testing, and daily freewriting for a year (never editing) has been good for his anxiety. Periodically, I would try to take the next step, and we were only successful once, last summer. I think IEW would be good to return to. I also like the look of CAP. Would it be crazy to combine all three?? I'll start another thread... Thanks! Jennifer
  10. Hi all, My 12 yo ds has dysgraphia, and it is the kind where it is hard for him to put thoughts on paper. We have been doing Bravewriter with great success. I won't abandon it completely, but I'm needing more guidance or we'll be stuck doing freewrites for months on end (which is what we've been doing since August when I felt like he was ready for the next step beyond just freewriting). I'm looking at CAP Writing and Rhetoric. We'd start with the first book (grade 3/4) Fables. I'm wondering if anyone has any experience with this writing curriculum with a dysgraphic, little bit olde
  11. Hi all, My 11.5 yo is a very reluctant writer and has been diagnosed with dysgraphia (thought-generation variety). We have been using Bravewriter with a lot of success. He recently drafted about three paragraphs through voice recognition software about a trip to Mars. We were able to edit it together into a nice little story. This was huge progress for him, and I definitely credit Bravewriter for this. Basically, right now, I have him freewrite daily using the voice-to-text on our tablet, and then we choose one of those freewrites after a couple weeks to edit. His anxiety about wr
  12. Hi all, There was recently a story on NPR about Aaron Carapella who has created maps showing where different indigenous people were living and using their names for themselves in the US, Canada and Mexico: http://www.npr.org/blogs/codeswitch/2014/06/24/323665644/the-map-of-native-american-tribes-youve-never-seen-before. I contacted him about getting a digital copy and this is the link he sent me: http://tribalnationsmaps.com/digital-download/ Digital sets are only $20 This is something I'm hugely interested in for our history studies and I thought I would share. Jennifer
  13. Hi all, I used the OPGTTR for my two older boys, and I drug them both through it the entire way. I did the AAR Pre-Reading book with my 5yo daughter (because I don't think OPGTTR does a good job with letter sounds in those first couple dozen lessons) and she really enjoyed it. I have been hesitant to start AAR 1 because it is another expensive investment and she is my last child. Plus, I know OPGTTR works... it's just hard to get through lessons... like pulling teeth. But... she's also my last, and I *know* without a doubt that OPGTTR is no fun, so why not switch to something fun.
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