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  1. My DS (also not a fan of scary-or even climactic), while he didn't care for the Baseball Mystery series, loved the Cam Jensen series, and also liked the A-Z mysteries and Calendar Mysteries (both series by same author), Boxcar Children, Encyclopedia Brown. Also are the Geronimo Stilton series, Hank the Cowdog. I've also heard good things about the Clementine series for this age.
  2. I have used both and much prefer MM for the exact reasons kristin0713 said. Singapore has 3+ books you have to juggle at one time--student text, workbook and teacher manual (though we never did use this). MM only has 1 at a time. All instruction is written IN the worktext to the student. The explanations are small bits at a time. Singapore is colorful and varied in the content of each lesson, but MM is much easier to use, both for the student and parent. I also think MM promotes independence as in the older years, it can be done without parent involvement-just a check to be sure the student un
  3. I'm not seeing the suggested essay or exam questions-could you direct me? Thanks!
  4. No answers or suggestion here, but I very much empathize with you, as my son sounds an awful lot like yours. Since mine was ahead (like yours), we are taking this year to do real life math. I found some canadian workbooks here: (https://www.nwtliteracy.ca/resources/youth-and-adult-literacy#39 ->Everyday Math Skills halfway down) which have been very beneficial. We've already finished one and are halfway through another and have only had to skip a few pages at an adult level. Not to add another option, because it doesn't sound like what you're looking for, but thought I'd throw it out j
  5. I've found my tween learns a lot more than I thought by looking at the answer and figuring out what went wrong. Maybe you could have him fix the ones he missed, and then take or re-take the test (not sure if there's another test he could take, or if you have enough math knowledge to alter the probelms or what).
  6. You have to be careful when you say "singapore math", because, that is both a style and a brand. As SilverMoon mentioned, the curriculum, "Singapore Math" (singaporemath.com) has 2 branches of the elementary program-US and Standards. Each has 1 workbook and 1 textbook per semester, plus any teacher manual (there is a homeschool one, and a regular one-both very expensive from what I remember), and any supplemental workbooks you choose (challenging word problems is the most popular). However, the style of singapore math can be found in other curriculums such as Math Mammoth, Math in Focus a
  7. For a 13 year old, that is totally enough! (in my opinion) (I also have a 13 year old son-if that's how he wanted to learn history, I would be thrilled). I just did a google search for "history through biographies" and found quite a bit of information. But, for middle school, if that's how he wants to learn, I would say let him do it! When he hits 9th grade, it might get trickier, but you could still do history that way even on his transcript. However, I would categorize a little more, maybe doing just presidents for a semester or year. I don't have a high schooler yet, but I've been spen
  8. I really liked Balance Math teaches Algebra (Critical Thinking Company).
  9. Just an update, I filled out the contact form on the website, and the author got back to me within hours to verify that I was an adult, and not a student, then sent the answer solution right away. He was very helpful, and asked for both feedback if desired and any errors encountered as we use the material. Seems to be a very caring, professional person who was a pleasure to work with.
  10. I never found a workbook that was good on labeling the geography things (state, oceans, etc), but we do love sheppard software or seterra, both online programs where it says a place and you click on it. My 1st & 2nd graders handwriting never would hold up to that much writing, so we saved their writing power for the actual subject of writing. Also, unless the words they needed for fill in the blank were actually in a word box, they would be calling every couple seconds for help spelling stuff: "Mom, how do you spell mountains?". 🙂 We did enjoy Evan Moor Daily Geography, though, but d
  11. That looks really cool. But am I reading it correctly, that you have to email him for the solutions pages?
  12. Some notes from my experience. I love Lori D's list! As always, she is so insightful and helpful. (Thanks!) So, first I would add to her second section: word building + affixes-you can get a little of that in the megawords books. This series first starts with compound words, but I found it very useful in building words including learning how to use and spell affixes. Also, the Critical Thinking Company Word Roots series builds on the root word. What I mean, is they study a (latin) base word and then add prefixes and suffixes onto it to make into words. That didn't work well for my bo
  13. Since LA has been taken care of by the above posters, I'll add my experience on some of your other options. Latin: If you really want to have a Latin, I would suggest Song School Latin. We did that from a young age. However, like Lori D mentioned above, I've found that at 5th and 8th grade, my boys are DONE with it (and have been for a few years). I wish I'd waited until later to start. Logic: I'd like to suggest hands on games for Logic/Critical Thinking. Mindware, Thinkfun and Smartgames.eu have some great ones. (See timberdoodle.com for tons of options).
  14. Both of my boys are like that, as they get older, it gets better. When you mentioned the screaming at the "scary" parts--I could relate! 🙂 Anyway, for nonfiction, I would recommend the Holling C Holling books, Realistic Fiction: Frindle and a few others by that author, HOmer Price and others by that author, That's about all I can recommend. I have a fantasy lover and a mystery lover, so most of my recommendations would be things I've found that work for them.
  15. How much time is appropriate for an 8th grader to spend on math? I know there are threads on here, some even recently, that have this suggested information, but I just don't seem to be searching for the right words to find them. We're trying out using a timer/time frame for math instead of completing an entire lesson and starting with 30 minutes, but I want to know what to shoot for. Thanks!
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