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  1. Thanks for the input. That is sort what I am going for; exposure and enough to get the gist of it.
  2. How essential is it to have a good grasp on probability and statistics during middle school math (Prealgebra / MM7). We are still finishing last year's math (!!) but I am debating doing a quick overview rather than spending a lot of time mastering these topics. Just wondering if this would hurt in the long run.
  3. Thank you. We have done MM 1-7. We did not get through MM7 completely, finishing up through the Geometry section. I'm glad to hear of your success with Mr. D!
  4. For my rising 8th grader, I am planning on going from MM7 to Mr. D Math for Algebra - the self paced option. I reached out to their customer service and found out the self paced courses are good for 18 months. My son struggled with MM7 as a 7th grader and I was either going to spend the first part of this year finishing up with a major emphasis on review, then start Mr. D hopefully by the New Year... Or the other option is go ahead and start Mr. D now, going super slow, taking the whole 18 months if needed. Just curious to see if anyone sees any pros/cons to do it either way. MM7 was a struggle in part, I believe, because of the lack of an actual teaching element (besides the reading ...and me..ugh).
  5. I am curious if, or how, you use successfully Great Courses Plus in your homeschooling. I see a lot potential for homeschooling (Spanish, Latin, Algebra, Science, History -- so many options!) but I'm not real sure if it can ever be anything more than a supplement, or useful for the interest-led kid. Does anyone use it for more than that?
  6. Yes to the careless mistakes - he tries to do so much in his head, and in word problems, he does not read through them carefully. He also forgets the various formulas whatnot so I do know more spiral review is going to be needed. I have noticed that in the MM cumulative reviews and chapter tests (the ones that are separate PDFs), those problems are much easier than what is found in the chapters. He actually does ok on those. They are straightforward problems rather than more of the deep thinking required working through the chapters. So I would say he understands the basic concepts but either doesn't have the maturity or the discipline to think through the deeper stuff. All the options overwhelm me as well! Thanks for the suggestions so far.
  7. My 7th - soon to be 8th - grader boy is trying to finish up MM7. It's been somewhat of a struggle. Based on this I don't see him being successful moving on to algebra next year for 8th. I'm trying to decide if we should beef him up with another course of prealgebra for 8th, or dive in with algebra then likely repeating it for 9th when I would have to assign transcript grades. I'm not really sure which would be the better approach. I can't put my finger on if this is a readiness / maturity issue, versus a tendency towards laziness and not wanting work though difficult problems. He is very bright but doesn't have a great work ethic and probably needs more hand-holding than what I've been able to do. He does have dysgraphia so he tries to do as much in his head as possible. This is a part of the problem but it's not the only thing going on. I know that MM7 is fairly rigorous and in my mind that kind of complicates the issue. He may have been better served with a different program. If you have been in this same boat, what have you done? I could use guidance / advice.
  8. At that age I imagine they are pretty self directed and enjoy the freedom to do what is fun for them. We run a lot of tournaments, and the kids have classes / coaching at our club as it is more competition minded. When playing for fun, Bughouse is popular. You could also introduce a chess ladder that would be ongoing over time. They are also some variations of chess games you could find online, like 4-way Chess or Plunder Chess, also, there are Equalizer Dice you can play with (role and move what you role).
  9. I have been volunteering at a large chess club for a few years. There are many things you can do to spice it up. Are the kids primarily casual players or more competitive? Is your meet up more of a social gathering, or would the kids like to go further with their chess skills?
  10. Thank you for feedback and suggestions. I really like the look of Wordsmith. I'm checking out the others. He does type and he'd be awesome at debate one of these days. I got behind trying to follow the WTM progression and I should have switched directions after it feels like a big step backwards. The dysgraphia is limiting for sure but all the more reason I want to get it right this time. Thanks again.
  11. Writing is a struggle here, both the actual writing for my son and finding a program that fits. He is 12yo, dysgraphic, and while he has lots to say and has excellent reading comprehension, getting words into written form is difficult. I tried the first 3 books of Writing and Rhetoric before moving into WWS. My plan was to go slowly through WWS but it's just not right for us. I'm thinking of either Jump In or perhaps IEW. Possibly back to Writing and Rhetoric, even. I've seen IEW recommended often but it seems we should've started that long before now....and I never quite understood all the pieces and how it works. I wouldn't know where to begin. (I think I shied away because I like to keep things simple.) I feel like he just needs the right method or instructional material to "get it". I mainly interested in the how-to's for expository type of writing...not journaling or "about me" type of assignments. Anyone have feedback about Jump In? Starting IEW in 7th grade? Higher levels of Writing and Rhetoric? Anything else that is basic, straight forward, remedial even, for a middle schooler?
  12. This is certainly reassuring. Thank you. I assumed things would happen symmetrically, and I just don't remember how it all started.
  13. My daughter has a lump, for lack of a better word, just under one nipple. She is not developing and I was thinking maybe this is a first stage - except that is it just one side. Not sure if I should wait it out and see what happens, or if this needs checked out. She's fairly active and just finished basketball so I thought she could have an injury, but it doesn't hurt and there's no discoloration. I'm assuming this is really not normal. Thoughts?
  14. Another yes, but I would also call and say "I really need to see someone who specializes in (your condition)". GI docs can develop a focus of practice, such as liver disease, so it's helpful to find one that can really speak to your diagnosis.
  15. I am doing it slower- paced with my 6th grade boy. He's doing fine and catching on. We edit, redo, edit, redo, a lot. It's really his first how-to-write curriculum and I want to take it slow and hand-hold a bit.
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