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  1. Dreambox has a monthly fee, but it's terrific for developing good number sense and mental math skills. (And fun, too.)

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    Gently used Michael Clay Thompson books, Level 1. Includes: Building Language Building Language TM Sentence Island Sentence Island TM The Music of the Hemispheres The Music of the Hemispheres TM Grammar Island Grammar Island TM Practice Island TM (Note that it does not include the Practice Island student edition, which is the only consumable book.) Asking $100, ppd.


  3. Oh my goodness, it sounds like you have a child who REALLY thinks ahead! Thanks so much for taking the time to post this--it totally made my day. That's wonderful that she enjoyed it so much. In the works, but it will still be a while... Yes, the $200(!) price on Amazon is my self-published version that is now out-of-print. Well-Trained Mind is publishing a new edition, with a lovely professional layout and way more adorable cover than I was able to put together on my home laptop. (The Amazon page is here. Amazon is projecting it to be available January 3rd, and you can watch the forums to see when WTM has it in stock on their website.) Subtraction Facts will also be coming out in January, with Amazon expecting to have it available January 31.
  4. I'm not personally familiar with one, but try asking over on the High School board. I bet the parents there would have a lot of good suggestions.
  5. It can be so challenging to tease out what exactly is responsible for learning (or lack of it!) So many factors impact how we learn that it can be hard to separate out only one. But, it's certainly true that brain maturity is an important one of those factors. Sometimes, kids just aren't quite ready to "get" a concept, and they just need a little more time to grow up before the concept becomes understandable. My most dramatic experience of this was last year with my daughter, who was in kindergarten. Her little five-year-old self just could not deal with the written minus sign. She would happily answer questions about taking away stuffed animals and counters, but she got completely frustrated any time I tried to put a simple written subtraction problem in front of her. After banging my head against this wall for a week or so, I realized that it was simply a matter of maturity--and that it wasn't worth worrying about for a kindergartner! I kept on working on subtraction with her, but only with manipulatives. Six months later, the subtraction sign doesn't pose any problem to her any more and she's now moved on to translating word problems into subtraction equations. I didn't do anything magical to make the change happen, but her brain just matured.
  6. I highly recommend going in order. For the most part, the chapters build on each other very elegantly: skip-counting from chapter 2 is used to find areas in chapter 3, which is then formalized as multiplication in chapter 4, which is used to go in-depth with perfect squares in chapter 5, and on and on. However, like Bolt said, chapter 1 is a big exception to this! It's crazy hard, and fine to save for when you need a break from all the multiplication sometime in chapters 2-5.
  7. For the Independent Learning Module, it's really up to you. I'll be using the main textbook (Elementary Mathematics for Teachers) as a spine for the course and referring to it in the lectures. However, you should be able to understand the lectures just fine without having read the textbook. If you'd like to do the problem sets that accompany the lectures, the textbook is a must. It frequently refers to the Primary Mathematics books and asks you to analyze teaching sequences in those books. It most frequently refers to 3A, sometimes refers to 4A, and only occasionally to 5A. So, if you'd rather not buy 4A and 5A, you'd still be able to do most of the problems, but not all.
  8. This discussion board is for all students enrolled in Math That Makes Sense: How to Teach Elementary Arithmetic (live, delayed, or independent learning module). Here, you can discuss the topics we’ve studied in class, pose questions, and generally think “out loud†(or at least, in writing) about how your learning is impacting your math teaching. Just as our kids learn best when they have a chance to think through new ideas and try new things in a supportive environment, my hope is that this board will be a place where you feel encouraged and stimulated as you develop deeper expertise in teaching elementary math. I’ll be checking the board weekly until January 2017. My focus will be on our in-class discussions, but I’m excited to see how you use this board to collaborate, share stories and resources, and follow any rabbit trails that the class inspires. Happy math! Kate
  9. For equivalent fractions, try using simple hand drawn squares. Use vertical lines to subdivide the square to match the denominator of the simplest-form fraction, and shade the rectangles you make to match the numerator. Then, use horizontal lines to divide the square to match the denominator of the other fraction. The beauty of cutting squares like this is that it helps show why we multiply both the numerator and denominator by the same number to find equivalent fractions: the shaded rectangles (which represent the numerator) and the total number of rectangles (which represent the denominator) are being cut by the same lines, so they increase by the same factor. Here's a quick sketch I did to illustrate. Hope it makes sense!
  10. How about They provide a math-y story of the day and then three levels of questions (for kids of different ages). The Evan Moor 2nd grade daily word problem book would fit the bill, too. They're stories about animals, with a wide variety of problems as well as some charts and graphs.
  11. Great elementary math resources to consider including: CLE Math Mammoth Beast Academy MEP
  12. Yes, Beast! I've written a reveew and article about the benefits of in-depth problem-solving if you'd like to read a parent's perspective on using Beast.
  13. So excited to launch my first ebook today--Preschool Math at Home!

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      Congratulations! That's exciting!!


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    4. Southern Ivy

      Southern Ivy

      I bought it today and the activities look really fun. I am planning on doing these a lot this summer.

  14. I can only speak to the first couple years of AO, as I dabbled in Year 1 last year and have used most of Year 2 with my second-grader this year. Overall, I'm thrilled with the high quality of the books and the way it has helped my STEM-oriented guy stop to ponder the big ideas that the books present. He loves science and math (and so do I!), but the CM-style and books have helped broaden his mind and given him a bigger perspective. I will definitely be sticking with AO as we move into upper grades. Regarding the science specifically, I feel that it has helped me to present a more holistic view of science than I would otherwise use. Ambleside includes books, but also places a lot of emphasis on nature study, so what you get out of AO with regard to science depends a lot on how much time and effort you put into nature study. I've tried to make it more of a priority this year, and I'm glad I did. Carefully observing nature during nature study, not just to analyze it but to wonder at it and enjoy it as well, has helped us both to stop and smell the roses, both literally and figuratively. Regarding the science books, I was shocked at how much we enjoyed The Burgess Bird Book, and how much worthwhile science we both learned from it. The books are extremely well-chosen across the board, and I'm almost always surprised by how rich they are once we dig into them. That said, I don't think these early years require a lot of formal science, but I do not see AO's booklist as sufficient for a strong science background for the later years. In my family's case, we just want to do more science than AO includes. So, we do! This year, we're enjoying the AO books but also doing the Real Science for Kids Chemistry program. Next year, I plan to use BFSU along with Ambleside. Lastly, it's been said on the boards before by veteran parents that kids' math backgrounds often prove to be the most important factor in pursuing science down the road. I majored in math and took a fair amount of science in college, and I agree with this strongly. If I didn't have enough time to do both math and science thoroughly for my STEM-oriented children, I'd choose to concentrate on math and make sure those skills are very solid. But, I'm glad that so far I don't have to choose. Doing science together is too much fun. :)

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    WWE Workbook, Level 1. (Student pages 1, 3, 5, 7, 9, 11, and 13 are missing. The text for this copywork is included in the main part of the teacher's guide section, though, so you can just copy the sentences for those pages on lined paper for your student.) Otherwise, the book is in great condition. Asking $20, which includes shipping. Thanks!


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