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  1. I'm not going to begin allowing reading in the bathroom, but thanks for the suggestion. If it ever looks like reading is in danger of becoming something that Jr doesn't enjoy, I'll reassess.
  2. I've realized that "The Problem" isn't his leisure reading, it's that we don't have a good "Required Reading" program/routine/rhythm in place. He was always reading and so we never required reading as a separate thing until this month. I guess the next question becomes "how to set a productive reading program" should it be by time? Or by volume? Hmmm...Off to start a new thread! Thanks ladies.
  3. Yes, he see's me and Hubby read at home constantly. I like to think that we have a "Bookish" household. We're usually reading for work or with a sibling, but both Hubby and I have been reading "for me" every day in front of the kids for a few years now. Hubby reads for leisure more than I do though. Thank you for your ideas and wisdom. Yep--Jr. is doing all the "other" activities for leisure--running, playing, building, etc. Just not reading as much. I've printed the Reading Challenge that @Junie shared for everyone in the family and already it's breathing "new life" into the a
  4. My fix for this has been to require that they check their work before they turn it in to me. For a couple of weeks, I would half the number of problems that I'm assigning daily and require that she compute each problem twice in order to neatly check her work. So, if a 6th grader has computed 34.15 - 17.08 = 17.07, then the they must also compute 17.08 + 17.07 = 34.15 in order to verify their own answer. During this phase, require all math steps to be written out logically and neatly, so if they just hand in a math paper and no "regrouping" is shown, hand it back. They nee
  5. How do you scaffold or support Required Reading for your 2nd-3rd grader? What about leisure-reading? Jr. will read when there is a cause but he seems to have "outgrown" leisure reading. It's not among his preferred forms of entertainment anymore and that makes me sad (and a little nervous). He's a very good reader--he can read almost anything but most of his reading is done for school. He leisure reads only a few times a week--he used to willingly read for fun all the time. He's been doing a lot less "leisure reading" and I'd like to encourage him back towards reading as a past-time.
  6. As a writing resource for my home-school. Thank you for all the additional thoughts and sharing your wisdom. I am trying to both learn as much as I possible can about helping guide and direct my children to become strong writers, and am also looking to purchase resources that'll help me teach more effectively. If there is a book of outlines with subject content already in them, then that would be wonderful. However, if such a resource doesn't exist (to the collective knowledge of the Hive) then that's alright too. I'll continue to hunt around or may even write my own series of outl
  7. Unfortunately I missed the special. 😞 What was the product that was that you recommended? The link just goes to a blank page. I've looked in the store but they have hundreds of items and their product filtering is lousy. They have over 100 items for the 3-5 range alone.
  8. I would love to buy a book(let) of premade outlines that can be used for writing lessons. As a secondary choice, I would be willing to buy a book of model essays. Occassionaly I can find one or two premade outlines but I would like to purchase a compilation of pre-made outlines and/or a book or essays. Does this exist? What is it called and where can I find it? Thank you.
  9. Using the sticks/bundles, make the regrouping a seperate step from the operations. If you're doing 301 - 257, then analyze the problem first and do all the regrouping necessary. We don't have enough 10s, and we don't have enough 1s. So take 1-hundred and regroup it to ten 10s, then grab a 10 and regroup it to 1s. Now we have enough 100s, 10s and 1s. So now we can subtract.
  10. Op, get 1,000 craft sticks a bag of tiny hair bands a bag of rubber bands. and make 1s, 10s and 100s. Teach your kiddo to count 1s, 10s, and 100s. Each day do several related addition and subtraction problems that require regrouping. Spend a couple of weeks where you model and solve problems with the manipulatives only, talking through each step. Then once he's comfortable with that step, go ahead and write down the problem and solve it as you go. Continue to do this every day for a few months. The Regrouping Concept is vital. It is used not just in base-ten (wh
  11. We haven't gotten there yet, but I remember reading on WTM forums that whatever program you go with, get a roll of electric tape and cover up the keys after the kids have been through the lesson a couple of times. This will help with touch-typing as looking at the keyboard is less useful and kids develop muscle memory faster and are trained against looking at the keyboard.
  12. Thank you all so much for your individual perspective and wisdom. However, I need to teach a short unit on basic Opinion Writing on the 3rd-5th grade spectrum, so I am in need of resources and guidance (thanks Lori D and Wendy) more than anecdotes and (no pun intended) personal opinions on whether or not Opinion Writing can/should be taught at this grade range. The guidance offered was especially helpful and I am selfishly asking for any more that The Hive may have.
  13. What do you like for a short unit on teaching Opinion Writing at a 3rd-5th grade student?
  14. This can be tricky in a financially insecure world and mid-pandemic, but allowing my children to experience money and guiding them on financial habits and decisions is the way that we've chosen to educate on finances during the elementary years. We're focusing just on the idea of budget, saving vs spending. We encourage our kids to give, but don't require it of them. The children are required to save $35 of their pocket money in order to open a savings account. Once the child is old enough, let them sit in on a part of you and your spouses budget meetings every week/month so that they can see
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