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  1. 1. Only dabbled a bit with supplements. MM is cluttery...I like that its cheap and functional. There are just so many maths out there and I've heard pros and cons for all of them. 🙂 2. I really like the whiteboard idea. He would probably like that. I'm planning on mounting a whiteboard in our new place so this would be easy to try. 3. This is something I can work on too. Sometimes I let him doodle characters to "act out" word problems (although can tend to become tedious and distracting)...but I can look into visual aids too. I like the blank table - he would like that. 4. Yes,
  2. Ah yes, Calvin & Hobbes are great favorites in our family. Taking breaks is good. I will think about this - how to help him with communication & allow for breaks/change of focus.
  3. Handwriting is good. Not sure if he'd get into calligraphy. He likes comics and cartooning. But I'll look into it. Will look into Ronit Bird. Next thing to do is probably to get him tested though and see what I'm dealing with. Yes, they do play at the park - obviously we had an absolutely crazy covid year, but this past school year they've been out for at least 30 min most mornings before school.
  4. You all have been such a help. Thank you!!! ❤️ After much discussion & research (spurred by all of your suggestions), we're probably going to go with Zippy Shell - which will move everything in a trailer straight to MN and hold it there for us for up to 30 days. So we'll meet it there after our IN stop. The PODS idea sounds wonderful - we looked into U-Pack and U-Box as well...but our landlord was giving us some grief with parking lot insurance and it was getting complicated, so this looks like it work best all around. Looks like it's going to cost about the same as our orig
  5. I don't mind at all! This is helping me to think things through. Yes, he would be able to break a ten and "give" it to the ones... He can do regrouping with addition and subtraction on paper just fine without manipulatives (although he balks at doing more than three or four problems at a time). He can do the same thing with 3-digit numbers even when regrouping twice (323-289). And he could demonstrate that with manipulatives *if I made him. 🙂 7x6 he would explain as seven 6s or six 7s (he gets that multiplication is commutative). He'd probably draw 7 boxes and count th
  6. I don't do much with timed drills unless I sneak them in by not telling him I'm timing him. 🙂 Yes, he does very well with place value. And we covered all the 3rd grade multiplication stuff. We did lots and lots and lots of skip counting, and I used Multiplication That Sticks games with him and ds7 (which is how ds7 knows all his multiplication tables). Ds9 can fill in a multiplication chart (0-12) easily. Only recall of tricky facts (7x6, 8x6, 8x7) are really hard. But his attitude is still "I can't do this, I give up, I hate math." Okay, maybe I do need to get him tested. Will look
  7. I think my real concern is his lack of love and joy in math. I want to pull back and give him more time to develop confidence and love of math without pushing him into new things because we've got to get the next math year done... I want him to love math because we learn anything better that we love to do... But I'm nervous about giving him that kind of space if this is just laziness that needs to be drilled out of him. 🙂 Then I'm setting him up to seek out the path of least resistance instead of learning to tackle what is hard and takes mental work. If that makes sense. So
  8. He'll count a problem like 14+8 or 21-5 out on his fingers. If he's in a pressured situation (timed drill) he freezes up and counts almost anything that he would normally have down (5+8) on his fingers.
  9. We're using Math Mammoth.
  10. I'll have a 4th grader this fall who doesn't like math. He hasn't gotten comfortable with reading independently yet...he can read chapters books, but not usually on his own. The other day I caught him reading "My Father's Dragon" in his own free time, and that's encouraging. I'm not pushing him, we read lots together this year. I read aloud to him a lot, and sometimes have him read to me. I'm waiting for him to "blossom" in this area...maybe this next year? I think his math angst is tied to the reading. I'm schooling 5 kids right now, and he's the middle child, but he's the one I sp
  11. Doesn't look like PODS services our part of MN. 😕
  12. Ooh, I will look into this. Thanks!
  13. Sorry, #2 would be hiring movers to drive our stuff to MN.
  14. One vehicle, our family in that. In-laws in the moving truck. Yes, two days to IN, then another day to MN.
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