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  1. The Three Investigators! I loved those books, and it was the first time I encountered Alfred Hitchcock. Thanks for reminding me of them. I think one of the three boys had a sister who featured occasionally - maybe that's where the girl came in. For other mysteries featuring girls, I remember reading a lot of Trixie Belden books, too.
  2. As far as Basis, I understand they are high pressure and force out lower performing students, so that they lose a lot of students in high school grades, making the remainder of their students look really, really good. I would not be interested in that kind of environment. That said, taking so many APs is something a lot of kids with aspirations to elite universities do, so I would be in favor of that. Around here, I understand the first AP most kids are able to take in public schools, in either 8th or 9th, is the Human Geography. That might be considered easier? Back in the stone age, I to
  3. My ds8 is going to start 3rd grade at a public full-time gifted program in three weeks. I have no idea how it's going to go, how he will fit in the class academically, and how much (and what quality) homework there will be. I also don't know what extracurricular opportunities will be available for him. So I have no idea how feasible anything I plan will be, but that doesn't stop me from thinking about it. Also, I'm anxious. My top priority is to keep doing math with him. Sometimes it goes well and other times poorly. I know he is better at math than I was at his age, but I don't know how g
  4. For the Teach Your Monster to Read, it's free but looks like still in beta for both ipad and android. Check out their facebook post for info and how to download: https://www.facebook.com/TeachYourMonsterToRead/?fref=nf
  5. To second what Segway said, Toca Boca, Sago Mini and Dr. Panda are like the kings of the preschool play apps imo. Anything by them will be loved by the PreK/K crowd pretty much. Some are more super open ended with a lot of opportunity for creation than others. Speaking of that, I can't pick out one specifically but there are some art apps that would be good too. There's also the Pepi series of preschool apps and my kids particularly like the My PlayHome apps also. (These are all play apps, but have exploratory/imaginative play value imo, and useful for road trips). More educationally, Star
  6. Hi ladies, I'm not a gym mom, but could use some advice and info. My DS6 is in a boys 1/2 class 1 hr/wk. He turns 7 next month and they've asked him to join the boys team level 4. This would be 4.5 hrs total over 2 days/wk. Aside from the big bump in cost and time, what should I know in making this decision? This news is pretty much the only feedback I've gotten this since August (I'm sure he' getting feedback from coach, but I'm not getting it). Things I'm thinking about and don't know are: what other costs are involved (clothing/equipment/competitions) and what is expected at home/outsid
  7. Wow, I think this is the first time I've seen a negative comment about DreamBox. We did the trial and I liked a lot of it in theory, except there was still too much timed stuff, let me flash this thing at you for two seconds and have my five (then four?) year old try to figure it out in this tiny amount of time. I felt like that worked against developing conceptual comfort, which was supposed to be the reason to choose DreamBox. The other problem, as mentioned above, was my son just went to the fun stuff or whatever - he did NOT want to do the lessons. Admittedly the different presentation mig
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