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  1. I would also call the school and see what they use. That said, something like 30% of students in the U.S. take the MAP Growth, so that would be a good option that a school is likely to understand. It is easy to use, online, computer-adaptive, and doesn’t take too long. Homeschoolboss.com to access it as a homeschooler.
  2. Electronics recycling done yesterday. Goodwill drop off done today. That’s the ENTIRE LIST! So, now I need a new list: - Sell or give away the chemistry set. We aren’t using it, and we’ll buy a new kit when DD actually takes chem. - clear off my desk - go through the filing box and see what can be trashed - buy a Rubbermaid to turn into a large car traveling cage for the pet rats for the cross country trip - Go back through some sections of DD’s bedroom with her to clear out - a last “tour” of the apartment with a more ruthless eye towards stuff to purge - make sure all library books are located and returned - drink the wine and beer in the house because we’re not going to move it 😉
  3. Car is sold, so that’s one big thing off the moving to-do list.
  4. Clothes are sorted. Some friends are coming today and tomorrow to go through the pile of school stuff, books, and games. I have a taker for the video game system, giving it away for free in exchange for not having to test it out first so I don’t distract myself with MarioKart.
  5. I agree that this is really quite good for a 9 year old’s first attempt. My daughter wanted to learn to write basic essays when 8-9 years old because she was running into a few situations where it would be useful to her. We did use and enjoy Michael Clay Thompson’s Paragraph Town and Essay Voyage, with assignments adapted to be more interesting to her. Also, near the beginning, I would talk through her ideas with her, and jot down what she was saying into a basic outline format for her. We would look at the outline and together we would identify places she might want to give more information. As she had more practice, she took over more of the organization and was able to flesh out her own ideas more.
  6. Joining in. We leave for a cross country move at the end of this month. DH, DD, and I all have ADHD. DD and DH are both pack rats, though I am not. Trying to purge as much as possible before movers arrive in less than four weeks. They are gone camping this week, so I’m trying to motivate myself to get as much done as possible with them out of the way. My list includes a bit more than school things. 🙂 - I’ve winnowed the school shelves and offered things out to some local friends. I need to list the rest on local groups, eBay, or donate to Goodwill. - Same as above with DD’s bookshelves - Same with the shelves of board games, plus testing the components from an old game system to see if they work before selling/giving away - Go back through school shelves. There is still too much there to excuse for one kid. - Need to sort clothes. (Need to admit I will never again wear the smallest size I have in my closet.) could probably sell, but should just donate to get it gone. - Need to clean out my car and list it to sell. We are only driving one car across the country. - Need to find a place to recycle the old electronics and do so - Need to *stop*buying*stuff* until after the move
  7. As far as I am aware, I have no LDs. I was always a voracious reader, and still struggled with vocabulary. No speech issues, excellent spelling, but vocabulary was always an outlier. I’ve been enjoying learning alongside my daughter (who has an affinity for words and learns them much more quickly than I do). We’ve used the Michael Clay Thompson Caesar’s English books, which cover both word roots and vocabulary used frequently in classic literature. We only used a couple of his literature books, but he defines words in footnotes throughout the books. She took the Witty Wordsmith class from Lukeion. We’ve used all three books of the Vocabulary Cartoons series. There’s a book from Barron’s called 1100 Words You Need to Know that we’ve used some of that covers vocabulary typically found on SAT or GRE tests. We both learn from playing games like Quiddler together, because we all use words that other don’t know.
  8. I second mathmarm’s comment to not worry. Your kid is clearly absorbing math and will be able to fill in any “gaps” later. Beast Academy might work. You can read the guides together. I believe the online version has a button that will read the questions aloud. My daughter didn’t quite have the patience for it at that age, but did start level 3 when she was 6-ish. With you assisting with any language, you could also look at Hands On Equations or Calculus By And For Young People. You could also continue to play with math concepts hands on using things like Zometool. Games like Dragonwood were great for introducing the basics of probability. If he does screen time, the various Dragonbox apps might interest him; some of them teach concepts from Algebra and Geometry without needing words at all.
  9. I hesitate to ask this question because I really don't want a political debate. My daughter asked me to base her middle school level English class next year on the art of arguing/persuading. We will include some literature that exemplifies persuasion. We are a very liberal family, and the books that I'm aware of generally lean liberal. Possible examples might include Silent Spring laying out the evidence against pesticide usage, The Hate U Give using relatable characters to show police violence and rioting, The Hunger Games using control (government) and how a social movement is formed to fight that control, often using propaganda on both sides. I would like to include at least one book that is truly persuasive and leans conservative. The book can be directly about politics or not. It can be fiction or nonfiction. It can include religion, but she identifies as atheist and a book that assumes a religious viewpoint will not come across as persuasive to her. She has a strong reading level but middle school/tween interest level. Ideas for books that might fit what I am looking for?
  10. Oh, she'd probably love to learn more about Mirzakhani! The Epsilon Camp groups are all named for mathematicians, and that was the only one she wasn't familiar with. And I had no idea about Hedy Lamarr. Looks like there are a couple of fictionalized novel versions about her life, so I reserved one to preread and see if it might work. DH is a mathy computer guy, so she is very well versed in who Ada Lovelace and Grace Hopper were.
  11. We’ve read and watched Hidden Figures. Also just listened to Code Girls on a road trip last weekend. I’m definitely aware that a History of Math will be almost exclusively men. She’s very much a STEM kid, but has been dismayed by seeing the gender disparities in math camps, math circles, and science programs that she has participated in. Up until the last couple years when she started being parts of these groups, I think she thought the disparities were only historical and is frustrated to learn that they still exist so strongly.
  12. It would be a bonus if any of the resources included female mathematicians. She is definitely aware of the gender disparity in all of her most-loved subjects.
  13. Oh, she has definitely found Numberphile! And Vi Hart, which inspired her hexaflexagon stage. She and I are currently working our way through Art Benjamin’s Math and Magic from Great Courses, learning the magic tricks and working our way through the math behind them. Talking to her more, she loves the interesting tidbits of mathematician’s lives (basically, the gossipy stuff). She likes the stories of both rivalries and collaborations. She likes hearing about how theories were proven or disproven, especially if it happened in any unusual manner. I am bookmarking resources and sitting down to request a stack of books from the library to go over!
  14. Modern, ancient, stuff in between. It’s all good. This has been an ongoing interest, so she’s read most the stuff accessible to elementary kids, such as Mathematicians Are People Too and the Murderous Maths series and a variety of storybooks. She’s also read a bunch of general interest math books like the Simon Singh stuff, Math With Bad Drawings, some stuff by John Conway, and probably a bunch of other stuff that I’m either forgetting or don’t even know she has read. Really, she already knows more math history than I ever did. She clearly wants something more, but definitely still gets scared away by dense text, so mass market books are an easier sell than textbooks.
  15. Following up on this, anyone have ideas for literature to read for an English class based around the topic of persuasion? She is a very strong reader, but still has middle school interests. Fiction and nonfiction ideas welcome!
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