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  1. We have used many classes through Athena’s Academy and love them. They are with an actual live teacher, discussion is usually lively, and the classes are generally engaging. Athena’s is aimed at gifted kids, with courses chosen by ability level instead of age level. I wouldn’t attempt to do all my daughter’s schooling through online classes, but having her take some stuff through Athena’s allows me to focus on the other stuff.
  2. Didn’t see this the first time around. We use Alcumus as our primary set of problems. In other words, DD learns from the book with me but all her independent problem solving is with Alcumus, not the book. I generally require that she work the problems independently and submit one answer. If she gets it wrong on the first try, she can call me over. I read the problem, she explains her reasoning and what she did (and, yes, this took time to develop), shows me her work (she works on a small whiteboard, so only the current problem’s work is there), and I’ll help by either finding her arithmetic er
  3. That’s what I do. I used to staple a set of five together and put them on a clipboard in the car for DD to poke at when she got bored. She’d hand them to me to score when she finished a packet.
  4. DD took it for the fourth year a couple weeks ago. She has always enjoyed this as a low key math contest. And she says this year’s t-shirt is the best one yet. 🙂
  5. We’ve used the NWEA MAP three times now. Homeschoolboss has always been easy to work with. My daughter was testing at the 90th+ percentile as compared to 11th graders when she was in 3rd or 4th grade, so we would have stopped using the test this year (5th) if our state didn’t require annual testing, but it was great that they gave not only grade-level percentiles and grade equivalents but also the percentile as compared to all the other grades. That last bit was the most helpful information I’ve ever gotten from a test. As for reading, I’ve always found it easier to find higher level, age
  6. MOEMS. One year’s test is spread out over five shorter tests. Each of the shorter tests consists of five problems and a 30 minute time limit. Depending on speed and stamina, you could simply give her however many sets of five questions make sense for her in a sitting.
  7. For me, this was always an issue. I read voraciously but didn’t always glean the meaning of unfamiliar words. Now, teaching my kid vocabulary and word roots, I have both the experience of explaining to her some context for he words and seeing a definition and thinking, “oh, *that’s* what that word means!?” I loved going through MCT’s Caesar’s English with her because the author had studied what words came up most often in classic literature and used those as his vocabulary words. I knew the vast majority, but there were definitely words I had never figured out on my own.
  8. Thames and Kosmos has a lot of wonderful kits for science and engineering. Snap Circuits are fun. Binge watching Magic Schoolbus? Documentaries?
  9. DD started taking Athena’s classes when she was 6. She didn’t really want me involved at all, so I didn’t type for her during class, but I did sometimes type up her dictated responses for the homework. I remember her complaining a bit that the chat sometimes moved too fast for her to participate, but her first few classes were almost entirely discussion-based and she was comfortable “raising her hand” and answering questions verbally. The literature classes usually start with every student being asked to type their own question for discussion at the beginning of class; due to typing speed at t
  10. If we cover history of science, I feel like it is easy enough to grab the Hakim books and do it myself in one way or another. I do realize this is lower level than you are talking, but it is still an option. History of math, OTOH, I haven’t found particularly good, easily accessible source for. Having a child who is very STEM-focused and advanced, this sounds like an excellent class to mix in as an elective.
  11. I would define myself more child-led than unschooling, though we’ve had periods where we fully unschooled. It has worked very well for my kid, who really enjoys and seeks out academic-type stuff but only when it is on her own terms. She has nearly full control over what she learns and how she learns it, but we have some boundaries that mean that choosing to do “nothing” isn’t a viable option. When she was younger, I would choose one thing to require and usually changed it up every month or two so that I would rotate through some basics. Everything else was chosen by her, and I’d acquire m
  12. Mostly, it’s been too long. I do know it was the first time she had ever run into a written version of multidigit multiplication or division. She’d worked those problems in her head for years and freaked out about it on paper for whatever reason. Looking at the topics just now, I remember there was stuff in the logic chapter she hadn’t yet run into. The estimation chapter was new and drove her crazy. Pieces of all the shapes chapters were new to her. But for the most part, it was rarely the concepts themselves that were new; the new part was having to actually work problems instead of passivel
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