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  1. We had one, but it barely got used. I think DD was 5 when we bought it, and 8 when I sold it. It wasn’t glitchy; it simply wasn’t very fun. The Newton and Masterpiece apps were good for a short while, and she liked the tangrams app even though it was really finicky, but the other apps held no real interest for her. We definitely didn’t get $100 worth of benefit out of it.
  2. Hits: Destination Imagination, AOPS book + Alcumus, Great Courses Plus Misses: AOPS online classes Everything else fell somewhere in the middle
  3. The pdf booklets are available if you use Great Courses Plus. Since GCP has no commitment length, you could sign up for a month (or the free trial if you’ve not used it before), download all the guidebooks for every course you want to use, then cancel.
  4. If the state does not require anything, you need not keep anything. If you enroll her in public school again anytime before high school, schools nearly always enroll the child in the grade level that corresponds to their age, without any paperwork needed from you other than the standard enrollment paperwork. I do choose to keep my own records, but that’s because I like having them. I don’t anticipate ever needing to show them to anyone. I have a small day planner, and I write down what we did after we do it. Any paper-based work generated is thrown into a big pile, and every few months we choose a few things from the pile to keep and recycle the rest.
  5. This. We combine this approach with a lot of time in nature, visiting the science and natural history museums, hands-on science kits, and child-designed experiments. But there are a lot of library books involved.
  6. My school used upper levels of Saxon, way back when. I went from a kid who loved math, with it being my favorite subject and competing in MathCounts, to thinking math was a miserable subject that made no sense. Saxon contained almost no “math sense”; it was problem after problem after problem of fill-in-the-blank plugging in of numbers using a prescribed way of doing things. The sheer number of problems meant math homework took longer than all my other subjects combined, even though I still usually intuitively understood the math itself. It was drudgery.
  7. May I ask what program the tutor recommends for your child?
  8. I can not imagine thinking that Saxon didn’t have enough review and repetition. I detest the program, in part because I believe it to have such a ridiculous excess of review and repetition. Has this tutor ever actually used Saxon?
  9. Told my daughter her score and simply “forgot” to remind her that there were medals, since she places little emphasis on such herself and didn’t remember. So, now she’s perfectly happy with her score. 🙂
  10. DD will be mildly disappointed. She missed a medal by a point.
  11. Keeping in mind that I’m not a scrapbooker (the same artsy appeal of it for my daughter keeps me away from it), the basic idea starts with buying a scrapbook, scrapbook paper, and various decorations like stickers from an art supply store like Michaels. Each event/topic gets its own page or a two-page spread. Each page can contain any combination of photos, hand drawn pictures, titles, written descriptions, whatever... the idea is that it can be very open to creative input. My kid has never had much interest in keeping a regular journal, but she loves this. When she started it, she had a few recent things she wanted to include, so she made five or six pages in the first couple weeks. Since then, it’s an occasional project when she has new stuff to include - her season with Destination Imagination, a trip to Harry Potter World, a collection of hiking pictures.
  12. I prompted my kid to do some scrapbooking, including small written descriptions for each page. She liked that better than a journal, and I was surprised at the level of LA skill it actually takes to boil down an event or experience into a single page or a two-page spread. Plus, it appealed to her artsy self. I found the questions in the Suppose the Wolf Were an Octopus series to be great for quick writing prompts. Many of them worked really well to learning to write basic paragraphs. (And I returned to the series when we started tackling essays this year.)
  13. You could add in some spiral review in a fun way by having him play Prodigy Math for a while a few times per week. It’s fun enough that it likely won’t feel like a chore, and gives a good mix of problems or you can use the teacher portal to assign certain types of problems.
  14. By and large, the games are a replacement for the same drill that can be accomplished with flash cards.
  15. We had a similar type of list. Some of the things on it: programming in Scratch or with her robots learning a new art skill (via her art books or an art video or some other prompt) Zometool challenges playing with molecular modeling projects/suggestions from books like This Book Thinks You’re a Math Genius or This Book Thinks You’re an Artist anything to complete a project learning/practicing calligraphy or other hand lettering techniques playing on Burning Cargo practicing piano or doing a lesson on Hoffman Academy projects from science kits on hand
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