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  1. All four books of the Island level (we have the teacher manuals) are fun and interesting enough that I read them as read alouds for boys ages 8, 5, and 2. Obviously the two year old has no inkling of the actual lesson, but the point is that the discussion prompts and assignments can sometimes get so fun that even he will try to join in with certain things like onomatopoeia, similes (sort of), and the story with Mud. The Building Language book is the driest in terms of format, but it was my older son's favorite at five years old. The words were like a math equation to him, like prefix+root=new meaning. He was really interested in the idea of words having building blocks, and he then asked to study Latin further. Music of the Hemisphere was probably the least fun to read straight through but only because the lessons are a little too long-winded, too much explanation and too little poetry examples. The kids like the poetry, but they want more then the little snippets sometimes provided. So we read a section then pause to explore other poetry more. My older does not like writing on command, so he didn't really do the poetry assignments but when he spontaneously writes he pays attention to the things he learned in this book. Nobody here likes the Practice book but I'm sure that's not a surprise to anyone. To ensure understanding, I have my oldest do about five sentences the complete MCT way, a couple times a year (like a mini review unit), from the Practice book. Otherwise I just have him diagram sentences from his usual writing or dictation, sometimes doing just one level at a time instead of all four.
  2. I need to flesh out this section of my book shelves. Any great picture books that would appeal to elementary boys? Big picture or specific artists/genres are fine, but preferably narrative format only. The kids don't really pick up encyclopedic type books on their own.
  3. We do separate, very simple, timeline and geography activities, so no confusion.
  4. My kids go to CAP Writing and Rhetoric Fable. There isn't drawing though.
  5. Just the next math to do since he's wrapping up BA. I know there are options for going wide and deep, and we do have some resources for that but none of it is particularly conducive to long term, daily, mostly independent work. If there's something else out there I'm interested. I'm definitely not stuck on algebra. I had considered geometry (not proofs, something like RS). I do sporadically do wide and deep stuff but right now I'm focusing on my 5yo since he's learning foundational stuff.
  6. He definitely likes puzzles and multi step word problems. Things that are difficult in terms of thinking through the problem engage him more but problems that are difficult only because of lot of routine arithmetic steps bore him.
  7. I did just assume the study skills would be easier to learn with an easier program, but now that I think about it he has only written down math when he absolutely had to. So that does make sense.
  8. Honestly, I'm not hugely concerned with content since he gets everything so quickly anyway and has years ahead of him. I'm mostly interested in format, engagement, and some level of daily independence. On the one hand an easier program would help with the study skills aspect but a harder one would be more engaging.
  9. He's doing BA and always excels in fractions. Thanks for the heads up that HOE Fractions will probably be too low level.
  10. That sounds exactly like my son. And hovering nearby keeping him on task but otherwise hands off except for new routines is how we operate as well. I'm definitely going to consider AOPS Pre-Algebra, but still after a solid review, maybe with a few MM units. Thank you for taking the time to explain all that!
  11. Was your son good at focusing at 8 and 9 years old? Did he do AOPS somewhat independently in terms of reading and writing answers? My son often gets sidetracked in the middle of a problem, both from outside stimuli and the math problem itself. I'm not sure he could handle the AOPS format yet even if he could handle the math. I cannot consistently sit with him and help him note take or write solutions like some posters. Giving him experience in that is something I'm hoping to gain, so that he can go to AOPS or whatever fits him. But maybe Jacob's would be a better choice for that purpose than Arbor Algebra.
  12. DS8yo- Language: Minimus Latin, MCT Town, searching for a Spanish spine... Writing: TC, W&R Narrative Math: ... maybe I'll show him samples and let him pick his spine. Science: BFSU 2, Daily Science 3 Literature: Suppose the Wolf Gr 3/4 DS5yo: Language: MCT Island, The Fun Spanish (when he wants) Writing: RFP Aesop Books 3 and 4, cursive copywork Math: BA Online, Miquon, Fan Math Process Skills 1 and 2 Science: BFSU 1 (very lightly), maybe start Daily Science 1 at some point DS turning 3yo: nursery rhymes, poetry, fairy tales. The older kids still like these so this often turns into a lot of performing arts practice! Everyone together (sometimes different levels though) Arts: piano lessons, mom-designed visual arts units with artist study, music history with composer studies, lots of field trips Geography: continue BF Around the World 1, Maps Charts Graphs History: SOTW Audio 3, American History read alouds Recitation: Living Memory, poetry Read alouds: Let's Read and Find Out, Torchlight, AO, myths and fairytales, etc etc, including Spanish
  13. All three Arbor Algebra books HOE/HOE Fractions Patty Paper Geometry Alcumus I know most people use these as supplements or introductions. If DS8 (ADHD) did this for a year or so, around where would he place afterwards? Are these resources organized enough that I can tell him to do the next lesson/section and he could do so independently after an initial learning period? Are they easy for me to check work for understanding? I would prefer something more streamlined as our main daily math but I've eliminated common recommendations for a variety of reasons... Derek Owens: don't think DS would stay focused through the long, drawn out videos Jacobs: seems a little dry, maybe too much of a transition from fun, colorful BA. This is my first runner up though. Singapore/MM: would like to try to transition DS into textbooks instead of work texts so he has more options available to him for beyond algebra. Any live, online classes: he needs more maturity for that Any thoughts and suggestions appreciated.
  14. Might be too young for your kids but Dog Man is in Spanish. It has potty humor though.
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