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  1. What kind of topics? Arithmetic concepts or things that don't come up frequently like rotational symmetry? If it's the latter I personally don't worry about it if a quick reminder of the definition allows him to continue the review easily.
  2. Tinker Crate There is a teacher I've been eyeing on Outschool that does engineering courses for young kids. There were classes like how to take things apart safely and how to build with stuff around the house. I can't give a personal recommendation but do read the reviews. If she reads well she might like the book "Amazing Leonardo da Vinci Inventions you can build yourself." This could be turned into an unit study too with history, art, and math. Sometimes local science museums or aviation museums will have da Vinci exhibits.
  3. Right now DS7 is doing Math Mammoth Percentages and Simply Charlotte Mason Business Math. But I teach most concepts ahead of curriculum work with Education Unboxed, living books, and oral work inspired by Ray's Arithmetic. DS4 dabbles in Beast Academy 2 but mostly I do my own lessons focusing on visualization for mental math, place value, and word problems inspired by Right Start Activities for the Al Abacus and Mep Reception.
  4. My son only learned the algorithms for the math he's covered because he needed to understand what he sees in books and tests. He's been doing division with partial products for over a year, maybe two years now, and I wasn't ever planning on having him switch to standard long division unless he chooses to. I don't see any purpose. He did have to learn it to understand some questions on a diagnostic test (such as finding where the error was made in a long division problem). But when I simply told him how it works he understood immediately. Now today he was calculating percentages by finding equivalent fractions. He was able to do this but didn't quite grasp the method shown on the worksheet where you divide the denominators then multiply the numerator. So he hasn't been playing with the concepts long enough to be able to recognize the individual steps of the process despite being able to do it. I think it might be more worthwhile to gauge when a student is ready for an algorithm by accessing how quickly they understand a brief explanation rather than accessing how much time was spent playing with the concepts beforehand.
  5. I like them both. I think Little Men might appeal more to two kids at your son's ages. Not just because they're boys instead of girls but because it's a funner book. It's been awhile since I read them but I believe Little Women had a lot more struggle in it beyond normal childhood mishaps. Things like poverty, war, family member death. There is certainly struggle in Little Men too (they're all orphans after all) but it's more as background story if I remember correctly. They do not need to be read in order at all. Jo is not really a leading character that evolves in Little Men.
  6. What if he focused on one reading at a time, to reduce time lost on switching gears so much, and rotated the reading focus each week to get through everything?
  7. My kid loosely finished 4th grade math and still does not have instant recall of every single multiplication fact. You can still move forward, whenever she's otherwise ready, into multidigit multiplication and division and that will be continued practice of the facts. About every 3-4 months I spend a couple weeks doing drills of the facts and each time there seems to be a few more facts that he's internalized. Sometimes he forgets one that was previously learned but he relearns it quickly. When I first started teaching him multiplication I had to compute quite a lot of the facts first myself to jog my memory.
  8. That's why I love Mep Reception for an introduction to semi formal math lessons.
  9. Yes but that's a good thing isn't it? It's built in mental math practice especially when the kid doesn't compute the same way every time.
  10. I personally wouldn't hold off on the missing number problems. I would supply the answer for her though until she starts getting it on her own.
  11. I'm not sure if you would call these tricks. I show them with rods. I teach: 3s: double then add 4s: double double 7s: 7×7 is the perfect square closest to fifty 9s: multiply by 10 then subtract
  12. Ten frame First make sure she can recognize all the numbers with counters from 1-10. Show her by filling up the first five then the second five. In other words she should be able to see that 8 is 5+3 and 10-2. Then work on each fact one at a time starting with 9 (because one empty space is easiest to visualize). Ask her all the facts with just 9 counters (10-1=? 9+?=10, etc). Then remove the nine counters and ask her to look at the empty ten frame and Ask her the same nine facts questions. If she can't do it ask her to point to where the nine counters would end on the empty ten frame and ask her all variations of the facts questions again with her finger there. Then try again without the finger or counters. Repeat as necessary until she can visualize and answer the questions without the counters Or the ten frame (ask her to visualize it in her mind). Then move on to the 8s, 7s, 6s. You can also easily do through 20 with a double ten frame if she picks this up quickly. Each day review the previous fact at whatever level she can do (with counters, finger, empty frame, or pure visualization).
  13. Would he do better with discovery based math? If it's only for a little while maybe you can do something like pattern block or geoboard programs found at RR (sorry I can't link right now) along with Prodigy and maybe a CTC workbook or Singapore CWP once a week.
  14. I'm going to be taking over music education for my kids for the next six months or so until we resume formal lessons. I primarily plan to maintain skills level in violin and piano and focus on sight reading fluency. I have basic resources for that. What I'm looking for are fun extra stuff to do. Perhaps ear training rhythm exercises. Maybe even an introductory sight reading singing curriculum. Or a unit study that mixes skills with appreciation. Or a simple composition program. I already have These Amazing Musical Instruments and Can You Hear It. I've seen solfege videos online and random web games and such. I'm looking for something more fleshed out. Kids are 7 and 4 (and tag along toddler).
  15. My kid slowed down at that point as well. However, we did move forward into the basics of the next level (switched out of Singapore) while continuing to practice multiplication and division.
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