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  1. If it's an endurance issue she might like making up, or copying from a chart, hieroglyphs, codes, symbols, or schematic type drawings to write paragraphs or stories. This is what my DS7 does a lot. If it's something for schoolwork and I want him to practice composing paragraphs then I will scribe for him. He can reluctantly do it somewhat independently in normal words using graphic organizers or a simple first, then, last organization
  2. The ones I count as schooly are Dragonbox, Endless Spanish, Logic of English phonograms, Piano Maestro, and Stack the States. My kids also use the iPad to research topics, practice drawing with videos, and sometimes use our school websites. But that's just because it's sometimes more convenient to prop the iPad on the table rather than use the computer. We use a Windows tablet to program Edison robots. Maybe an iPad would work with that as well.
  3. More interest than strictly science: Inch by Inch by Leo Lionni We Are Growing by Mo Willems Diary of a Worm
  4. Well ODS asked to just do piano so he's alternating his lesson book and picking songs to learn. Since he's pretty independent with that I'm just going to review staff reading and otherwise focus on music history. That will work out anyway for history as well since I want to do light school over the summer.
  5. I tend to gently discourage my kids from counting at all but I do encourage them to use their fingers, just not for direct counting. So even for multiplication the fingers will be, for example 8s, so if it's 7x8 we'll use the fingers to show you could do five 8s plus the rest or whatever configuration makes sense to kiddo. Or today ODS used fingers to reduce four tenths to two fifths (it had been a long time since he reviewed fractions).
  6. Well now I didn't even know mechanical wall mounted pencil sharpeners and plain wooden pencils were vintage. I love mine. I bought an electric one but lost the cord before I could even plug it in. Non electric, non computerized, non one way only works much better for me.
  7. Oh ok, this is the stage my MDS is too. I first do work with place value on a whiteboard and c rods or base ten blocks. Take away or add tens to the pile and have child write the new number. Do a series such as 178, 188, 198, etc. Child can practice orally by asking questions like "how many is 1 hundred, 8 tens minus 1 ten?" Do also for ones place and gradually move into saying the regular names for the numbers. If she still doesn't get the patterns for numbers she hasn't counted, draw the place value chart on a whiteboard but draw an apple, cake, or whatever would amuse her in the tens and hundreds spots. Put a regular digit in the ones spot. Ask "what is cake apple 3 minus 2?" Ask what is 3-2 then guide her answer to cake apple 1. Do this a few times changing the icons, so she can see they don't change then add regular digits back in.
  8. Maybe she is focusing too much on the place value of digits and not enough on the big picture. Having her draw story pictures of the problem or tell a story for the problem might help her think of the big picture. Something like "A cookie factory can make a batch of 200 cookies at one time. But a very hungry rhinoceros snuck two cookies. So how many did the workers ship out?" Could she do it like that?
  9. For Singapore 1-3 I use just the textbooks and Process Skills/CWP. The kids answer the textbook problems orally. For grade 1 I use the free worksheets on Greg Tang's website to practice addition/subtraction with number bonds.
  10. There are online games for practicing basic operations, such as math playground and There are also apps. Those don't track progress though. XtraMath does track progress but is not a game. You could let the kids play online games/apps a few days a week, play RS games with them once or twice a week so you know about where they are, then when they start getting fluent have them switch to XtraMath.
  11. I'm a newer homeschooler. We are in a co-op but there's no curriculum, mostly just field trips and themed play. I tried a couple little unit studies but the reason I don't anymore is because I find it easier to get a few books from the library and look up a few activities on the web. Many picture books on academic topics have extension activities in the back. So perhaps part of the trend is because of more availability of academic picture books and more people blogging/Pinterest of homeschool ideas.
  12. Check out BA Online. You do have to buy the subscription but if you don't like it or just want to peek at it then switch to the paper books your money will be refunded if cancelled within two weeks.
  13. There is something to be said for emptying all your shelves and living in piles of books for a couple weeks though. It's kind of fun.
  14. Thanks everyone! I requested a bunch of stuff from the library, including a few Mark Kistler books and a DVD lessons course. And I do have Amazon Prime Video so I'll definitely show him the Imagination Station series! I also just learned that my retired MIL has started drawing so maybe she'll do something with DS. At least talk and show together.
  15. I wonder in your situation if you would like Ray's Arithmetic plus something like Critical Thinking Company's Mathematical Reasoning? Is your child mathy? We have and love Miquon but my kids do it most independently and definitely with the discovery method.
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