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  1. Both. I teach my kids to say some cartographers say there are five and some say four. It's a valuable lesson to learn that accepted bodies of knowledge differ around the world, through time, etc.
  2. I've been paying more attention the past few days and I feel like he's doing some arithmetic gymnastics sometimes without even thinking about it and that's when he seems to have a hard time explaining what he's doing. Or very basic concepts are so obvious it's hard to explain why it's so. He does ok explaining things he has to think about and find a way to solve it. I'm going to start having him practice explaining more when we're doing read aloud math. Thanks everyone.
  3. Also look at the Beautiful Feet Around the World set.
  4. Would you expect a second grader to be able to verbally explain why they did what they did on a math problem beyond reciting the steps they took? Or to answer an open ended question such as "But do you understand what you're doing with equivalent fractions?" I know my son knows what he's doing because I can hear and see what he's doing while he's actually doing it, but sometimes our supervising teacher will ask what I think are too open ended questions for a seven year old. But maybe I'm expecting too little? For example, yesterday I watched my son do his math for a bit. He was calculating 4^3 as part of a larger problem, and was talking through it to himself. He goes "4×4 is 16 and 16x4 is...hmmm...ummm....8x8 is easier so...64." I did not teach him to do that and as far as I know Beast Academy didn't either. When I asked him to explain why he did that he could only say it was easier to calculate 8x8 than 16x4. When I prompted him "So you divided one term by 2 and then..." he said "I multiplied the other by 2." But he could not explain why other than to say to keep everything equal/balanced and the calculation was easier that way. There is, of course, no written work of this and if I were to ask him how or what he did days later he would probably simply recite the steps at best or just say something really general like "because that's what it equals." So, does this sound totally fine at this age/stage or should we start working more on explaining the whys and wherefores of math? When does it become more of a critical issue?
  5. Would sticker books or craft books qualify? My preschooler loves the Famous Figures paper dolls books and science and history sticker books. Also look at Usborne lift the flap books. The chemistry one in particular is a favorite here. The Draw Write Now collection? If you buy an art curriculum could you use the funds for the associated supply box?
  6. I'm dealing with the exact same thing. Routines with less creative output helps immensely particularly in writing, like dictation instead of original sentences, or a worksheet instead of a story. So I rotate types of work, or will scribe creative output for him and have him write only dictation. Beast Academy Online is great for him. He still gets distracted or sometimes will get sucked into reading the comics and forgetting the lessons, but at least he's engaged and I don't get the stress of waiting for him since its independent. Also, I try to get the critical stuff done right before fun time. If he's actually working but just taking longer then we'll wait for him to finish. If he's dilly-dallying (99% of the time), then the rest of us will start the fun project without him. I give him plenty of warnings on how much time until the fun thing. If he's doing something teacher dependent, I will just walk away if he's acting up. I tell him I'm not going to sit there wasting my time while he goofs off or refuses to work, but I'm happy to stay with him to help him if he's actually working. I'm not going to argue or persuade him. He does really well with read aloud time, wiggly but he does interact happily in that setting. I have resources in all subjects with oral output for read aloud time.
  7. Our charter school paid for it. May as well try and if they say no you could just pay for it out of pocket at that time.
  8. I'm atheist and while in theory I don't have a problem attending events in religious spaces I do get tired of it always being Christian in particular.
  9. I started Sustained Silent Reading (we call it that to be like Ramona Quimby) with DS for second grade. He has a box of books he can choose from ranging from high level picture books of myths and fairy tales to fiction series. He's currently reading Percy Jackson and usually reads one chapter a day and orally narrates during SSR time. Sometimes he'll free read more. He spends a couple hours a day free reading series at a lower reading level. I just strew books around. We also have a fiction book we buddy read aloud with plots that are perhaps not so exciting. These are the types of books found with literature guides from various programs but I don't use guides. I figure in a couple years I can move this book category into assigned independent reading and perhaps at that point a guide will be helpful occasionally.
  10. Lolol... I'm wondering what you usually eat if just the breast is grossing you out?
  11. I take a hot bath every single day. It immensely helps with my Crohn's/Sweet's symptoms. I wish they would look into hot baths for treatments in hospitals more.
  12. Usually we just do neighborhood trick or treating in whatever costumes we throw together from the costume chest and random stuff around the house. This year we have a macabre wedding reception to attend. I think we're all going in Renaissance themed costumes, not necessarily matching though beyond that.
  13. My second grader uses a computer program (The Learnables) every day for Spanish. He takes about 15 minutes for a lesson. He also takes a weekly online class and we do activities together, but the computer program makes sure he's getting daily practice if those other things don't happen for whatever reason. Latin is usually one chapter a week (Song School Latin) that he does independently. Other workbook stuff like a science workbook, Draw the World, mapping book, etc gets rotated through the week so DS is only doing 1-2 "extras" workbooks each day we don't leave the house, depending on length of lesson. I pick which workbooks he does based on what else is happening in each subject. So if we happen to be doing a lot of science read alouds or experiments but not doing much for social studies that week, I'll have him do a social studies workbook but skip the science one. All subjects are being done in each week, but only a couple have written output and the rest are done more organically during car rides, screen time, lunch time, etc...not "school time." Sometimes I'll have a longer term focus on one subject and another subject will only get strewing for a few months. For instance right now we are focusing on world history (SOTW2 audio with narration/discussion) so American History is the occasional Professor Noggin trivia cards at breakfast, picture books scattered about, and maybe related films or videos. He usually spends about 1-2 hours (depending on dawdling) doing the daily writing, math, Spanish, piano, and the rotating 1-2 workbooks.
  14. I'm sure when I no longer have babies in the house my preferences will change. Right now whatever I can do sitting down without having to put energy into engaging my students wins out.
  15. Thank you. I'll sit with him and go through the wikipedia page. I've been meaning to show him how to poke around on the web anyway.
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