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  1. OP here. I love this answer. This is where we found ourselves going over the past couple of years. And to update...of course this topic doesn't stem from any sense of superiority, but from the practical need to get along happily with those around us. FWIW, my oldest DS, 9yo, he whom sparked this post, is now being referred for ASD evaluation. He received an ADHD diagnosis two years ago. So yes, there are several things going on at once making it difficult to communicate well with others. I was labeled gifted as a child. I have difficulty communicating with others and have learned so much since being a parent of this child. I'm finding that others, soccer coaches, teachers, parents, sincerely do want to find ways to communicate with my son effectively. Most in real life don't hold his gifted speech or his lack of understanding speech against him (occasionally other kids but an adult steps in). We are learning. Society is learning.
  2. We like this program and plan to continue with it till the end, however, there is some overlap as skills are slowly being practiced. That's great, but perhaps there's room to skip a few books here and there just to give DS space to try other writing programs. Just to switch it up sometimes. He's about to finish Book 3 and just started fourth grade. We also heavily practice grammar and incorporate other writing practice so I'm not really worried about skills being lost that can't easily be recovered.
  3. He sounds like my 9yo. Mine is using Singapore right now, which has a good amount of white space for each problem especially compared to Mep. Before that he did BA Online successfully, but if you go that route, I'd suggest occasionally have him practice writing math answers somewhere. Mine used blank paper with BA Online, and his writing would take up the whole sheet. You can draw a 2x4 or 2x3 grid to help him learn to organize his math answers into an appropriate space.
  4. Are you still able to find Process Skills to Problem Solving? Spill please!
  5. We do a lot of supplemental stuff, plus Beast Academy, so in K/1 my kids orally do the Singapore textbooks 1-3 with me. Then Singapore 6a and 6b with textbook and workbook independently.
  6. Mostly through reading aloud, buddy reading, and writing. I read many reading manuals so talk about phonics and spelling/pronunciation rules while doing these things. I use different kinds of read alouds to encourage different skills.
  7. Sure. I'd say try to encourage some kind of free writing outside of handwriting but this doesn't have to be "school."
  8. Beautiful Feet History of Science uses The Way Science Works which does has lots of labs with household supplies that can be done mostly independently for students at those ages.
  9. Hi everyone, I can't remember and I can't seem to google search for the website often recommended on here for drilling math facts. It's the one with the teacher who makes funny faces and gestures and there's a grid that shows which facts you've gotten right and which you need to work on more. You can select the four groups separately. It doesn't teach, only drill. I don't know where my memory is lately. Thanks!
  10. Hello, Universe by Erin Entrada Kelly, quiet but intriguing contemporary middle grade novel told by multiple perspectives with Asian American and deaf representation.
  11. Many children's authors will write back. Is that something kids would like if the authors weren't necessarily super famous?
  12. I have used/will use again Beautiful Feet Around the World with Picture Books. It's designed for K-2 but it can be aged up easily by requiring a paragraph or folk tale retelling and/or country research in the journal instead of just pasting the animals. It's also easy to add independent reading for the fourth grader.
  13. I have every lost tooth in a baggy for each kid. I keep them in my sock drawer so everyday I'll remember to enjoy childhood. Mine and theirs together.
  14. What approaches did you find useful? What were/are your goals in the middle grades and what do you think/did you do for history in high school? My oldest is going into fourth grade. He's very, very loosely done a history cycle largely with picture books, read alouds, and now some history novels. I'd say he has a good grasp on the big picture transformation of human societies over time but not the details. He's currently in the middle of BF History of Science then I was considering either BF Geography through Mapping or History of California, and always topical readings (right now he's reading History Smashers Women's Rights). I'm trying to get an idea of what approach I want to take after that, in the middle grades to prepare for high school. I'm leaning towards doing a solid, consistent History cycle with output, for instance something like History Odyssey Intermediate, then leaving High School open for in depth topical studies or whatever time periods he's interested in using resources specific to that and/or dual enrollment in CC. I'm leaning against a four year cycle in high school to keep that flexibility, which makes me think I should have at least one solid cycle at some point. Thoughts?
  15. Mostly vocabulary. What's a quotient? What's a prime factorization? Once I tell him what they are he's good to go. With procedures he might forget the different ways to expand or do partial multiplication or something if a question asks for something a specific way.
  16. I decided to go with Singapore 6. The fact that it's repetitive works well for us because my son skipped around a lot in BA plus he tends to need refreshers often, mostly on terms and procedures. But the cut to the chase style of Singapore while still being solid will allow him time to pursue more supplemental math things. I think this stage in math is a great place to slow down, explore, let things simmer and cement.
  17. For an 8yo boy who has taken Outschool classes? I'm wondering if it's a good course for practicing social skills on live web classes before taking regular Athena courses.
  18. Well, my kids are younger than yours but I usually whine and complain louder than them about the things I have to do. You know, the Mrs. Piggle Wiggle defense.
  19. Oh sorry forgot to answer your other questions. There is definitely progression in his free writing. At around 8.5yo his creative stories introduced tension and buildup. They began to contain a better grasp of POV and perspective. They have more character emotion and growth. They still lack in setting though. While there are things that inspired individual writing projects there hasn't been anything that inspired writing interest overall. All three of my kids have written stories and things in some fashion since they could hold a pen. My 3yo makes books in which he draws pictures and strings of letters or scribbles. Then he tells me the stories verbally, drawing in the necessary details as he goes along. These are this happened then this happened stories. My 6yo is really big into drawing and graphic novels. He usually writes/draws comic style books and his are more focused on characterization, emotion, and action sequences than overarching plots. He mimics and models characters and stories into new forms. They all have pride in their writings. My 9yo seems to have pride in how he shows something, how he reveals information to the reader. My 6yo has pride in the shape, perspective, and emotion of his characters. My 3yo is just proud of making something and handling the stapler on his own, I think!
  20. My third grader has handwritten stories, instruction manuals, game stories (board games and role playing games), travel journals, letters to family members and authors, recipes, creative encyclopedia type books, lists of things he wants or books he's waiting to come out, daily journals for a few weeks or charts/progress reports of some goal he's working on. He types stories in Minecraft journals, type chats via Zoom, and types posts on discussion boards for Outschool classes. A few times he's tried Word for stories but resorts to handwriting usually or considerably shortens the story so he's not typing as long. I've always thought of him as an able but reluctant writer but now I see that's not true. I'm also a professional fiction author so it could be that I'm modeling behavior that he's picking up on.
  21. It can be lots of different things. In BF it can range from definitions, reports, drawing pictures or diagrams, coloring (younger ones). It's all detailed as to what to put in the notebook in the BF guide.
  22. I've used Fable, Narrative 1 and now on Narrative 2. The first three levels are definitely great with those things. IIRC, Fable has all of the same elements as the other two levels but with a bigger picture framework. The others get into some specifics such as outlining that Fable doesn't have, but they all present information from the perspective of communicating ideas in different ways, how words can change meanings, how sentence organization can influence what the reader understands, etc. I can't remember just how much Fable focuses on word choice and strong sentences. That kind of thing is usually just one portion in each lesson so it's not everyday. Not like a workbook designed specifically for those things.
  23. She sounds like my son who likes CAP W&R. He also accepted EM Daily 6 Trait Writing but I wouldn't consider that a full program.
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