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  1. Thanks for all the great suggestions everyone! We went to the library yesterday to look for books related to the Middle Ages. He checked out... Dragonology Knights of the Round Table The Black Death King Arthur and the Legends of Camelot Hopefully I can get him to actually read them now. He has a Lego Club subscription and loves that, and a subscription to Boys Life (which he seems less thrilled with). I don't know if he honestly reads either or just skims through them looking at pictures and captions. He likes to 'skim' things I think, which is probably why he likes comic b
  2. I recently started homeschooling my son. He is 10 and in 4th grade (August baby so he started K at 6). He has ADHD, and Asperger's and just doesn't really care to read. His 'tested' reading levels always fluctuated wildly, probably depending on how much he cared to answer the test questions that day. He is more than capable of reading at and above his level, but again, he has very little interest in doing so. I'm hoping to find 'that' book that sparks his interest in reading, or at least, some books good enough that he eventually gets used to the idea. So far, some of the books he has
  3. I am a lefty, as are both of my children. Myself and my son are logical and organizational thinkers. My daughter, however, is a total artsy creative, messy, mismatched, free spirit. I have a little scientist and a little hippie artist, and they are both lefties. ;)
  4. I have the light blue series. I guess I just thought there would be more that explained each concept, but looking ahead, I do see where there is a little more in the upcoming lessons. I think I was just having a PMS moment. One that included an uncooperative printer and messed up Microsoft Office (that I needed for getting some other assignments ready). The whole thing is just overwhelming I guess. I tend to think too much and freak myself out. What if he doesn't learn enough? What if he's 'behind' if/when he goes back to public school? etc etc This whole being soley responsible for your c
  5. I'm using MM 4th grade, and we are about 5 lessons in. So far, I'm not liking it as much as I thought and I was hoping someone here could give me some tips. First, there appears to be nothing that actually teaches a concept. Am I missing a teacher's manual (other than the answer sheets) that actually offers an explanation of the concepts? Otherwise, it appears it is simply a workbook with brief instructions. Being the first part of 4th grade math, I'm familiar enough with it to make it work, but the minute something that he isn't already familiar with comes up, it looks like I'll have to l
  6. So when you buy MM, you can download worksheets from other grades? I'm wanting to get printed books (my printer has a tendency to get mad at the computer and quits talking to it lol), I wonder if that would make a difference? I probably need to contact MM on that one I guess. But thanks so much for the tip!
  7. Wow thanks for the insight! He is adament that he will be returning to school next year or the year after. I am hoping he won't be, but I'm not forcing the issue right now as I want him to have a positive take on homeschooling. That being said, I am concerned about going too far off grade level, because while I can see the value in reinforcing the basics (and therefore making the harder stuff easier to learn), I worry about not covering something ps has covered, if he goes back. I probably shouldn't be concerned with what they are and aren't doing in ps at any given point, it's just ha
  8. So I've seen it recommended to take the placement test, if available, for a curriculum before buying. That seems like solid advice, especially since my son will be transitioning from ps to hs and I need to see exactly where he is. I've chosen Math Mammoth so I had him take their end of year for 3rd grade (as he is in 4th and I will be ordering 4th). He made a 65!!!! They recommend a student make between 70-80 % before moving onto the next level (using one's own judgment for careless errors and/or temporarily forgot vs lack of understanding). The thing is, he makes all A's at school and nev
  9. Thank you all so much for your help. I'm definitely leaning toward an open and go approach, at least until I get my bearings.
  10. It was a State College branch linked to a local University. He mentioned that the classes at the University might have been more intensive than the State College branch he went to, but what he took felt quite low key in comparison to A&M. In terms of time management, he said his professors post assignments online. Generally, say on Monday and they are due the following Wednesday or so on average. You have to sort them yourself and figure out which can be done quickly, and which are more time intensive. They pretty much expect you to be able to take care of that yourself, as opposed
  11. I had the chance to speak with my cousin's son yesterday. He is currently attending Texas A&M's Chemical Engineering program, and in the Corps there. Now, this is a very smart boy who graduated close to the top of his class, took college classes while in high school, and was offered a full academic scholarship at another university (which he turned down to go to A&M). He told me he felt very ill prepared for college, as did many students he knows, all from various parts of the country, schools large and small. Straight from the horse's mouth, he said he was tought how to take '
  12. I thought I had one nailed down, but I keep seeing more reasons to change before I buy anything. I was looking into Shurley, but keep seeing things about it being very teacher intensive, and the teacher book not being well coordinated with the student book. I don't see a heavy literature based one going over very well with DS. He reads, but doesn't particularly enjoy it (which I'd like to work on changing). I'm hesitant to start his homeschooling experience with a lot of reading assignments essential to the curriculum right off the bat. Can some of you share your most (and least) fa
  13. The book of perfectly perilous math sounds really cool!! Thanks I will look into that. Our reason for homeschooling is social. He has Asperger's and ADHD. Things are not absolutely terrible but they are getting there, and I want to nip it in the bud before further damage is done. Academically I lean toward the stay ahead of the curve mentality. I guess I'm too analytical and by the book type to be very comfortable with a more relaxed way. I like the idea of specific, numbered lessons, schedules, etc. The other way feels too cluttered and messy to my brain and he does better with struc
  14. One of the (many) things I get confused on is how closely to stick to the whole school type thing. At this point, we don't feel like we will be permanent homeschoolers, but maybe that's because the reality has yet to sink in and it's just hard to picture it. Plus my DD7 (2nd grade) is staying at her school until she finishes next year (she has no issues/reason to homeschool and we love the little school she is in). So it feels weird I guess to think about venturing too far from "normal" education. (not that I think "normal" education is the greatest, don't get me wrong) But then I look
  15. Hi all, I'm about to start homeschooling my son (4th grade). This is all brand new to me and I've been researching curricula like crazy. I believe I have it narrowed down to a few that look appealing, have good reviews, and seem like would fit with his overall learning style. I realize that is most likely going to change when we actually get into things, but they seem like a good place to start. Some of the ones I'm leaning towards are common core compliant, one even written by some of the common core people apparently (pearson). I live in TX, one of the few states who have not adopted
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