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  1. Thanks! I'm not sure if I'm going to find a perfect fit or if any non-consumable primary texts except the vintage ones and MEP (and it's consumable when it really comes down to it) even exist. We're using MEP but not at grade level. My 9yo is in the middle of y2 and my 7yo is in the middle of y1. I feel like 9yo would be capable of doing more difficult problems if the abstract stuff was removed. One of my older children had this issue too. She would cry every time she saw a table and took the longest time to figure out how to write the algebraic rule for the problem. Can even 10% of six year olds figure out a problem like this?: a 9 7 6 _ 4 9 b 3 5 _ 8 _ _ Write the rule for the table three different ways: (expected answer: a+b=12, 12-a=b, 12-b=a)
  2. Greetings all. I haven't been here for awhile but I wanted to pop in and get some help. Here's my math history. I've been a big mep fan-girl and used it from y2 through gcse with my oldest. I've been working with it for my younger school aged children and am growing frustrated with it's weaknesses. It is an excellent program but I feel like it rushes into way too much abstract problem solving too early. There are too many exercise types and too much variety. My younger children are coming along through it but I'm finding it so teacher heavy because of all the variety. Now that I have so many littles I just can't spend 45 minutes a day with each child. I don't mind teaching but I need something that the children will understand to some extent what they're supposed to be doing when they face the days problem set. I really hate the look of R&S. It looks SO dry. I love math and I want a program that helps a child think and not just how to do the work. That said, I'm not sure grade 1 is the place to start this. Maybe getting some of the facts under their belt and then starting a conceptual program is the way to go. I'm undecided. Math-u-see doesn't really appeal to me either. I don't like doing a whole year of fractions. I can pull out manipulatives if I need them. Basically it looks cheap to me. As a side consideration, I would appreciate a program that is non-consumable if at all possible. I hate the waste and I have a lot of up and coming students. We're also considering missionary work in a very poor country so the fewer books we need to take the better an reordering might be difficult. I also have a younger child with significant delays. I've been thinking of doing something like Strayer-Upton just because it's a getter-done sort of program that we can do at his pace. I'm seriously considering Saxon but I'll probably switch back to MEP for middle school but maybe not. In summary: What I like about MEP: teaches mental math very effectively doesn't just coach children to use standard algorithms but helps them understand what they're actually doing doesn't just have pages full of drill conceptual free non-consumable metric (I'm in Canada) What I don't like about MEP: too teacher intense too abstract early on too much variety in the primary years; the children get confused Suggestions?
  3. I just finished y9 with my DS16. I'm planning to continue with mep and do the GCSE work. I'm wondering how to implement it. He'll be doing the express level. Have any of you done this? How did you implement it? Also does anyone know what is going to happen to the mep yahoo group now that yahoo groups have folded?
  4. Thank you, thank you! 👏I find it interesting how similar all these options are. I wonder at their history a little. There does seem to be some noticable differences I love the theory behind ddbd but I just cant get over all the patriotism. It's just too much to work around after the first book. This is a great tip. I'll have to remember it for later too.
  5. My Father's Dragon Unce Remus - this oneis hillarious but some might find it inappropriate. My older two drove me crazy repeating portions of it after listening to it. Tom Sawyer Our Island Story-not a fairy tale but so good Peter Pan Heidi All found on good ol librivox
  6. I used Our Mother Tongue when my older two were little. I thought it was OK. I'm planning on what to use with my next batch of littles. I keep looking at Serl's PLLbut I can'tfind a free version online. Googlbooks sells a copy but I can't fathom why since it's public domain. I keep wondering though if maybe it's better than Our Mother Tongue or Sheldon's PLL. Do any of you have an opinion or maybe a public domain version of Serl's to share?
  7. My children will snicker at me but I'm going to try it. That would be a nice and easy accommodation.
  8. Hmmm... I find this really interesting. The first link that I came upon when I googled what RAN/RAS scores were mentioned that people with EF dysfunction typically score low. I've known for some time that my EF is quite a bit lower than average. I highly suspect that I'm on the autism spectrum but I've never had this tested. I think that I'll play around with RAN/RAS practice. I'd love if you could find that link but don't sweat it too much. I'll see what I can put together. I'm not sure what else I could do to improve reading speed. I don't know about vision issues. I suppose it's possible but I'd guess that given how rural we are the closest developmental optometrist is probably many, many miles away.
  9. You all have helped me so much with some of my children's issues. It made me wonder if perhaps you could suggest what might be causing some of my reading issues. I will start by saying that at least one of my sons is almost certainly dyslexic maybe that's all that my trouble is but I'm not sure. Ever since I was young I've been a terribly slow reader. I learned to read young but never picked up speed. To this day I can't read any faster in my head than I can out loud. Obviously this stunted my education and it continues to affect my ability to self-educate. I don't seem to have trouble reading complicated texts; I just can't read quickly at all. I realized that there must be something behind this when my dc were around 10 and could read a junk pre-teen novel twice as fast as I could pre-read it. I ended up giving up screening what they were reading and resorted to Goodreads and Amazon reviews to screen books. I felt like I was in highschool again resorting to Cole's Notes to get through English class. Any thoughts?
  10. Thank you. Here's the pdf that I found: La_science_de_l_Oncle_Paul_J-H_Fabre_1926.pdf . The pictures are absolutely lovely.
  11. I had trouble with 100 EZ lessons as well. When my two older children were about 7 I used it with them both. My ds caught on quite well and was truly reading by the time that we were done. My dd on the other hand worked through the lessons but when the markup was removed around lesson 70 she floundered. She just couldn't do without the scaffolding. She learned to read about 6 months to a year later with Spell to Write and Read. I think that her brain just couldn't grasp when to use the different phonemes. English spelling was just too illogical for her little brain. Interestingly though she's quite a good speller today, unlike ds. On a side note, I also wonder if 100 EZ lessons makes some children imprint capitalization errors. My ds, who is almost certainly dyslexic, just cannot remember to consistently capitalize where needed. This maybe just purely a dyslexia problem but I have wondered if 100 EZ lessons compounded the problem by exposing him at a formative stage to poor punctuation. I mentioned this on these boards awhile back and someone else also said that they wondered the same thing about their own child. Research on this subject would be really interesting.
  12. I found the French! Google translate sheds no new light: I guess it just mean the moss that is growing on the hot roofing tiles is fed by God when it receives the rain.
  13. Does anyone read French here that would care to weigh in? I suppose I could try to get a hint from google translate but we all know how good that is.
  14. I agree. I feel like by the time my littles were old enough to understand the language they would be too old to enjoy the wonder of creation that is presented in the story. My older two did enjoy the story when they were younger but the language was definitely a barrier and I edited a lot on the fly.
  15. I'm reading The Story Book of Science by Jean-Henri Fabre updating the language a chapter at a time before reading it out loud, so that my children can actually understand the story. If I manage to finish the project I'll post my updated version free online. Can anyone decipher for me what tile might mean in this context? I did check if it was a missed OCR error but it's the same in the image files from archive.org.
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