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  1. Slightly off-topic, but I am reading Chasing Francis by Ian Morgan Cron. That might be an interesting read as you go along this journey. https://www.amazon.com/Chasing-Francis-Ian-Morgan-Cron/dp/0310336694 Book summary from Amazon: What happens when the pastor of a mega church loses his faith? Pastor Chase Falson has lost his faith in God, the Bible, evangelical Christianity, and his super-sized megachurch. When he falls apart, the church elders tell him to go away: as far away as possible. Join Chase on his life-changing journey to Italy where, with a curious group of Franciscan friars, he struggles to resolve his crisis of faith by retracing the footsteps of Francis of Assisi, a saint whose simple way of loving Jesus changed the history of the world. Read this riveting story and then begin your own life-changing journey through the pilgrim’s guide included in this powerful novel. Hidden in the past lies the future of the church When his elders tell him to take some time away from his church, broken pastor Chase Falson crosses the Atlantic to Italy to visit his uncle, a Franciscan priest. There he is introduced to the revolutionary teachings of Saint Francis of Assisi and finds an old, but new way of following Jesus that heals and inspires. Chase Falson’s spiritual discontent mirrors the feelings of a growing number of Christians who walk out of church asking, Is this all there is? They are weary of celebrity pastors, empty calorie teaching, and worship services wherethe emphasis is more on Lights, Camera, Action than on Father, Son, and Holy Spirit while the deepest questions of life remain unaddressed in a meaningful way. Bestselling author Ian Morgan Cron masterfully weaves lessons from the life of Saint Francis into the story of Chase Falson to explore the life of a saint who 800 years ago breathed new life into disillusioned Christians and a Church on the brink of collapse. Chasing Francis is a hopeful and moving story with profound implications for those who yearn for a more vital relationship with God and the world.
  2. Perhaps I would focus less on denomination and more on observing which churches in your area are actively engaged in serving the community's most needy. Perhaps it is going to be mainline Protestant, evangelical, or Anglican...I just would look to see what they are doing in tangible, meaningful ways to be the hands and feet of Christ to the most needy. The church I am a part of is evangelical but not the Bible thumping media caricature of it. We do an annual serve day for a less advantaged community near us and ask how we can serve. Sometimes it was going in and doing a complete paint, landscaping and refresh of the local continution high school or it was cleaning, weeding, painting and landscaping the City's main community park. We have established safe homes for women escaping sexual trafficking to heal, gain skills and eventually to find jobs and their own homes. We work to support our city (major metro) in providing safe families for temporary emergencies to try to keep children out of our stressed and overburdened foster care system and work every year to help foster kids aging out to furnish their first apartments. We do many more things than this, but I would encourage you to look because I know there are churches who are also doing similar work and would love to have like-minded people to come alongside and become part of their communities.
  3. Another option is Arbor Algebra (3 books) for PA through Algebra if you like the discovery approach but don't want the firehouse that AOPS can be. My son thrives on AOPS and self-taught himself through PA. We took a pause to do Jacobs MHE and will likely do Jacobs prior to AOPS algebra as I have been won over by 8's idea of two passes through algebra experience. My son did Arbor's Jousting Armadillos and it was useful for the purpose I was using it for which was to transition away from BA and SM to reading a textbook and writing out solutions in a near and organized manner. It was easy compared to AOPS, but it focused on this key skill for us. We are doing MHE as part of this plan to not rush ahead, but we are taking time to explore math not normally coverd in the traditional sequence.
  4. If you really like Singapore, you might want to consider Singapore's Dimensions math series. DM 6-8 would take you through from PA to Algebra in 3 years. AOPS isn't something I would suggest unless your daughter really likes math and would be okay with very wordy text with no pictures. Keep in mind it is written to target and challenge the top math students. It is also discovery approach which means you are supposed to make connections rather than be explicitly taught the material. It's thick book. More than 600 full size pages. Why don't you take a look at the samples in their online book version here: https://artofproblemsolving.com/store/item/prealgebra-ebook?gtmlist=Bookstore_OnlineBooks_Center And Dimensions math does come with HIGs and can be found here to look at samples. https://www.singaporemath.com/Dimensions_Math_s/339.htm
  5. We went by age because my son is involved in lots of extra curriculars. I also want to gift him the gift of an unhurried childhood. I have no plans for early graduation as we can go deep and wide given the resources readily available these days.
  6. It's our favorite for elementary, but I would not use it at too young of an age. I taught the series starting from Ancient World at my co-op. 2-4, 3--5, 4-6 were the grades as I progressed through the years. The lessons are not exactly set up for a co-op because in order to finish the book in a year, you have to cover 2-3 lessons per week. I would introduce the lesson and do the labs. The students would go home and read over the lessons and do the discussion questions from the book. I designed my courses on google classroom so I usually linked concepts to videos online that went deeper or explained the target concept in an accessible way so that students who didn't completely grasp a concept were able to understand in a different medium. The lessons are laid on for home use by reading up to the lab which would explore the concept of the lesson without giving away the results which would answer the question being explored. Then the rest of the reading would more fully explain why you got the results you did from the lab. I use multiple science curricula fully, but this is my favorite by far. The concepts are definitely not watered down at all.
  7. I'm waiting for her kids to finish with schooling as she has indicated she wants to teach more live classes on her own in the future.
  8. The instructor for Blue Tent's live class is local to me in SD. She has a really good reputation here and has also taught at the local AOPS Academy.
  9. This is the hack I came up with....I got a set of 100 cheap plastic poker chips and wrote 1, 10, 100, etc, with a Sharpie in groups of 20. I looked around a bit to see if I could pick them up cheap at a thrift shop. Since I was pressed for time since we are in the middle addition and subtraction within a thousand, I just ordered them off amazon for less than $5. Pretty sure the poker chips will last a lot longer than foam circles. Anyways, I drew vertical lines on a the small whiteboard for columns and made a 10 grid in each column. I colored the 10th sqaure solid as a reminder that the "place" couldn't hold 10. I had the board and chips out, and we would do problems with them. Every time he got to the point at which he had 10, he exchanged out the whole column for a 10 chip. The same with a full 10 column, you would change out for a 100 chip.
  10. That is the rub...you have to learn to write out your math, and you must be organized. I think this is a challenge for any 9/10 year old much less one who is 2E. Also, in BA5, we only did th first 2 books before my son asked to move one to PA. I didn't let him go straight to AOPS PA because of those issues. We took a side step and did Jousting Armadillos which was worth it simply for the discipline on working in a book that wasn't as fun, learning to read a text and learning to work solutions on graph paper so that anyone can understand your thinking. We started by refusing to accept his work if no work was shown. This made AOPS PA much easier for him. I'm pretty sure that contributed to why he was able to work through it in 10 months self-teaching. The math wasn't the issue, the EF skills required to move on were and my ds doesn't have 2E issues...just normal boy issues. I had decided that this was going to be when I would work with him on this discipline. I just did not want to continue to let him to do when it just gets that much harder the farther along you go. It's something that is easier IMO to learn now. It probably helps that my son likes competition math, and it's pretty hard to do that if you are really organized and writing out your work. Oh yes, legibility is something we have really be working on as well. He was making errors because of sloppy math. It's hard...I wish you all the best as you figure out a path forward. Oops. I didn't answer your question. I thought it was harder. BA5 covers a lot of algebraic thinking and pre-algebra topics. You are also forced to think a lot more abstractly about math since it is delving into algebraic thinking. So kids's brains are not quite ready to think that way. You might want to consider just taking a break and doing other stuff for awhile. We really liked using Zaccaro and Hard Math for Elementary.
  11. +1 on dorms...for the reasons outlined above. It's a lot of time. 20-30 minutes one way to a campus where parking is readily available would be doable. Impossible for certain schools who have parking constraints. I have had friends with positive public transportation commuting experiences, but that is beause they were able to use the commute time to get reading done. Hard to do if you get carsick easily like I do.
  12. I remember a ruder playground saying from my school days. "I am Chinese. I am Japanese. Dirty knees, look at these." The kids would pull the corners of their eyes up and down to make slant eyes at me and then pull at the front of their shirt (simulating breasts). I also dreaded Pearl Harbor Day. Kids would routinely throw clods of dirt and rocks at me and my siblings when we walked to school.
  13. If she loves SM, maybe take a look at Singapore's Dimensions math either 7-8 or 6-8 depending on where you are in Singapore. The style would be similar. 6-8 takes you through pre-algebra and algebra. https://www.singaporemath.com/Dimensions_Math_s/339.htm
  14. Money always comes with strings. That's my two cents.
  15. @goldenecho Yes, you can. I will pm you my facebook posts which I have made public. Some of my comments I made above I didn't make on my page. You can attribute it to me. I know you are in my local area. I think I will be rewriting my thoughts about this on my blog drawing in all my social media posts and comments on this thread.
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