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  1. We tried both and agree they are similar in methodology--conceptual and mastery-based--but not necessarily Asian-based. Kumon is also Asian-based but very procedural-focused. Think the author of Math Mammoth is from Germany anyway. I, as Asian and a former engineer, much prefer MM. I think it is very solid, thorough and comprehensive with enough practices you can choose from. We found the author's free YouTube video lectures helpful, esp. for MM7 (pre-algebra). Love its reasonable price, too. While it worked well and gave an excellent foundation for my older ds, howev
  2. Do you have a Netflix account? I'm not familiar with the books on Korean history and culture that are translated in English or the Korean language resources for foreign learners, but I can recommend a few Korean movies and dramas/tv shows with English subtitles on Netflix that seem informative and appropriate for a 12-year-old. Reply 1997 - drama on South Korean students' life in the late 90s Reply 1994 Solomon's Perjury How to Steal a Dog Abnormal Summit - Foreigners living in South Korea debate on Korean culture and other multi-cultural topics. 2015 Dream Concert - if interest
  3. It just makes me cringe when people quickly label other parents as "pushy" and assume their children were "forced" and thus unhappy. We all make those "decisions" for ours. Homeschooling is one of them and often parent-driven, too. Following the child's lead 100% is not exactly the WTM's philosophy, is it? We all try to positively encourage and guide our kids to choose and follow a path we think is best for them until they are old enough to do it on their own. I'm still in the early chapters of the book, but don't have an impression at all that the author put his kids through misery again
  4. I don't think there is anyone who would doubt the validity of their path and blindly follow someone else's solely after reading a book about a different journey. Think most homeschooling parents know better than that. We encourage our kids to read biographies, autobiographies, memoirs, diaries, etc. because they provide valuable lessons in life depending on how you look at them. That's also why we are on this forum sharing ours though we all raise a different set of kids in a different situation. Think there is nothing wrong for sharing experiences and thoughts, whether they suit you or not, a
  5. Fascinating discussion! For those who are interested in reading this book, you can borrow it for free through the lending library if you're an Amazon Prime member. Just downloaded mine and excited to read! I think there is no right answer for this. Each kid/family is different. I personally wouldn't want early college for my own kids because I'd like them to take time to mature and prepare for a more selective university like some of you mentioned. But I do enjoy reading and learning from other people's experiences even though they don't agree with my perspective. (Even the Swann's story
  6. So sad to lose my avatar... (that is from a Japanese picture book for toddlers) :crying:
  7. I should've read this thread before I bought 100EZ, lol. Mine is still brand new and I don't know what to do with it. I don't even want to sell or give it to anybody. :thumbdown: We also hated Explode the Code. Building Thinking Skills Primary and FIAR manual were expensive bummers. And I didn't really need to buy Singapore Earlybird Activity Books.
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