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  1. What age/grade is your student? For one of mine with LD's (working memory deficit) Rod and Staff math has been very good for him; he just finished the 8th grade book last week. R&S is more mastery than Saxon (a chapter, not just scattered lessons, on fractions, etc.) but it does have constant review of previous material in each lesson in the oral math in TM and in the student books. I wish R&S had an algebra. CLE Algebra looks good (similar set up to R&S) , but I have no experience with it. I did try Saxon Algebra with another one of mine who has a LD (unofficially diagnosed) in math; he did very well, the bit sized bits and constant practice were great for him--until partway through the book. Then he sank HARD. Here's a thread in which I try to explain that... Ironically enough, I am planning on using Saxon Algebra 1/2 for the kid who just finished R&S 8. 😉 Partially because I want a gentle intro to Algebra, that also has lot of Pre-A review. I am keeping my set of Key to Algebra handy for when he will need a more time to park on a topic to help him see the concept better, not just practice the algorithm. We'll see how that goes.
  2. I've used /am using Miquon with all six of my kids, some of whom are 2E and hard to find a good fit. The only child that did NOT do well with Miquon or c-rods was one of my 2E guys who has working memory issues. Using the rods (and remembering which was which, and working through what to do, the "discovery" bit of Miquon) was torture for him. He just wanted a plain page and plain numbers and please stop waving those rods around and expecting him to do something with them, thank you very much. 😉 Miquon was wonderful, really wonderful, for another one of mine who was mathematically inclined. The rods allowed him to explore concepts he didn't know how to write yet. He loved it. He worked through the books topically, and enjoyed being able to go at his own pace. Miquon was also good for another child who struggled with concepts and needed to see it to believe it. I use the rods a lot to model concepts and teach in elementary, even if the child does not like to use the rods themselves. I use the rods to show concepts with whatever math curriculum I am teaching from-- so I use c-rods with Rod and Staff. 🙂 And with Singapore. And with MEP. And Miquon.
  3. Here is a link to a pdf of the first half of the 3rd ed of 7/6 76 book part 1.pdf The link is from a library in a public school district, so I feel okay posting it... Seeing what the 3rd edition looks like may help.
  4. I have no personal experience using it, but American School does have options for middle school (as well as high school).
  5. Morning all! As of last night, the kids are finished with school for the year (one child has a lesson of math to wipe out this am, but that's it). My senior handed in his final paper. It was very anticlimactic. My work isn't done-- I have a paper to read and grade, tests to grade, grading and averaging to do, book lists and course descriptions to write and type. I can hardly wait 😉 (insert heavy sarcasm here). Today's list: start sourdough sponge for bread tonight start laundry/hang laundry when done get packages ready for post office, and walk there (exercise and errand in one fell swoop) soup in crockpot work on school paperwork nag the senior about his thank you notes that need to be done asap
  6. Praying-- for both of you.
  7. Foerster's Algebra may work well-- it is thorough, and the layout is clean. You can self teach, or there are videos from Math Without Borders... Another option is Algebra 1 through Derek Owens...
  8. Boy #1 never did an official American Lit course, but managed a good spread of American lit sprinkled into his other English reading for each year. I also handed him a few volumes of the Norton Anthology of American Lit and let it be a free read for part of a year. He found out that he loves short stories, and spent a solid month with Poe -reading, discussing, comparing Poe to other gothic/horror/mystery writers, and he did a few nice essays with all that. We also found out that he hated analyzing poetry, so we went very light on that. I chose the Billy Collins approach... instead of beating it to death. 🙂 A lot of literary analysis at my house is done by discussion. Sometimes short essays afterward ("...that was a good point, I liked that comparison- why don't you take that idea and write a few paragraphs on that.") Boy #2 did Lightning Lit, his freshman year, and has also had many other novels, plays, short stories, bios, added into his other years' English credit. He has connected much better with biographies and speeches, so we have discussed and analyzed those more, and some other genres (poetry again!) have gotten less time. Just for the record, it pains me to type that... I love words and I enjoy poetry. Sigh. Boy #2 will be doing a breeze through Scott Foresman's American Reads: The United States in Literature next year, simply because I want to be purposeful in exposing him to some eras/genres of American lit that he really hasn't had much time with yet. Boy #3 will do Lightning Lit next year (freshman year). And who knows what else after that. 😉
  9. Another option for primary source material/critical thinking activity would be Stanford's Reading Like a Historian. Free to download once you create an account. We've used them for years for American history and world history; we find them easy to add into whatever course we're doing and not overwhelming to work through. Here is a link to the American History...[0]=topic%3A8#main-content#main-content
  10. I don't have specific recipes, since most of my soups are ad lib. 🙂 BUT I have found that the only noodles/pasta in soup that my family likes for eating the next day (or later) are small pasta-- larger types soak up too much of the broth and you are left with a runny casserole, not a soup. So when I make chicken noodle soup, I use thin spaghetti noodles broken into small bits (1 inch or so). Reheats much better.
  11. Not free, you sign up to access content. This page may help... You can sign up for a free sample course... (no, I don't get a commission) 😉
  12. For sciences, I'd love to try conceptual academy... We've successfully used both Conceptual Chem and Conceptual Physics as a mom-led course, but I would have loved to have been able to outsource. Excellent books, all went well, but I am not a science teacher. I was stumbling through the book along with the student. 😉
  13. If she loved The Saturdays, finish the series! Next in line is The Four Story Mistake, followed by Then There Were Five, and lastly Spiderweb for Two. It's a great series. 🙂
  14. I have 3 teen boys who are very active athletes...they are always hungry. 🙂 Hard boiled eggs don't last long, and neither does popcorn or any yogurt. Bananas don't stand a chance. I make a large batches of muffins and/or squares (muffin batter baked in a bar pan, bakes faster and easier to clean). I take a basic muffin recipe and replace some of the liquid ratio with mashed banana or other mashed fruit, and replace some of the flour with oats and whole wheat if I have it. I also reduce the sugar and add in applesauce for some of the sweetness. Sometimes berries, or coconut, or chocolate chips make their way into the muffins as well. Sometimes all of it at once. 🙂 I add in oat flour to lots of the baking I do to try to add more filler to help keep bellies feeling full longer. Homemade bread is a good filler too (once again, I mix flours to make a tastier and healthier bread).
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