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  1. I also found CPO to be reasonably well done. They have middle school books for Earth Science, Life Science, and Physical Science. They also offer high school level materials. Each section has a few questions at the end, and each chapter has a review. There are also some worthwhile extension activities in their Skill Sheets. The Student Pages have two labs for each chapter (and there's usually one or two more lab-type activities in the book). While some of the labs were pretty much impossible to do without the huge supply kit, I was generally able to find one per week that we could manage
  2. Ugh. I wish we'd been able to go to DC in the off-season. We went in Summer 2019 because we were meeting up with family and not everyone homeschools. What my kids remember most is that it was SO hot and we had to stand in long lines for everything. If you can manage to go in the spring or fall when the weather is pleasant but schools aren't out yet, you'll probably enjoy it way more. The LoC is definitely gorgeous, and I still remember getting to see the Supreme Court in session when I was in high school. (I remember being shocked that the SC justices were twisting in their swivel chairs
  3. Yeah, he reminded me that this is the way RS originally taught it. I had introduced it the other way at the time, showing how I had learned to do the trades, and the other two kids do it the way I do it--but not YDS. He is definitely intuitive; he seems to be able to mentally manipulate numbers and can do what I think are the more difficult, puzzle-y elements of BA, but it's the stuff that I think of as being straightforward/rote that seems to trip him up. We came to a screeching halt in math this year because--despite working on them with SM2, SM3, and BA3--he still hadn't memorized h
  4. Alas! I was hoping you'd found some less expensive way of doing it. I may still end up going this route, but I'm going to wait to spend that much until after whatever testing/evaluation they recommend for him this August.
  5. How in the world did you do this without breaking the bank? Even the used items I'm finding are $40 for the manipulatives (not counting the add-ons for fractions and algebra) and $25 or more for the instructional materials for each level (and that doesn't always include the workbook). Eeek!
  6. Thanks! I had AngLegs on my list after browsing @kbutton's suggested site above. I actually own Patty Paper Geometry and had seriously considered Math U See way back when (and actually Shiller Math before that), but went with Right Start partly because it uses a variety of manipulatives to model things. Unfortunately, while we loved A and B, C was both too much review and too much fine motor--particularly since my kids hit it around 5/6--so we jumped ship. I was able to find something that worked well for my other kids, but not this kid. Maybe I should look at it again, since several peop
  7. That's the weird thing. He has no trouble telling me that 4200 is 420 tens or 35 is 3.5 tens. But it's like as soon as I have him do something on paper--say, a long subtraction problem--he does things like insisting on starting from the largest numbers and working down, without writing out any trades (though he can get it correct about 80% of the time this way). If I have him write his trades and start from the smallest digit, suddenly he does things like trade a hundred for ten ones. This is the same kid who randomly informed me at age five that there were 100 fingers/toes in our family,
  8. I half hate myself for continuing to poke at this topic, but I'm taking my fifteenth new direction with this kid, and I'm hoping someone has a suggestion. DS9 started math early and strong, but seems to be making less and less progress each year. I really think that there's some processing/working memory/visual-auditory thing going on with him (he can do BA puzzles, but struggles with the regular problems; he can read music, but can't remember the note names even though we've gone over them daily for months), but the ed psych has a huge wait list, so I'm doing what I can. I recently pic
  9. OP, I think this really depends on the kid. ODS sailed through BA 3-5 and PreA (and then hit a wall halfway through the Alg book, but that's another issue) with no other math program. I had him play some Prodigy just to do more straightforward problems and spiral review, since sometimes it seemed like BA was so focused on complications and neat tricks that the kids never did straightforward things. (Somehow he didn't learn how to do long division or multi-digit multiplication--at least not the algorithms. Or he didn't remember them AT ALL. He has his own ways of coming up with the an
  10. I did it with all three kids, and we just snuggled on the couch or huddled around the TM on the kitchen table. (They do a lot of pacing in circles while listening, so the kitchen table was great so they could do a walk-by glance every few seconds. 🙄) I'm on a budget and I tend to tweak everything I use anyway, so I usually just get a TM for everything and have the kids write on notebook paper for any assignments I give. I didn't think the student books for MCT had a whole lot of consumable pages (and I often adjust assignments to better suit us), so it seemed redundant to purchase separate
  11. I hadn't really considered Danae's quandary, but I suppose that could change my answer. I got the shot around 10 am and felt perfectly fine until about 12 hours later (other than a sore shoulder). I then spent about 24 hours with a 102 fever and a headache, and an additional 24 hours feeling completely wiped out (and my temp was doing weird things, running a degree low and then a half-degree high and then down again). So I had 48 hours of actual effects, but they didn't start until 12ish hours in, so a total of 60 hours. I counted that as 24-48 hours of interfering with my normal activity
  12. DH got the Pfizer shot. He said his arm was actually less sore the second time. He was worried that he must not be building an immune response because he didn't have any reaction to it--other than being possibly a bit more tired at bedtime (he got the shot at 9am). 😆 My sister and BIL had the same experience--less sore the second time, and no adverse reaction at all.
  13. AoPS classes are also offered through other venues. Have you checked the schedule here at the WTM Academy or through Royal Fireworks Press? (There may be others, but those are the two I hear referenced most commonly as alternatives to AoPS itself.)
  14. I've always lived close to a large city, first in the Midwest and now in Texas. I think it must either depend what large city or what suburb/social circle you find yourself in. I definitely think that people are more friendly in general down here. (My mom said she made more friends in the first year living here than in 40 years in her last town!) I also think that the social and political climate are such that people who could normally agree to disagree are perhaps under more stress at the moment or have become more extreme in their views (in any number of directions), which has a negative
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