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  1. Thank you, everyone for your help. I've read through all of the responses and am grateful for all of the advice and encouragement. A couple of questions... I own Rightstart A and B, 2nd edition. He hated it in K, that's why we used Singapore Essentials instead. He preferred a workbook. But now I'm wondering if it's worth a revisit? I am not sure where Level B falls in regard to 2nd grade math. Also, I glanced at Ronit Bird, but am a little confused by it. Is it a curriculum? A book or series of books that the parent fleshes out? Is there a manipulative kit that goes with it or do you supply your own? I'm trying to decide if it would be a better investment opposed to revisiting Rightstart B, which I already have.
  2. Sorry, my sig is old. He wasn't grabbing the abstract concepts in level 1 and I hated the book juggling, so we opted for the CLE 100s for first grade instead. I tried Singapore 1 after using Singapore Essentials in Kindergarten successfully. But Singapore Essentials and Singapore Level 1 were two different beasts. We needed more simplicity and straightforward material.
  3. Hello, all. I need some advice on math for my 7 year old 2nd grader. We have always homeschooled and are currently finishing up CLE LU 110, getting ready to move into CLE math 200s. CLE started out amazing for him, he liked how it was straightforward, didn't look 'babyish' and he found it fairly easy. Well, as CLE has ramped up a bit, caused him to think harder, and increased problem load, he is getting irritable and frustrated as soon as the math book comes out. He gets aggravated when I try to teach or help him. Often he just takes the math book and wants to do it on his own, yet I still keep close tabs on what he's doing. He understands the concepts just fine, but something about it is overwhelming him. Crossing out problems helps a bit, but just getting started is becoming a nightmare in our homeschool. About him...he's a VERY visual learner and quite artistic in terms of drawing and creating things. He memorized all the states and capitals at 4, and then moved on to every country on every continent in the world. He draws them ALL from memory, free-handed, complete with every little crevice and detail. Ask him to draw Andorra, Equatorial Guinea, New Zealand, ANY country or island, and he can do it, from memory, freehand. But ask him 9 + 6 and he goes bananas. He knows it after thinking for a bit, but still goes berserk at having to even 'deal' with such nonsense. ;-) All morning he's been going through a flag book and drawing all the flags of the countries of the world. He's also a great reader, definitely on second or third grade level, but doesn't care much about reading unless it is something nonfiction or that interests him. Oh, and he'd play Minecraft all day if I'd let him. Ha! He also exhibits symptoms of ADHD when it comes time to do school work. He is inattentive during schooling and quite fidgety. He has incredible reading comprehension, even when he's drawing or wiggling the whole time I'm reading to him. Any ideas for a math curriculum that might work for a kid like this? I'd appreciate any input. Thanks!
  4. Thank you for your reply! These are some great ideas, I think spicing it up a bit would help a ton!
  5. Thank you for this advice. I thought about doing that, but I was so awful with math facts that I am terrified of skipping ahead! I should probably get over it, especially if he is getting frustrated!
  6. Nope. I had the TM next to me on the countertop. His LU was on the kitchen island. It was the only book that disappeared. ;) But good thought!
  7. I could use some math advice from homeschoolers more seasoned than myself. My almost 7 year old son has been doing CLE 100s this entire school year. It started out awesome. He did math easily and without complaint. However, as the year has gone on, he has become more and more irritable regarding math. Today, he sat there and literally cried (legit tears) for at least 20 minutes over math. I had had enough, and quitely got up and started cleaning the kitchen. While I was doing so, this kid took his light unit up to his bedroom, finished the whole thing in under 10 minutes, and brought it down to show me. Almost all of his answers were correct. When he is sitting with me, however, he just agonizes over having to do math. So, when I asked him why he did it so quickly in his room but threw a fit for me, his response was simply that he didn't want to go through every single thing. He wants me to read the story problem (because it is in the TM) and then he just wants to "be alone". Um, okay. Apparently crying at the table is his way of saying he wants more independence in his math work. Got it. Does anyone else have experience with this? I don't want to 'set him free' because, you know, he's not-quite-7 years old. Yet apparently math with me is torture. Could this be that CLE is too easy for him? He is okay with math facts, but still needs LOTS of fact practice. That's why I see CLE as a good, solid program. But apparently he knows his facts better than he lets on, because he completed it alone in his room quite quickly. Thoughts appreciated! FWIW - Speed drill completed with no errors as well. Alone. In his room.
  8. I started spelling with my first grader at the beginning of this school year. I figured that he was ready because he was a decent reader and we had used a program that teaches reading through spelling. But no. We quickly dropped it and will probably try again next year for 2nd grade.
  9. When is the typical time to begin Latin instruction? I have a rising 2nd grader. First grade has been very lax around here. We will typically do a math lesson and he'll read to me. He loves to write, so other than the occasional WWE lesson, he mostly just writes while he plays. We are going to incorporate quite a bit more structure to our days next year, so there is going to be quite a learning curve for all of us. Because of this, I am not sure if adding Latin is the best idea. When do people typically begin Latin? Also, I know nothing about Latin, and would need a very scripted/easy-to-teach program. Any recommendations on what might be a good fit? Visual or hands-on is ideal for this kiddo. He's pretty Type-A, but loves to create things with his hands. Worksheets are a slog...but we do use them some (CLE math...I'm looking at you.) Thanks!
  10. She's amazing. What a great website!
  11. Bible/History/Science: MFW Adventures Grammar: FLL 2 Writing: WWE 2 and he'll keep working on cursive (Pentime) Spelling: Rod & Staff Spelling by Sound and Structure Math: CLE 2, CWP and FAN math level 1 Reading aloud 20 to 30 minutes/day He also attends a weekly homeschool enrichment program that teaches science, social studies, Spanish, PE, art, and music. He plays baseball in the summer and wants to start violin lessons.
  12. Thank you! This is very reassuring. I appreciate your reply!
  13. My rising 2nd grade son will be doing MFW Adventures next year. We will be using CLE 200s for math, WWE2, FLL2, and Rod & Staff Spelling by Sound and Structure for language arts. We will keep practicing reading and I'll read aloud to him. Oh and I also have FAN math and CWP both level 1 that we will use to supplement CLE. For those who use/have used MFW, (specifically Adventures or the program in general) did you supplement any of the subjects they cover? If so, can you share what you used? Does what I'm planning look like I'm missing anything? FWIW I haven't yet decided on whether we'll begin foreign language next year. Thanks!
  14. Do you always make an attempt to "finish what you start" in terms of read-alouds? I ordered a bunch of the Sonlight read alouds for my first grade son. We are totally slogging through A Year of Miss Agnes. There isn't anything awful about the book itself. I am enjoying it well enough, but my son is not clicking with the book at all. How do you guys handle read alouds that your kids just aren't getting into?
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