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  1. Whoa! That is advanced! Algebra? We're just trying not to drown with multiplication around here! Ha!
  2. I used LoE Foundations A-C with my oldest child in K and 1st. I am nearly 100% sure that it was taught that vowels are sounds you can sing with an OPEN mouth. That definition also helped us decipher when 'Y' is considered a vowel. I loaned out my LoE teacher manuals to a friend for her kindergartner this year or I would look up the exact lessons and language used to teach this. But, again, I'm just about positive this is taught by explaining that vowel sounds can be sung with the mouth open. HTH!! ETA: In fact, I remember time spent during the lessons where the student would try to 'sing'
  3. Good question. I never had a problem skip counting 2s, 5s, 10s, 20s, 100s, etc. But 3s, 4s, 6s, 7s, 8s, 9s? Nope. At least not as far as I can recall. I will say that I thought I was HORRIBLE in math all through school until sometime in late high school. I remember just flat out giving up in 2nd grade because of what we called "Timed Tests" (timed math speed drills). I had the worst anxiety over those tests, because I couldn't do them as quickly as I thought I should have (perfectionist here). And after that I just decided I was bad at math and didn't really put in any effort. I nearly failed
  4. Does anyone else having planning for 3rd grade underway? I'm pretty much finished and have everything purchased and on the shelves. Bible/Geography/Science : MFW ECC along with Journey Into Africa Language Arts: Rod & Staff English 3, Spelling Power, Pentime 3, IEW's All Things Fun and Fascinating Math: Horizons 3, Singapore CWP 2 Foreign Language: Prima Latina (we'll try again, he wasn't ready in 2nd) Typing: Mavis Beacon's Keyboarding for kids Extras: Baseball in the spring, beginning piano, looking into tae-kwon-do Anyone else care to share what
  5. How far does a child need to be able to skip count in 2nd/3rd grade? This may seem like a dumb question, but as someone who never learned to skip count a day in her life, I'm learning this along side my 7 year old son. :) The skip counting songs we've memorized take us up to 39 with the 3s, and 40 with 4s. (He's got 2s, 5s, 10s, & 100s, etc. down pat.) I'm curious if I should take it a little farther? FWIW, we're using Horizons Math 2 with success (finally found something that doesn't make him shut down) and he's doing really well with it. I don't see anywhere in my TM that encourages me
  6. 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
  7. 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.
  8. 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 kee
  9. Thank you for your reply! These are some great ideas, I think spicing it up a bit would help a ton!
  10. 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!
  11. 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!
  12. 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 t
  13. 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.
  14. 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/eas
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