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  1. Can you share what you moved to for pre algebra? MM has worked, but this year more than once a week my dd has grown frustrated with presentation/wording of problems. I'm also seeing some gaps in her knowledge (most recently shapes lol). She is definitely ready for pre algebra but we need something new (and with online instruction live or recorded...to save our relationship) the plan has been to move into Foerster for algebra. I've looked at mr. D but am also thinking maybe a year of Saxon with Nicole the math lady to drill the basics? She is a very logical and rigid thinker when it comes to math. She much much prefers writing and reading😊
  2. We just work through it for about 40 min. Whatever we get done we get done. They suggest one lesson per week in the front of the book. That is sometimes overkill, but we easily got through two books in a year just working within a given time. HTH
  3. Oh wow. Sweet mama, remember to be kind to yourself. You've listed so many ways that you feel you have failed your son, but I see a mom who cares and loves deeply about him, and has been working to meet his needs. The past is in the past and all you can do is move forward. I don't have a ton of experience with higher maths, but as far as elementary arithmetic, I think most of what is in the typical scope and sequence for a sixth grader can be taught in one year so it's really not too late, even if he's testing much lower. As far as applying knowledge to everyday life, I think that it comes witn maturity more than having deep understanding. If he likes teaching textbooks I would honestly stick with it for a while. Build confidence and understanding. It doesn't have to be forever. Maybe supplement with a word problem book that you do together?
  4. Hello, I am looking for a pre algebra program for next year that offers online instruction. We're open to different styles (live, recorded, adaptive, etc.). My head is spinning with so many options though, so I was hoping that someone who has been down this path may be able to help?. My girl is doing Math Mammoth 6 this year (have used MM since 3rd). All testing (standardized/IQ) tests point to math being a strength of hers-and using MM I've never really seen her struggle, the only time she misses a problem is a calculating error/not paying attention. Basically it looks like she has a gift for math but she hates it and complains that it is "boring". Any thoughts? I guess that she needs something that will challenge her and not move too slowly, but allow her to slow down when she reaches a topic that doesn't come easily. We did do a little beast academy in 3rd grade and she seemed to have fun with it. I know math can't always be "fun" but I hate to hold her back if there is a way to get her to love it.
  5. Yes, this is true for Foundations. Once your student moves into Essentials (4th grade) your curriculum for writing and grammar comes from CC and then when your student reaches Challenge level (usually 7th grade-but I have my 12 year old 6th grader in it), CC dictates the entire curriculum. Older levels have some freedom to opt out of a strand or two- but not Challenge A or B students. HTH
  6. LOL! Yes, you are correct-they are quite different from each other. Thank you for asking, I will try to clarify a bit. My goal for my 7th grader is simply to see her continue to grow. I'd like her circle to expand as she builds on old knowledge and acquires new knowledge. She loves to read and learn new things. I just want her to enjoy herself on her journey and to continue asking questions and seeking answers. I do like a preplanned schedule (eg. "read pages x-xx) otherwise I forget things I also like questions relating to readings- not necessarily as a word for word question/answer session, but they get me on the right track, sort of like a guided narration I like memoria press because it seems thorough, I like the classical studies it offers, and... if I'm being completely honest I like the price for the full grade curriculum (I'd sell what we won't use) I like Sonlight because it has bible study included, and uses a lot of literature and includes read alouds which is my kids favorite time of the day. We have also used it in the past so it is familiar I like Oak Meadow because it seems simple-sort of one stop shopping and not a lot of switching from book to book for each subject. The Science looks like it would be fun and I like the literature selections I like that Simply Charlotte Mason includes morning time. My kids LOVE morning time. I don't often get to all I would like to do with them (Poetry/picture study/nature study...the charlotte mason stuff) and I feel like the schedule will help- but I am not sure that is enough academically and feel like I would have to supplement? I may be wrong though? I am also totally open to other suggestions as well
  7. Hello, My daughter is using Classical Conversations Challenge A this year as a 6th grader. I don't think we will continue. I also know myself as a homeschool mom and we need the boxes to check- at least as a starting point (we do venture off when needed) With that being said, I am curious about opinions on the following... We already use Writing and Rhetoric and we LOVE it so we will continue next year I am thinking AOPS for Pre Algebra-she dislikes math (although she is good at it) because she can't be "creative" and I think this may be a good approach for her We will do CAP Latin too (Latin alive I think?) For the remainder I am torn between Sonlight History of Science Core J Memoria Press 7th Grade (subbing CAP products for writing and Latin) Oak Meadow (no Bible study so I would have to find one) Simply Charlotte Mason Thanks 🙂
  8. hmmm, Thanks Wendyroo. I think exactly what you are describing that you do is what is making it so difficult for me (the planning). I did buy the lesson plans through homeschool planet, but I am using the "free" version which is PITB to use and sometimes doesn't like to the videos that I need. So I am ignoring them for the time being and just doing about 2 pages a day, unless they begin to run long. I feel though that the kids don't take math seriously though, like it's an afterthought and not real "math" the way we are using it. I do sit with each of them and look over the assignment (pages), make sure they understand the problems and review/do a problem if they need help. I have some pressing personal and family issues currently that leave me with about 10 seconds of free time except for friday nights when I need some down time and to not be planning. Gee, I sound so whiny as I type this! :huh: I guess I am just wishing I could begin the week knowing that we are going to work on lessons 4-8 and not pages (which don't always get done). Thank you so much for your support and willingness to help brainstorm a solution. I'm going to give it another week and hope that other non-homeschooling things slow down and let us focus.
  9. Without all of the boring details of our past 3 years homeschooling, I am realizing that in order to save my sanity and to keep doing this homeschooling thing "I" need a math for the kids with daily lessons like Saxon or CLE. Kids (5th and 3rd) are currently in Math Mammoth, they like it, I wouldn't say they are "advanced" math students but math comes easy to them both. We do CC so there's Saxon or CLE, or something else? I'm open to suggestions. Thanks!
  10. Uggh, It's way too much (and too frustrating) to describe here. My 9 year old 3rd grader has LOVED WWE up until now. This year it's like pulling teeth and honestly, he's not even able to write (dictate) a cohesive paragraph without me questioning and walking him through EVERY. SINGLE. SENTENCE. I'm looking for recommendations for a wiggly sports obsessed boy. He's not a dreamer...doesn't live in his imagination, and actually finds it frustrating to try. What do you think? Here are some I've used or know about... IEW Student Writing Intensive A (my only hesitation is he will do CC essentials in 4th and they use IEW so it may wind up being overkill) Brave Writer (this might be to "dreamy" or open ended for him?) Writing and Rhetoric Other suggestions? Thank you thank you thank you!
  11. I recently binge watched "Timeless". I did enjoy it. My husband used to LOVE :001_wub: Veronica Mars. LOL.
  12. This is great information and very encouraging! Just what I needed to hear and know. Thanks a million!
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