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About NormaElle

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  1. My older child was made for AOPS, so she’s been using it since prealgebra and is swimming along through the books, loving it. My next two kids are in 8th and 9th grades. They are both working through Math Mammoth 7 right now - The 8th grader will probably finish by January and be ready for Algebra 1. He’s a strong math student, but not very interested in the work of a program like AOPS. What are good choices to challenge him? My 9th grader is less confident in math, and really doesn’t like it (despite having a good math sense and doing pretty well; has some test anxiety). She’ll pro
  2. I’ve never done the review method, but I also wait until my kids have practically taught themselves to read before starting OPGTR so we can just fill in gaps and make sure they’ve got everything. But at that point, they have a certain maturity (?) that they get it without that review element.
  3. I wouldn’t try to teach two levels unless you really have to. Unless you love teaching science, it can be hard to get it together to teach science twice. I would also suggest looking at the Bio sample to see if your 12 year old is really ready for it.
  4. So if you look at SWB’s writing progression chart, she gives one option that would involve doing WWS and then following up with W&R levels 7-12. Does anyone have any thoughts into whether or not this would work? Thanks for any insights you can provide. 🙂
  5. The practice of sitting shiva/formally mourning a child who leaves the faith or intermarried isn't really done and hasn't for probably about 100 years. In some communities it may still be done but it's very rare and you're unlikely to run into those folks on the internet.
  6. Did her kids roll over and crawl and walk and talk at exactly the same ages as each other? Most reasonable parents can see that developmental milestones are individual but also mostly irrelevant in the long run - healthy kids all walk and talk eventually and no one cares if it was at 10, 12, or 18 months. I assume her kids also have different interests and personalities. You can point that out as well. Maybe also remind her of how adults are all learning and experiencing different things at different times and paces. I also wouldn't actually gather materials for her. I think it
  7. I don't think reading is about its being hard and stretching to understand words. Quite the opposite. Reading (especially during down time/free reading) should be enjoyable! Most of what I read is comfortable and pleasurable. I do try to challenge myself, but not all the time. That would take all the joy out of reading, and most people probably wouldn't bother with it. I do some assigned reading once my kids are at a point when they can enjoy it without being frustrated. I do a lot of read-alpuds and expose them to more difficult works that they can understand better as a read-aloud than
  8. Of course I'm not saying you shouldn't preview, by the way. It's YouTube - it always needs to be previewed. Just be prepared for some adjustment time if your kid is really into it. 🙂
  9. Many people build a tolerance to individual videos so having just a handful of videos wouldn't be useful. If it's a trend it's been a long-time one! These videos have been produced for years now. There's a lot of garbage but also a lot of serious material. Some of the good ones have produced hundreds of videos, so if you find one of those, you'll have lots to work with. But building a tolerance even just for an artist is still a possibility. Also, previewing can be difficult because everyone has different triggers. There are some very well-loved ASMR artists whose work I don
  10. One thing is that sixth grade is on the younger end for when I think I would start WWS. I think seventh or eighth grade is a better starting point. The skills of WWE that the student needs for WWS is narration/summarizing and the ability to put words on paper. If a student can do those things well, it doesn't matter that s/he hasn't done WWE. You say your daughter enjoys writing, but WWS is a composition course, which is different than the creative/personal writing a lot of middle schoolers enjoy. Unless she has had practice with narration and is good at it, I'd start with WWE
  11. I think it would be way over the typical second grader's head. I wouldn't bother.
  12. Vegan Gourmet Shreds does a pretty good job. It melts well (takes longer than regular cheese, but not too long), and it does imitate cheddar fairly well.
  13. If you take Metra from Waukegan and wind up at the Ogilvie Transportation Center, it looks like it's a half mile walk, about ten minutes or so, to Daley Plaza.
  14. If everything is still in the packaging (with the name of the bakery/store), and the utensils and dishes are all disposable, it would be fine. I would be uncomfortable eating from a kosher product like a salad or casserole that others may have inadvertently mixed with their nonkosher food. Things like cookies or pastries or prepared sandwiches would be fine (It probably all would be fine from a "legal" perspective of kosher laws, but not everyone's manner of serving themselves would allow me to feel comfortable that there wasn't "cross-contamination.") Water and almost all so
  15. I think SWB is actively writing it now, so who knows.
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