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  1. I just started looking in some nooks and crannies where books hide in our house and found that Family Math has a chapter on probability and statistics.
  2. I've never heard of GEMS guides -- I'll have to check it out. We have the Murderous Maths box set. She's read through all of them at least three times, probably much more than that. They are a big hit around here.
  3. We just finished BA 2A, albeit very slowly, only a page or two per week. Some of it she finds easy, but the challenge problems are often still challenging for her at that level. I am hesitant to put book 4D in front of her. I really floundered with her and math in 1st grade, especially getting math facts down, so she's been behind a bit. After ignoring Prodigy for months, she got back on and they say she's at a 4th grade level, for whatever that's worth. We are also just getting into long division and she says she loves it, so I dunno.
  4. Greetings! We have been using MEP. When we were in Yr2 last year, probability was introduced as a topic, and dd LOVED it. We are coming back to it again this year and she is as thrilled as ever. Last year I poked around, trying to find additional resources for her to play with this topic, and I could find nothing that was geared for kids under 7th grade. Any ideas or resources about how to let her enjoy this topic beyond the curriculum?
  5. Dd is a good reader, spelling - not so much. All About Spelling has helped tremendously. And no, we don't use the tiles. Everything goes on the white board.
  6. I am dealing with the remains of a migraine. Today is an official sick day.
  7. We love, love, love MEP reception. It's only twice a week. We do Right Start games, and play with cuisinaire rods or an abacus on in between days.
  8. Thank you for bringing this curriculum up - I totally forgot it existed. We have a bird-lover here, but I guess I would have to wait to use it since he's 5yo right now.
  9. We are taking a month off from grammar, or maybe the rest of the year.....
  10. I have only been homeschooling our dd for five years, so I don't know how it compares to other programs, but MEP is what we use. MEP will use letters in place of numbers, though I can't remember quite when that happens, perhaps Year 2? We didn't use all of Year 1, so I'm not sure. At any rate, you can look over all the materials here: You really need to look carefully at the lesson plans, as that is where all the teaching is laid out. It is fairly teacher intensive. I'm not sure if it is what you are looking for, but we are finding it to be challenging in a good way.
  11. This is what I did too! I was able to find piano music at the library for a lot of the folk songs they suggest in primary school, so we could sing around the piano. We haven't done it this year, but it was fun when we did.
  12. Hunter, who I haven't seen on the forum in a long time, said she really liked how the 1st edition discussed writing.
  13. I agree the original quote was poking fun at oneself. I think the worry was all the non-NASA folks pointing to it, and saying, "See! If a NASA scientist has to look it up, I don't have to know it, either!" But I bet the NASA scientist could recognize the formula for the volume of a sphere without having to have it labelled, because he/she would understand what it means just by looking at it.
  14. We loved SOTW AG for the Ancients. We did lots of things from it. But as we went through the series, we ended up doing fewer and fewer projects. Somehow they didn't grab me like they did for Vol. 1. Or maybe we did all those activities because it was our first real year of homeschooling and I was all gung-ho. I'm not quite sure at this point. I will probably have a better idea a few years from now with the next go round.
  15. I am blanking on the specifics, but I have run into an instance of a school teacher basking in ignorance because it meant nobody had more knowledge in a particular area than anybody else. I guess you can't argue there isn't equality in ignorance, but I fail to see it as desirable. It reminds me a little of the phrase, "I'm just as good!" in C.S. Lewis' essay "Screwtape Proposes a Toast."
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