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  1. Cobalt blue. A friend of mine got equal numbers of two different colors, though, and I wish I’d done that. Cobalt and some sort of red or orange would have gone well together.
  2. This is the primer: If you look at the PDF (the 'read online' ones don't seem to have the cursive), on p 14 there is an example of the script, and on p. 64-67 there are some slate exercises and the page that shows all of the letters in the alphabet, upper and lower case. I thought I remembered the 2nd having the cursive page, too, but the PDF doesn't, so either I remembered wrong or they didn't scan it in. ;)
  3. They're at I think the ones with the cursive are the first through third. I think the upper levels don't hav e it.
  4. Is the cursive in the McGuffey readers vertical? Those are free to download, but it's just examples of the letters at either the beginning of end of the book, and then a few poems and such written in cursive throughout the book as examples. There aren't sentences and words to trace or anything.
  5. A blog sounds like a great place to start. You can get some of your thoughts out there, start building an audience, and also get some feedback ( in the form of comments).
  6. Yes, but subtraction of positives are so ingrained as to be intuitive at this point. We’re not having problems with that concept. (I guess I’m just not sure why you’re pointing this out). FYI - for anyone suggesting Derek Owens or similar, that’s really not something I consider an option. Video instruction has not proved a good way for her to learn. She really needs eyes on her, teacher demanding a response, or she sort of slips into passive “videos as entertainment” mode.
  7. Hmmm. I am not sure those are going to be clearer so far as the rule of “subtracting a negative is like adding its opposite” goes. I can kind of see it, though, and having another way of explaining always helps.
  8. Monica_in_Switzerland - thank you, I think you are probably right that she mis-interpreted number of blocks as number of squares. It does help to think that she got those numbers from somewhere. eta - or forgot that multiple faces of some of the cubes would be showing, so counted each face as representing a cube.
  9. I can completely see that what didn’t work for me would work for my DD. We think very differently. I am intrigued by Jacobs for myself but she would probably do poorly with it. I actually plan to buy Jacobs for brushing up and to have for backup explanations, but to find another algebra text for DD. For Pre-Algebra I may start with Lial, and hold off on Dolciani until I see how she does with it.
  10. I'm currently looking at prealgebra for DD next year. She'll be in 8th, but it has me looking ahead to algebra for high school as well, because I'll need a book for myself to brush up on. Many people highly recommend the Dolciabi books and I was strongly leaning that way until I found my old algebra 1 textbook from high school. Turns out it was Dolociani (1992). Algebra 1 and 2 were an unremitting slog through the swamps of confusion for me. I also took Trig/precalc but with a different teacher, and heaven owned and the angels sang. I suddenly understood, and got better grades my senior year than i had gotten in math since elementary. I have no idea what textbook we used but it doesn't seem to be any of the Dolciani titles I've found(just going by the covers). I had always attributed my improvement to a good teacher and maturity. Now I wonder if out was also partly that something about the Dolciani way of presenting the material didn't work for me. Because I do remember that when I had a question, the algebra teacher would just explain it the same way again, the same way the book explained it, and out was frustrating because if i understood that, I wouldn't have been asking a question. Anyway, a long winded way of asking if any of you with more recent algebra experience have any thoughts on that-odd it likely that the text was part of the problem, or just my immaturity and an inflexible teacher? Should I let this prejudice me against Dolciani prealgebra and algebra?
  11. DD understood the analogy, but there wasn't any big light going on, if you know what i mean. I think negative numbers still are very abstract to her, even if she's starting to intellectually understand. It may just take some more repetition.
  12. I believe with cle, the answer keys are not necessary if you get the teachers manual. I have not used CLE for math, but Language Arts and reading. The main advantage of the teachers manual to me is that there are alternate tests in the back, if you anticipate your child needing think retake any of the tests. Also there it's a little bit of scripted teaching you could use iff you intend to teach it yourself and not just have your kid do it independently. ETA - if you want tho know for sure, you can call the company with questions, I've called a couple of times and they were friendly and helpful.
  13. Yeah, debt forgiveness is the only example i have been able to come up with for subtracting negatives. I was hoping you had something better. 😃
  14. If your kid needs a lot of review, Math Mammoth may not work so well, at least without lots of extra work on your part. It’s a good program, I thought it was well explained and designed, but DD’s lack of retention due to not having constant review made it a fail for us.
  15. Well, she always has done better with hands on, and I’m fairly sure we did the sugar cubes a couple of years ago when volume first came up. But I’ll definitely be doing it again today. You wouldn’t happen to have any concrete ways of explaining subtracting negative numbers, would you? Because that one is really giving me trouble. And that’s the problem as we get along in math. There are fewer and fewer things that can be explained hands on.
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