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  1. Hello! I'm hoping someone here will have a good suggestion for me. My fabulous 11yo is an interesting duck (pronouns they/them). Their ADHD (combined type) is winning a LOT right now. Their math is at the right level for them, but almost every day they struggle to actually apply their brain to the math. They just took a quiz that I KNOW they can do the math on, but only got 10% right. I know that being 11 can mess with ADHD (hormones 👾). But what should I do? I can't just stop math because the charter school requires it. I can't just stick them on Khan because they do the same thing there. If I try to be present with them every single time they do math, we'll kill each other (metaphorically). Has anyone dealt with this before? Should I switch them to an easier math for the time being? AAAAGH! (Thank you!)
  2. This. Definitely. And I'm loving the new abridged version of BFSU1 - I might actually get through the whole thing! I would talk to Dr. Nebel. I think it's ok to sell stuff based on someone else's product, but I also think he'd be open to someone doing it if they asked. Would you put it on ebay or etsy? I've thought of the same thing several times, but my ADHD makes it exactly the wrong kind of project for me to do.
  3. I'm curious, did you try CSMP? I know it's crazy, but I've heard good things about it from VSL folks. I've only tried the K level with my Ker and he loves it, but I can't say they've done all that much yet.
  4. There's a bit of marine biology and info about some fish in this book: Of Fish And Friends. The main characters are homeschooled, too :) ?
  5. We've been using the Archangel ones, because we like David Tennant and he's in a bunch of them. The other thing we've done, that has been a HUGE hit, is to take a video version that we like and to make an audio file from it that we can listen to. All three of my kids adore Much Ado About Nothing and quote it regularly. Our favorite version is from Digital Theatre, with David Tennant as Benedick. ? :) Anabel
  6. I finally found the list of approved vendors, and you're so right, it's really helpful. This school is interesting to me because they've said some Life of Fred books are Ok to buy through the school, but others are Ok. My old school found out that there was religion in some LoF, and all purchases were cancelled and all previously bought copies were locked away. I used AAS when my oldest was in 1st grade. I'll look at AAR; thank you! I think it was just coming out right after my 2nd child learned to read, so I never really looked at it. :) Anabel
  7. Hello all! Our family moved north a bit, and now we're in a new home-based charter school, which has different opinions than our old one did about curriculum. I'm not sure yet (haven't talked to our teacher-person yet) but I think this one is pickier. I was looking through their suggestions and came across two that intrigued me that I haven't really encountered before. They're the Bravewriter Language Arts program and the IEW packages "Primary Arts of Reading" / "...Writing". I know of both of those companies from their writing programs, but I haven't encountered them much for (almost) full language arts. I'm having a hard time searching up information here on the forum, probably because they've both been around for so, so long. Does anyone have experience with these? Or does anyone have a link to discussion about them? Thanks! Anabel (my sig. is out of date, sorry!)
  8. Another list of books for accelerated kids is one put together by the author Tamora Pierce, here. Her list for sensitive gifted readers is here. :) Anabel
  9. My kids really liked the Quark Chronicles books. They have Botany, Zoology, and Anatomy available, which suits someone looking for biology quite well. They liked Quark a lot better than Sassafras. There's some marine biology incorporated in Of Fish And Friends, and the main characters are homeschooled. :)
  10. Ok, so I emailed her a link to the thread. She is interested in knowing more about the experiences we've had. Here is her response: Yes, I am actually interested in possibly improving the geometry lessons. Could you explain to me from your personal experience if your daughter learned anything at all... For example, did she learn how to measure angles? Or to tell if a triangle is acute/obtuse/right? Was there any type of exercise that she struggled with the most? Were there too many exercises in your opinion? If so, did you tell her to NOT do them all? Etc. any feedback would be helpful. I'm thinking we could all answer the questions by email... the subject of the email is Re: Contact form: Question, and the email address to use is mathmammothsupport@gmail.com. These questions are directed towards my child, who was doing the 4th grade level, so just switch up the questions as needed. :) Anabel
  11. Just echoing the others - hang in there. I would say that the one parenting thing that I haven't seen mentioned yet is the Nourished Heart Approach. It has helped so, so much with our anxious middle child. It's still not perfect, but it's better. https://childrenssuccessfoundation.com/about-nurtured-heart-approach/ :)
  12. Ok, so has anyone mentioned this to the author? I was about to but decided to ask first, so we don't overwhelm her with this feedback.
  13. It's been fun to read the responses. I would add that giftedness also adds extra layers to the experience of parenting a child beyond what would be considered normal. Our culture often boils down giftedness into an academic or achievement issue while ignoring the day-to-day challenges of life with all that extra brainpower. When the parenting books don't describe the child in front of you, when the educational guidelines don't make sense for this child, that might be giftedness or 2E. When they can't sleep at night because they can't stop learning or thinking, or when you can't sleep at night because you need to plan for how you're going to stay one step ahead of them for at least one more day, that might be giftedness. It's certainly worth looking into, because, if nothing else, it might help you find different resources (like the Hoagie's board) that are helpful for you in parenting this child.
  14. I had the impression that the 9-11 level was directed towards the student, which would make it somewhat open-and-go for me, right? But it has multiple subjects all built in, I think, which will help. I'm looking for science, social studies, writing, and literature. If grammar is built in too, I'll cope with that. MM looks fabulous, thank you! I still have to look at CLE. Thanks!
  15. Hello! I'm just finishing up planning for the fall for my 9th grader, and my attention is turning to my 4th grader. Given how much time my 9th grader is going to take, I'm looking for open-and-go for my 4th grader. A friend is using MBtP, which I'm looking at now, but I'd love other pointers. The downside of going with MBtP is that I thought I was going to do FLL4 this year with her, but I'm not sure about doing that and MBtP. Thanks! Anabel
  16. I'm right there with you all. I thought it was just my kid. She did great with all the other sections, but totally bombed in geometry. Thank goodness I happened upon this thread. I feel much better now. :) Anabel
  17. That's a good point, thank you. I think there is some persuasion needed in science, but as a non-scientist I'm not totally sure what that looks like. If anyone else has ideas, that'd be awesome! I'm off to check on the LToW Yahoo group and to ask my question of a scientist. :) Thanks! Anabel
  18. Hello all! I'm just starting to use the Lost Tools of Writing with my 8th grader, and I really like it. But I could use a hand figuring out how to assign non-literature writing topics, especially science. I was trying to dream up some topics using the "Five Common Topics of Invention," and I have an idea of how it'll work but dd can't - she is having a hard time separating the tools from the literary examples given. So, can anyone share science essays written with LToW? And I'm also wondering how much extra research your kids had to do to write a science essay, beyond the information they already had from their science curriculum/class? Thanks so much! Anabel
  19. Hello! I have ADHD, so chances are good that at least one of my kids does too. DH does not have it, but on the adult assessment questionnaires he is usually only a point away from having it. We thought our eldest had ADHD when she was younger. Our plan was to wait until puberty to get a diagnoses and maybe start meds then, but when she was about 9yo she sort of "grew into" her brain. She became much more self-sufficient and stopped having focusing issues, and it's been fabulous ever since. Our middle child is currently 8yo, and seems to have ADHD, but again we're waiting until puberty before having it assessed. FWIW we know our kids are gifted. Here's our list of what we do to try and manage the ADHDish symptoms without meds, since it's pretty tough to teach them without something helping. 1) Regular bedtime & wake up time 2) Go for a walk or run right after we get up 3) Breakfast with an emphasis on protein, served with green tea. I'd try to keep the breads/sugars low if I could. Generally we end up eating breakfast burritos since we all like them. We start in on our academic work immediately after breakfast, usually math first. I wouldn't worry about the manipulatives thing either. My eldest hated them with a passion; she couldn't be bothered with them. Only if she was really struggling with a concept would they help, but generally she learned the concepts by reading or hearing us explain. She didn't need the extra stuff. One technique for teaching that I've found useful is to let them have something to fiddle with. Coloring, drawing, legos, dollhouse/Little People, clay, etc. Books: I found Dr. Amen's book "Healing ADD" really helpful; it helps you figure out what type of ADD you're working with, and has info on supplements, etc. I also really really liked Dr. Hallowell's "Superparenting for ADD". Good luck! Just know that you're not alone in the trenches. A bunch of us are right there with you. :) Anabel
  20. The 100 blocks are random blocks I have around, not from a set. They don't have them in Numbers, but they happen to live in the box. I love the tackle box too. I do wish they could be in order, but it works out fine. Miquon didn't work for me, though Gattegno looks compelling. My two older kids are beyond that level of math, while my youngest isn't quite there yet. I have some time to figure out a plan :)
  21. They're done! Everyone is happy about it. I didn't realize until I was painting them that the 5s are grey and the 10s are black, which sorta demonstrates their relationship. I like that little element of their color choices. :)
  22. I know, right? I feel goofy even thinking about giving them away. But ELTL works well for us, better in some ways since it's written for a homeschool audience.
  23. Hey, I'm looking for the Hive's input. I just scored a whole set of MCT books today from a friend who is decluttering. This is fabulous, except for the little-bitty hiccup that I had decided to stick with ELTL because it's does what I want it to do and is easy to implement. I want to let them go to another home if I'm not going to use them, you know? That, and I have family of 5 in a 850sqft house and I'm trying to not hang on to everything. Thanks! Anabel
  24. This particular child lives her whole life in story, and it really does help her where it might not usually help others. For example, I wanted her to get more physical activity, and the only ways I've found to actually motivate her is to give her audiobooks when she is walking, or for her dance teacher to give her extra lessons on storytelling through dance to make regular dance class palatable. She has taken a lot of French, but without any connecting narrative, she couldn't remember the grammar rules. This is also a child who has written almost a dozen complete novels, because the stories her mind tells *needed* to be written down. I have done my best to explain why she should care, and she accepts them in a limited way. Arg. I have to go again. I'll see if I can get back to answer the rest later. Thanks! Anabel
  25. For some reason both of my school-aged kids detest the videos. Passionately. Most of the time I end up explaining the math, which is fine, though annoying. I'm thinking that "story-based" doesn't have to make stories around math problems, but math tells the story of the universe, right? It's the language of science. Ok, can't keep typing now... children seem to want attention. And help. With math, LOL. Thanks! Anabel
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