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  1. Oh that's really interesting. So with math and EF (executive function), you're looking not only working memory but the ability to break things into parts. So she may have this big leap but struggle to break it into steps. Some people will fight that fight with geometry, having the kid do proofs. I think dig in there and use your judgement. The other thing is that if she's only not showing her work in the Singapore math, I wouldn't give a rip. Singapore is obtuse and unnecessary. They just visualize it and move on. I don't know, some people are so enamored of it and I'm not. She was showing her work for the psych for achievement testing? So she can. It could be the singapore. Like maybe see if she's able to slow down and communicate her steps where it matters more or is more interesting. We used the math competition stuff (name is slipping my mind) that AOPS I think sells. See if it changes with a different text.
  2. I will begin homeschooling my youngest grandson in the fall and I'm out of my element! So much information, so little time! We are pulling him out of public school due to problems with bullying. He always retaliates and gets in trouble so, instead of constant calls from the school, my daughter is pulling him. With only 5 weeks left, we are keeping out fingers crossed to finish out this year without any more incidents. Anyway, I feel relatively comfortable with Language Arts, Social Studies, etc. My concerns are, of course, Math and Science as they were not my best subjects in school myself. Any advise for a new homeschooler for curriculum that will grab him? He is smart...and I think some of his problems at school have also been due to boredom. I'm looking at Math Mammoth or Singapore Math. In Science, I believe we are going to concentrate on the Life Sciences this term. Any suggestions would be appreciated!
  3. I have read quite a few discussions about Singapore Math on this forum. Many have acronyms like MIF, CWP, HIG, etc. I have compiled an outline here. Hope it helps. The Singapore Math curriculum was conceptualized by the Ministry of Education in Singapore. It became popular worldwide due to its consistent top ranking on Trends in International Math and Science Study (TIMSS). The early adopters are home school students. Currently Singapore Math is used in 100 over US school districts. The math learning process comprises three steps which are: concrete, pictorial, and abstract. The concrete step refers to students learning through manipulation of objects like pens, erasers or clips. In the next step, pictorial representations like bar models are used to represent the problem. The syllabus is about 1 year ahead of syllabus in other countries. For example primary 3 may be equivalent to elementary 4 in other countries. The most challenging word problems are those related to pre-algebra. Textbook titles with US Edition are listed here below. The titles not only have textbooks but they also have workbooks, home instructor guides and teacher’s guides. Dimension Math by Singapore Math Inc Math in Focus by Marshall Cavendish, reseller Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Challenging Word Problems by Marshall Cavendish Primary Math Marshall Cavendish In addition to workbooks, students/instructors can tap on worksheet question banks in free test papers -> Sg Math, for challenging word problems. Grades 4 to 6 are extremely challenging. About Marshall Cavendish is a Singapore-based textbook publisher whose publication are used in Singapore schools. Singapore Math Inc is an US publisher that adapted the curriculum to the American education market
  4. Science....Mystery Science and Considering God's Creation History...Story of the World Spelling...Spelling Workout Math....up in the air about this...I have Beast Academy so I would like to try it. But if that does not work out, it will likely be either Singapore Math Is Edition or BJU Math. Handwriting....Zaner-Bloser Writing....also up in the air. I might just do my own thing. Latin...Getting Started with Latin Also, she seems to enjoy MCP Maps, Charts, and Graphs so we might do that. We also will be doing things like nature classes, art classes, and gymnastics.
  5. square_25, my older ds is on the extreme end of concept driven. I'm a science person, not a math person, so when he was little, we just played shop. I had no grand visions or pedagogical opinions, I just taught him about money, made up funny word problems, estimated stuff, played multiplication war, etc. Then, at the age of 6, having never been introduced to the concepts, he invented algebra, reasonably complex algebra. I had no idea that these thoughts were in his head, none. We had been playing shop. That is when I started reading up on how to teach him. But interestingly, he was extremely computation adverse. He *refused* drill, completely refused to do it. He seemed to only be able to practice his numeracy skills through complex 10 step word problems. It was at the age of 8 that he decided that all teaching was cheating, in fact, that all textbook explanations were cheating. I'm actually not sure how he learned fractions - he must have had insight and just confirmed his method by checking his answers in the back of the book, because he *refused* to be taught how to do it by me or by any written explanation. At the time he was working his way through the word problems in singapore math intensive practice. Over time, I came to believe that his mathematical skill was so high, that drill of any sort was the equivalent of proof-reading a phone book. You might have good intentions, but there is just no way you can actually *do* something so boring. However, this boy then took 3 years to get through AoPS intro algebra, and this slow speed just about gave me a heart attack. But he had to do it on his own. And he had to do it at his own pace. And he had to *derive* every. single. concept independently. But you know what, he was on the NZ IMO team at 15, and now is taking grad level math classes at MIT as a freshman. So his very strange path was apparently just right for him. My point is that you are mathy and your child is mathy. Perhaps there is just NO drill in her future. I remember my son memorizing his subtraction facts while concurrently working through AoPS algebra independently. Conceptually, he was far far far ahead, but when it came to *computation* he was very average. I've often wondered what would have happened to him if he had been forced to do math in school. My guess is that it would have drained the passion right out of him. I'm so grateful to be able to have offered him another path. Ruth in NZ
  6. I saved all of Singapore math and math manipulatives--I consider those tools of my trade as a math teacher. I was a sub last year in kindergarten classes, I'm an Educational Assistant this year in high school classes, and I actually pull stuff from my shelves to help kids learn. I saved a large portion of the history books we read over the years, as well as SOTW, History Odyssey, and Usborne and Kingfisher books of world history. Pretty sure at least my history-loving dd will want these. I have lots of kid lit too. Still have Latin for Children and Art of Argument (which I might use if I ever teach geometry just for fun logic of another sort). I could teach a grandkid to read with Phonics Pathways. And I'll probably always keep TWTM. I also have many Classical Kids CDs, Jim Weiss CDs, The Story of US, Magic School Bus DVDs, and Liberty's Kids DVDs. They don't take up much room and we loved them.
  7. When we had to have family step in to help with homeschooling (dd/cancer, another dd/NICU for an extended period), we had to keep things very simple and very minimal to actually get it done. Math: do the next lesson in the book. CLE math is very easy for a non-teacher to grade, Singapore math bar models caused my mom’s brain to melt, iykwim. Phonics: we went to workbooks—do the next lesson. Art: Artistic Pursuits kits with the accompanying supplies were a huge hit. Sonlight science kits (with supplies) were a huge hit for my elementary aged kids at the time. Basically, very clear assignments with all supplies included were the only things that got done. In terms of filling the time, SOTW audio history, Kumon books, and a basket of books helped. I would reserve them online and dh would do a library pickup weekly. My older children read a lot to the youngest because they had more tolerance for it. Also, be sure your sister can set up video chatting. Not only will it help maintain family bonds, but being available daily (at some point) to answer questions, ask accountability stuff (show me what you did in math today!) and to offer moral support was really helpful. We used FaceTime, but Skype is also great.
  8. Where does SM teach this concept? This picture shows questions from placement test 5a. I can’t find a lesson about this in 5a...or any of the other books. Any ideas?
  9. I just have a question about this. I have always used the Primary Edition (US Edition, but do have some 3rd editions). My daughter is in 1st grade at a school that uses Math In Focus. She is bringing home work such as...middle of the school year, first grade... 528+257. She had regrouping in subtraction and addition, up to three digits, in mid first grade. Now, a couple weeks ago, she was bringing home mental math to the effect of 34+56. In my Singapore Math 1B book..the mental math was more along the lines of adding 9's and 8's and kept to adding in single digits. There were no charts that showed to add the tens first and then the ones like in the Singapore Math book. The 34+56 type problems were in 3A and beginning of 3B. I am wondering if it is possible that the teacher has made her own worksheets and maybe did not realize the progression? I know the teacher told me that she used Saxon math when she was growing up and preferred. Honestly, based on what I am seeing, I think I might prefer Saxon over MIF.
  10. If you use Singapore how to you schedule IP, CWP, workbook, and the textbook? My oldest is in 5 now, I have always bought the CWP but we have never completed the book, not even half the book. I always feel guilty, we just have a hard time finishing all of it. We have used the textbook, workbook, the mental math in the back of the HIG and a lot of the suggested activities on the HIG. Do you think this is enough? He does pretty good with math. Sometimes it takes him a while to get a topic. Fractions and decimals are harder for him, sometimes he needs a lot of repetition other times he does great. He has done well on the CAT test every year he has taken it, math is always his highest score, last year he was in the 96th percentile. I just wondered have I failed by not getting to the CWP or IP. I only bought IP one year and I think it's still on the shelf. Thank you.
  11. We finished Singapore Math 2A and 2B (Standards) during 2nd grade, pretty much right on the money. We started 3A at the beginning of this school year and we are just now ready to start 3B. I wouldn't say it's been difficult for DS, but because it covered so many new concepts (all the mutiplication facts! long division!) we had to go slowly. I am absolutely not panicking about being "behind." But I am wondering: Have others had this experience? Were you able to pick up the pace in 3B? Am I understanding correctly that students should finish 6A/6B (Standards) in 6th grade?
  12. My oldest is finishing up 5B Standard Edition. I will probably do 6A and 6B but then what? I very much like Singapore and would like to find a curriculum that is similar - spiral and builds great foundation for further math. Would love to hear suggestions, opinions, experiences. thank you
  13. My oldest is finishing up 5B Standard Edition. I will probably do 6A and 6B but then what? I very much like Singapore and would like to find a curriculum that is similar - spiral and builds great foundation for further math. Would love to hear suggestions, opinions, experiences. thank you
  14. I haven't used CLE 'for the long haul' yet, but wanted to chime in on the conceptual teaching part... My kid who uses CLE hated Singapore math, didn't understand it, didn't get the conceptual teaching. But over the past two years with CLE I've seen her not only grow in her confidence with math, but I've also seen that she does understand concepts and make connections. Eventually. She is a parts to whole learner. She just wants to know how to do something, and then after weeks or months doing it she puts it all together and surprises me with observations on why things work or on the connections between things. Things Singapore math teaches first and the algorithm afterwards. She needs to practice doing it (the algorithm) and then she can understand the big picture. I've seen it repeatedly. I think that the concepts are there in CLE, it's just that they're taught in a parts to whole manner, whereas in Singapore math there taught in a whole to parts manner. I do have experience with more conceptual math, my other kids use beast academy or Singapore or right start. And my kids that use Singapore or beast academy would hate CLE, but that's cause they're whole to parts thinkers. My youngest I don't know about yet.
  15. I have no experience in math LD. I only have experience with getting work samples to submit for my oldest who handed in blank sheets for writing class work in public school. Regarding “evidence” from a calculator, there are printing calculators e.g https://www.amazon.com/Casio-HR-100TM-desktop-printing-Calculator/dp/B000I3C4EY Regarding handwritten work samples, my kid drew some and write some. If your son can draw something like the Singapore Math model diagrams, it does work as work samples. I know kids were allowed to draw apples, oranges and pizzas for multiplication and division for daily work and work samples. Public school teachers do prompt, my youngest was prompted because his teacher thought he was daydreaming. My oldest was in public school until end of 4th grade. e.g. https://singaporemathsource.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/548-Navigating-Word-Problems-with-Models-CMC-2018-Cassy-Turner.pdf https://singaporemathsource.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/1150-Strip-Models-Tape-Diagrams-Bar-Models-Oh-My-NCEA-2018-Cassy-Turner.pdf Above two PDFs are from here with more math teaching handouts https://singaporemathsource.com/resources/handouts/ page 4 of 4 might be useful (my dad and brother have difficulties with English, my dad is officially ESL, my brother barely passed English in school. https://www.singaporemath.com/v/sf_tmbm.pdf ETA: Regarding typing, my kids typed with four fingers (pointer and middle finger) until they were in 7/8th grade. Also my oldest likes to use a stylus to write on his laptop in tablet mode. He can just print to PDF and submit the homework.
  16. Son seems to grasp math quickly. In the past, I have preferred doing math fact review and hands on activities to add to the math program. In the book we are in now, 3A, we have been skipping the reviews from the textbook but doing everything from the workbook. Would it be overkill to add in BJU math as a supplement? I don't mean doing all the activities and such. I mean teaching from the Singapore Math as our main math course, but then having the workbook to pull sheets from to use for extra review or reinforcement? I really like BJU but already own the books and workbooks and such for Singapore Math through 3B. Plus, BJU has a bit wider of a scope than Singapore Math. I am thinking I am likely to use BJU for prealgebra at the minimum. edited to add: I usually supplement with the Key's To series....but I kind of want to find a different direction this time. edited to add again : would CLE have way too much content to do along side Singapore Math?
  17. With Beast, it's hard to say how a kid will react to it until you actually try it out. That being said, I did not use Beast 2 as it did not exist when we were doing it. Beast 3A, Chapter 1 Geometry is not easy. IME, it's the toughest chapter in Beast 3. In fact on their website, they suggest that if it is too difficult or frustrating to skip it and loop back later. Saxon never appealed to me personally because it is far too spiral for us and moves too incrementally. Singapore Math worked very well for us especially the Intensive Practice and Challenging Word Problems books. Some families choose to only do the TB with the IP and/or CWP. I think that the best part of SM are the word problems. I actually used both SM and BA as I think there are weaknesses and strengths with both programs. DS wrapped up AOPS pre-A which he primarily self-taught himself with the book in about 7 months. Cleo Borac has a series of books called Competitive Math for Gifted Students which is pretty good. I sincerely hope that the revised edition does not have so many solution errors as the first edition. Zaccaro's Challenge Math series is another good resource. Glen Ellison's Hard Math for Elementary for upper elementary students is excellent as well. Borenson's Hands On Equations will be good fit for your son if he responds so well to visual approach to word problems. The HOE book of word problems is really good. We also did a lot of logic type books as well. Maybe consider Math Kangaroo for a low key math competition? He could do it next year.
  18. DD is finishing up Singapore Math Primary Mathematics 5A (Standards edition) Textbook + Workbook. Occasionally we supplement with Intensive Practice. Textbook+Workbook alone are too easy for DD, and we do not have time to work out all the problems in Intensive Practice on a regular basis. I am wondering if in the future we could replace the workbook with Intensive Practice; i.e., work through Textbook+Intensive Practice in entirety, and use the workbook only as a supplement for chapter reviews. Any opinions or advice? Many thanks in advance.
  19. My kids read widely and are very interested in science topics of their own accord. I don't really need to direct it. I make science a school subject only insofar as it is necessary to develop the discipline side of scientific endeavors. To that end, I far prefer a one-thing-at-a-time approach, because it's just more straightforward. Though sometimes a mixed-bag will get us where we need to go too, as is the case with the Science Detective series (referring back to specific lines of text) and the Singapore math junior high school science books (structured questions= guided analysis). ETA-- and all of that even could have just waited until high school, honestly, while they continued to be interested in science on their own. But they got on my nerves by talking about science all day, but in a disorganized and... mmm let's say foundationless... way.
  20. Hello, I am looking for tutors who can introduce Singapore Math and teach my 8 year old (3rd grade) online/Skype. Can someone recommend tutors, we live in Eastern Time zone? Thanks
  21. It supposedly adheres to the Common Core Standards, which may be good to get into if I plan to have my ds enter regular school next year. I'm curious about it and have the chance to use it with my ds13 (grade 8 level) in a program now, but know nothing about it. I can't even find samples of the TOC online. I haven't heard of anyone using it in the upper grades. So, if you have used it, I'd love to hear more about it. Is it directed to the student or do you teach it? Is it algebra level or more of a pre-algebra? Any comments will be appreciated!
  22. For my oldest DD: Math: Not sure yet. This year we are doing Singapore Primary Standards 5A & 5B along with Beast Academy 4 and 5. I have not decided if I should continue with Singapore 6 or do their Dimensions program or maybe switch to a Pre-Algebra program such as AOPS or Jousting Armadillos. To answer the pp, I have found that (for my DD) Singapore 5 has been more review than I expected rather than new material so I am concerned about a similar experience with Singapore 6. We love Singapore Math though so that's why I may look at Singapore Dimensions. The issue with the Dimensions program, for me, is I am not sure what level of math follows Dimensions 8 (Algebra II, Geometry??) Language Arts: Handwriting-- Zaner Bloser Handwriting (Cursive) 7/8 Vocabulary--Vocabulary from Classical Roots 6 & Maybe Vocabulit or Sadlier Spelling: Continuing with Megawords (Books 3 & 4). Spelling is a weakness and a frustration for her unfortunately. Grammar: Well Ordered Language 3A & B, and Parts of Analytical Grammar. My DD loves diagramming sentences so definitely we will continue with that. Composition: IEW SWI B, IEW Theme Books (probably Ancient History), Start Writing with Skill Level 1, Kilgallon sentence composing books (a big hit with my DD!) Literature: Novels with Discussion/Novel Guides/Teaching with the Classics, Short Stories from Lovin Lit on Teacherspayteachers, Poetry Study, Possibly Essentials in Literature 7 Science: Chemistry & Physics but I'm not sure how this will happen yet. Maybe Mr. Q. I already have Masterbooks units on Matter, Chemistry, etc. and Nancy Larson Science Units. There will be experiments and hands-on. We have Snap Circuits and she loves those. History: Ancients with a variety of sources. She is very excited to start studying Ancient History! Geography: Maybe Memoria Press Geography II, not sure yet. Foreign Language: She has been begging me to start French so she may take French for Middle School (French I) at our homeschool co-op Fine Arts: Continue with Ballet and Tap, add Contemporary dance, continue with audition choir, Continue with piano lessons, Studio and History of Art class at homeschool co-op Physical Education: Dance, swimming, horseback riding
  23. We have a classical/CM approach and try to combine work where we can. We have three school age girls (next year they will be 11, 8, and 6) plus a little monster, I mean, two year old 😉 For my up and coming 6th (WHAT?!WHEN?!) grade daughter, I have: Singapore Math 5A and 5B, then Jousting Armadillos, most likely Bards and Poets I from Cottage Press for LA, stretched to cover the whole year plus a bit more if needed Apples and Pears for spelling - finishing up the final level in the beginning of the year. We'll switch to only studied dictation after that, either once or twice a week. History books to be read and orally narrated/written narration (History Notebook?, not sure yet) twice a week: The Book of the Ancient Greeks The Book of the Ancient Romans The Book of the Middle Ages These are all by Dorothy Mills and it may be too much for one year, so we'll start with Greeks and see how it goes - I may drop Middle Ages and cover two books instead of three if the pace is too fast. Science: Astronomy from Sabbath Mood Homeschool, keeping a Science Journal Blood and Guts (with her two younger sisters and Mom), keeping a Science Journal Botany from Sabbath Mood Homeschool, keeping a Science Journal Nature Journals all together Mythology: Legends from FairyLand The Golden Fleece by Colum The Children's Homer by Colum Literature Unknown to History, with oral narration and one weekly written narration (possibly a "creative" option) Kim (with younger sisters and Mom), oral narration and one weekly written narration(possibly a "creative" option Geography: Haliburton's Book of Marvels, Occident (with younger sisters and Mom), weekly mapwork and her choice of oral or written narration The Book of Discovery (just one chapter a week, with oral narration and weekly mapwork) Plutarch once a week, but probably not all year, with younger sisters and Mom, oral narration Latin for Children Primer A will finish up and she'll start B. Art lesson once a week, all together Music lesson once a week, with Mom Shakespeare all year all together, because we love him , plays to be decided🙂 Weekly poetry tea time, all together Commonplace book entry several times a week Picture Study weekly, all together Handicrafts as we have time, both together and individually - cross stitching, embroidery, painting, drawing, clay sculpture, origami, possibly calligraphy, sewing projects Memory Work - right now, all poetry and Shakespeare, some together, others for each child individually. I can't wait for next year!
  24. I love Singapore Math and that is what we are using. I taught it previously in private school and I have used it with one of my older children. I have always had qualms about it, but I think I like it more than most. I think my 2nd in line choices would be BJU and CLE, neither of which I have used. I have used Horizon's (did not like) and MUS (it was fine, but we ditched the videos and I did not love the workbooks). I did use BJU briefly with one of my sons but that was my really fussy one. I liked it but he did not and we returned to Singapore Math. I ask him now what the issue was and he tells me he simply did not want to work, it was not the actual curriculum. So there is that. My 9 yr old is pretty good at math. He is not like the "fussy one" (I really do not call that older one that fussy one, but already called him that once in this post so did not know how to otherwise refer to him). My oldest hated Singapore Math. He is the one who landed on Horizon's math and did well and stuck with it through the series then moved on to Foerster's Algebra and such. 9 yr old keeps getting upset over math now. I suspect it is because Singapore Math stays on the same topic for almost an entire book and then moves on only after that. We recently had a break through where son was excited about himself because he realized he had suddenly gotten good at division after working at it for the last few months. We are on book 3A, most of the way through. I can see how CLE or maybe even BJU could be a better fit for him. CLE has more variety in each lesson. It does not jump all over the place, but it also reviews some math facts on each lesson and does not give just an entire lessons of just one type of problem. I can see how BJU would be a good fit too as it has two week long chapters and then moves on to another topic. I guess I just feel so guilty because I am big Singapore Math person and I already own the entire series. I saw the used book store had some CLE 3rd grade used so I could pick up a couple of those workbooks to try out (but feel guilty breaking up the set, however, the store is selling them as separates). What should I do? I feel so much guilt and angst over this! edited to add: He gets math fast. He does not struggle with concepts.
  25. Measurement is in 2C and 3C. FWIW, money and time are both in Singapore Math 1B.
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