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  1. We've been doing Singapore math since K. I really like it. I did terribly in math when I was a kid, and never really understood how things worked or why. Singapore has helped me to think mathematically. B is going into 4th grade. She has always been slow at math. It takes a while for her to grasp new concepts. It takes foreverrrrrrrr for her to do mental math and her workbook pages. We are way back at the beginning of 3b because math takes her so long. If she has a bad day and only gets 5 questions done, we can't double up the next day because she's not capable of doing that many questions. This is giving me flashbacks to my 4th grade year, when I was the slowest in the whole class at multiplication facts. Most often, she knows how to do the work, but the gears in her brain turn so slowly. I'm posting her standardized test scores, but will take them down eventually. Would you all recommend switching, and what might be a good fit? (I am unwilling to teach Saxon after my experience with it as a child.) Thank you in advance!
  2. Mathusee didn't cut it for us. Life of Fred was interesting but not helpful. Singapore Math was a bit better. We went back to the 1B book so many times because it covered what multiplication and division actually were, conceptually. But honestly, something that started from way high concept -- I honestly think like my college class Abstract/Modern Algebra and working backwards would be great. This is our number system, this is how it is grouped, these are operations, they can do all these different things. Seriously. My big picture thinker would have been great at the high concepts. Arithmetic for the first 6 years of school like to killed us both. We do like Mathusee for high school. But really, a completely backwards scope and sequence of K-12 math would have been better.
  3. He's probably already figured out most of the elementary school concepts. You could go thru SM (singapore math), one thread at a time...just have him do what he finds interesting as you check off the list of what he knows. He sounds like he is past manipulatives on some concepts, but might need to pick up on the terminology. Be aware that people in wealthy school districts are doing Alg in 6th grade now..they aren't having their children spend time in whole class review, so just use your homeschool advantage and learn in peace.
  4. I've got a 9yo DS with ASD - started homeschooling him halfway through first grade. He doesn't have decoding issues but he does have comprehension issues, so my language arts recommendations might not be exactly what you're looking for. For math, we've had a lot of success with Math Mammoth. The lessons are very clean & orderly on the page - no excess graphics, etc. She teaches multiple approaches to solving a problem; for example, to figure out 7 + 6, she uses dots & sticks first. Then she introduces the idea that you can break 6 into 3 + 3 and use "10 buddies" to get (7 + 3) + 3. Stuff like that permeates all her lessons. I have found some of the alternative methods to be helpful for my kiddo; many aren't, though. Anyway...I tried Singapore Math out of the gate with my kiddo and that was not fun for either of us. We've both been much happier with Math Mammoth. I have found her lessons to provide more scaffolding than Singapore. I also use C-rods and base-10 blocks a lot with him. For language arts, our focus is comprehension so I've used a lot of Lindamood Bell materials (sold through their publishing arm, Gander Publishing). What I like about their materials is that while we focus on strengthening reading, the passages are all about things in either the natural world or history, so I haven't had to do much in terms of history/science for my kid. It's all done through reading. Like PeterPan, I have found that reading affects *everything*, so I made the deliberate decision to drop history & science as dedicated subjects and instead, spend that time on shoring up reading. This coming year (his 4th grade year) will be the first time I attempt a dedicated social studies (geography) and science (Mystery Science) program with him. The past 2 years have been all about strengthening his reading skills. So, that's something to consider. But back to program recommendations.... Spelling You See has been a huge success for us. It's one of the few programs we have used from Day 1 that still gets done. I picked this program because DS is a strong visual processor, and this program works on getting students to recognize certain letter combos that occur frequently in words. Students color-code a single passage for an entire week, doing copywork for the first 3-4 days (depending on what level you use) and then doing dictation for the last 1-2 days. Passages are non-fiction, so again, we get the double-whammy of working on language skills while learning about stuff in science/history. Love this program! Finally, I've also had great success with Linguistic Development through Poetry (from IEW). I picked this program because DS has a great memory and learns lines from TV shows & books really easily. I figured if he could sing the whole Nick Jr theme-song canon, then he could also learn some Emily Dickinson or Ogden Nash. 2 years and 38 poems later, I am so glad I picked this program. It has done wonders for us, in terms of growing his vocabulary (and our confidence as a mom-son homeschooling team!) and helping him picture the story. Plus it's a great way to pass time...and the grandparents love it. ? Poetry memorization is probably a little more time-intensive on your part than you wanted, but I thought I'd put it out there because it really has made a big difference for us. It takes me about 20 minutes to get through a poetry lesson with him each day. Poetry & spelling are the 2 subjects that he is happy to do anytime, anywhere. Good luck with your curriculum hunt! There are so many details to consider. If you have any further questions, feel free to PM me!
  5. To me, teacher intensive is when the program requires more prep, time, or hand-holding from me than is truly necessary for the subject. So for K, though most of it is fully hands-on with me, I don't consider those things to necessarily be teacher intensive, it's just the age and I need to be there anyway. For my 4th grader, doing AAS is definitely more teacher intensive than say SyS which I could hand to her and just go over once or twice a week. For my kiddo doing AAR1, that is more teacher intensive than something like OPGTR because there is so much more to it. I often have to cut up a worksheet for something, play a game, use the cards..... It's a lot more involved than some other programs. I don't consider it teacher intensive if I have to be right there just because the kid needs it. For math, we use Singapore. We do a hands-on lesson, then she does workbook. I have to be RIGHT THERE or my kid gets super distracted. But that's because of my kid, not the curriculum. Right start math: teacher intensive, Singapore math: not teacher intensive, Teaching Textbooks: independent. I generally think nothing of it when someone asks for something less teacher intensive. No matter how involved you are, it would be near impossible to have a teacher intensive curricula for every subject, especially with multiple kids.
  6. There are a couple of factors that determine whether something is teacher intensive to me. Some programs require that you work with your student - the MCT language arts package is like this. We love it, but I don't think that a whole day like that would work for us. This leads to the second factor - do the kids like working with somebody? My younger loves it, and my older prefers to do almost everything independently. Even the MCT is often read separately and then we discuss the parts that need discussing. Younger would prefer that I sit by their side and do every step of every assignment with them, although they don't need it. Even in K, though, both of my kids did certain things on their own. For example, once we figured out the HWOT method, both kids could follow the arrows and do handwriting on their own. Another thing is required prep. I enjoy looking over options, deciding how we'll schedule the lessons, etc, during the summer. Once we get into the school year, though, I want to be able to move along at our pre-determined schedule guideline without having to rethink it every day. I order any books that we need and check each month to pull out anything that we'd need to read, but I don't want to be scrambling to do it each day..and I know myself well enough to know that random gathering of craft supplies isn't going to happen. I have supplies on shelves that the kids can get, and History Unboxed, while somewhat overpriced, has been great because the projects actually get done. Finally, prior knowledge also affects how much planning is needed. Husband and I are both STEM people, and the kids seem to pick up math topics quickly. People often complain about juggling multiple books with Singapore Math, but we usually move through using just the workbook (and unit tests). If I'm not sure how they're explaining something, a quick glance at the textbook works, and I can go years without using the home instuctor's guide. For me, it's low prep, low involvement (my kids often look at an example and are off and running). But, language arts doesn't work the same way for us- it's why I love MCT. I need the explanations because I don't know a lot about poetry and literary devices, and if I had to research it all myself, it would take forever. I guess it could be restated as 'If I know it well, it doesn't take much prep, but if I don't know it, I have to either learn it ahead of or alongside my student', which makes it time-intensive no matter what the style of the lesson is. I think this can be more true of skills that information, though. I need to understand the literary devices to discuss them with my student. If I don't remember the details of which Roman leader did what, I can still listen to my student talk about what they read and then ask whether it seemed like a good or bad idea, what effects they'd expect, or other discussion and thinking questions. With that being said, everything is 'teacher intensive' until the student is able to do it on their own. After butting heads with younger a bit, I decided to order an elementary school Critical Thinking Company science workbook so that kiddo could work without being 'bothered' by me. ? It was a nightmare in the beginning because they didn't know how make inferences and read for details...so we spent a 'teacher intensive' 2 weeks doing the pages together 3x/week. After that, though, it was independent work.
  7. A few weeks ago someone posted a link to a website that does Singapore Math but in an online fashion. Anyone have this? I thought I bookmarked it and cannot find it. The original poster was asking about if the online program would be enough.
  8. I am much less structured than a lot of you. When we have money I spend more on curriculum and when we don't we use hand me downs and freebies. My only non negotiable splurge is Singapore math which is exxy to get in Australia but the text and HIG go through all three kids. I'm lucky enough to have a lot of handed on stuff. DH tends to have a lot of extra at times due to overtime work and at other times things are tighter.
  9. I would not recommend either one. Eons ago when our oldest was in K, I started homeschooling with Seton and MCP was what was included. There are far better math programs available. I also dislike Saxon for students who grasp math concepts quickly, so if you have a student who doesn't require a lot of repetition and tiny bite sized chunks, you might want to explore math options outside of Seton's offerings. (Math and science are definitely not Seton's strengths. So, while I have not personally used Seton's 1st grade math text, I would not use a math text published by them in general.) My favorite elementary math program is Horizons, though there are many who do not believe it is rigorous enough. I have used Horizons with all of my kids. 7 of them through the 6th grade text (where I move on to different math for high school) and my rising 3rd grader will be using the 4th and 5th grade texts next yr. I have not seen any weaknesses in my kids math skills, and they have progressed on to higher math with a solid foundation and have not struggled with upper level math concepts. That should be the goal of an elementary math program--- building strong number sense with solid understanding of the basic math operations.Those skills are what are required for algebra up. Other solid elementary math programs with different approaches are Math in Focus or Singapore Math, Right Start, and Math Mammoth. I am familiar with all 4 of those programs. They are more mastery based programs vs Horizon's spiral approach. Any of the 5 would offer a solid elementary math foundation. Another program that is frequently discussed on these forums as being solid is CLE. I have never used it or even seen it, so it is simply a recommendation based on others' affirmation of the program.
  10. It was very nice to hear that your dd has such a wonderful year at the new school. What does the gifted program provide in the way of opportunities? Your dd seems to think high acheiver equals gifted. I'd ask the school psych to explain that one to her, and sooner not later. With a 7th grade rdg lvl, read The Great Brain (Fitzgerald) or Surviving the Applewhites with her this summer and discuss giftedness, and opportunities to stretch one's mind and develop one's talents. As far as not doing summer bridge work or summer instruction. I told my dc that part of going to public school is staying on grade level. Since the school didn't do its job and provide x, y,z per state law because they are gaming the system, the dc must do the work at home with me, or they must agree to private school or home school. They liked the social, so they did the work. Summer bridge was sent home by the school -- we ignored it since it was unnecessary review and far below grade level. The rest was done - science in particular was scout, community, and home activities; math was Singapore Math plus other enrichment at the level they wanted to work at, Writing in ele. was Spectrum plus daily paragraph, reading was lit not pap, logic was gaming and real life. None of that changes IQ, and none of it guarantees a seat in college prep in high school, but it does lead to the ability to do college level work and grad in four years. What you should do is look into gifted opportunties. Music, scouts, and on-line is where we found other actual gifted children. Its like magnetism, they enjoy the company of other students who can speak in detail on a topic, discuss the lit devices in books and movies, or know the joy of AoPS, or just notice details. With the school program, you should talk to the co-ordinator..they should know that she threw the test, and be aware of the issue of gals hiding their giftedness. Discuss how the program would benefit her, so you know if its worth it. Me personally, in 2nd, I refused the opportunity. The students were gifted in the pocketbook and had severe social issues. I would have been an outcast and in sensory overload every day from the noise, so I stayed in my reg ed classroom as a younger student in a Grade 2/3 room and read extensively in my massive free time. What I needed was a school that had academics at a higher level and faster pace. I didn't put my son in the local private gifted school because they were operating lower academically than the public school was in the high expectations classrooms before nclb; after nclb they dropped the gifted program totally.
  11. My kids do Singapore math workbooks when they want lighter math. Not the IP or the CWP, just the normal workbook.
  12. I recently came across Trail Guide to Learning Paths of Exploration and am considering changing to it this year. I would love to know if anyone here has used it. All three of my children will use Singapore Math with LOF and Miquon as supplements. 6th grader would use the expansion kit to the base set which will be used by my 4th grader. I believe my 2nd grader could use the base kit's 3rd grade material with minimal adjustment thus saving the expense of purchase that expansion. 2nd grader will also use Phonics Pathways and her favorite. ETC. Last year was a great year but I became bogged down trying to do too much and sadly this hurt us most in history and science. We did not accomplish as much as I would have liked as we tended to overstay in one part too long before moving on. It was so difficult to not try to use it all with the program we were using, Wayfarers- Barefoot Meandering. Don't misunderstand, Wayfarers is a wonderful program that gives you multiple choices but for me it was hard to not choose too many and become "behind." Even though I have looked over POE, I am not getting the same vibe from it. It has the overall feel of Wayfarers but with less choices. This would be a plus for me. I really need to streamline our school and do as much as possible together. I would cut out LOF, or Miquon if my kids didn't love it so. We tried them as core programs but found using them as occasional supplements worked better for us and were not too time consuming this way. I know POE claims to be a complete program in everything but Math but is this entirely true long term? Have you found the need to supplement anything? I tend to over schedule and choose too many supplements so having something complete would be a plus. Is the writing and grammar enough alone? Grammar is something my kids covered well with ELTL and Easy Grammar but their writing skills are still lacking. Copy work improved their writing but only minimally. Long term I may see a difference but I worry if it doesn't work quickly they will be so far behind and have to play catch-up. Do I trust POE's writing/grammar to be enough or supplement especially for the 6th grader? I have looked at Write Shop but am unsure which level to put her in. Her minimal paragraph writing experience produced lackluster results. A friend is giving me Write Shop 1. Is this too advanced for a child that only writes good simple sentences? Should I start with a Junior program and work up from there? If so, which one? OR just let POE's writing be enough? Some have questioned whether the science is enough. Have you found this so? I am doubtful the program is worth it for us if I need to supplement science, grammar, and writing. I want to embrace "Less is More" this year. When I finally let go of the pressure of using so many math spines, it was freeing and made for better school experience. I insist they finish their Singapore levels but LOF and Miquon is only added when we have the time or just for a break as the kids enjoy it. Before it was more trudging through. I want science to be fun and less "work" but something that gets done. Science is also not my strong suit so I will need hand holding. Apologia seems like a good program but it seems so much to add to POE. Any advice is much appreciated.
  13. Oh, thank you all so much for the sweet words. I remember you, FaithManor! I can't believe our children are grown! How proud you have to be! I had a pirate name at one time, Mad Charity, maybe? I just don't remember. Other things I've been remembering today: The Saxon Math/Singapore Math wars, the dancing microphone from the early days, the days when Ree Drummond was on here and not on the Food Network, the identity police, when Quiverfull only had a few in her quiver, and hitting refresh over and over all day so we could see what animals were hanging out at Pete's Pond. ? I've really missed this, I believe I just might stick around a while. I learn so freaking much here!!
  14. good morning, critter glad you're feeling better! Today's schedule is devotional math latin/spelling/Greek myth math and continue working on last science module for older boy. for me: getting people to appointments and picking up grocery order. yesterday, I gave away our Singapore math books and I'm actually feeling a little sad about it and honestly, I don't know why, we weren't using the books.
  15. I know it wasn't your question, but teaching Singapore math is different than most western math approaches. It isn't always evident in the text, and less so in the workbook. The HIG gives you the methodology that sets Singapore apart and makes it the successful program that it is. Otherwise, you're just buying workbooks with no advantage. If you are familiar with the methods you may not need the HIGs. The standards Ed HIGs are the best available IMO - clear instructions, all answers/some complete solutions, and good formatting. If price is an issue you might find them used. If you were even just to use them with grades 1-3 as a solid foundation (though I recommend all levels). This is my 4th child using Singapore and I actually just ordered HIG 1B because I misplaced it somehow and even though I know the approach methods I want to use the specific teaching activities and games to cement foundational concepts. Whatever you decide to do, best wishes!
  16. Thanks Merry ? Yes I love your workbox ideas! My children do work well independently and I'm very thankful for that. Some of the curriculum we have is parent intensive though, so I need to ensure that I have enough time in our week for me to sit with them for those subjects. Currently this is what needs my time: AAS x3 Singapore Math x2 Sonlight Read Aloud x3 Grammar, Latin and reading with youngest All other subjects they do independently. We do a morning basket style together which mainly covers Bible and history. I usually allow an hour for this in the morning. Then when our day is going well, we do science together after our lunch time read aloud. We are using Apologia Anatomy. I would love to have time for all the fun extras - Shakespeare, French, Poetry, Nature Study, Art, Music. My original plan was that hour at lunchtime would cover most of these if I loop them. But that isn't happening most days. I usually manage an hour of uni study before they wake up, then I would do some school with them then do another hour of study before lunch. Some afternoons I can manage an hour of study, so that is 3 hours by then. But to ensure that I'm covering school well with them, I need to forego my late morning hour of study. You are right, I need to only focus on what is really important. My house has not been as tidy this year ?
  17. I am separating my kids this year, so my 3rd grader will get BYOL 1 - bc we need to do SOTW1 AGAIN Elemental Science - chemistry Singapore Math 3B and beyond. I would like to get him started on Beast Academy. We'll see WWE3 and may be MCT AAS3 Story of the Art, Story of Orchestra. We also do country of the month and person of the week, so need to figure out that one.
  18. My son will be a 5th grader soon and I'm wondering about math. We have always used Singapore. I'm finding he needs to go over things a little more than what Singapore does. He needs more review. He can get it, it just takes a while and lots of review. We are finishing 4A and on the last review in the textbook he really struggled mainly fractions and area and perimeter. I've considered switching to something different but I don't want to bounce around. I just feel that he needs more review. I guess I'm wondering what you would do? He does the textbook, workbook, and the metal math in the back of the instructors guide. I considered getting the extra practice books but I'm not sure. He has always been the type that needs to go over things a little more to get it. I'm just afraid to bounce around too much, afraid I'll mess him up! Thank you for your time!
  19. Are you talking about the Singapore Math Primary Mathematics edition or are you talking about the Math In Focus series (which is also a singapore math based curriculum)?
  20. Oh wow, no I have not, but it looks fantastic. Thanks for bringing this to our attention! I've never had the Singapore math books, is the scope and sequence the same? If it is, I don't see why you couldn't just use it for a year! I mean, I think you could, regardless ha, but ykwim.
  21. 1. Singapore math 2. Handwriting 3. Writing with ease 4. Sassafras twins 5. Tag along on science 6. Song school spanish Hopefully, gymnsatics. Plenty of read alouds too. Burgess books, magic tree house, etc.
  22. Second the Beast Academy suggestion AND they just came out with BA 2B (YAY!) My 7 yo DD is exactly where yours is—finishing up Singapore Math in Focus 1 B so we have been doing Beast Academy 2A and will start 2B soon. We also are starting MIF 2A. She loves logic type of games such as Logic Street, Logic Land, and Circuit Maze, too, which are great for problem solving.
  23. I use it as the main math for DS9. We supplement with Singapore Math Extra Practice books, so that he gets a bit more repetition of topics after-the-fact. He flew through BA 3A though 4A with very little help or input from me needed (he's in 3rd this year). He's just started 4B. I'm nearby if he needs me, and if he asks for help we review the guide (he reads it himself, I find the relevant section that he might need to reread) and then I ask him questions to help him solve the problems.
  24. I am a complete sucker for new math programs too. But, I think I will stick with the regular Singapore Math. The Dimensions one looks interesting, but if anything, a little more cluttered and less clear than the earlier Singapore Math Primary and US editions.
  25. http://www.singaporemath.com/Dimensions_Math_s/219.htm Thoughts? Anyone planning to use this math (at the moment only a few levels available)? Sadly, I’m a sucker for new math curriculum! :)
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