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  1. Does anyone have any information about what this new curriculum will be? I am switching one of my kids to Singapore, but I'm not sure which edition to go with, or if we should wait for the new one.
  2. I am still using Story of the World, Spelling Workout, Considering God's Creation, Singapore Math, BJU English. The only thing that might be new this year is CAP Latin, but even that is up in the air. I already bought it, the younger one, but still own First Form Latin and recently bought a new pronounciation CD so it would be classical. Mystery Science is new also, but I never dropped the science we used before. We also still own RS4Kids and Apologia Elementary series so we might still use those. The one thing I sold off and could not stand was Notgrass. I did not like anything I had by Notgrass.
  3. Welcome aboard! Well, yes there are many curricula out there. A lot depends on what you are looking for in a program and what type of learner your children are. No, to answer your first question. I use story of the world for history with the activity guide and I am all over the place for science. I use mystery science, brainpop videos, and real science odyssey. I would like to start science in the beginning this summer. 😆 you may like that one since it is Christian based. I have others I am contemplating. 🤔😏 Different programs offer different ways of teaching. For instance, with regard to math, there are programs out there that is workbook based and others that have lots of hands on learning (rightstart math). I use beast academy because my kids like the comic book guide. I sometumes use Singapore math because beast academy can be really hard. When I started homeschooling I looked at cathy Duffy's site because she has a bunch of reviews for most of the programs out there. I also read the well trained mind book and looked at the different homeschooling methods. Waldorf, classical trivium, Charlotte Mason, etc. Hope this helps!
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    Textbooks 1A 1B 2A 2B 3A 3B 4A US editions All used with varying cover imperfections, but very usable 2A text standards edition in very nice condition 2A HIG in very nice condition 3A text, tests, HIG all standards edition in nicely used condition 4A HIG in very nice condition 6B text and solutions manual 3rd editions in very nice condition NEM 1 Syllabus D new edition: Text TG WB Solutions Manual Quick Revision Guide All very nice condition Please make me an offer if you are interested.



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    My Pals are Here Maths 5B 2nd edition Pupil Book and corresponding Workbook. Unused EXCEPT for sections on percentages (pgs 65 to 90 in both pupil book and workbook. (ugh, I thought it was unused, but I guess DH thought that topic needed reinforcment...) If you live in the Northern Chicago suburbs, you can come pick up for free...


  6. Rainbow Resource Christian Book Classical Academic Press Timberdoodle (their games/logic picks are usually really neat and fun) And directly from publisher/author (eg Logic of English, Singapore Math, Pandia Press, etc)
  7. Are any of the web based math options similar in methodology to Singapore Math? I was considering CTC Math and others and wondered if there is something out there like a digital version of Singapore. My husband really thinks a conceptual math will work well for my son and I agree. Anyone know about the existing options if they are similar to Singapore or would something work well as a digital supplement?
  8. Worry #1) I worry I will struggle teaching the Singapore methods I'm not familiar with My answer: Only you can decide if that will be the case. But IMO, Singapore is VERY easy to teach. Let me walk you through a typical day using some examples from the upper-level books. This is about as hard as it gets. (And it will be even harder for you right now because you haven't gone through the 4+ years of foundation that this example expects you to have. You are jumping straight into the middle of a 4th grade Sinapore math book.) This sample is pretty typical of how a lesson works in Singapore math. So take a look at this lesson and decide for yourself i you could teach it. (Don't worry if you aren't familiar with the terms array or factor. Those were all explained clearly in previous lessons. EVERYthing in Singapore is very step-by-step and incremental. ) Let me walk you through a typical lesson using the sample above: Step 1: Concrete First, there is usually an activity which illustrates the math concept using some type of math manipulative. In the sample above, you are teaching the child about factors. So you are supposed to take 24 multi-link cubes and challenge the child to arrange them in various groups. (2 groups of 12, 12 groups of 2, 3 groups of 8, etc.) At this point, the chid has already learned their multiplication tables, so this is typically a review for them. As you can see, it is pretty easy to teach. The HIG explains exactly what to say and even provides pictures of what to do with the manipulatives. This only takes a few minutes. The lessons are short and sweet. Step 2: Pictorial Next, the HIG directs you to open up the textbook to p. 26 and discuss the same exact concept using pictures in the textbook. (They show various things grouped the same way as the mulit-link cubes before.) Step 3: Abstract Next, the HIG directs you to do Tasks 1-5, pp. 27-28 (still in the textbook). At this point, the child now takes that concept that you just taught them (using concrete objects and pictures) and applies it to numbers in the textbook. You are supposed to use the textbook to work a couple of example problems with the child. As you can see from the sample, the textbook gives you PLENTY of help about what to do if you are stuck and need help. (Plus solutions, etc.) In this case, the HIG directs you to work the problems with multilink cubes again if needed. Next, the student is sent off to do the workbook problems. (In this sample, Exercise 7, pp. 21-22). I typically have my kids do this part semi-independently so i can check for understanding. (Not in first grade, but we gradually work towards semi-independence.) Finally, we check workbook together and the kid fixes any mistakes until there is 100%. That is a typical day of teaching Singapore. Only you can decide if that sounds too hard to teach. I personally think it is VERY easy to teach. If you are concerned about teaching Singapore, I would suggest that you stick with the standards edition of Singapore. The Home Instructors Guides for that "flavor" of Singapore math are formatted a little nicer and are easier to use IMHO. (The content is not all that different from the US edition except that there are more reviews scheduled in the standard edition. I have used both standards and US and both are nice. I much prefer standards.) I would also suggest you take a look at the HIG samples for the upper levels of Singapore. (Try levels 4A, 4B, or 5A, and 5B) Read through those and see if they make sense to you. ------------------ Worry #2) I worry if/when he attends public school someday, he will be told the Singapore way is not right and he'll have to relearn the traditional way My answer: Singapore does teach children the traditional way so they will not have to relearn anything. However, It just also teaches them to understand the conceptual reasons so they understand why the traditional process works. Let me give you another example to illustrate my point: In a lot of math programs, they teach kids how to stack numbers and "borrow" to subtract. (Traditional method.) Then they give you a million practice problems and drill that process until you can do it in your sleep. (Traditional method.) But in sinapore, you work a BUNCH OF problems with manipulatives first so you can see exactly what happens when you "borrow numbers". But you also practice stacking the numbers and working things the traditional way. (Plus, you also learn tricks for doing the problems mentally.) So you learn more...not less. AND if he ever has to go back to public school, he will probably be so advanced in math, that he ends up teaching all of the other kids how to do their math homework. :) I'm not saying that to knock traditional schooling. It has more to do with the order things are introduced in Singapore. Things are typically introduced earlier in Singapore math than they are in other math programs. If you stay on grade level with Singapore math (example do Singapore 2A and 2B in 2nd grade), your child will always be ahead of most traditional kids in math. My kids are NOT math whizzes. We do "just" regular Singapore math with the workbook and textbook. And they always test very, very well in math. Singapore makes it easy to teach. ETA: Now, there are some schools that have adopted some crazy math instructional methods since common core was first introduced. I think (hope!) things have gotten better since schools have had a chance to adapt to common core math instruction. I think the curriculua has been improved. And not all schools using common core have gone off the deep end, but some have. lol For example, My good friend teaches 4th-grade math here locally, and she was showing me how they are now told to teach long division. Now...long division has not changed since we were kids. It isn't like it has evolved and you suddenly need to know a different way to do it. Division is still division. However, they way they were trying to walk the kids through the process was VERY confusing. HOWEVER---because I had my "adult singapore education" from teachng my kids, I could at least grasp what they were TRYING to do and understand the process. (I still think they were over complicating things. It is almost like they took the Singapore method, scrambled it all up, and tried to make it new.) So again, my conceptual knowledge (thanks to Singapore) helped not hindered my understanding. I think it would help my kids too if they had to go back to public school. They might have to learn to "play the game" and show the math problem worked how they teacher wanted it...but I think they would still have a solid conceptual understanding as a foundation. -------- Now, that is NOT to say that Singapore is perfect. One con to Singapore is all of the books. But that is also one of the pluses to Singapore. If you use Singapore math as written, you will need the Home Instructors Guide (HIG), the textbook, and the workbook at a minimum. (That is three books for the first half of the year!) For the vast majority of kids, this will be all you need. (The idea is to give them JUST enough practice to understand math, but not so much to kill their joy.) THEN, there are all of these other books you can buy to customize how much practice your kid needs. Let's say you have a child who is a math-whiz and the standard workbook isn't challenging enough. Well, then you buy the Intensive Practice and Challenging Word Problems book. (The workbook's word problems are pretty challenging enough IMHO! But some kids like MORE of a challenge.) Or, let's say you have a child who needs more practice before moving on, then you can buy the optional Extra Practice book. But, lets just say that you have a child who struggles in one particular area of math. For example, your child gets everything, but struggles with mental math. Well, then there is a mental math book. It goes on and on. I think the multiple book issue is sort of a con because it can be overwhelming to new homeschoolers. My advice to combat that problem is start out with the workbook and textbook and HIG. Only buy the other books IF your child shows a need.
  9. I don’t have much knowledge/background in statistics and this math problem is not really explained in the teachers guide! singapore math 6B workbook pg 119 there is a table of men versus woman callers to a quiz on a radio station with 6 out of the 15 calls being men. what is the probability that the 16th caller is male? what is the probability that the 100th caller is female? I feel like I should know how to do this but I don’t and none of the problems that are demonstrated in the textbook are really similar conceptually.

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  11. I would do lots and lots and lots of manipulative before ever thinking about "drilling facts". There is very little point in memorizing by rote something you still don't understand. We use base ten and c rods, and often for my current early learner, I draw a juggler on the white board. He has 8 balls tossed up with one hand, and 5 balls tossed up with the other. She knows she needs to draw a circle around all 8 and an additional 2 (We spent lots of time on "What makes ten?" games) to make a group of ten, then she can see there are 3 additional ones hanging out as well, so the juggler has 13 balls. She's the only kid I've drawn jugglers for, go figure. 😛 We are doing this right now, actually, and she is my slowest to really click with the concept. So we do a few examples with manipulatives or the juggler, then I write a new problem and ask her to mentally picture how many balls she needs to move from one number to the other to get a group of ten. Then how many would still be left in the ones pile? And so on. Today, she did a total of about 20 problems on the white board, and all of them were adding with 9. 9+1, 9+2, etc. In order, then out of order. She knew she needed to shift one ball in order to get her group of ten, and taking away one is something she can do mentally, so that let her get every problem correct. Tomorrow, we'll try 8s and maybe 8s and 9s mixed together. This particular child just needs a lot more hand-holding than the two older. I would much rather take the time NOW with the mental concept, rather than rush it to get to a carrying algorithm that becomes a sort of "magic trick" she may be able to do, but can't understand. We use manipulatives through Singapore Math 2b (the grade the child is in is irrelevant, I just mean that level of math) on a daily basis, then switch to "as needed" from then on. You might also consider the "Math Facts that Stick" book offered by WTM Press, it uses a 10 frame to help cement the base ten system, and that's another great method.
  12. If you had a child who struggled with understanding math concepts, would you try to do these curriculums? My dd is a “just give me the basics†kind of learner. Every time she is taught the “why†or something more challenging, she shuts down. I’m wondering if I just give her how to do math computations well and just leave it at that? She’ll be headed into 5th grade after a most likely miserable math year in public school (at least that’s how it’s been so far—mile wide inch deep). Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  13. My dc learned both at school. It took two days in grade three to master the traditional add/subtract algorithm as he already fluently composed and decomposed. You don't want to undo her understanding, she'll need that for future coursework. Consider Singapore Math.
  14. I am struggling with the thought that my oldest will be 10 in the summer and "5th" grade level in the coming "school year". This last year we have had several changes and I've been really lax since Nov/Dec. Our boys all started the school year and a small private school in our old home town. We moved about 30 mins away at the end of Sept and pulled them out. We tried one of the K12 styled online programs in our state but by Thanksgiving I was fed up with their approach. We dropped that and took a small break. ODS has been doing B.A. online 3A and has finished all Singapore Math 3A & 3B and we are reviewing throuth 4A currently. We had started MCT back in 2 grade when we brought him home for that year and so we picked back up in January where we had left off. He's finished Grammar Island and we are half way through Sentence Island and he's about half way through practice Island. I'm just not sure if we want to move on to the Town Levels in the fall. I kinda feel like I need something more structured and something that my husband can see that we are actively working through. I will have a "2nd" 7 yr old and a 5 yr old that's starting to do some work, mostly we will be doing AAR level 1 with him and Singapore Math. I am also at a complete loss on how to approach history and science. I tend to enjoy more of a relaxed approach (we mostly be watching Liberty's Kids and reading Rush Revere) but my husband is more of a "schedule and check list" personality. So any suggestions on L.A., History and Science to look at that would be good for a super distract-able 5th grade boy that will be traveling the country with his family this next year would be hightly appreciated!
  15. Apparently we are much more 'by the seat of our pants' than many of you. 🙂 For most of the year, our schedule is 4 days, with co-op on Thursdays. From past experience, I know that if we do younger's Singapore Math 4 days/week, usually doing 1 lesson/day, we'll finish by the end of the year. Older usually does AoPS 3 days and LOF on our busy, out of the house day. Now that kiddo is older, we seem to move at a reasonable pace doing that. With MCT language arts, we do the grammar book 3-4 days/wee until it's done, and then I let the kids pick - do they want to do the vocab, writing, and poetry books sequentially or each a certain number of days/week? Younger's spelling is daily, one unit/week. Handwriting is done through 5th grade, 2-4 days/week until it's done. In the early grades, we do history and science in units, so we do 2-9 weeks of a topic and then switch, usually doing world history and geography first, then a science unit, and then in the spring doing US history and then science. They have done co-op art, and younger has done music and acting, and I have done art as a stand-alone module and also incorporated some with history, depending on the kid. Once they get older, history and science are done daily (or most days). For older, we usually aim to be 'on track' in the book at the end of each quarter. We don't move at a constant pace, but the it's a general guide to help us see that if we spent a long time on WWI, we might need to move more quickly through WWII (or, alternatively, don't dilly-dally on something if you want to spend a long time on an upcoming unit). For co-op classes (mostly fun enrichment, but older takes Latin and they sometimes take an academic class), we figure out how much time each takes and they figure out what days they want to do the work. Once we've eyballed this, we make a schedule of what subjects are to be done each day. For my middle schooler, something is done in each subject area every day, but kiddo can decide whether to break vocab into 2 days or finish it in 1 and which days are best for literature reading for language arts and which days are good for textbook reading, online research, paper writing, etc for history. Younger has some say in this, but I break each subject into smaller parts and then let kiddo assign them to a day. It's kind of a weird dance, with me having mental plans and deadlines and trying to help the kids figure out what subjects can be scheduled on autopilot (math and spelling, 1 lesson/day), which ones they need to use some self-discipline not to procrastinate on (for both of mine, anything with writing - I have to monitor that to make sure that they leave enough time), and which they just need to limit (yes, I said that you can read some Sherlock Holmes for literature...but not all day). But, at least for older, it's starting to pay off. I was happy to see kiddo schedule literature any time we had to drive somewhere since it was easy to do in the car, and completely wowed when he did work for a co-op class right after co-op, while waiting for sibling at karate, and finished on Saturday morning before I was up, so that it wasn't taking up time during our school day during a busy stretch.
  16. At that level, I gave my very-independent, hard-working son Singapore Math Intensive Practice books 5 and 6 and he worked through them on his own before moving into AOPS.

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  18. Is there no home instructors guide for this level? I can't find one. Also where do you go after Singapore? Grade 6 is the last grade right? Do I need to do anything extra to prepare to transition to a different program.
  19. Singapore math for elementary level AoPS (beginning with algebra) Memoria Press for Latin
  20. Hi, Folks, I have been absent from this board so long that I had a notice on a post 3 years old! 😂 Today, however, I decided to pop back in and say thanks to my people who got me through the early years and on the right track. Next week we graduate our youngest. Homeschooling, despite its successes and stomach-pitting vertical drops, has been good to us. I won't go into the full story here, but with the youngest fully dual enrolled and now about to ship off to college, the dc have made the transition well. DS has a 4.0 and loves university, which is an amazing miracle to those who know our story. DD is headed to her dream school, a top ranked, small Christian college in the Midwest, fully funded for the first two years, with a hope to pursue a calling to use data analytics to help rescue victims of human trafficking. She is an overcomer. All those years spent in patient, sometimes frustrated, slogging away—accommodating learning "differences" and whatever else was going on—they all paid off. DD wound up with multiple scholarships and awards, and worked diligently, steadily, and determinedly for each and every one. 🎉🎉 (What happened to the party emoji?) I want to thank you all for my best homeschooling finds. It began by focusing on the true, the beautiful and the good and making liberal use of nature study and narration of all types in the younger years, thanks to Charlotte Mason and Classical Education. After good old Charlotte, you all introduced me to Don and Jenny Killgallon and Michael Clay Thompson (who collectively got my kids 35s or 36s on the English portion of the ACT), as well as Singapore Math, and Singapore Science, which landed me my career after active teaching wrapped up. I never would have been in a position to take the leap if not for you. I just got paid for writing the Math in Focus 2020 Edition teachers manual (grade 4). Rejoice with me! Thanks for being a community I could come to and find answers to questions I didn't even know I had. For those of you exhausted today from working with a seven-year-old you know is incredibly bright, but who has trouble holding a pencil and melts down occasionally from sensory overload, the successful end to all this is a lot closer than it feels. If sometimes a tear slips down your cheek from being overwhelmed, or the resistance you face is fierce and you're not sure you can make it, let me reassure you that you can, and the rewards that follow are that much sweeter. I've been a member here since before the board euphemisms teA and bOOks came into being, way back when Ree wasn't the Pioneer Woman and she would give stuff away from her junk drawer. It's been a long time, but not long at all. Thanks, SWB for making it all possible, and for hosting this community so we can set our kids up for success. I am so grateful for the space, and for all of you who spent the time making research and execution a bit easier for the rest of us. 💜
  21. For those who have used the Kindergarten Essentials workbooks, how many pages per day did you cover? Also, did you always present the present the lesson as described in "Introduction" or did you just let your child do the worksheet for topics that your child already knew? A lot of these lessons appear to be review for DD#2 (who has followed along with a lot of her older sister's math) and could easily be done without additional instructions, but I don't want to skip teaching the "Introductions" if it means she will miss out on the "Singapore Method." Thank you!
  22. I can't decide if I want to stay with Singapore math or switch to CLE math with my upcoming 1st grader (6.5 yrs old). She's already finished Singapore 1A during her K year and it was pretty easy for her. I was going to just start her on 1B over the summer but then I have heard that Singapore math gets harder to teach as you move up the levels. So I thought maybe I'd switch to CLE math because I've used it before with my other kid and it seemed to be easy to teach, plus I like the spiral aspect. But I dont know if I want to switch now and just maybe start at lesson 40 or so, or just finish Singapore 1B then go into CLE math 2. I know their scope and sequence are a bit different. Or maybe just stay with Singapore. What would you do?
  23. Hi everyone, My 4yo son will be turning 5 in late August. We have decided not to "start" Kindergarten until he turns 6. He will be attending a PreK program this year, but will be homeschooled the following year. I would like to start a little bit of math with him at home during this last year of preschool. We currently homeschool my upcoming 4th and 2nd graders and use Singapore math (standards edition), which I am really happy with. What would you recommend we use with my 5 year old, knowing that will use Singapore in the future? I've read mixed reviews on the Singapore Kindergarten Math. Should we go with that or is there something better? Thank you so much for any input - this will be only our second year of homeschooling, so I'm still quite new to all of this!
  24. I noticed in the 4th level of Singapore that there are an abundance of exercises available in the textbook. Honestly, we never did any of them, DS just did the workbook, and I was left wondering why we even bought the textbook. I'm considering using the 5th level to transition him from "workbook math" (even though he'll still have his BA workbooks) to "textbook math", so that he can start learning how to put his own work on his own paper, since he'll have to do that with AoPS anyway (I think? I've not actually seen one of their books in person, yet), but he can make this transition with a familiar textbook so it may be easier. It seems to me like it might be a good fit anyway, since he doesn't need all the practice in the textbook and the workbook, and I get to buy one less book, but I'm not sure if maybe that's asking too much of him - especially since I end up scribing things that are heavy on writing for him anyway, still. On the one hand I feel like doing it on your own paper isn't actually much more writing than doing it in a workbook. On the other hand, having a workbook keeps everything nice and contained for just a little while longer. FWIW, he has the 5A workbook already, so we're really only talking about 5B - 6B. I'd love to hear your thoughts!
  25. My dd will be going to public school again next year and they will be doing Singapore math. I will be working with her over the summer to beef up the math skills she failed to learn during school, but I really want her to get some mental math strategies down. This is a child who cannot add 10 to a number without writing it down. She does have trouble with questions like this also - "4+____=12. She does know her math facts for the most part. I have looked at the Singapore mental math series, but what level? Also, are there other workbooks out there that could help?
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