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  1. If you are disliking Singapore Math and your ds is hating it, I think it is a good idea to switch. Try BJU if it looks good to you. I don't think it is a mistake to try. You can always switch to something else if that's a no-go but maybe it will be the right thing. I do have to say for math, occasionally there is a "magic bullet" curriculum, one that just works really well with both teacher and parent.
  2. I like the way word problems are done better with BJU than Singapore Math. Singapore Math relies on rod diagrams for everything where as BJU will use a variety of pictures. For example, one specific problem in Singapore Math has 6 children, each giving $5 for something. Then it makes a rod diagram with links marked off to show it is 5 parts, each equal to six. This is okay and fine. But I like how BJU shows six sets of five which could be counted. For teaching multiplication, BJU spends a fair amount of time on skip counting and showing how repeat adding is the same thing and also on showing the various properties, commutative and so on. I like a lot about Singapore Math. But then there are specifics I like a lot that I see in BJU. Like how it teaches long division. And the fact that it is pretty much all work book. As in, everything we use, I don't have to worry about copying problems from a textbook page like needs to be done with some of SM problems. I have also considered just using both programs. But that also seems like overkill. He is actually getting it with Singapore Math.
  3. We are switching from Singapore Math to BJU Math. I had wanted to finish the Singapore Math we were already working on before we started the BJU math. Honestly, I wish I had just started the year with BJU Math. I do not wish to leave the Singapore Math level we are working on undone. But likewise, I can see we need to skip the first few chapters of BJU Math 3. We are finishing up SM 2B. I just kind of have not liked Singapore Math much. I like it, it is okay. But I look at BJU and think I might like it even more. Plus, son complains a lot only about math and tells me how he hates math. For the most part, we can get through the day, but he makes sure to tell me even on the weekend that the best thing about the weekend is no math. I would rather he like math. He is fine with BJU English and does not complain at all. He does not really complain about any other subject. I feel like just looking at 3rd grade, I like the way BJU has done things so much better. Am I making a mistake?
  4. Webster's Speller, Singapore Math, Dolciani Pre-Algebra and Algebra, MCT. Webster's Speller is so powerful for my remedial students, and was nice for my children as well.
  5. I know that the Singapore math home instructor guides used to have lots of verbal math drills in the back, not sure if that's still the case. It might be worth looking for used.
  6. I love Apples & Pears, Singapore Math, Lial's Introductory Algebra 8th ed, and https://www.teacherfilebox.com.
  7. All About Spelling Singapore Math Story of the World Derek Owens math
  8. FWIW, as mentioned above, CLE does do fractions from the beginning. The main fractions work (improper numbers, complex computation with fractions, etc) begins in the 500s series. When you line it up with common core, there are some minor “timing” differences—some things are covered “early” and some are covered slightly “late” but if you stay with the program through the 600 series it all gets done. There is more of an emphasis on real life problem solving than most cc programs but there isn’t as much flexibility of thinking about math as there is in, say, Singapore math.
  9. Struggling with how to tackle computation skills with ds who is about to turn 13. He is technically in 7th grade, and he is strong in math, but not advanced. We used Singapore Math K-5, then in 6th grade he did Singapore 6 and some LOF. While he understood the concepts in LOF, I felt like he wasn't getting enough computation practice, so we switched to Khan Math at the start of this year, in part because I feel strongly that his computation skills need to be sharper before he starts algebra. He claims to like it, but in my opinion he is relying too much on the multiple choice options (sometimes using them to avoid actually doing the math), and he still isn't really getting the solid computation practice I am looking for. I am considering switching to AOPS Prealgebra, but I'm not completely sure on that. I have an older ds who used AOPS for all of his advanced math following Algebra I/II and Geometry, and he loved it, but I also have a dd who tried the AOPS Geometry and Counting & Probability and hated both (even though she is a very capable math student). If I can get ds to tackle the program diligently, will it give him the pencil-and-paper practice I am looking for? He tends to get very frustrated with what he perceives as busy work once he has mastered a topic, so I am hesitant to pull Saxon off the shelf. I really feel like with kid #4 this should not be such a struggle! ? Thank you!
  10. Singapore Math has some of that in their word problems. Giving more information than needed for answering the question. It doesn’t matter so much which curriculum your child use but that they know test taking is more English than Math for the math section. My kids had to be taught test taking skills for the English sections for SAT (they were okay with ACT English without test prep) while DS12 had to be taught test takings skills for all exams to do well. DS12 did much better the second time he took the SAT for all the sections. What we did was take a printed practice test from CollegeBoard. Go down question by question and get my younger kid to tell us what the question is actually asking. It works for the subject tests and AP exams as well. Using one practice test and going through question by question after kid has completed the test, even if he got the question right just to make sure it wasn’t a lucky guess (we are okay with educated guess). After that DS12 caught on to how to interpret the questions for that particular exam.
  11. I am curious, I did do BJU math in the past and did not like the TM. I ended up using it only for the answer key, that was it. I loved it but did not finish the book as they child went back to Singapore Math. He was never a strong math student and now, he admits to me he just hated doing all school work so he would have complained about anything and everything. Oh, my question, I forgot to say the question..do you find the TM useful, or are you pretty much teaching without it?
  12. Ds told me that he told the teacher (out of earshot from other students) about one of the bullies he's dealing with. Normally they both get on the good kid list (something they do periodically and the kids get some sort of perk) but she was not on the list this time. He thinks they marked her off after the conversation. He's moved his seat closer to the teacher and further from the student. There's another bully he sometimes deals with that rides his bus and I think was the one that was repeatedly hitting him in the crotch with a pool noodle during a gym game. A coach got involved so at least it didn't go unnoticed. Dh said someone he knows with a student at the same school came by his library and spoke to him about how they and other parents feel about the school district since the recent changes/consolidation. Many parents are unhappy and some are using relatives' addresses to move their kids to another school not too far. They also prefer the former principal to this one. Dh and I were actually able to spend time together last night after the kids were asleep. He said he doesn't even want to try public sixth grade for ds next year. Minor thing, but dh was complaining that one of ds' teachers says "pacific" instead of "specific" and he corrected ds. I told dh that I noticed ds was using the wrong form of "their/there/they're" and "to/too" but I don't know if his teachers catch those things. I think the teacher focuses more on content than grammar in his writing class, but I'm not sure. I asked ds what he does in writing and he told me they go over types of writing (ie. narrative). I said well we really need to save up for the private school for dd. I'll crunch some numbers and see if it's realistic. She'd only do half day so it's not as expensive. She has become a lot more independent since the first time I looked into sending her there. She doesn't ask for my help in the bathroom every time now. When she does it's usually because she can't reach the toilet paper lol I need to move the TP holder lower on the wall. I have allowed myself to let some things go as I'm decluttering. The kitchen and dining room are becoming more manageable and I've been having ds assist me with folding/sorting clean laundry which has been a big help. I feel like I can make a lot of progress between now and when he'd come home, if we try homeschool in the future. I'm waiting on the papers for evals which I hope to receive information on today. Ds told me that one of his teachers has asked him for my cell a couple times... but ds doesn't have it memorized and forgot to tell me. I said, "that makes no sense... they have my info. in the office. Why wouldn't your teacher just get it from the office?" Ugh. Our flex spending plan is active again and I totally forgot when I made some payments earlier this month on medical bills. So, at least that means my paychecks will not all go toward medical. I may actually be able to save some money. Dh and I are in disagreement on what is a reasonable amount of money for his monthly food budget. He spent way over his share this month. I can't find the post now, but someone mentioned routine and what to expect each night. Well I've been thinking about that a lot lately. I noticed that ds and dh stayed really late on Thursday night and then realized that's the day he gets his new homework and they chose to stay til ds finished it. Then on Sunday I made ds bring his school stuff to church so after Mass we used the church hall to go over it. I also brought his Sunday school curriculum to begin that, but suddenly the tiny parish, the one with hardly any kids, has decided to do a little Religious Ed. each week. So I just told him to join the other kids. A family that has roots here moved here recently. The mother's brother and mom attend our church already and she has two kids older than ds. We are on friendly terms, but I don't see her every week as we don't both go to that church every week. Anyway, so I told ds the plan to do school in the church hall on Sundays might not work out so well because of religious ed class, but they weren't kept long this weekend so we sat down and went over all his math and grammar work. I need to read over his reading comprehension stuff and I told him I would. We had to fix and finish some math problems so I'm really glad we sat down together. His homework is due on Thursdays and I work on Wed. night so I definitely want to go over it earlier in the week/on the weekend. The new curriculum is called iready (I can't remember if I said that). A nun at church asked me if it was Singapore math and I said I could not answer that, but I knew of Singapore curriculum.
  13. I'm about to have my 5th child go through the test process and as with all the others we're running into trouble with math. I have no clue at this point what to do. We use Singapore Math w/Horizons for daily review in elementary. Kids do great with that. Then we move to Saxon, Lial's or Chalk Dust (depending on the kid) all of which work fine. Then come the tests...not so fine. I've used Chalk Dust's SAT math practice which my kids have very much enjoyed...but no change on the test scores. Looking at the problems my dd misses on the practice tests it really is a matter of common sense. She has the "facts" down but the application and not getting confused is the problem. Today as we worked through more practice test math sections I see that she cannot see the "puzzle" as she is focused too much on what I will call "strict math". In other words, when faced with a problem she makes it way more complicated that it has to be and doesn't see how to find a simple(ish) process or answer for problems that really aren't all that difficult. We use the practice books and she has gone through all of the math sections, we've used Khan for SAT math practice...I am at a loss. My kids have all hit home runs for the Reading/Writing sections but Math...GAH!!! I would love to find a math program for 7th+ that utilizes word problems such as are on the PSAT/SAT. The programs we use have plenty of word problems yet I don't feel that they are on the same plane as what we are needing/looking for. Chalk Dust, for example, has word problems that are very life-application yet not so much "Can you sift through what doesn't need to be here or can you figure out what is not being asked in order to find the answer?" Am I making any sense at all? Advice? Admonishment? Encouragement? I can't exactly switch math programs with current dd but I have 8 more kids coming through the ranks and would love to figure this out for their sake. Or maybe there isn't anything to figure out and this is just how my kids do with math on standardized tests.
  14. I already own Singapore Math books so I tested my son's level and he tested in to level 2B so we started on it last spring. We stopped in June and were about half way through. We started back up a couple weeks ago and have found that it is as if he has forgotten so much, not just stuff covered in 2b. I mean stuff he was firm and good at, like regrouping with addition and subtraction. He can barely regroup now even though last spring, he was very good at it and did it very quickly and accurately. I do not consider this a huge problem. And I do admit to having a bit of curriculum dazzle, where I would like to try something shiny and new. I have used Horizon's and BJU before. I did not love Horizons and the child who did BJU quickly went back to Singapore. I went to the store yesterday. I was toying with just getting the workbook for SM 2A (I used the US edition) and going back over SM 2a. This is still a possibility. The other thing I have been doing which I can keep doing and is no problem at all is, I have a spiral notebook and I have been handwriting out a page of review problems each day for some to do. So far, it has been just math facts, but I could add in borrowing and carrying. I do feel like he could use enough extra practice on the math that getting the entire SM 2A book and going over it before moving on to 3A would be good too. And I could continue to work through 2B concurrently. Meanwhile, I do happen to have some of the BA books. But honestly, looking over them, I am not sure if they are our thing. Son does not have much focus. He tries hard and has a good heart. But, he has a lot of trouble focusing. Doing the mental math in SM 2B has been a little harsh because his mind wanders so quickly. But we have pretty much completed all those sections now. While at the book store, I saw a used copy of BJU math 3. Since it was used, even though it was not written in, it was only $17. I bought it. They were out of stock of SM 2A. And for BA, the only levels I have are 2A and 3A so neither is really appropriate to where he is at. Although I could have him start with 2A to get him stronger and then if it goes well, order 2B. But 2A does not cover anything he is lacking, however, it might reinforce what he already knows to make him stronger. Which sounds better? 1) Continue to just work through Singapore Math and make review sheets like I have been. Maybe add in some ipad apps (if you suggest adding in ipad apps, please include in comments). 2) Continue working through SM but order the SM 2A workbook and work through that (I already own the textbook) too before moving on to 3A. 3) Finish the current SM 2B book while working through the BJU 3 workbook I bought used and then re-evaluate after that to which program works best for us. 4) Try adding in the BA 2A book (which I already own) to the SM 2B book. 5) other? Also, I suspect BA, which it is a very neat program, might be too puzzle like to fit his needs. It might be that he thrives on puzzle like, but, right now, as far as I can tell, that would not be his thing. He is more of a black and white thinker, not outside of the box.
  15. Singapore Math might have what you're looking for. Depending on the level, you might be able to get away with only purchasing their B books (i.e. 3b, 4b, etc.) And I'd go so far as to say you probably don't need the textbooks. We rarely open ours anymore. They also have supplementary books containing word problems. I haven't used any of them, but I imagine "challenging word problems" would do the trick. Their regular workbooks do have word problems though.
  16. I agree with what has been said so far. You will need to know what your state requires. I would look into why the public school wasn't working and figure out her learning style. There are plenty of curricula out there that teaches the same subject. Cathy Duffy has great reviews on numerous curricula. Many publishers have sample pages that you can see. Fwiw, my 3rd grader is doing BA/singapore math; Beowulf grammer from Guest Hollow and First language lessons orally (will skip whatever overlaps); writing with ease, sotw, all about spelling, and all about reading readers. I read aloud to her as well. The rest are extras. Science, books from the critical thinking company, art, spanish, etc. It will take time to get on board, but the good news is that there are plenty of curricula out there to choose from! Good luck and enjoy!
  17. Rather than type it all out, I'll just give you the link to Singapore Math's FAQ. One of the biggest differences is the order that topics are presented and some of the depth of topics. It is, more or less, all the same information in all the editions. I've chosen Standards Edition for our son this year. Standards was what I used 15 or so years ago with my older kids. That's really the only reason I chose it, familiarity.
  18. We used the standards version. Addition and subtraction of negative numbers were covered in...I think....4a or 4b? However, multiplication, division, and negatives mixed with exponents were not covered. It really wasn't a big deal for us. I've yet to come across a pre-algebra text that doesn't cover (or at least thoroughly review) negative numbers. That is sort of what pre-algebra is for: firming up all of those basic operations and then introducing very simple algebra. For example, in AOPS pre-algebra, negation and how to handle basic addition/subtraction/multiplication/division with negative numbers is covered in chapter one. (Caveat: I personally feel like the AOPS explanation in Ch. 1 is WAY over the top. I think there is a like a page and a half proof on subtraction at some point in their explanation. ? So I am not sure I would use that text to teach negative numbers for the first time. However, you can use that spot in the text as a book as a reminder to stop and make sure your child gets it. It can probably be taught in a single morning. If your child has a firm arithmetic background, which Singapore math will give you, they will probably get it right away and you can move on. ) I just quickly explained things and showed them a few samples and they got it in a single morning. If you need help with explaining it so they understand it conceptually, I think the Kahn Academy videos on this topic are good and so are the Math Mammoth pre-algebra videos. https://www.mathmammoth.com/videos/prealgebra/pre-algebra-videos.php (See rational number section)
  19. DS12 can really dawdle at times but for him it is regardless of subjects. What helps was sitting next to him with a pile of clean laundry to redirect as needed. The nice part is that even if he dawdles, he ends up sorting, folding and hanging the laundry as nice as a retail person working at for example Nordstrom. If he doesn’t dawdle, I just have neat piles of sorted laundry because I am not as perfectionist as DS12 in the area of folding and hanging clothing. Singapore Math which is similar to Math in Focus was too slow for DS12 and he complained about the slowness. We supplemented with Numberphile on YouTube. Sometimes solving the math questions come so easily to the child that the child has to reverse engineer (break down into smaller steps) the working for the other person. It is like I am used to walking from Point A to Point B but when I give directions to my husband, I have to give all the intermediate steps just like a GPS would and so I have to slow down mentally and think.
  20. I've seen a lot of references over the years to how SM (at least the U.S. edition) doesn't cover negative numbers, and that this can be a problem when moving into an American secondary sequence, because they assume you've seen negative numbers before. But I haven't seen much discussion about what people using SM *do* about it - how they go about adding in some negative number work. (My google-fu has failed me twice now on this subject, once a couple of years ago, and then again last night.) The only hint I found was that someone said that Lial Pre-Algebra had a good section on negative numbers, one that apparently doesn't require prior exposure. My oldest (7th) has gone through SM 5B (U.S. edition), and we just started AOPS Pre-algebra, which assumes you have some basic familiarity with negative numbers. At this point, I'm hoping to use either internet resources or what I already have on hand with my oldest (potentially useful things I own: Dragonbox Algebra, the first Hands-On Equations app, and Dolciani Pre-Algebra). That way we can just go ahead and get on with things (otherwise I'd be tempted to get a cheap used copy of Lial's, because it was the only mentioned resource in any thread that I saw last night). My plan, such as it is, is to hit Kahn Academy on negative numbers till she has the basic idea, and then move back into the Negation section of AOPS. Does that sound reasonable? Is there something better to do instead? In addition, since I have younger kids, and also because I'm very curious: what have other SM users done, or plan to do, about the lack of negative numbers in SM?
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  22. Writing With Ease Writing Road to Reading (handwriting/phonics/spelling portion) Vocabulary From Classical Roots (I've only used one book so far, so I don't know if the cost was really worth the value. it tends to take me more than a year of using something to see if it was worth it. But it does get done, so there's that.) ^gentle lessons packed with value for the amount of effort. Easy for me to pick up and teach, and easy to do orally for my reluctant (possibly dysgraphic) writer (with excellent handwriting thanks to WRTR) Singapore math gets done regularly too, but sometimes it's like pulling teeth.
  23. Have him take the Singapore placement tests first, no sense wasting money on levels he isnt ready for. How comfortable are you teaching Singapore math? It isn’t a curriculum you just hand over to the child.
  24. Programs I have never regretted investing in: Reason for Spelling Daily Practice series (Grammar, Paragraph Editing, etc.) Singapore Math 3A-6B (including Intensive Practice and Challenging Word Problems) Galore Park Spanish, French McGuffey's Eclectic Primer+workbook Cover Story (middle school writing/literature) Ellen McHenry's science (The Brain, Kitchen Chemistry, Carbon Chemistry) Saxon Algebra I, II Great Courses Art/Music Appreciation/History Meet the Masters (Art) I'm sure there are others to add to the list but it's late and I'm too tired to dig out my notebook where I keep everything written down.
  25. I'm an afterschooler, so my plans are likely to be overtaken by events. SOTW 1: We read alternating paragraphs at bedtime. Kills three birds with one stone: history for him, history for his younger sister, and helps me work explicitly on his reading. Pentime 1B: Handwriting. Will either progress to 2 or circle back to 1A. He's so very, very bad at this. Singapore Math 2A/B, also Xtramath. I set up an account for him on a mac that autolocks after 30 minutes; if he's been good he can do a set of xtramath practices and then watch a video or play an allegedly educational game. He'll be playing baseball and swimming fall and spring. Thinking about piano, which will help with his sorely lacking manual dexterity. Seems like his days are already going to be pretty full, though.
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