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  1. 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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  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. Singapore math & Homeschool Spanish Academy have been my best investments and have actually gotten done. AAS too, but we are always rushing through it at the end of the year so I'm not sure I should count it. ?
  8. Miquon Singapore Math some MCT stuff Ellen McHenry stuff RSO Chemistry The bits of Considering God's Creation that have gotten done
  9. SOTW 1 and 2 K12's History 3 and 4 The Human Odyssey series (K12, not the classes) A History of US concise edition (K12, not the classes) Ways of the World (Strayer) MCT Island and Town (after that, not so much) Singapore math RightStart math (B) Jacobs Algebra Derek Owens (prealgebra through calculus) Campbell's Essential Biology Zumdahl's World of Chemistry
  10. Both of mine have used Singapore Math, HWOT.for print and cursive, the MCT language arts (older is starting the 4th level, younger is starting the 2nd), and Hirsch's Core Knowledge books as a guide to history and science topics. Younger is getting a lot out of Simply Charlotte Mason's 'Visits To' geography series, and I would have used it with older had I known about it. As it is, older said that the only geography that he isn't confident about is Africa, and he asked me to get Visits to Africa for him to do this year. Both kids have also been fans of the mindbenders books and Inference Jones from the Critical Thinking Company.
  11. My oldest (a junior this year) did really well with Singapore math and I wish we could've used it all the way through. We switched around SM5, because they were going to discontinue the higher math series. She used AOPS Prealgebra (she took 2 years for this), then Saxon Beginning Algebra, Saxon Algebra 2, Mathusee Geometry (she claimed she wanted a geometry refresher), and will be starting Mathusee Precalculus. So, she did fine with all 3 of those programs. Of all 3, I think she enjoyed AOPS the most, but we didn't continue after prealgebra, because I was also afraid of the time commitment...well, and I worried about her burning out with math. She wants to get her BSN and we looked at the course list for the nursing school she's applying to - they take nothing higher than College Algebra...so we're just going to stop at Precalculus.
  12. Story of the World. Absolutely loved it and can't wait to go through it again with my youngest. Singapore Math. Middle child grasps math quickly and intuitively but has slow processing speed. Anything that asked her to repeatedly do pages of problems would have just killed her love of math. As it is, she is going into 10th grade where she'll be doing Alg 2 honors the first semester and Trig the second semester. She wants to do as much math as she can in high school. Singapore math was perfect for her. ? Bravewriter. Middle was also a reluctant writer and this made her feel like writing was doable and maybe even sometimes fun. IEW
  13. Farrar, You mentioned some things that I have never heard of.....?off snooping. Holly, Pentime is also on my list... I also wished that we had done STOW, but didn't for the reasons that you stated?...I am getting them for my daughter to read independently this year. We did the same with Singapore Math for the same reasons...but I truly love Rod and Staff and BJU as well.....and upper level LOF. Brenda
  14. Our favorites are ETC primers--just the right amount of writing for that age Rod & Staff Preschool ABC Series--sweet books, my kids have each done at least one of these. They especially love the cutting & pasting Kumon cutting, pasting, & maze books McGuffey readers--love the Primer & First Reader for teaching reading! Singapore math--sometimes I wish we'd stuck this one out. Looking back, I think my oldest just hit a rough patch with math. After switching to another program, I finally saw the fruits of all the mental math we did. CLE Math--our current program, lots of review which has been the perfect fit for at least one of my kids. My math-y child isn't a fan of the repetition. SOTW--I wish we'd tried this earlier, but I'd heard it wasn't "Christian enough". Also, all the WTM/PHP products we've used! I've yet to find a "dud". Pentime Penmanship Memoria Press--my kids really do well with their materials. I like how simple and streamlined everything is with them. Simply Charlotte Mason--I love Spelling Wisdom and the Picture Study Portfolios. We also used their history for many years. Biblioplan Family Guides--Great family read alouds and book selections. The 101 Series science DVDs--my kids (ages 4 to 16) all sit through these! Stratton House/Home Science Adventures science kits--these have been a huge hit at our house--by far our favorite science kits! We don't have much on the list for upper grades! I guess we are still finding our favorites for those ages.
  15. Good points. Math Mammoth was a fail with my oldest and I see it being a fail for the same reasons with my other boys (pages too crowded, etc). But Singapore math is an idea... I used it several years ago and liked it, we ended up switching partly because it was a bad fit for my daughter and I was still trying to keep everyone in the same math back then ? and partly because I was letting the curriculum be my master instead of my servant. ?I think I could use it again and do better with it this time. My youngest is just TK and I do think I will stick with RS over Singapore for him this year, he's not ready for the amount of writing/lack of fun in essentials (I have used that before). Unless someone writes my heart's desire program in the next two weeks... If right start math and cuisenairre rods/miquon had a baby, that math program is what I want. LOL Eta: you know right start is pretty much the math equivalent of AAR. And that program made me want to poke my eyes out. ? I used it with both my middle two, but neither finished it. None of us could take it anymore.
  16. I love Singapore Math but my youngest dd really did not like it, despite learning well with it. I switched her over to Math Mammoth as it is a very similar teaching method but different look to the workbook etc. My dd really preferred it so I thought I'd just offer that as an alternative to still using the method but in a slightly different way. MM is also a fairly good price.
  17. Hi, These are the books that we like and are using for few yrs now and my DD is 9 yrs and in 4th grade. Language arts -First language lessons, book is very good.It doesn't require any writing for level 2. Writing with ease - My Kid just listens to the stories and answer the questions orally,We don't use the workbook/handwriting part at the end of the book. For reading comprehension -Reading Detective from Critical thinking and Evan moor daily reading comprehension. Math Singapore Math Standard Edition -We use both textbook and workbook.There are loads of Singapore Math books apart from text book and workbook.And they are good supplements too.Personally, I like Singapore Math because I don't have to break my head to think what will come next ,everything is grade wise ,with simple explanation.In public school we get one page of homework daily (either Math or English)and with that I don't whether they are covering every concept. This is the third yr we are using singapore math.When we started I bought Math mammoth to compare and see how it is ,but I didnt like math mammoth. You can teach them when they are with you and give them supplements to work independently when they are not.For all the books sample pages are available in Rainbow resource website. I also use commomcoresheets website for free math worksheets and they are awesome. Pick and choose what works for you and your kids.I would first work on the subject or concept that I think they are finding it difficult ,since time is limited. All the best.
  18. Good afternoon, all. I am hoping someone will have some words of wisdom for me here. My rising second grade daughter professes to 'hate' math and I feel like a horrible teacher because of it, to be honest. She is actually quite good at math. But when she decides she does not want to do something, she will just fidget, whine, and profess to "I don't KNOWWWW" when asked to solve problems, that I know she very well can solve, because she did them fine the day before. The past school year we had some rough days, but over all pretty good. We follow Singapore math and I do like the curriculum. In the spring we did book 2A, so for the summer I got her Intensive Practice 2A. I wanted to keep the summers pretty light, and my plan was to just have her do like 15-20 minutes of work in the book a day. Since we had already done the curriculum, I thought these problems wold just make her think deeper, using skills she already had. It has been horrible getting her to do it, though. The first few days were fine. Then she started with the whining. I would come over to the book and it would be like a basic addition problem that she had done countless times before. There were several days where she did absolutely nothing during her math time. I discussed the problem with her and asked her what she thought might help. We decided that she might work better if I sat right with her. So we did that and it worked for maybe 2 weeks. Today, however, she did the same thing-- fidgeting with her pencil, whining "I don't knowwww" etc etc. In 30 minutes we got like one problem done. She then walked away saying, "I hate math!" and I am sitting here feeling defeated. I like the curriculum and want to keep following it-- I am just looking, I guess, for tips to inspire her to care? Or at least to try? What can you tell me here, homeschool vets?
  19. Don't worry about being a Debbie Downer - Lol. My son had the same experience with Singapore math. 'Twas a disaster and Singapore is a great program, so I don't know what his deal was. Not every curriculum is a good fit for every kid (did I word that correctly?).
  20. MCT language arts is a quirky program by Michael Clay Thompson, sold by Royal Fireworks Press. My kids have different likes - even when I use the same topics, I tend to cover them differently (the only program that I've used identically for them is Singapore Math) - but this one worked with both of them.
  21. I want to add that I disagree about the HIG. Originally, the HIG was not available. And it was written by an American publisher. It is not made by the same people. You do need to use the textbook and if you are uncomfortable teaching math in general, then the HIG won't hurt. But many people taught Singapore Math just fine well before the HIGs came out. I know not everyone will agree with me, this is just my opinion.
  22. You might like the Math Express Speed Maths workbooks by Singapore Math. There are 6 levels, and they teach mental math strategies.
  23. As wendy said, AOPS prealgebra is full fledged curriculum which takes several months (sometimes more than a year) to complete. It is a rigorous and challenging curriculum with online content on AOPS website to support each chapter. Drop the saxon and start on AOPS. We have done both PreA and Intro Alg as self study. Our problem is that it takes too long to complete each course at home, so we will be looking into online classes with AOPS for the higher levels. Challenge wise, DS was stumped by a few of the Mathcounts and AMC problems that were included in the challenge portion of the book. But, he enjoyed those challenges. The text itself is not difficult to follow for a child who has previously been exposed to pre algebra concepts. My son did both Singapore Math level 6 and all the beast academy before starting on PreA.
  24. Seconding the recommendation for Hands-On Equations. If that is too pricey, consider the Balance Benders Beginning workbook from Critical Thinking Press. Neither one is a full pre-algebra program but it sounds like the big sticking point is the concept of making sure both sides of the equation balance and they both really hammer home that point. For the step-by-step problem solving issue, I've heard good things about Singapore Math Process Skills in Problem Solving. I'd try the level 6 book.
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