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  1. I use Singapore Math, but I buy the bundles from Rainbow Resource so I get the Home Instructor's Guide with the workbook and textbook instead of MFW's lesson plans. I also supplement with Beast Academy. For language arts, we use Rod & Staff spelling, First Language Lessons grammar, and Writing With Ease writing. I also have my kids do daily handwriting practice in Zaner-Bloser workbooks (teacher text unneeded) and I supplement MFW phonics with The Ordinary Parent's Guide to Teaching Reading and BOB books.
  2. I saw that Singapore Math sells/sold Biology Matters, Chemistry Matters, and Physics Matters. Does anyone have any experience with these?
  3. I think it depends on how you define "necessary for life". Necessary to be able to get and keep a job that pays a living wage? Necessary to be an educated citizen, able to competently participate in public life? Necessary to pursue wisdom and virtue, to pursue higher goals than being a good worker and an educated citizen? WRT "necessary for living wage," I'd say "the ability to speak and write grammatically," which requiers a strong intuitive grammar knowledge, but might not require any explicit grammar knowledge. WRT "necessary to be an educated citizen" I'd add "the ability to discuss and edit writing grammatically," which involves explicit applied grammar knowledge, but not necessarily formal grammar. WRT "necessary for higher goals", I'd say "the ability to understand how language describes reality," which I do think involves a formal knowledge of grammar as well as intuitive and applied grammar. So a whole lot like lewelma's applied grammar approach (which I think is awesome), but with the addition of thinking about *what* grammatical structures *are* (aka formal definitions). But not just memorizing formal definitions, but learning to apply those definitions, connecting those definitions to one's intuitive sense of reality. So, not just formal grammar as an abstract system, but connecting those abstractions to concrete reality. So, not grammar-for-grammar's-sake, but grammar for the sake of better understanding language and what it means and how we use it to describe reality. I think a lot of formal grammar instruction fails to transfer to writing because students learn it as a closed abstract system, and never learn how it describes actual language that actual people use to describe the actual world. So I really like approaching grammar from a writing perspective: it helps keep grammar study rooted in *what language is*, it's like the "concrete" and "pictorial" in the concrete->pictorial->abstract progression used in Singapore Math. (I suppose I'd say other people's writing is the "pictorial", while "concrete" is language that the teacher or student comes up with to describe something existing in the real world (where I include the student's imagination as "existing in the real world"); "concrete" equals language whose connection to the reality it describes is clearly and intuitively obvious to the student.) I just don't want to stop with applied knowledge, but continue on to learn *what* language is, in addition to the applied "how to use it". It's comparable to "why do math proofs" - to learn something about *what math is* in addition to acquiring number sense and learning how to use math. It's not really about "do I need this" so much as it's about, idk, learning something beautiful and real and important, kwim? ~*~ ETA: As for what we're doing in our homeschool, well, I'm aiming for that kind of "what language is" formal grammar. I didn't bother much with explicit grammar in elementary - mostly was building grammar sense through all the reading and discussing. Now with my oldest (8th grade), we're doing Grammar for Writers, which is really awesome applied grammar that also kind of opens the door for really *grokking* formal grammar like I'm aiming toward. I don't have the sort of grammar understanding I'm aiming for - I had next-to-no grammar instruction in school - but I've been trying to learn. And I've found myself hampered because while "grammar as a closed abstract system" has been easy enough for me to learn, figuring out how to explicitly connect formal grammar to reality has been hard. And so far GfW is doing a wonderful job at building those missing connections, helping me really get *what* those grammar definitions *mean*. We're doing Latin, and I'm planning to hit the "connect explicit formal definitions to intuitive, concrete reality" grammar through it. (For example, we're doing verb tenses in Latin, and have been learning the formal definitions. DD13 has said that while she can do the translations fine, she doesn't really get the all of the tenses, in the sense of "what do these definitions have to do with real life". So we're going to take some time to really explore and nail that down. And as we go through Latin, I'm going to make sure at every point to connect the grammar to what it *means*, taking as long as needed for both dd and I to really get it.)
  4. I drew a rectangle roughly four times as long as the height and then chopped it into four pieces (they visually looked like squares) Next, I took the area of 196 and chopped it into 4 pieces (aka dividing it by four) and wrote the answer 49 in each box I believe a 4th grader doing Singapore challenge problems should (or with some prompting) recognize that a square with an area of 49 has a side of seven. I wrote a 7 on the vertical height and a 7 on the base of the first square. Since the squares making up the large rectangle are all equal, they should see that you add up (or multiply) all those 7s to get the perimeter. unless we had done something recently, my older kids would likely have needed a quick prompt along the lines of “what’s the definition of perimeter?” I didn’t start early with Singapore math and I struggled with those bar drawings and figuring ways to solve the problems without algebra. Variables would have had some blank looks in fourth grade.
  5. My siggy, as promised: Reader (dd9) - MFW ECC; Singapore Math and Beast Academy; WWE/FLL/SSS; Spanish & art all willy-nilly Runner (ds8) - MFW ECC; Singapore Math and Beast Academy; WWE/FLL/SSS; Spanish & art all willy-nilly SuperDude (ds6) - MFW K (extended) & ECC tag-along; Singapore Math; lots and lots of read-alouds; OPGTR Squishy (ds3) - lots and lots of read-alouds; too many episodes of Magic School Bus and Wild Kratts Baby Cheeto (due 12/12/19) - soccer "It isn't where you came from. It's where you're going that counts." - Ella Fitzgerald "This is how you do it: you sit down at the keyboard and you put one word after another until it's done. It's that easy, and that hard." - Neil Gaimon
  6. If your kids have a math that works, I'd stick with it unless there's a reason to change. We used Singapore Math through 6th and then picked a prealgebra (I'll make different choices for my 2 kids, who are very different personalities). If you wanted to combine SOTW with the K-12 HO so that both kids cover the same topic, that should be doable - one is a 4 year cycle and the other is 3, but you can align content. We actually use SOTW as one of our other resources when using K-12. I don't know your writing program. My older kid is advanced in most subjects but struggled with writing, so I didn't push it until middle school. For him, one thing that helped was combining history and writing because it was 'double dipping'. Around that age we found the Michael Clay Thompson series and it's been a great fit (I'm not advising you to change - just letting you know where some of the assignments come from). If the writing program said to write an essay about a specific topic, I'd modify it to fit with something in history and we'd write about that. Some history writing assignments are things that I design, but others are adaptations of assignments in our ELA curriculum. Is your program adaptable like that? It might help an overwhelmed kid to have fewer subjects to do. At this point (older in 8th grade) it's not as big of an issue, but I've already started doing it with my 5th grader (although those assignments are shorter - a sentence or 2 or maybe a paragraph). Alternatively, when writing for history doesn't fit, I've been known to go minimalist - to compare things, fold paper into 2, 3, 8, or more sections and have the kiddo compare things like Native American tribes, world religions, Athens and Sparta, etc with words, phrases, or even drawings. It can be less daunting than an essay. If you wanted to go in a different direction, the Critical Thinking Company has a workbook called World History Detective. It's pretty comprehensive, and the workbook format might be less overwhelming. Prior to 6th, science for my older was mostly picking a topic (we used Hirsh's Core Knowledge series to get suggestions) and then checking out a bunch of library books to read. That approach did not work for my younger, so last year in desperation I got the Critical Thinking Company Science Detective for her grade level and this year added their book of science experiments. Either would be a good choice, but they are very different. My older has used his studies in preparation for Science Olympiad, so, while it's worked for us, it's definitely not a traditional approach that I'd advise people to try. 🙂 We also use an assortment of puzzle books, analogy books, etc, depending on our schedule. I'm not sure that I addressed everything that you were asking about, but maybe some of this will help.
  7. Classical as in well trained mind classical. Early grades have emphasis on history, phonics, poetry memorization, sentence diagramming, Singapore math (US edition) among other things. In sixth grade, they start learning Latin. 7th -8th grade is American history learning from founding fathers original documents. 9th and up, there is an emphasis on western thought starting with early Greek philosophers and Roman civilization ending with the 20th century. It is my ideal homeschool sequencing without having to actually do it. I do love what they are trying to achieve at this school and I want to get behind it to help it’s long term success. It just seems somewhat unimportant when you put it up against many of the social issues of our time. But, it’s what I know and am passionate about. I know that there are tons of educational models out there and all sorts of great people can graduate from those other models. But this type of school I personally believe in.
  8. Well, then you are quite lucky. Homework here means get out the homeschool materials. Singapore Math was wonderful, very efficient and that made homework fit into the time it was supposed to fit in to. No need to meet a tutor at the public library, as many have to do.
  9. The local schools are terrible, coasting off high SES parents and an abundance of tutoring centers. I wish we could home school but my partner refuses, so we afterschool. Singapore Math a couple days a week, handwriting one or two days a week, and then lots of reading around bedtime, especially when they're first learning. I ensure a steady feed of history and "quality" children's lit showing up on our bookshelves, and do my best to interest them in it.
  10. Let me say first that I know nothing about SM wb and IP. I'm guessing that SM is Singapore Math, wb is a workbook, and IP is something related of a challenging nature (Interesting Problems?, Impossible Propositions?, Intriguing Puzzles?). Would it be possible for the child working independently, for example, at SM level 5 to also work independently at a lower level IP, for example, level 3? Regards, Kareni
  11. Hits: IEW Fix it Grammar, I bought the whole series I love it so much. SWI A, My son is actually writing with this! Praise God! Singapore Math Evan Moor's Building Math Fluency Series https://www.evan-moor.com/p/562/building-math-fluency-grade-3 Mystery Science Misses: All About Spelling for DS8, he is just not getting it. He is still spelling words wrong by the end of the week. Lord help me! I need to find a spelling program for this boy that works.
  12. Hits: Typetastic Catholic Heritage Curricula Handwriting Year 3 (cursive) Evan Moor Building Spelling Skills Home-made Fairy Tales unit study using If the Wolf Were an Octopus (RFP) and Tales of Wonder (Circe Press) and lots of picture books Daily Mental Math Tin Man Press Start Thinking Grade 3 Singapore Math Story of Civilization Part 2 The Medieval world Scratch (on my own curriculum based partially on the Scratch coding cards) - this is by far their favorite thing we are doing. Misses: Writing and Rhetoric Fable - I had really hoped that this would jumpstart our writing in third grade but it has not worked for us. We are about 3 lessons in and I'm seriously considering jumping ship. The problem is I have no idea what to jump ship to. The Jury is Out: Beast Academy - I really loved 2A-2D, but the kids continue to complain about it. And they absolutely hated the online component - they prefer the practice pages. Memoria Press Latina Christiana - My husband likes it and is teaching it, but the kids vacillate between being excited to do something with Dad and hating the amount of work required to learn a language, especially Latin.
  13. I'm going to say my opinion on this..... thank God she has memorized her addition facts. Yay!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! But it doesn't mean she has got all the good connections and addition knowledge you would want her to have. She may need to go back and do some other earlier addition things now, to help make the connections. Because now that she has them memorized -- maybe that will really help some other things click. But you can't assume that because she has them memorized, that you can move forward from there. Unfortunately all those things people who think memorizing math facts are bad, are true. She probably still does need to work on those things. But hopefully she will get more out of it now. Because I think it is a really good working memory support to have them memorized and then go from there, to being able to do some of those mental math-y composition/decomposition things etc etc etc. All those good Singapore math things, but maybe from back in 1st or 2nd grade. Because there's a really good chance, enough time has passed, that she hasn't really retained all that really well because she wasn't building as good of connections. Now she can build better connections. And review can also really help to cement things and be a good thing to do.
  14. Are you all saying you recommend skipping Singapore Math 6A and 6B and doing a pre-algebra program or dimensions? I already own the textbooks for SM level 6, but am not opposed to going a different direction at that level.
  15. Saxon is a secular and popular math option. Singapore Math needs to make sense to YOU, first. All in ones: Calvert School, Laural Springs School, Oak Meadow, k12 (you may have the option to use them as a charter school for free), Keystone School has elementary through high school options. https://www.keystoneschoolonline.com Timberdoddle has secular packages. Pandia Press has a facebook page which will link you with hundreds of other secular only homeschoolers. PP publishes secular history and science. Another excellent place to start is Cathy Duffy's Review website. And of course, a lovely copy of The Well-Trained Mind. https://cathyduffyreviews.com/# Welcome to the Board!
  16. Hello, Earthmerlin. I don't know those programs to learn French. I used Yabisí Español Santillana for two years because I was able to buy them online and receive them in the US by mail. We used them slowly, skipping a few sections in every chapter. Unfortunately, I discovered them too late; because of that, my son's interest level didn't match its lessons, so I decided to stop using the program. We sometimes used the Mexican books published by the Secretaría de Educación Pública (SEP), which are available online for free and include "Español", "Lecturas", Math, History, Science, P.E., and Art for every grade, The vocabulary in "Lecturas" was too advanced for my son, so I read some parts aloud, and he read the shorter and easier sections aloud. We used Singapore Math until 5th. grade, then Beast Academy, and now AoPS. We read the text and numbers in English and always discuss in Spanish how to solve the exercises, so my son's Math Vocabulary is still richer in Spanish than in English. He even memorized the multiplication tables in Spanish. I didn't find a way to teach him spelling in Spanish, and thought that studying Latin would cover grammar, vocabulary, and spelling in two languages (and several more). I read aloud fiction and non-fiction almost every day, and ask him to read aloud simpler texts. He reads very well in Spanish but is faster in English, so he prefers reading novels in English. I will keep trying. If you find a good way to teach spelling, please let me know. Some copy work and dictation may be enough, plus reading aloud to your child and asking him/her to read aloud and write with some frequency.
  17. I used Singapore and really liked it, it had a bit of number bonds early on but not many. Much of the common core math, like @ClemsonDana mentioned, looks like they took a few things from Singapore but didn't understand it, so badly implemented Singapore math. Singapore math is more incremental and logical, we had friends who had biological children who kept up fine after their private school switched from A Beka math to common core, but an adopted child who did not get much protein his first few years before adoption could not keep up with the jumps that were made in common core math, he had been doing fine with A Beka math. If his school does the normal sight words and balanced literacy, you may need to do some nonsense words in addition to normal phonics for reading. My syllables page has some tests at the end, the MWIA will show if you need nonsense words, he should not have a slowdown or miss more phonetic than holistic words, and should not miss more than a 2 - 3 words on either list. http://www.thephonicspage.org/On Reading/syllablesspellsu.html
  18. Singapore Math uses number bonds but doesn't belabor them and doesn't involve tons of drawing (I help at an afterschool program where many of the kids' homework is Eureka). It might feel familiar but not focus on the stuff that he hates...and if you're starting with second grade, there's only a little bit in the beginning - I think they were done with them after that. Eureka always feels like badly implemented Singapore Math to me.
  19. Hmm...we are still using some Michael Clay Thompson grammar and Daily Grammar even though we don't always do them every year (this is a year we are). Things we'll probably come back to are Ellen McHenry and Singapore Math (brief switch to Math Mammoth because we were using US Edition, and I want my son to have a smoother transition to Dimensions Math in 7th). We have also been using Notgrass consistently, though we didn't use it our first year. We have other repeats, particularly with supplements, but as for what we started with, that's probably all that's been carried through. We didn't start in K with our first one, and they are 4 grades apart, so there are times when we have gaps between one child finishing a resource and then next aging into it.
  20. My seven year old son LOVES reading- he is a voracious reader and will read anything he can get his hands on. His favorites have been Harry Potter (he is just finishing book two, and we will stop him after that for now as the books get darker in nature), The Chronicles of Narnia, and he also loves more twaddley books like Dog Man and Captain Underpants. He is learning cursive (so far, he hates it), is on 3a of Singapore Math. He does NOT love Math, but he is very good at it. He loves science, nature and the outdoors. As for cartoons, his favorites are Teen Titans and Gumball. He also loves Minecraft (though were severely limit his access to any electronics) and LEGO. He spends a lot of time riding his bike and hanging out with his dog. He also loves his PE class where he can hang out with all of his friends for a couple of hours.
  21. Ds learned his math facts at 13. We hit it from every direction for years and years. Ronit Bird. Education unboxed. Drill games. Math families singapore math style. The thing that worked was memorizing strings of numbers---for whatever reason 6x7 couldn't stick, but memorizing 6,12,18,24,30,36,42 did..... We started with 10s, then did 5s, then 2s, and branched up. My point is, it's possible to find something that works even when it's very difficult.
  22. You can add in the time. I've found the Fitbit will work out what was sleep and restless when I do that. I had my favorite breakfast: chilaquiles con huevo. But not mixed together. [a thing I forgot I was going to say, but will remember later] So, I have HP Instant Ink. I forgot to downgrade my subscription and currently have about 900 pages available to print. Anyone need a textbook or two? I'm currently printing out a bunch of Singapore math. Maybe I can find a bunch of Spanish and/or Chinese to print. and some more English stuff. I don't know. Oops. Forgot to submit this over an hour ago. And I still don't remember what that other thing was that I wanted to say.
  23. Got your ping...I only have a few minutes because we spent the morning in a doctor's office...so you're getting my random thoughts: 1. Depending on what your state rules are re: homeschooling (ie required hours, etc.) you may have more flexibility staying in the public school system and doing a home study program with an IEP. I'm not talking about the charter programs out there--but the specialty programs most school districts have for medically complex kids. The other advantage of this is that some states require public school enrollment to access their equipment bank, but you can get a lot of high end equipment that insurance won't cover. In our previous state, almost all pediatric services for the deaf and blind ran through schools, and our insurance had a ton of hoops to get a dynavox and some of that other stuff--way easier to get it through schools. I just have a minute, but if you want to talk more about this pm me. I think there are a few others on this board who have done similar things, but not many. 2. Our goal has been education rather than life skills/bonding/etc. given the particular needs of our children. Between my 5 kids, the two with the most medical issues have also been gifted. Not just bright, gifted. I'm making this distinction specifically because being gifted is a blessing and a curse. (curse---the challenges that come with the emotional intensity of gifted children is not to be minimized.) If you are dealing with a kid who is gifted (and it sounds like he is) you cannot put school on hold. You've got to feed that brain and engage that curiosity or, IME, there are repercussions. Find that thing that makes your kid's eyes light up and make sure that happens on a regular basis. In your case, keep the math tutor. Make that every bit as important as a therapy appointment, because it is therapy, iykwim. With my average or bright kids who are healthy, it's not a big deal if school happens irregularly. For my gifted ones, they've needed a lot of structure and consistency and they've needed school time. Does this make sense? It's been a very different dynamics in contrast to, say, Maria Montessori's "Play is the work of children" notion. For my non-gifted kids, spending time doing science experiments or an art project or building a Roman aqueduct with clay was this bonding moment. My gifted kids just kinda eyeroll me on that. As much as possible, and I know it's hard, try to find a routine and keep to it. We did M, W, F hospital days and T, R were for at home. We also tried to find facilities where we could knock it all out at once--I found a combined SLP/OT/PT practice close to the pediatric hospital and it was worth it. 3. Embrace the reality that you're in. For my kid that's severely dysgraphic, there's just no point in belaboring handwriting beyond a functional signature. Likewise, if you're looking at the big picture of what gets you from where you are at currently to what he needs to graduate---prioritize. Math up through Algebra 2 (ideally, calculus) and the ability to write/organize/dictate a coherent essay are probably the most important things. If he's going to have an independent life, those two things will nail standardized testing and get you college ready. I think sometimes homeschoolers get caught up on content (19th century british writers! history in 400AD! the kreb cycle!) and neglect skill. You are working under so many other constraints that you must operate with a surgeon's scalpel rather than a blunt hammer! 4. Utilize audio whenever you can. History: I recommend Story of the World for history (even though book 1 is aimed at 1st graders, we have---all of us---listened to it in our vehicles multiple times and enjoyed it. We kind of roll our eyes in the first few chapters of book 1, but only there). I would say the 4 books can be comfortably used through 8th grade. We've used her adult series for high school with our oldest. We started with CDs back in ye olden days, but they are available through Audible. If you can get the school district to hook you up with Bookshare (qualifying physical disability--or you can do this independently--we did), they are there also. Science: watch Nature and Nova. These are easily downloadable. (Look into PBS passport!) I also put 2-3 books on hold each week, and tucked them into the book bag. There are a number of good science magazines also.... I think I saw somewhere else on the boards that he's hanging out in an infusion lab. I'd preload content onto an iPad and hand it over. Bill Nye the Science Guy, Kratt Brothers, Blue Planet, whatever he finds engaging. Math: Christian Light Education and Singapore Math Primary Series are both slender and tuck easily into a backpack and require no manipulatives. Language Arts: We did grammar and writing together, usually with me scribing, and then the stack of books method for reading. If holding a book is hard, go to audiobooks. I was very picky about what books we read. I usually allowed one popular fluff book (like the Percy Jackson series) and we had two non-fluff books. I gleaned those titles from the Story of the World Activity guide, the Moving Beyond the Page catalog, the classics list, or from non-fiction titles in the science section of the library. Ds was able to find nearly everything he needed on audio. For grammar, I'd look at Exercises in English. The Spectrum workbooks for reading and writing are decent as well. We have watched a ton of PBS shows over the years. At 9, I don't recommend a ton of Khan Academy lectures or CrashCourse lectures.... I'd aim for things that are going to give him some context, some vocabulary, and that are just interesting. If learning is a place his mind can escape to, lean in, iykwim. I'm going to grab the school backpack currently and see what supplies are in it...
  24. 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.
  25. We would probably struggle to do several different things for each subject each day. We make index cards for everything that I want to do in a week - if I want to do singapore math 4 days, then I write 'singapore math' on 4 different cards, and if I want to do life of fred 3 days, then I write 'life of fred' on 3 cards. I write out all of the cards and let the kids separate them into stacks for each day of the week. Then, every morning, they get the stack and work through each subject. For subjects divided into lessons or chapters, it's easy for them to figure out what to do - we do 1 lesson of math, or read 2 chapters of history, for instance. Some subjects obviously require multiple assignments - spelling, grammar, and literature as part of language arts - but we've found that, with the exception of quick, fun things like balance benders or mind benders workbooks, it's best not to have too many different things going on every day for any subject. We lose time switching gears. In your situation, I wouldn't do more than 2 math things each day. Singapore can be done 4 days/week, LOF 1 day, with facts practice 2 days and games 3 days (or whatever combination gets you through what you want to do). Then let your kids choose which 2 things to do which days of the week and stick with that schedule. One of mine prefers to front-load the week so Fridays are easy - that kid would do Singapore M-Th and facts practice M/T and then do LOF of fred on F and games W-F. My other kid would try to avoid having 2 hard things on the same day, so would probably minimize over lap between facts and Singapore. We also don't schedule multiple writing assignments on the same day - if we write for a co-op composition class on Monday, then we put writing papers for me for history on Friday. Good luck finding a plan that works for you.
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