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  1. Hits: Math: AoPS geometry and online BA. BA has been a long and painful road, but it has done wonders for my DS's critical thinking skills. MM for my 2nd grader. Singapore's challenging word problems. GSWL ELA: WWS 1 has been one where we are seeing the fruits of his labors and it is so rewarding. For my 4th grader, I did a home-brewed writing curriculum and he writing is improving so much. Daily Paragraph Editing by Evan Moor. All things Killgallon. WWE 2 interspersed with my own assignments. ETC 5. My 2nd grader reading aloud to me from A-Z mysteries. His reading has improved a lot. Vocabulary Cartoons. Science: Great Courses Plus. Homebrewed everything else. SS: Combining history with our read-alouds and focusing on Arthurian legends and Arabian Nights. We have already listened to all the SOTW at least 4 times through, so we are good there. Dan Carlin podcasts. Meh: Argument Builder. We have done Art of Argument and Fallacy Detective. Argument Builder is good, but it is a decent amount of writing for what he wanted to do, so we are going slowly. But He is learning a ton, and just like with WWS1, we just need to stick with it to see the fruits. Misses: Exclusively doing WWE2. We needed to combine days and then do our own writing assignments on the other days. I like the curriculum; I just had to tweak it to fit. Singapore Math (except Challenging Word Problems). We needed a curriculum that was challenging but that it was easy to skip over the stuff he already knew well. Singapore had too many different parts for me to do that effectively. WWE3. Not a fault of the program at all. My one kid was just a much stronger writer than I thought he was. And he needs to completely own his writing. He will write a lot, as long as he comes up with what he wants to write about. He will not write anything that he does not want to. HWOT cursive. Gah, I dislike how it looks. We switched to Pentime and their cursive still looks like HWOT. I am not making that mistake in my youngest. Vocab from Classic Roots. I love this. My eldest did not. And retained nothing. He switched to vocab cartoons and is much happier and uses the words in daily life.
  2. This is a tough season for us. It will get a lot better once my #3 has her driver's license. Until then, I schlep her to her community college classes 2x a week. The three littles stay home with #2 on those days, and their productivity varies considerably from day to day. We haven't signed up for spring semester yet, so we don't know what our schedule will look like after Christmas break. Our hits so far: -- BJU Math, with a break for my 6th grader to use the Key To workbooks for a while. I switched from Singapore Math when #3 was in about third grade, and we've stuck with it for K-6 for the littles. -- George Washington's World. I bought Notgrass American History over the summer, but didn't have time to plan it out. So as a stopgap, I handed the 5th and 6th graders George Washington's World and they LOVE it. My olders never wanted to read it as a supplement. We'll pick up with Notgrass when they finish GWW. -- Spelling You See. -- FLL. Our old standby. My youngest is almost done with our spiral bound 1+2 and it's bittersweet to watch her finish all these curricula my kids have grown up using. -- Orbiting with Logic for my 5th grader. He loved it. -- Explode the Code. Another one that's going away. ::sniff-sniff:: -- Wordly Wise 3000 and Vocabulary from Classical Roots. The 6th grader seems to enjoy VfCR more than WW3000, so I'm going to have the 5th grader give it a try as well, and then switch him if he likes it. I paused the 2nd grader on WW3000 because I thought some of the exercises were over her head. So rather than skip them, I'm going to make her wait or I'll find an alternative. -- Analytical Grammar for the 6th grader. She's really starting to get the hang of identifying the parts of speech consistently. -- WWE. Another forever favorite. We're adding in the beta test of Write By Number and that's going well (Shameless plug -- I'm doing the page layout for the author, a longtime friend.). Meh: -- Science. It's always the first spinning plate to fall. I had big plans for continuing a small co-op group from last year to do earth and space this year, using R.E.A.L. Science, Ellen McHenry's Rocks and Dirt, and Master Books. But with a big book design project (see above), we're having to be content with just reading the Master Books for now. I'm not all that impressed with them. My 5th grader blows through them, though, so I'm glad he's enjoying them for now. I hope to get to all of our cool experiments in the spring. Misses: -- A teen without a driver's license. -- All the stuff I have that we're not doing. (WTM math facts books, anyone?) -- A Child's Story of America. I've had it lying around forever. The 2nd grader is working slowly through it, but neither of us enjoys it. I think the reading level is over her head. I feel like I've forgotten something... oh well. I always love these winners-and-losers threads. They're so much fun to read.
  3. One of my children would only do math, or any subject really, when I would sit with him the entire time and make it interactive. In his case, he did Singapore Math. We did it verbally and on the dry erase board and so on. We skipped reviews in the book and did computer programs for review type stuff. He still did the workbooks though. But just the basic workbook, no extra add ons.
  4. Loving this thread! I'm more with you square_25 I adore teaching elementary math and conceptual/hands on is where it's at, in my very amateur opinion. I'm not a teacher or mathematician, I didn't do any formal maths after grade 12. I did quite well in school but maths was very procedural and a couple of truly abysmal teachers meant I tapped out and instead focused on humanities. I love maths though, and I love it more having now had the chance to get down into the sandbox with my kids and get my hands dirty making it conceptual. I can't say with authority whether it works best though, I've only got one kid through aops pre-alg so far! One thing that inspired me (other than miquon, Singapore maths and aops) is math circles and specifically this book https://www.amazon.com/Math-Three-Seven-Mathematical-Preschoolers/dp/082186873X
  5. Glad you are enjoying it. Hope you have opinions to share! Is Right start the program with all the games and manipulables? If so, I did look at it and was impressed. I used MEP and Singapore math with my younger, and then we did 3 years of PreAlgebra (crazy I know, but I just wasn't convinced he was grasping stuff, and like Square25, I was not moving on until concepts were rock solid). My older has been self-taught since the age of 7.5. He considered teaching to be cheating, which included the textbook I might add. So I'm not even sure how he learned fractions. My best guess is trial and error with the answers, but he doesn't remember. haha.
  6. My son has been selected for the magnet and GT programs. However his assessments are all over the place. He gets 50% at times and 80% at others. He has unpredictable patterns. I need to build up his math sense. He is a 10 year old, past the age to do Singapore math or Beast Academy books, as his curriculum is above those. What would be good books to build up math sense?
  7. YES! Anything Singapore Math, LOE, AAS/AAR, etc., etc.. Just say no. And I can relate and laugh at everything else the rest of you said, too.
  8. 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.
  9. I saw that Singapore Math sells/sold Biology Matters, Chemistry Matters, and Physics Matters. Does anyone have any experience with these?
  10. 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.
  11. 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
  12. 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.
  13. 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.
  14. 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.
  15. 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.
  16. 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
  17. 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.
  18. 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.
  19. 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.
  20. 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.
  21. 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!
  22. 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.
  23. 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
  24. 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.
  25. 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.
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