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  1. Whether you’ve just pulled your child out of school or have been preparing to homeschool since they were babies, taking the first step toward homeschooling can be overwhelming. It’s completely normal to feel a little nervous about this. You are not alone! We’ve all at some point been pretty much where you are. Panicked and overwhelmed. Not to worry, the Hive Mind here at the Well-Trained Mind Forums have put together this letter and link fest to get you started on your path to homeschooling. So grab some coffee and your favorite snack and get ready to begin your adventures in homeschooling! The Well-Trained Mind, 4th Edition and Website The book provides step-by-step instruction to give your child an academically rigorous, comprehensive education from preschool through high school. Susan Wise Bauer lays out the plan for you and recommends curriculum to put that plan to action. The website gives you everything you need to get started on your homeschool journey. It includes articles, explanation videos, audio lectures, planning worksheets and anything else you might need to start this journey. If you can’t find it there, then you are already in the right spot to ask your question. The forum has some extremely knowledgeable veteran homeschoolers, who have been there, done that. Seriously, you could stop right here and click on those two links and you’ll find all of the information you need. Step One – What are your state’s homeschool laws? Every state’s laws are different. Some states have little to no regulation and some are a little more high maintenance. Getting to know your state’s homeschool laws will help you understand what is expected of you as the homeschool parent and may determine how you want to proceed with homeschooling. Where to find rules and regulations Find your State Department of Education website here Pro-Publica Homeschool Regulations by State What you’ll need to know to legally begin homeschooling: When your child reaches compulsory age, the age where school is required. You will not need to fill out any forms before that age. How to withdraw your child from school and your rights as a parent that wishes to homeschool. What forms (if any) are required to send to my State Department of Education to legally begin homeschooling. How to deliver them (certified or hand-delivered) and what proof they will provide that you are legally homeschooling. If there is time limit from withdrawing my child and sending in the forms. If there are any subject requirements or any sequence that needs to be followed, such as state history in 4th grade. What records (if any) will need to be kept; such as attendance, samples of work, grades, portfolios. Step Two – How do you see yourself homeschooling? Why are you considering homeschooling? Is this something that you plan to do long term or as a temporary emergency situation? What do you want for your child as a result of homeschooling? What are your goals? What is your educational philosophy? Does your child have any special needs for learning? Learning disabilities? Advanced/gifted? Mental health? Physical health? What method would work for both you and your kids? Reading lots of books together and discussing? Open and go, no prep? Video lessons? Scripted lessons that tell you exactly what to say? Multiple ages? Together or independent? What questions do you have? What worries you? What is your Worldview? In homeschooling, some parents want materials that reflect their faith. Many of the resources you'll encounter are Christian, written specifically for Christian families. Christian homeschool curricula and resources reflect a range of different Christian views about science, literature, religion, and more. You should ask yourself if you want Christian or secular resources or if you might be comfortable with either. If you're concerned about issues of faith in your materials, you can research or ask others what viewpoints they represent. Resources listed below are marked with an *. Neutral Science is science that isn't completely straightforward in it's religious views. Often, it is the result of religious authors secularizing their work to open up to a wider audience. The key topics of concern are The Big Bang and Evolution. They may omit the topics altogether, misrepresent or downplay them as theories. It's important to know what the worldview of the author is in order to ensure it's a match to your own. If you would like a quick summary of what to look for in a secular science curriculum, Pandia Press Presents: Why Neutral Science Isn't Neutral, which the podcast goes more in depth. The Homeschool Resource Roadmap lists all science and every other subject and categorizes it by worldview. With history it has to do with whether the stories of a certain religion are handled as historical fact, while others are handled as myths. A secular history program would discuss religion since it is a major part of history at many points, but would avoid ascribing fact status to any religion's stories. Determining your homeschool philosophy It’s perfectly normal to have no idea yet. This is a process. You may find yourself revisiting this idea over the years as your kids get older and you have more experience under your belt. This hard work will help you solidify your homeschooling vision and get the results you want to see for your family, but it takes time. Homeschooling: Which Model Is Right for You? What Kind of Homeschooler Are You? How to Write a Homeschooling Philosophy Statement But how will I know what to teach and when to teach it? Core Knowledge Sequence - Free downloadable sequence of topics to cover by grade (not Common Core) What Your __ Grader Needs to Know - by E.D. Hirsch Jr. - More detailed Core Knowledge sequence in book form World Book - Pre-Common Core Free Printables No Time for Step Two? – You just withdrew your kid from school and need to get something started right now! In most emergency cases, the best thing to do is take a break. I know that may seem counter-intuitive if your child is “behind”, generally speaking taking a break to fall in love with learning again is just what the student needs. This article is interesting because it documents the deschooling process without even realizing. He's initially anxious and stressed about all of the free time he suddenly has. That is a result of being over-regulated his entire life. It makes him feel pressured to squeeze in as much learning in as in as little time possible. Over the weeks, he realizes learning is happening in all sorts of ways and he's so much more relaxed by the end. Deschooling can be a bunch of books laying around they might like to read, watching science documentaries, narrowing the focus to one thing they really like and playing that up or finally getting to the one thing they always wanted to do, but never had the time or opportunity to do, for example learning to bake. Let them get bored, then give them plenty of options to find their way out of that boredom by keeping interesting books around, playing board games, creative play, and so on. It gives you time to spend with them and gives them time to learn how to be a kid again. The school mentality is really hard to shake. It takes time to reset. Open and Go Curriculum options to tide you over until you figure something out I’ve linked directly to the publishers to help give you a better understanding of the curriculum. You can find many of these at Rainbow Resource to get free shipping if your order is over $50 or Amazon. *non-secular Free - $25 The library – your library can become your refuge, your librarian can become your greatest resource. Check you library’s website for free resources. My library offers all of this for free with a library card: ABC Mouse, IXL, Rosetta Stone, Lynda, Great Courses, Muzzy, High School Courses, High School and College Admission Test Prep, Creative Bug (great for electives and extra-curriculars), literacy tutors, biography and cultural studies, Hoopla(digital downloads and streaming), Kanopy and Kanopy Kids (doc and video streaming), the local newspaper, The LA Times, The NY Times, National Geographic Kids, Overdrive (audiobooks), science reference center, World Book, and so much more. Copywork, narration, dictation– Choose sentences from books you are reading and have them copy them. Ask them to summarize the chapter that was just read. Dictate the copied sentences and summarizations to them and have them write it out with correct capitalization and punctuation. Works with all subjects. Teaches grammar, punctuation, spelling, memory-work, reading comprehension, and writing. Best to stick with the 3 R’s to start. If you have more than one child that might be using the same curriculum, look for PDFs and invest in a Black and White duplex laser printer. Also, Ebooks make it easier for everyone to read along. Shopping for Curriculum Rainbow Resource Sells just about everything your homeschool needs and usually at a little bit of a discount. Cathy Duffy Her website and book are extremely helpful when curriculum shopping. She provides a thorough review, with descriptions of strengths and weaknesses, the method/style and links to where to purchase it. Basically, Yelp for homeschoolers. Homeschool Buyers Co-Op Permanent and limited time discounts on homeschool curriculum The Homeschool Resource Roadmap This is the ultimate list of homeschool curriculum by subject, method, and worldview. Amazon There are many used books available. Language Arts English Lessons Through Literature by Barefoot Ragamuffin English Lessons Through Literature (ELTL) is a complete language arts program for elementary and middle school students. Each level has a textbook and an optional workbook which can be purchased separately. ELTL is a unique program which combines the gentleness of Charlotte Mason's methods with the thoroughness of classical methods. Each level of this program has three lessons per week for thirty-six weeks for a total of 108 lessons per year. Cottage Press Language Lessons for Children - Absolutely lovely Charlotte Mason style early elementary includes reading selections (included or free public domain downloadable or library), copywork, picture study, nature study, narration, and dictation. Core Knowledge Curriculum - Free downloadable for grades pre-K-8 Content-rich Language Arts, Science, History and Geography. Phonics Ordinary Parents Guide to Teaching Reading – Well-Trained Mind Press one book, used for for $2 Teach Your Child To Read in 100 Easy Lessons – one book, used go for $2 on Amazon Explode the Code – EPS – supplemental workbooks Bear Necessities and Dancing Bears – Sound Foundations Phonics and reading support for those who need additional work – dyslexic support Progressive Phonics- free online Writing Writing with Ease and Writing With Skill – Well-Trained Mind Press, grades 1-10 Wordsmith Series - Common Sense Press, grades 4-12 Killgallon Series grades 1-12 – check for used on Amazon Grammar First Language Lessons – Well-Trained Mind Press The Blue Book of Grammar and Punctuation Spelling Megawords – EPS – dyslexic support Math MEP (Mathematics Enhancement Programme) – Free Scripted printables, grades 1-6 Comprehensive School Mathematics Program (CSMP) – Free printables Key to Series inexpensive, topic-based workbooks for filling in skill gaps Key to Fractions, Key to Decimals, Key to Percents, Key to Measurements, Key to Algebra, Key to Geometry Math Mammoth grades 1-7 Light Blue – by grade Dark Blue – by topic/skill Math Facts That Stick - Well-Trained Mind Press Addition, Subtraction, Multiplication, and Division are individual books that solidify math facts. Singapore Math Dimensions (PK-5) or Primary Mathematics (1-5) Primary offers supplemental materials to customize to your child's needs Extra Practice: More practice on the same level as the workbook. Challenging Word Problems: Additional, more challenging multi-step word problems. Intensive Practice: More challenging, often multi-step or puzzle-like work covering the same concepts as the workbook. Khan Academy - free, online History Story of the World grades 1-6* can be done with multiple ages and levels Many secularize this series because of it's beloved storytelling style of history. can be done with just the books or can add more activity book includes questions, recommended reading, map and coloring work, projects Amazon has many used books Big History Project - Free, online grades 7-12 Writing integrated into work Covers multiple disciplines of science World History Highly adjustable by grade, content, length - Khan Academy, DK books have their own versions Science Earlybird Start-Up Science 1, 2, 3 and 4 by Singapore Math grades 1-2 - no teachers guide, answers in back Quark Chronicles – Barefoot Ragamuffin Lit-based science* The Story of Science by Joy Hakim 3 textbooks, many used available on Amazon, student/teacher guide not required More than $25 All-in-One/Boxed Curriculum Buying the whole year at once can be a frightening and expense proposition. They can be overkill at times. At the same time, a cohesively planned boxed kit, where everything is already done for you, is a good way to sort through works and what doesn’t. Oak Meadow Bookshark Christian Light Education * The Good and the Beautiful* Memoria Press* Sonlight* Rainbow Resource Starter Curriculum Kit *both secular and non-secular options All-in-One Language Arts (Literature, Grammar, Vocabulary, and Spelling) Logic of English – Foundations – ages 4-7 Lightning Literature Michael Clay Thompson (MCT) – packages Learning Language Arts through Literature (LLATL) Phonics Phonics & Reading Pathways – Dorbooks - workbooks All About Reading – All About Learning Press Spelling All About Spelling – All About Learning Press Apples and Pears – Sound Foundations - dyslexic support Writing Easy Writing – Easy Grammar Systems Works only on varied sentence structure, One book for grades 1-10 Michael Clay Thompson (MCT) Writing series Grammar Easy Grammar – Easy Grammar Systems – grades 1-12 Math - *most math is open and go Teaching Textbooks online grades 3-12 CTC Math Online video-based – K-12 MathUSee Saxon Math - K-Calculus History Beautiful Feet Books – grades 1-12 Literature-based history, requires purchasing or borrowing from the library Science Memoria Press* History of Science - Beautiful Feet Books, grades 3-7 Mystery Science - subscription model - video with linked lessons MPH Singapore Science - grades 1-6 Well-Trained Mind Forum Links You can often find the best threads pinned at the top of the forum. The Big Grade Planning Link List Link to threads that list by grade what curriculum everyone is using going back years. Super helpful when you are looking for ideas. Free Homeschool Curriculum & Resources Master list of on-line classes... High School motherlode #1 -- Starting High School / Tests + links to past threads! High School motherlode #2 -- Transcripts / Outsourcing + links to past threads! Inspiration and Motivation Susan Wise Bauer’s A Day at Our House Series
  2. A coupld have recommended Singapore Math. Which version should I link to if it's for all grades?
  3. Well here it is. My newbie info guide and list of open and go curriculum. I've been at it off and on since 5 am. My eyes are tired and I'm not completely done. I had to reformat all of the bullet points after copying it over. Feel free to critique, even butcher it. I want it to be a collaborative effort. I kind of want to keep only the Free - $25 section, but I'm flexible. I'm sure there's more I could add to that. I'm also not sold on the boxed curriculum. I don't want them to have to buy anything other than the box to avoid confusion. Whether you’ve just pulled your child out of school or have been preparing to homeschool since they were babies, taking the first step toward homeschooling can be overwhelming. It’s completely normal to feel a little nervous about this. You are not alone! We’ve all at some point been pretty much where you are. Panicked and overwhelmed. Not to worry, the Hive Mind here at the Well-Trained Mind Forums have put together this letter and link fest to get you started on your path to homeschooling. So grab some coffee and your favorite snack and get ready to begin your adventures in homeschooling! The Well-Trained Mind, 4th Edition and Website The book provides step-by-step instruction to give your child an academically rigorous, comprehensive education from preschool through high school. Susan Wise Bauer lays out the plan for you and recommends curriculum to put that plan to action. The website gives you everything you need to get started on your homeschool journey. It includes articles, explanation videos, audio lectures, planning worksheets and anything else you might need to start this journey. If you can’t find it there, then you are already in the right spot to ask your question. The forum has some extremely knowledgeable veteran homeschoolers, who have been there, done that. Seriously, you could stop right here and click on those two links and you’ll find all of the information you need. Step One – What are your state’s homeschool laws? Every state’s laws are different. Some states have little to no regulation and some are a little more high maintenance. Getting to know your state’s homeschool laws will help you understand what is expected of you as the homeschool parent and may determine how you want to proceed with homeschooling. Where to find rules and regulations Find your State Department of Education website here Pro-Publica Homeschool Regulations by State What you’ll need to know to legally begin homeschooling: When your child reaches compulsory age, the age where school is required. You will not need to fill out any forms before that age. How to withdraw your child from school and your rights as a parent that wishes to homeschool. What forms (if any) are required to send to my State Department of Education to legally begin homeschooling. How to deliver them (certified or hand-delivered) and what proof they will provide that you are legally homeschooling. If there is time limit from withdrawing my child and sending in the forms. If there are any subject requirements or any sequence that needs to be followed, such as state history in 4th grade. What records (if any) will need to be kept; such as attendance, samples of work, grades, portfolios. Step Two – How do you see yourself homeschooling? Why are you considering homeschooling? Is this something that you plan to do long term or as a temporary emergency situation? What do you want for your child as a result of homeschooling? What are your goals? What is your educational philosophy? Does your child have any special needs for learning? Learning disabilities? Advanced/gifted? Mental health? Physical health? What method would work for both you and your kids? Reading lots of books together and discussing? Open and go, no prep? Video lessons? Scripted lessons that tell you exactly what to say? Multiple ages? Together or independent? What questions do you have? What worries you? What is your Worldview? In homeschooling, some parents want materials that reflect their faith. Many of the resources you'll encounter are Christian, written specifically for Christian families. Christian homeschool curricula and resources reflect a range of different Christian views about science, literature, religion, and more. You should ask yourself if you want Christian or secular resources or if you might be comfortable with either. If you're concerned about issues of faith in your materials, you can research or ask others what viewpoints they represent. Resources listed below are marked with an *. Neutral Science is science that isn't completely straightforward in it's religious views. Often, it is the result of religious authors secularizing their work to open up to a wider audience. The key topics of concern are The Big Bang and Evolution. They may omit the topics altogether, misrepresent or downplay them as theories. It's important to know what the worldview of the author is in order to ensure it's a match to your own. If you would like a quick summary of what to look for in a secular science curriculum, Pandia Press Presents: Why Neutral Science Isn't Neutral, which the podcast goes more in depth. The Homeschool Resource Roadmap lists all science and every other subject and categorizes it by worldview. With history it has to do with whether the stories of a certain religion are handled as historical fact, while others are handled as myths. A secular history program would discuss religion since it is a major part of history at many points, but would avoid ascribing fact status to any religion's stories. Determining your homeschool philosophy It’s perfectly normal to have no idea yet. This is a process. You may find yourself revisiting this idea over the years as your kids get older and you have more experience under your belt. This hard work will help you solidify your homeschooling vision and get the results you want to see for your family, but it takes time. Homeschooling: Which Model Is Right for You? What Kind of Homeschooler Are You? How to Write a Homeschooling Philosophy Statement But how will I know what to teach and when to teach it? Core Knowledge Sequence - Free downloadable sequence of topics to cover by grade (not Common Core) What Your __ Grader Needs to Know - by E.D. Hirsch Jr. - More detailed Core Knowledge sequence in book form World Book - Pre-Common Core Free Printables No Time for Step Two? – You just withdrew your kid from school and need to get something started right now! In most emergency cases, the best thing to do is take a break. I know that may seem counter-intuitive if your child is “behind”, generally speaking taking a break to fall in love with learning again is just what the student needs. This article is interesting because it documents the deschooling process without even realizing. He's initially anxious and stressed about all of the free time he suddenly has. That is a result of being over-regulated his entire life. It makes him feel pressured to squeeze in as much learning in as in as little time possible. Over the weeks, he realizes learning is happening in all sorts of ways and he's so much more relaxed by the end. Deschooling can be a bunch of books laying around they might like to read, watching science documentaries, narrowing the focus to one thing they really like and playing that up or finally getting to the one thing they always wanted to do, but never had the time or opportunity to do, for example learning to bake. Let them get bored, then give them plenty of options to find their way out of that boredom by keeping interesting books around, playing board games, creative play, and so on. It gives you time to spend with them and gives them time to learn how to be a kid again. The school mentality is really hard to shake. It takes time to reset. Open and Go Curriculum options to tide you over until you figure something out I’ve linked directly to the publishers to help give you a better understanding of the curriculum. You can find many of these at Rainbow Resource to get free shipping if your order is over $50 or Amazon. *non-secular Free - $25 The library – your library can become your refuge, your librarian can become your greatest resource. Check you library’s website for free resources. My library offers all of this for free with a library card: ABC Mouse, IXL, Rosetta Stone, Lynda, Great Courses, Muzzy, High School Courses, High School and College Admission Test Prep, Creative Bug (great for electives and extra-curriculars), literacy tutors, biography and cultural studies, Hoopla(digital downloads and streaming), Kanopy and Kanopy Kids (doc and video streaming), the local newspaper, The LA Times, The NY Times, National Geographic Kids, Overdrive (audiobooks), science reference center, World Book, and so much more. Copywork, narration, dictation– Choose sentences from books you are reading and have them copy them. Ask them to summarize the chapter that was just read. Dictate the copied sentences and summarizations to them and have them write it out with correct capitalization and punctuation. Works with all subjects. Teaches grammar, punctuation, spelling, memory-work, reading comprehension, and writing. Best to stick with the 3 R’s to start. Check with Rainbow Resource, Homeschool Buyers Co-op for group pricing, used on Amazon If you have more than one child that might be using the same curriculum, look for PDFs and invest in a Black and White duplex laser printer. Also, Ebooks make it easier for everyone to read along. Language Arts English Lessons Through Literature by Barefoot Ragamuffin English Lessons Through Literature (ELTL) is a complete language arts program for elementary and middle school students. Each level has a textbook and an optional workbook which can be purchased separately. ELTL is a unique program which combines the gentleness of Charlotte Mason's methods with the thoroughness of classical methods. Each level of this program has three lessons per week for thirty-six weeks for a total of 108 lessons per year. Cottage Press Language Lessons for Children - Absolutely lovely Charlotte Mason style early elementary includes reading selections (included or free public domain downloadable or library), copywork, picture study, nature study, narration, and dictation. Core Knowledge Curriculum - Free downloadable for grades pre-K-8 Content-rich Language Arts, Science, History and Geography. Phonics Ordinary Parents Guide to Teaching Reading – Well-Trained Mind Press one book, used for for $2 Teach Your Child To Read in 100 Easy Lessons – one book, used go for $2 on Amazon Explode the Code – EPS – supplemental workbooks Bear Necessities and Dancing Bears – Sound Foundations Phonics and reading support for those who need additional work – dyslexic support Progressive Phonics- free online Writing Writing with Ease and Writing With Skill – Well-Trained Mind Press, grades 1-10 Wordsmith Series - Common Sense Press, grades 4-12 Killgallon Series grades 1-12 – check for used on Amazon Grammar First Language Lessons – Well-Trained Mind Press The Blue Book of Grammar and Punctuation Spelling Megawords – EPS – dyslexic support Math MEP (Mathematics Enhancement Programme) – Free Scripted printables, grades 1-6 Comprehensive School Mathematics Program (CSMP) – Free printables Key to Series inexpensive, topic-based workbooks for filling in skill gaps Key to Fractions, Key to Decimals, Key to Percents, Key to Measurements, Key to Algebra, Key to Geometry Math Mammoth grades 1-7 Light Blue – by grade Dark Blue – by topic/skill Math Facts That Stick - Well-Trained Mind Press Addition, Subtraction, Multiplication, and Division are individual books that solidify math facts. Singapore Math Dimensions (PK-5) or Primary Mathematics (1-5) Primary offers supplemental materials to customize to your child's needs Extra Practice: More practice on the same level as the workbook. Challenging Word Problems: Additional, more challenging multi-step word problems. Intensive Practice: More challenging, often multi-step or puzzle-like work covering the same concepts as the workbook. Khan Academy - free, online History Story of the World grades 1-6* can be done with multiple ages and levels Many secularize this series because of it's beloved storytelling style of history. can be done with just the books or can add more activity book includes questions, recommended reading, map and coloring work, projects Amazon has many used books Big History Project - Free, online grades 7-12 Writing integrated into work Covers multiple disciplines of science World History Highly adjustable by grade, content, length - Khan Academy, DK books have their own versions Science Earlybird Start-Up Science 1, 2, 3 and 4 by Singapore Math grades 1-2 - no teachers guide, answers in back Quark Chronicles – Barefoot Ragamuffin Lit-based science The Story of Science by Joy Hakim 3 textbooks, many used available on Amazon, student/teacher guide not required Shopping for Curriculum Rainbow Resource Sells just about everything your homeschool needs and usually at a little bit of a discount. Cathy Duffy Her website and book are extremely helpful when curriculum shopping. She provides a thorough review, with descriptions of strengths and weaknesses, the method/style and links to where to purchase it. Basically, Yelp for homeschoolers. Homeschool Buyers Co-Op Permanent and limited time discounts on homeschool curriculum The Homeschool Resource Roadmap This is the ultimate list of homeschool curriculum by subject, method, and worldview. All-in-One/Boxed Curriculum Buying the whole year at once can be a frightening and expense proposition. They can be overkill at times. At the same time, a cohesively planned boxed kit, where everything is already done for you, is a good way to sort through works and what doesn’t. Oak Meadow Bookshark Christian Light Education * The Good and the Beautiful* Memoria Press* Sonlight* Rainbow Resource Starter Curriculum Kit *both secular and non-secular options All-in-One Language Arts (Literature, Grammar, Vocabulary, and Spelling) Logic of English – Foundations – ages 4-7 Lightning Literature Michael Clay Thompson (MCT) – packages Learning Language Arts through Literature (LLATL) Phonics Phonics & Reading Pathways – Dorbooks - workbooks All About Reading – All About Learning Press Spelling All About Spelling – All About Learning Press Apples and Pears – Sound Foundations - dyslexic support Writing Easy Writing – Easy Grammar Systems Works only on varied sentence structure, One book for grades 1-10 Michael Clay Thompson (MCT) Writing series Grammar Easy Grammar – Easy Grammar Systems – grades 1-12 Math - *most math is open and go Teaching Textbooks online grades 3-12 CTC Math Online video-based – K-12 MathUSee History Beautiful Feet Books – grades 1-12 Literature-based history, requires purchasing or borrowing from the library Science Memoria Press* History of Science - Beautiful Feet Books, grades 3-7 Mystery Science - subscription model - video with linked lessons MPH Singapore Science - grades 1-6 Well-Trained Mind Forum Links You can often find the best threads pinned at the top of the forum. The Big Grade Planning Link List Link to threads that list by grade what curriculum everyone is using going back years. Super helpful when you are looking for ideas. Free Homeschool Curriculum & Resources Master list of on-line classes... High School motherlode #1 -- Starting High School / Tests + links to past threads! High School motherlode #2 -- Transcripts / Outsourcing + links to past threads! Inspiration and Motivation Susan Wise Bauer’s A Day at Our House Series
  4. So in a previous post it was mentioned that children aren't resistant to learning but maybe the schoolwork. With that in mind, my 3rd child is very different than the two boys and I'm looking for curriculum suggestions for her. Definitely has traits of distractibility and slow to start with a lot of complaining. Its hard to say what her learning style is because I feel she hasn't really developed a love of learning from her current private school. She loves art (painting, drawing) and legos. She says she likes science but hates doing the science end of chapter questions she gets sent home. We will be pulling her out in May and hoping to ease in hs with some gap filling of 5th grade and then move into 6th, Suggestions. In the past I've done SOTW, lots of reading literature, FLF, logic, Singapore math, independent project units (for the older boys) but with her she doesn't really have a passion for reading and is indecisive so not sure independent projects will work.
  5. Is the OP just asking about kindergarten? The only thing we did for K was: math: Singapore Math (preschool-K) handwriting: HWOT Spanish: some CDs that had spanish songs for kids. And then lots of read alouds and going places and playdates and games and creative free play and arts/crafts. Gradually as elementary school went on, I added in more subjects, but a lot of the time we were only doing 10-30 minutes of any particular subject per day.
  6. I recall I did not like Singapore Math until level 3. I own all the textbooks and some supplemental books through level 6. Daughter was doing Math In Focus at her charter school. It was not going the best, but the teacher was not good at teaching it. The teacher would make up weird worksheets on lined paper and then xerox them and hand them out and none of the kids or parents really knew what she was getting at. She pretty much got through MIF 2A. At home, she can test out of 2A of US edition Singapore Math, but I can see she is really working at it. However, she did get the problems correct. I started with Beast Academy 2A, which I had at home anyway. Daughter hated it. She said right off she hates the monsters. Then, she hated the problems. They were too hard, they were too puzzle like. They were not straight forward enough. Fine. Then I started with Singapore Math 2B. She can do it, but it is clear she is struggling and working hard during the lessons. (is it okay to use manipulatives for everything?) Then I got the bright idea to back up and just do 2A. Okay, fine. She has joy in this. It is so easy for her! She is enjoying it because it is easy. Also, she is an older 2nd grader. She turned 8 at the beginning of the year. I am toying with 1) just starting with book 2A 2) going forward with book 2B and not concerning myself with how much we use manipulatives 3) picking a different program. For other programs, I am seriously considering MM or TGTB or Math for a Living Education. Also, FYI, she used to be good at math. I think the charter school wore her down, a lot. I am also seriously considering the first two options. I am totally on the fence about this!
  7. For kindergarten? As long as she doesn't need something actually scripted, I'd consider these "open and go" in the sense that you can just look at and do: HWOT: Letters and Numbers for Me, one page a day Singapore Math Kindergarten B (assuming baby has already heard of numbers and can do a little counting), textbook only, 10-20 minutes a day Phonics Pathways for both phonics and spelling, 15 minutes a day or until baby is tired Read picture books aloud to student, minimum 3 a day. We liked having an author of the week and reading several by the same person. science: Get library books from the children's non-fiction section on one topic a week, look at them, and talk. (Plants, animals, magnets, etc.) social studies: Go places and talk about how they work (post office, library, grocery store, farmers' market, fire station). Ensure that child can recite full name, address, and a phone number.
  8. You are NOT a failure! Now bite your tongue! Servie, My suggestion is BJU Math. It is not difficult to teach. The TM’s are scripted and the kits come with everything you need. Toss the tests or use for origami practice. With a new baby, the teaching vids would help you out a ton, if you can swing it. They have dvd or online options. Yes, it’s pricey. We think it is worth it. No more math fights! If that sounds blah, then I suggest you look at Dimensions Math by www.singaporemath MiF= Math in Focus, another Singapore math option.
  9. One thing I have cherished in teaching my kids has been the opportunity to learn alongside them. Story of the World taught me more history than I remember from school. Even the early levels of Singapore Math introduced me to math concepts I didn't know. I read Winnie the Pooh and Five Children and It for the first time. I even know what a preposition is! Lol. The flip side to that is the more I learn, the more I realize I don't know. I feel like I may never catch up. But then, is there such a thing as catching up?
  10. Singapore mathhas a different teaching method/sequence. It is similar to common core, so if you are familiar with the teaching side there you can probably figure it out just from the student book. If not, there is a inexpensive class on Ed2Go available through a lot of community colleges that I found useful (and qualifies for recertification hours in most states)-It's definitely cheaper than buying multiple teacher's manuals. (At least, it was for the regular Singapore Math).
  11. Okay, so your students have the ability to generalize and do understand symbols. They did not understand the task you asked of them. Normally that means they are placed inappropriately in the curriculum or the directions weren't complete. After that, there are insufficient details. What strategies did they use? Count up, count on? Where are they in the continuum of knowing? Anywho,, I"m going to bow out; this is clearly a rant as its not how arithmetic is taught here...you might find the website engageny.org to be of interest as well as the strand info at https://www.k-5mathteachingresources.com/. After that my dc's teachers have some pretty cool material from their gifted classes over at UConn, that's where the Renzulli Center for Gifted/Creative/etc is. The resource of choice these days is Math in Focus, which is Singapore Math...and that's for everyone.
  12. You should be able to sample it online on the HmHco site http://samples.hmhco.com/math_in_focus/index.php If your children have not done Singapore math before, they might need to back up a bit. Normally 4th grade would be books 4A and 4B It gets complicated when you get to 6th grade. MIF has a three year Pre-Algebra sequence starting in 6th (courses 1, 2 and 3). So 7th would technically be Course 2. However, for my kids, we went through Course 1 and then did Dolciani Pre-Algebra. I didn't feel they needed three years of Pre-Algebra.
  13. If I wanted to teach a 4th and 7th grader at home for a few months using this program, what would I need to buy?
  14. MathPo! Avert yer eyes! Ye have been warned! It appears I have failed to actually teach my children math. The fault lies in a lack of consistency, but I'm having trouble forgiving myself for seeing the problem and pushing on anyway. I feel like a failure as a teacher because my kids already were not at "grade level," and I somehow thought continuing on a weak foundation would somehow correct itself. Foolish, foolish me. I've talked with Reader and Runner, and we've agreed to start again with Singapore Math 1A. We're going to dedicate half an hour per kid per day (including weekends, just like reading or piano practice) and work together. We'll skip what they know well, but I can't think of another way to discover where they're weak and reinforce those places. I'm also going to add more math games to our school week. Any other ideas? Will this work? Also, I've been reading the math education thread, and I'm realizing that my own education needs work, even at these early levels. Without access to a teacher, what are my resources for remediating my education to be an effective teacher? Maybe I should start a thread in the sea, too.
  15. What level is he at right now? Singapore Math has "Challenging Word Problems" books for 6th grade level. If he is into solid prealgebra territory, then, my suggestion would be to use the AOPS prealgebra book like @daijobu suggests. Also, there are the Math Olympiad books: http://store.moems.org/mm5/merchant.mvc?Screen=PROD&Product_Code=4141&Category_Code=OLYMPIADBOOKS - you can get any of them to practice Word Problems.
  16. We use Right Start. I like it for the presentation and the fact that the early levels have a minimal amount of written work. They have a great math games book that is divided up by topic so it can be used to supplement other curriculum. That book and a set of basic number cards and corners cards and multiplication cards would be perfect for second to third grade to go along with Singapore math. I concur not to start anything until after the holidays.
  17. My daughter is completely burned out from her charter school. Everything was done through copy work there. She is not behind at all academically, so I am not concerned there. She does seem to enjoy reading. Her spelling is good enough that I could easily put her in SWO D if I were going that route. I am unsure where to place her for math. She used to love math, now she hates it. She has become convinced she is bad at everything. They did a horrible job teaching the math at the charter school. They used Math In Focus, but then would make up their own tests and the tests would have content that was never taught in the curriculum. It would also have inaccurate wording. I have Beast Academy, but it is a bit puzzley for her right now, but I have not ruled it out. I have Singapore Math, US edition. I have the workbook for 2B and the textbooks all the way through. I could just pick up there as she pretty much finished MIF 2A. I tried to give her the placement exam and she won't even consider trying. Then finally, I had her and her brother race (she likes competing) and put up a portion of the problems on the board and she did fine. She could redo 2A, but would not need to. I am wondering if it is awful to just do a hodge podge of things she enjoys for a while and then start curriculum after that? Maybe some math computer games, workbooks, maybe work on math facts, and cook some Christmas cookies and such where we measure things. And then try again next month or so? She seems so burned out. And she used to love school. She used to always want to play school too. Now, she is just teary and burned out. The tears are finally subsiding, but it is clear she was put through the ringer. And when I do reconsider curriculum, should I just not think about it now? Should I just try what I already have when the time comes? Or should I try MM or BJU or something? CLE?
  18. I will show all this to Scotsman when he gets home. She is a much better woman than I am, Gunga Din. Let me find a few links for you... A while back I started a topic about the different editions referencing an article I found online. Now I can't find it! Of the 3 called Singapore (Primary, Standards, Common Core) the consenus seems to be Standards has better Home Instructor Guides and makes fewer 'leaps' conceptually. The new Dimensions is really new, so I don't think anyone knows much about it, yet. The website below has a comparison chart. https://www.singaporemath.com/Singapore_Math_s/331.htm Math in Focus is the more expensive US version. You can find loads of textbooks used, and can sign up for a mega sample at the link below which is all the books in full. You can buy sets at Rainbow Resource (has a good overview), Homeschool Buyer's Coop (free to join), and other places. It is based off of another program of Singapore Math from there called My Pals Are Here. Same good stuff., from what I can see. Just more expensive and geared completely to a classroom. https://www.hmhco.com/programs/math-in-focus https://www.rainbowresource.com/category/2128/Singapore-Math-Programs.html My feeling is whichever you choose is going to be good. Like CLE, be sure to use the placement tests and start where he places. AND HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO BOOKIE (and hopefully Cheeto!)! And to anyone else who is celebrating today.
  19. Thanks to ITT, I am now researching Singapore Math. Why, you ask? Because I want something that works but doesn't feel like such drudgery. I personally like many of CLE's explanations because they make sense to me (I wish I had learned this way in school) and I rarely even need the TM, but it truly is a standoff most days with Oldest. So if I can find something different that he will actually DO and understand, I'll try it.
  20. I have CutCo Knives. I need all of them sharpened and one replaced, blade snapped inside the handle. I don't want to send them off becasue they are the only knives I have. I really should, though. Bookie, I hope you like the cake! I have Baker's Chocolate on my pantry shelf. I may just need to get off my duff and go make one. I did already make sour cream cinnamon cake, though. So Scotsman found an article this morning about intermittant fasting and wants to try it. Y'all have any tips for him? He thinks this way he won't need to exercise. His idea is to eat first at 8:30 (an egg/sausage croissant or something else high protein) then not eat again until dinner around 5:30/6. His last eating would be 7/7:30. I pointed out that means giving up pot pies, apple juice, and chocolate snackies at work. If I miss a meal, I get lightheaded and start to see spots. Fasting is not something my body handles well. EDPO: (but math is fascinating!) I appreciate all the thoughts on C-rods vs MUS. That picture says it all. It makes no sense that the MUS blocks aren;t any standard measure. Renai and Bookie-- Which "brand" of Singapore to you use? How do you line up all the extra resources "they" say you need to use in order to get the most out of the program. Where do you buy your manipulatives to do the conceptual work? Anyone looked at SIngapore Math Live? https://www.singaporemathlive.com Is it a class for the kid or parent training? That bit isn't clear from the website. She does work all the word probems, IP and CWP. I tried Primary and Standards with the other kids but could never get any traction. I often wonder if it was because mine always placed so low to start out with that it was too boring for us all. Math in Focus appeals to me the most, but my local store has scads of used Primary. To be fair, he has quite a bit of the MiF textbooks used, too. I do not believe just using the books alone is the way to get the benefits of Singapore method. All the hands-on is in the TMs, regardless of which version is used.
  21. Hits: Dropping Latin once and for all. Singapore Math as always Misses: Rod and Staff English. This appeals to me a lot, so I try it out on at least one kid every year. But I am going to give them away. It is not going to happen. Memoria Press Classical Studies and Christian Studies. Bravewriter. We tried all of it and it was all a miss.
  22. 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.
  23. 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.
  24. 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.
  25. 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
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