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  1. 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.
  2. 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...
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. Rainbow Resource Christian Book Classical Academic Press Timberdoodle (their games/logic picks are usually really neat and fun) And directly from publisher/author (eg Logic of English, Singapore Math, Pandia Press, etc)
  6. I seem to recall feeling that way about BJU and dropping it and going over to Singapore Math as a result. I had started with Singapore Math and went back to it because I was tired of dragging feet.
  7. Hi. I posted last week about DD (age 11) who will be in sixth grade. We’ve been doing Singapore standards and just finished grade 5. I initially started to look for another curriculum because Singapore standards doesn’t have an HIG. And we then started to consider pre algebra. Now that DD has heard my husband and I talk about the possibility of doing pre algebra, she really want to try it. I had her take the AOPS readiness test, which says you should get 22/26 to be ready. She scored 21/26 ... one of those incorrect answers was a silly multiplication mistake (she knows her mult facts) and the other 4 were adding, subtracting, multiplying, and dividing integers, which we just haven’t covered yet. I would say she has been a solid B student in Singapore math. I have spent hours reading through threads about prealgebra and I’m admittedly overwhelmed. I am also not a super mom like some of you who can teach from multiple books and curricula! AOPS is so interesting to me. Could a B math student thrive with that curriculum? Video text was also recommended by someone at rainbow resource, but I can’t find much info about it. Math Mammoth was recommended here, as well... Recommendations and opinions are so appreciated!
  8. We have been using Singapore/Primary Mathematics, standards edition since we started homeschooling my daughter in 2nd grade. She is now about to be a 6th grader and I'm a little stuck on what to do this year. I would love to hear some input from some of you seasoned homeschool parents! A little background on my daugher: she is a very advanced reader and her strongest subjects are literature and history. She doesn't love math. Singapore Math has been wonderful, but she does get frustrated sometimes with the problems in the workbook/tests. She is a child who would prefer you give her a formula, and a specific way of solving a math problem, that can be directly applied to a related problem. Some of the Singapore problems require a little creative thinking (which I love, and I think is good for her). I would say she has maintained a strong "B" average this past year. The problem is that Primary Mathematics standards edition does NOT have a HIG for year 6. There is a teacher's guide, but from what i understand, is very different than the HIG and not as helpful. I have other children to homeschool, so I really don't want to get myself into a situation where math requires more involvement and planning than I've been used to. I was wondering if I should: 1.) consider using Primary Mathematics U.S. Edition for grade 6 (which comes with a HIG), or 2.) should i start with a pre-algebra/algebra curriculum? And, if so, which one? Thank you so much for any input and insight!
  9. My dc learned both at school. It took two days in grade three to master the traditional add/subtract algorithm as he already fluently composed and decomposed. You don't want to undo her understanding, she'll need that for future coursework. Consider Singapore Math.
  10. At that level, I gave my very-independent, hard-working son Singapore Math Intensive Practice books 5 and 6 and he worked through them on his own before moving into AOPS.
  11. Singapore math for elementary level AoPS (beginning with algebra) Memoria Press for Latin
  12. All of my children have used or are currently using Singapore math and Memoria Press Latin materials.
  13. Found it. Seems the Singapore Math folks did away with the Common Core and Standards versions for a new Dimensions Math version? https://www.singaporemath.com/Homeschool_s/60.htm http://dimensionsmath.com Anyone seen it IRL? They give a breakdown of the difference between this and Primary. Well at least it is less confusing than 3 US versions! I wonder how it compares to Math in Focus? Anyone know?
  14. There is an online Singapore math teacher training class offered through many colleges. It is relatively inexpensive , and it would be fairly easy to use the methodologies with another method without having to necessarily throw away the wheel and start over. Singapore is more visual, but the biggest part of the lesson happens off the book, which isn’t necessarily apparent on the page.
  15. Didn't I read here that Singapore Math is going to do away with the 3 or 4 or however many different editions there are currently and write a single for US market version?
  16. Is there a way to give a student who is weak in math the benefit of the Singapore math approach? Looking over samples, I really appreciate much that is practical and visual about this approach. I also greatly appreciate the approach to thinking skills. I understand that some of the materials move more at the pace of a student who is natural and quick at math. I understand that for some materials, it might be necessary to use supplemental books to give more practice. Cost is an important factor to me, and using multiple books is more expensive. So what I am asking: I have a beginning fifth grader who has been using a traditional program with a spiral approach. We are building on a foundation that is not sturdy, so to speak, and I realize that we need to go back and remediate. She needs to learn her multiplication tables. She also does poorly on math assignments. I believe that, were we to switch to a Singapore program, we could likely be set back as far as second grade. I gave a pretest for Math in Focus 3A, and she said it was too hard and wished to do the next test down. However, it looks from a sample I have seen that Math in Focus does a good job of laying out a concept in a visual way, not merely a verbal explanation or numerical formula. I believe this could be helpful. Yet going back into second grade would mean that the bit of ground we have been able to gain in multiplication, division, and working with fractions, might not be reviewed for a while, as we are instead working to build up basic problem solving skills. (I am not sure what the scope and sequence is, but it is probably quite different.) My idea was to use something like Math Mammoth (for which she places at Third Grade), and then use Math in Focus textbooks maybe starting at 2B as enrichment, to give a more visual aspect to the program and to help me learn something about how the Singapore Approach works, since I obviously was not trained this way. I do not feel I am "natural" at teaching math, such as improvising beyond what is in the curriculum I have. Sadly, but it is not my strong point. Does this sound workable to you, or is there a better way? I do feel a need to curtail costs, and I realize there may be some excellent math programs that are on the high end of the cost spectrum, but I really would not choose one of those. That may help as you give me your suggestions. Thank you!
  17. Welcome aboard! Well, yes there are many curricula out there. A lot depends on what you are looking for in a program and what type of learner your children are. No, to answer your first question. I use story of the world for history with the activity guide and I am all over the place for science. I use mystery science, brainpop videos, and real science odyssey. I would like to start science in the beginning this summer. 😆 you may like that one since it is Christian based. I have others I am contemplating. 🤔😏 Different programs offer different ways of teaching. For instance, with regard to math, there are programs out there that is workbook based and others that have lots of hands on learning (rightstart math). I use beast academy because my kids like the comic book guide. I sometumes use Singapore math because beast academy can be really hard. When I started homeschooling I looked at cathy Duffy's site because she has a bunch of reviews for most of the programs out there. I also read the well trained mind book and looked at the different homeschooling methods. Waldorf, classical trivium, Charlotte Mason, etc. Hope this helps!
  18. Apparently we are much more 'by the seat of our pants' than many of you. 🙂 For most of the year, our schedule is 4 days, with co-op on Thursdays. From past experience, I know that if we do younger's Singapore Math 4 days/week, usually doing 1 lesson/day, we'll finish by the end of the year. Older usually does AoPS 3 days and LOF on our busy, out of the house day. Now that kiddo is older, we seem to move at a reasonable pace doing that. With MCT language arts, we do the grammar book 3-4 days/wee until it's done, and then I let the kids pick - do they want to do the vocab, writing, and poetry books sequentially or each a certain number of days/week? Younger's spelling is daily, one unit/week. Handwriting is done through 5th grade, 2-4 days/week until it's done. In the early grades, we do history and science in units, so we do 2-9 weeks of a topic and then switch, usually doing world history and geography first, then a science unit, and then in the spring doing US history and then science. They have done co-op art, and younger has done music and acting, and I have done art as a stand-alone module and also incorporated some with history, depending on the kid. Once they get older, history and science are done daily (or most days). For older, we usually aim to be 'on track' in the book at the end of each quarter. We don't move at a constant pace, but the it's a general guide to help us see that if we spent a long time on WWI, we might need to move more quickly through WWII (or, alternatively, don't dilly-dally on something if you want to spend a long time on an upcoming unit). For co-op classes (mostly fun enrichment, but older takes Latin and they sometimes take an academic class), we figure out how much time each takes and they figure out what days they want to do the work. Once we've eyballed this, we make a schedule of what subjects are to be done each day. For my middle schooler, something is done in each subject area every day, but kiddo can decide whether to break vocab into 2 days or finish it in 1 and which days are best for literature reading for language arts and which days are good for textbook reading, online research, paper writing, etc for history. Younger has some say in this, but I break each subject into smaller parts and then let kiddo assign them to a day. It's kind of a weird dance, with me having mental plans and deadlines and trying to help the kids figure out what subjects can be scheduled on autopilot (math and spelling, 1 lesson/day), which ones they need to use some self-discipline not to procrastinate on (for both of mine, anything with writing - I have to monitor that to make sure that they leave enough time), and which they just need to limit (yes, I said that you can read some Sherlock Holmes for literature...but not all day). But, at least for older, it's starting to pay off. I was happy to see kiddo schedule literature any time we had to drive somewhere since it was easy to do in the car, and completely wowed when he did work for a co-op class right after co-op, while waiting for sibling at karate, and finished on Saturday morning before I was up, so that it wasn't taking up time during our school day during a busy stretch.
  19. I wanted to switch to BJU. I like what I was using just fine and feel it is a quality program, I just want to do something different. We have been using Singapore Math. Since son is 4th grade age for this fall, I bought the 4th grade book for fall. But when looking over it, I have found he actually has already covered most of what is in it. I thought I would give him a quiz, to see what he already knows or remembers. But when I attempted this, he wanted to know why he was doing school work during the summer. I told him it was just a quiz to see what he remembers and home school does not stop during the summer. He did not do any of the problems completely correct. I gave him 5 divided in to 681 and he did complete it correctly but I did have to remind him what to do in the middle. It was a small hint. He clearly just needed a reminder. Then I gave him 0.57 times 4 and he solved it but never put in the decimal place. Are these normal errors one would expect to see going in to 5th grade anyway so move on to the 5th grade book? I can see from looking at the topics that we pretty much covered everything in the 4th grade book in the past. Or should I figure we should just do the 4th grade year? Or, alternatively, just say it is a really bad idea to switch and stick it out with Singapore Math (US edition).
  20. I’m afraid that I don’t like Saxon. Or really anything too textbooky for kids under fifth grade. I like Singapore math even though it didn’t work for dd (though I think that it could have if she hadn’t set her mind against it). I did a lot of my own stuff with her. As well as actually teaching using Kahn Academy.
  21. The elementary books are not something I'd use for a struggling math student at all. The topics are out of order. Multiplication and sigma notation are in the same book. Set theory starts near addition. Slope is in one, there's number play with using a specific group to make any number..just, no. I'd rather get a Singapore math Challenging Word Problems book 2 levels below current work (or a FAN book) - and I love Fred. I adore the alphabet series and my kid has slept with them after rereading ones he had finished. It just doesn't seem it would be a good use of money in this situation.
  22. Is there an alternative to AOPS pre-algebra. My daughter is strong in math, but doesn’t necessarily love it. I’m not sure the discovery method would work well for her. We’ve always used Singapore Mathematics Standard Edition, so I’d prefer to keep that same rigor for pre-algebra. I’m just not sure what program we should use.
  23. I would do lots and lots and lots of manipulative before ever thinking about "drilling facts". There is very little point in memorizing by rote something you still don't understand. We use base ten and c rods, and often for my current early learner, I draw a juggler on the white board. He has 8 balls tossed up with one hand, and 5 balls tossed up with the other. She knows she needs to draw a circle around all 8 and an additional 2 (We spent lots of time on "What makes ten?" games) to make a group of ten, then she can see there are 3 additional ones hanging out as well, so the juggler has 13 balls. She's the only kid I've drawn jugglers for, go figure. 😛 We are doing this right now, actually, and she is my slowest to really click with the concept. So we do a few examples with manipulatives or the juggler, then I write a new problem and ask her to mentally picture how many balls she needs to move from one number to the other to get a group of ten. Then how many would still be left in the ones pile? And so on. Today, she did a total of about 20 problems on the white board, and all of them were adding with 9. 9+1, 9+2, etc. In order, then out of order. She knew she needed to shift one ball in order to get her group of ten, and taking away one is something she can do mentally, so that let her get every problem correct. Tomorrow, we'll try 8s and maybe 8s and 9s mixed together. This particular child just needs a lot more hand-holding than the two older. I would much rather take the time NOW with the mental concept, rather than rush it to get to a carrying algorithm that becomes a sort of "magic trick" she may be able to do, but can't understand. We use manipulatives through Singapore Math 2b (the grade the child is in is irrelevant, I just mean that level of math) on a daily basis, then switch to "as needed" from then on. You might also consider the "Math Facts that Stick" book offered by WTM Press, it uses a 10 frame to help cement the base ten system, and that's another great method.
  24. I have never heard of Singapore Math Live--mind blown. I may need that in the next year or two.
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