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  1. 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?
  2. 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).
  3. 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 might find the website to be of interest as well as the strand info at 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.
  4. You should be able to sample it online on the HmHco site 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.
  5. 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?
  6. 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.
  7. 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: - you can get any of them to practice Word Problems.
  8. 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.
  9. 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?
  10. 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. 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. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. 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? 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.
  13. 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.
  14. 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.
  15. 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.
  16. 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.
  17. 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
  18. 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.
  19. 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?
  20. 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.
  21. 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.
  22. I saw that Singapore Math sells/sold Biology Matters, Chemistry Matters, and Physics Matters. Does anyone have any experience with these?
  23. 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.
  24. 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
  25. 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.
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