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  1. My 2nd grade teacher encouraged finger counting as how we should do arithmetic...and I counted on my fingers until at least high school. Although I wouldn't have liked it at the time, I wish we'd been encouraged to do it differently because I wasn't as quick with adding and subtracting as I was with multiplication and division (which we were forced to learn for timed tests in 4th grade). My kids used singapore math and they learned to 'see' everything as groups of tens. So, they never counted from 8 to 14 to see that 14-8 is 6 - they would know that you needed 2 to get to 10 and then 4 more was 6. I had expected that a tens-based method would have more finger use, but because the kids only had to learn a tiny number of facts, they remembered them and never used fingers. I do use fingers with the kids that I help in my volunteer gig, but they seem to cling to counting without ever developing any number sense.
  2. I am struggling with the thought that my oldest will be 10 in the summer and "5th" grade level in the coming "school year". This last year we have had several changes and I've been really lax since Nov/Dec. Our boys all started the school year and a small private school in our old home town. We moved about 30 mins away at the end of Sept and pulled them out. We tried one of the K12 styled online programs in our state but by Thanksgiving I was fed up with their approach. We dropped that and took a small break. ODS has been doing B.A. online 3A and has finished all Singapore Math 3A & 3B and we are reviewing throuth 4A currently. We had started MCT back in 2 grade when we brought him home for that year and so we picked back up in January where we had left off. He's finished Grammar Island and we are half way through Sentence Island and he's about half way through practice Island. I'm just not sure if we want to move on to the Town Levels in the fall. I kinda feel like I need something more structured and something that my husband can see that we are actively working through. I will have a "2nd" 7 yr old and a 5 yr old that's starting to do some work, mostly we will be doing AAR level 1 with him and Singapore Math. I am also at a complete loss on how to approach history and science. I tend to enjoy more of a relaxed approach (we mostly be watching Liberty's Kids and reading Rush Revere) but my husband is more of a "schedule and check list" personality. So any suggestions on L.A., History and Science to look at that would be good for a super distract-able 5th grade boy that will be traveling the country with his family this next year would be hightly appreciated!
  3. You need to know how to teach the "Singapore way." This is provided in the Home Instructor's Guides. You can also get this from reading Elementary Mathematics for Teachers. If you want the benefit of a Singapore math education for your children, it won't work to teach them the math the way you learned it (unless you learned with a Singapore-style program) and then have them do the Singapore problems. The textbook and workbook go together. The problems in the textbook are to work on during instruction, and the workbook is for independent practice. Both are important. But if you absolutely must choose one or the other, choose the textbook. There are usually more problems, and they will include more difficult ones. (Another thing that I liked about the HIGs was that they had the mental math problems in them so I didn't have to go to an outside source.)
  4. We will be doing pre K, K and 2nd grade math. Do I need the teacher's Manuals? Do I even need the textbook or can I get away with just the workbooks?
  5. This will be my first time teaching algebra, but my plan for fall for my son who is finishing up beast 5 now is Singapore 6 using Singapore math live. https://www.singaporemathlive.com I showed him AOPS prealgebra and Singapore 6 (well actually he just knew what it was like from doing Singapore 1-3 when he was younger) and he picked Singapore.
  6. Oh that's really interesting. So with math and EF (executive function), you're looking not only working memory but the ability to break things into parts. So she may have this big leap but struggle to break it into steps. Some people will fight that fight with geometry, having the kid do proofs. I think dig in there and use your judgement. The other thing is that if she's only not showing her work in the Singapore math, I wouldn't give a rip. Singapore is obtuse and unnecessary. They just visualize it and move on. I don't know, some people are so enamored of it and I'm not. She was showing her work for the psych for achievement testing? So she can. It could be the singapore. Like maybe see if she's able to slow down and communicate her steps where it matters more or is more interesting. We used the math competition stuff (name is slipping my mind) that AOPS I think sells. See if it changes with a different text.
  7. Science....Mystery Science and Considering God's Creation History...Story of the World Spelling...Spelling Workout Math....up in the air about this...I have Beast Academy so I would like to try it. But if that does not work out, it will likely be either Singapore Math Is Edition or BJU Math. Handwriting....Zaner-Bloser Writing....also up in the air. I might just do my own thing. Latin...Getting Started with Latin Also, she seems to enjoy MCP Maps, Charts, and Graphs so we might do that. We also will be doing things like nature classes, art classes, and gymnastics.
  8. square_25, my older ds is on the extreme end of concept driven. I'm a science person, not a math person, so when he was little, we just played shop. I had no grand visions or pedagogical opinions, I just taught him about money, made up funny word problems, estimated stuff, played multiplication war, etc. Then, at the age of 6, having never been introduced to the concepts, he invented algebra, reasonably complex algebra. I had no idea that these thoughts were in his head, none. We had been playing shop. That is when I started reading up on how to teach him. But interestingly, he was extremely computation adverse. He *refused* drill, completely refused to do it. He seemed to only be able to practice his numeracy skills through complex 10 step word problems. It was at the age of 8 that he decided that all teaching was cheating, in fact, that all textbook explanations were cheating. I'm actually not sure how he learned fractions - he must have had insight and just confirmed his method by checking his answers in the back of the book, because he *refused* to be taught how to do it by me or by any written explanation. At the time he was working his way through the word problems in singapore math intensive practice. Over time, I came to believe that his mathematical skill was so high, that drill of any sort was the equivalent of proof-reading a phone book. You might have good intentions, but there is just no way you can actually *do* something so boring. However, this boy then took 3 years to get through AoPS intro algebra, and this slow speed just about gave me a heart attack. But he had to do it on his own. And he had to do it at his own pace. And he had to *derive* every. single. concept independently. But you know what, he was on the NZ IMO team at 15, and now is taking grad level math classes at MIT as a freshman. So his very strange path was apparently just right for him. My point is that you are mathy and your child is mathy. Perhaps there is just NO drill in her future. I remember my son memorizing his subtraction facts while concurrently working through AoPS algebra independently. Conceptually, he was far far far ahead, but when it came to *computation* he was very average. I've often wondered what would have happened to him if he had been forced to do math in school. My guess is that it would have drained the passion right out of him. I'm so grateful to be able to have offered him another path. Ruth in NZ
  9. I saved all of Singapore math and math manipulatives--I consider those tools of my trade as a math teacher. I was a sub last year in kindergarten classes, I'm an Educational Assistant this year in high school classes, and I actually pull stuff from my shelves to help kids learn. I saved a large portion of the history books we read over the years, as well as SOTW, History Odyssey, and Usborne and Kingfisher books of world history. Pretty sure at least my history-loving dd will want these. I have lots of kid lit too. Still have Latin for Children and Art of Argument (which I might use if I ever teach geometry just for fun logic of another sort). I could teach a grandkid to read with Phonics Pathways. And I'll probably always keep TWTM. I also have many Classical Kids CDs, Jim Weiss CDs, The Story of US, Magic School Bus DVDs, and Liberty's Kids DVDs. They don't take up much room and we loved them.
  10. When we had to have family step in to help with homeschooling (dd/cancer, another dd/NICU for an extended period), we had to keep things very simple and very minimal to actually get it done. Math: do the next lesson in the book. CLE math is very easy for a non-teacher to grade, Singapore math bar models caused my mom’s brain to melt, iykwim. Phonics: we went to workbooks—do the next lesson. Art: Artistic Pursuits kits with the accompanying supplies were a huge hit. Sonlight science kits (with supplies) were a huge hit for my elementary aged kids at the time. Basically, very clear assignments with all supplies included were the only things that got done. In terms of filling the time, SOTW audio history, Kumon books, and a basket of books helped. I would reserve them online and dh would do a library pickup weekly. My older children read a lot to the youngest because they had more tolerance for it. Also, be sure your sister can set up video chatting. Not only will it help maintain family bonds, but being available daily (at some point) to answer questions, ask accountability stuff (show me what you did in math today!) and to offer moral support was really helpful. We used FaceTime, but Skype is also great.
  11. I will begin homeschooling my youngest grandson in the fall and I'm out of my element! So much information, so little time! We are pulling him out of public school due to problems with bullying. He always retaliates and gets in trouble so, instead of constant calls from the school, my daughter is pulling him. With only 5 weeks left, we are keeping out fingers crossed to finish out this year without any more incidents. Anyway, I feel relatively comfortable with Language Arts, Social Studies, etc. My concerns are, of course, Math and Science as they were not my best subjects in school myself. Any advise for a new homeschooler for curriculum that will grab him? He is smart...and I think some of his problems at school have also been due to boredom. I'm looking at Math Mammoth or Singapore Math. In Science, I believe we are going to concentrate on the Life Sciences this term. Any suggestions would be appreciated!
  12. I have read quite a few discussions about Singapore Math on this forum. Many have acronyms like MIF, CWP, HIG, etc. I have compiled an outline here. Hope it helps. The Singapore Math curriculum was conceptualized by the Ministry of Education in Singapore. It became popular worldwide due to its consistent top ranking on Trends in International Math and Science Study (TIMSS). The early adopters are home school students. Currently Singapore Math is used in 100 over US school districts. The math learning process comprises three steps which are: concrete, pictorial, and abstract. The concrete step refers to students learning through manipulation of objects like pens, erasers or clips. In the next step, pictorial representations like bar models are used to represent the problem. The syllabus is about 1 year ahead of syllabus in other countries. For example primary 3 may be equivalent to elementary 4 in other countries. The most challenging word problems are those related to pre-algebra. Textbook titles with US Edition are listed here below. The titles not only have textbooks but they also have workbooks, home instructor guides and teacher’s guides. Dimension Math by Singapore Math Inc Math in Focus by Marshall Cavendish, reseller Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Challenging Word Problems by Marshall Cavendish Primary Math Marshall Cavendish In addition to workbooks, students/instructors can tap on worksheet question banks in free test papers -> Sg Math, for challenging word problems. Grades 4 to 6 are extremely challenging. About Marshall Cavendish is a Singapore-based textbook publisher whose publication are used in Singapore schools. Singapore Math Inc is an US publisher that adapted the curriculum to the American education market
  13. I have no experience in math LD. I only have experience with getting work samples to submit for my oldest who handed in blank sheets for writing class work in public school. Regarding “evidence” from a calculator, there are printing calculators e.g https://www.amazon.com/Casio-HR-100TM-desktop-printing-Calculator/dp/B000I3C4EY Regarding handwritten work samples, my kid drew some and write some. If your son can draw something like the Singapore Math model diagrams, it does work as work samples. I know kids were allowed to draw apples, oranges and pizzas for multiplication and division for daily work and work samples. Public school teachers do prompt, my youngest was prompted because his teacher thought he was daydreaming. My oldest was in public school until end of 4th grade. e.g. https://singaporemathsource.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/548-Navigating-Word-Problems-with-Models-CMC-2018-Cassy-Turner.pdf https://singaporemathsource.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/1150-Strip-Models-Tape-Diagrams-Bar-Models-Oh-My-NCEA-2018-Cassy-Turner.pdf Above two PDFs are from here with more math teaching handouts https://singaporemathsource.com/resources/handouts/ page 4 of 4 might be useful (my dad and brother have difficulties with English, my dad is officially ESL, my brother barely passed English in school. https://www.singaporemath.com/v/sf_tmbm.pdf ETA: Regarding typing, my kids typed with four fingers (pointer and middle finger) until they were in 7/8th grade. Also my oldest likes to use a stylus to write on his laptop in tablet mode. He can just print to PDF and submit the homework.
  14. My kids read widely and are very interested in science topics of their own accord. I don't really need to direct it. I make science a school subject only insofar as it is necessary to develop the discipline side of scientific endeavors. To that end, I far prefer a one-thing-at-a-time approach, because it's just more straightforward. Though sometimes a mixed-bag will get us where we need to go too, as is the case with the Science Detective series (referring back to specific lines of text) and the Singapore math junior high school science books (structured questions= guided analysis). ETA-- and all of that even could have just waited until high school, honestly, while they continued to be interested in science on their own. But they got on my nerves by talking about science all day, but in a disorganized and... mmm let's say foundationless... way.
  15. We have a classical/CM approach and try to combine work where we can. We have three school age girls (next year they will be 11, 8, and 6) plus a little monster, I mean, two year old 😉 For my up and coming 6th (WHAT?!WHEN?!) grade daughter, I have: Singapore Math 5A and 5B, then Jousting Armadillos, most likely Bards and Poets I from Cottage Press for LA, stretched to cover the whole year plus a bit more if needed Apples and Pears for spelling - finishing up the final level in the beginning of the year. We'll switch to only studied dictation after that, either once or twice a week. History books to be read and orally narrated/written narration (History Notebook?, not sure yet) twice a week: The Book of the Ancient Greeks The Book of the Ancient Romans The Book of the Middle Ages These are all by Dorothy Mills and it may be too much for one year, so we'll start with Greeks and see how it goes - I may drop Middle Ages and cover two books instead of three if the pace is too fast. Science: Astronomy from Sabbath Mood Homeschool, keeping a Science Journal Blood and Guts (with her two younger sisters and Mom), keeping a Science Journal Botany from Sabbath Mood Homeschool, keeping a Science Journal Nature Journals all together Mythology: Legends from FairyLand The Golden Fleece by Colum The Children's Homer by Colum Literature Unknown to History, with oral narration and one weekly written narration (possibly a "creative" option) Kim (with younger sisters and Mom), oral narration and one weekly written narration(possibly a "creative" option Geography: Haliburton's Book of Marvels, Occident (with younger sisters and Mom), weekly mapwork and her choice of oral or written narration The Book of Discovery (just one chapter a week, with oral narration and weekly mapwork) Plutarch once a week, but probably not all year, with younger sisters and Mom, oral narration Latin for Children Primer A will finish up and she'll start B. Art lesson once a week, all together Music lesson once a week, with Mom Shakespeare all year all together, because we love him , plays to be decided🙂 Weekly poetry tea time, all together Commonplace book entry several times a week Picture Study weekly, all together Handicrafts as we have time, both together and individually - cross stitching, embroidery, painting, drawing, clay sculpture, origami, possibly calligraphy, sewing projects Memory Work - right now, all poetry and Shakespeare, some together, others for each child individually. I can't wait for next year!
  16. Measurement is in 2C and 3C. FWIW, money and time are both in Singapore Math 1B.
  17. Where does SM teach this concept? This picture shows questions from placement test 5a. I can’t find a lesson about this in 5a...or any of the other books. Any ideas?
  18. With Beast, it's hard to say how a kid will react to it until you actually try it out. That being said, I did not use Beast 2 as it did not exist when we were doing it. Beast 3A, Chapter 1 Geometry is not easy. IME, it's the toughest chapter in Beast 3. In fact on their website, they suggest that if it is too difficult or frustrating to skip it and loop back later. Saxon never appealed to me personally because it is far too spiral for us and moves too incrementally. Singapore Math worked very well for us especially the Intensive Practice and Challenging Word Problems books. Some families choose to only do the TB with the IP and/or CWP. I think that the best part of SM are the word problems. I actually used both SM and BA as I think there are weaknesses and strengths with both programs. DS wrapped up AOPS pre-A which he primarily self-taught himself with the book in about 7 months. Cleo Borac has a series of books called Competitive Math for Gifted Students which is pretty good. I sincerely hope that the revised edition does not have so many solution errors as the first edition. Zaccaro's Challenge Math series is another good resource. Glen Ellison's Hard Math for Elementary for upper elementary students is excellent as well. Borenson's Hands On Equations will be good fit for your son if he responds so well to visual approach to word problems. The HOE book of word problems is really good. We also did a lot of logic type books as well. Maybe consider Math Kangaroo for a low key math competition? He could do it next year.
  19. Probability is covered in any of the Zaccaro Challenge books. It's only one chapter though. It's covered in Singapore Math starting in 4B. It comes up as a topic in Glen Ellison's Hard Math for Elementary as well. Julie at Living Math has a list of readers about probability here: https://www.livingmath.net/probability-and-data
  20. I just have a question about this. I have always used the Primary Edition (US Edition, but do have some 3rd editions). My daughter is in 1st grade at a school that uses Math In Focus. She is bringing home work such as...middle of the school year, first grade... 528+257. She had regrouping in subtraction and addition, up to three digits, in mid first grade. Now, a couple weeks ago, she was bringing home mental math to the effect of 34+56. In my Singapore Math 1B book..the mental math was more along the lines of adding 9's and 8's and kept to adding in single digits. There were no charts that showed to add the tens first and then the ones like in the Singapore Math book. The 34+56 type problems were in 3A and beginning of 3B. I am wondering if it is possible that the teacher has made her own worksheets and maybe did not realize the progression? I know the teacher told me that she used Saxon math when she was growing up and preferred. Honestly, based on what I am seeing, I think I might prefer Saxon over MIF.
  21. Hmmm. Maybe conceptual versus non-conceptual isn't really what I worry about when it comes to "traditional programs". I'm not a devotee of Singapore math, either, or Beast Academy at that. And I think ANY program with hands-on help is better than any other program without. A parent's involvement and level of understanding makes or breaks a program, no question about it. In terms of being whole to parts or parts to whole, I think most kids need enough examples to grasp the ideas, it's just the number of examples varies quite a bit between kids and also between concepts. I just worry when the examples feel disconnected from the basic ideas being taught. My husband figured out how place value works by examining the "carrying" algorithm, but you can also use the carrying algorithm very successfully without understanding. Which is why I wouldn't give a traditional workbook to a kid and let them learn the material independently. So I guess it does still come down to the parent being involved and being willing to gauge understanding, whatever program you use :-).
  22. I haven't used CLE 'for the long haul' yet, but wanted to chime in on the conceptual teaching part... My kid who uses CLE hated Singapore math, didn't understand it, didn't get the conceptual teaching. But over the past two years with CLE I've seen her not only grow in her confidence with math, but I've also seen that she does understand concepts and make connections. Eventually. She is a parts to whole learner. She just wants to know how to do something, and then after weeks or months doing it she puts it all together and surprises me with observations on why things work or on the connections between things. Things Singapore math teaches first and the algorithm afterwards. She needs to practice doing it (the algorithm) and then she can understand the big picture. I've seen it repeatedly. I think that the concepts are there in CLE, it's just that they're taught in a parts to whole manner, whereas in Singapore math there taught in a whole to parts manner. I do have experience with more conceptual math, my other kids use beast academy or Singapore or right start. And my kids that use Singapore or beast academy would hate CLE, but that's cause they're whole to parts thinkers. My youngest I don't know about yet.
  23. My dd just finished level 4 of singapore math. Here are some of the activities we did with blocks: - Long division using blocks to clearly show what EACH step actually meant - Reviewing multi-digit multiplication, and making mental problems of 2digit x 1digit much easier. - Factoring. Think of factoring as creating different rectangles with the same number of unit cubes. So, 12 can be made into a 1by12, 2by6, and 3by4 rectangle, and those are also the factors. This is also great for getting deeper into factoring, and why a factor of 6 automatically means the number has factors of 2 and 3. And so on. - Fractions. We used the 100 flat to represent 1 (1 dollar is the easiest way for kids to think of it). Then ten rods become tenths (aka dimes) and one cubes are hundredths, aka pennies. Then do the whole mental exercise again, this time calling the 1000 cube one (100s become tenths, tens become hundredths, and ones become thousandths.) Using the 100 flat as a dollar also makes it really easy to see how to make change. If 47 pennies are spent, we see easily that 53 are not spent. So subtracting from 100 becomes a very fast mental skill. Concept of larger numbers. What does ten thousand look like? - like a giant ten-rod. 100,000 looks like a giant 100 flat, but with thousands instead of ones. A million looks like a giant (!) cube, which we measured out (1 m x 1m x 1m) to see just how much space one million ones would look like. We also did things like, how many one rods or ten rods to go 1km? What about to cover 1 square km of land? - Problems of area and volume. We did calculations of how many square cm our table top is, then measured it out to see why area is length times width. Similarly with volume. We started with volumes of shapes we could make with the one cubes, then figured out how we would calculate the number of cubes to fill the volume under our table. So we went from working with the base ten blocks to working with measuring tape. I hope that gives you some ideas!
  24. I feel like we are just now getting into a groove with my 7 year old twins. They will turn 8 July 1 2019 and we will "start" 3rd grade at the end of August, but since we school year round it's more like a technical distinction. In order of my confidence that it is what we will actually attempt to do: Math: Singapore Math 3A/3B Beast Academy 3A-3D with online subscription Daily Mental Math Grade 3 Additional materials to drill multiplication facts likely (already purchased some from TPT) History: The Story of Civilization Volume 2 TAN Press The Story of the World Volume 2 Peace Hill Press Famous Figures of Medieval and Renaissance Times additional picture books, chapter books, and videos from the activity guides and Guest Hollow Science: Zoo Homeschool class Mystery Science Morning Time: Brain Quest Trivia cards / Melissa and Doug Smarty Pants trivia cards Memoria Press Recitation Plans 3rd Grade Units to cover in the year in 9 week increments: Fairy Tales, Shakespeare, New Testament, US Geography STEM: Scratch Coding Cards EEME subscription box OSMO Religion: Image of God Grade 3 At the feet of Mary: A Hands on Resource from Catholic Heritage Curricula Language Arts (SO TORN): Memoria Press Literature Guides for Grade 2, start Grade 3 (we are about a half a year behind on these, building fluency and confidence) Catholic Heritage Curricula Handwriting Grade 3 (cursive) A spelling curriculum (we will have finished AAS Levels 1, 2 - I am torn about going on to do 3 or jumping ship for something new) Grammar - either continue Growing with Grammar Level 3 OR Start Latin with Latina Christiana from Memoria Press and let latin be our grammar for the year Outside Classes: Zoo Homeschool Class ( 1x / monthly) Art Class (weekly) Homeschool PE (weekly) maybe add a co-op (weekly) - unsure if I can manage all of the above plus working 30 hours a week and fit in a co-op 😅
  25. If you use Singapore how to you schedule IP, CWP, workbook, and the textbook? My oldest is in 5 now, I have always bought the CWP but we have never completed the book, not even half the book. I always feel guilty, we just have a hard time finishing all of it. We have used the textbook, workbook, the mental math in the back of the HIG and a lot of the suggested activities on the HIG. Do you think this is enough? He does pretty good with math. Sometimes it takes him a while to get a topic. Fractions and decimals are harder for him, sometimes he needs a lot of repetition other times he does great. He has done well on the CAT test every year he has taken it, math is always his highest score, last year he was in the 96th percentile. I just wondered have I failed by not getting to the CWP or IP. I only bought IP one year and I think it's still on the shelf. Thank you.
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