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  1. I'm a mom of teeny tinys, so feel free to disregard. I think sometimes we confuse "how to teach them to learn" with "wanting them to want to learn what I'm teaching", which really are different things. Most children are passionate about and self teaching in some area, but it might be lego building, video games, or pokemon and not Singapore math or the Code of Hammurabi. Also, what are your children watching you get curious and learn about? Not in an effort to drag them along, but because it's an organic interest for you? It doesn't have to be academic; the skills for independent learning are used broadly in our lives. Lately I've been experimenting with bread baking. My kids are eating (and critiquing!) my attempts. They are watching me read books, work in the kitchen, make notes about what did or didn't work, and I talk about what I"m doing because I'm interested in it, not because I'm trying to force my family to learn the ins and outs of bread making. But I feel like my children are learning about learning because they are watching an adult pursue an interest.
  2. Perfect squares, mental math, and prime numbers. Strangely, my kid who claims to not like math loves the 'Balance Benders' puzzles from Critical Thinking Company and loved doing mental subtraction a la Singapore math (which taught that to subtract 19 from 35, you took 10 from the 30, subtracted 9, then added the 1 back to the 5, then you subtracted 10 from the remaining 20). I had dreaded teaching this sort of subtraction to this particular child, but they loved it. Kid who was super good at math at an early age doesn't enjoy the puzzle-style books as much, but at some point extrapolated knowledge of perfect squares into what they thought might be a rule about how to identify the next number in a series (don't remember if it was a square or a cube)..they turned out to be right, but it took my husband a page of math to prove it. Kiddo said that they pondered perfect squares as they were falling asleep. Lesson for me - you never know what will catch their fancy.
  3. My kids did it in or before 2nd grade, but we were using Singapore 1-3 levels above grade level. It think Singapore math does it in 3rd. I currently volunteer with some students who are doing it in 4th, which I think is when I was taught to do it. The biggest impediment seems to be knowing the multiplication/division facts well enough to do the problems. When helping, I have struggled to tell when they don't understand the problem and when they get so distracted by having to skip count to see how many times 3 goes into 28 that they forget what they're doing. I see no reason to rush teaching it - there is no advantage to students spending a lot of time being frustrated by long division - but if students know the underlying math facts, I see no reason to put it off until a particular grade.
  4. I use the FAN math Process Skills in Problem Solving and Express Math books with my dd who uses CLE since CLE is weak in word problems and mental math skills . We started well below grade level and moved through them at a rate of a few a year. She did not do well with Singapore math curriculum but she does do well with these.
  5. For my oldest DD: Math: Not sure yet. This year we are doing Singapore Primary Standards 5A & 5B along with Beast Academy 4 and 5. I have not decided if I should continue with Singapore 6 or do their Dimensions program or maybe switch to a Pre-Algebra program such as AOPS or Jousting Armadillos. To answer the pp, I have found that (for my DD) Singapore 5 has been more review than I expected rather than new material so I am concerned about a similar experience with Singapore 6. We love Singapore Math though so that's why I may look at Singapore Dimensions. The issue with the Dimensions program, for me, is I am not sure what level of math follows Dimensions 8 (Algebra II, Geometry??) Language Arts: Handwriting-- Zaner Bloser Handwriting (Cursive) 7/8 Vocabulary--Vocabulary from Classical Roots 6 & Maybe Vocabulit or Sadlier Spelling: Continuing with Megawords (Books 3 & 4). Spelling is a weakness and a frustration for her unfortunately. Grammar: Well Ordered Language 3A & B, and Parts of Analytical Grammar. My DD loves diagramming sentences so definitely we will continue with that. Composition: IEW SWI B, IEW Theme Books (probably Ancient History), Start Writing with Skill Level 1, Kilgallon sentence composing books (a big hit with my DD!) Literature: Novels with Discussion/Novel Guides/Teaching with the Classics, Short Stories from Lovin Lit on Teacherspayteachers, Poetry Study, Possibly Essentials in Literature 7 Science: Chemistry & Physics but I'm not sure how this will happen yet. Maybe Mr. Q. I already have Masterbooks units on Matter, Chemistry, etc. and Nancy Larson Science Units. There will be experiments and hands-on. We have Snap Circuits and she loves those. History: Ancients with a variety of sources. She is very excited to start studying Ancient History! Geography: Maybe Memoria Press Geography II, not sure yet. Foreign Language: She has been begging me to start French so she may take French for Middle School (French I) at our homeschool co-op Fine Arts: Continue with Ballet and Tap, add Contemporary dance, continue with audition choir, Continue with piano lessons, Studio and History of Art class at homeschool co-op Physical Education: Dance, swimming, horseback riding
  6. We did Singapore Math through 6b. Then Jacob's Mathematics: A Human Endeavor. Then Jacobs Beginning Algebra. It worked well for us.
  7. Maybe look at Dimensions Math. If you think it might be a fit, I think you can start even in level 6. For sure, 7 and 8 are available as full levels. It's by Singapore Math.
  8. My son was this way. He told me once that teaching was cheating. He would NOT let me teach him math. He had to puzzle it out himself, and there were days when it was so hard that he would cry in frustration. But he still wouldn't let me help. But he was so driven, and loved math so much that I decided to stay out of the way. Only later did I find out that he thought using a textbook explanation was also cheating. So I'm not quite sure how he learned fractions or any primary school math, I guess trial and error and the answers in the back of the book. He used the Intensive Practice books in Singapore Maths because he had to do math in word problem format as he would NOT EVER drill. EVER. With a child who is dreading math, the first thing I would do is stop Singapore Math for a bit, find a different program to use that would be suitable for self teaching, and let her self teach. What about Dragonbox for an algebra introduction, or people talk about some hands on geometry program (Patty paper geometry?). Something that is designed to be learned intuitively. Get the love back. And then slowly reintroduce her to Singapore math, and see if she can self-teach. When my son was self-teaching, one of the requirements I had was if there were tears, you had to stop for 5 minutes. And if you were really frustrated (and I could tell), you had to let me teach you *very briefly* about the topic. At one point I hid his math books until he would agree to my terms. Mental health is just as important as physical health. And crying over math is not OK from my point of view. Good Luck! Ruth in NZ
  9. My oldest is finishing up 5B Standard Edition. I will probably do 6A and 6B but then what? I very much like Singapore and would like to find a curriculum that is similar - spiral and builds great foundation for further math. Would love to hear suggestions, opinions, experiences. thank you
  10. My oldest is finishing up 5B Standard Edition. I will probably do 6A and 6B but then what? I very much like Singapore and would like to find a curriculum that is similar - spiral and builds great foundation for further math. Would love to hear suggestions, opinions, experiences. thank you
  11. With three months left, it doesn't matter whether you stay or go. If you go, there will be decompressing and you have about 10 weeks of academics to come up with and social ops to provide. If you stay, you can use those 10 weeks to determine what was done academically and what you want to do about it his placement for next year. Me, I looked at the standards based report card and realized the school had zero intention of teaching anyone anything above 'just passing'. So, the condition of staying in school was that the kiddo had to work with me to stay on grade level or higher, at the proficient level. He used his time wisely in fifth to read, and that left math and composition for me during the school year, then remediation of penmanship and spelling over the summer. All of the rest he had learned from scouting -- field trips to historical places, the TV studio etc. As a teacher, you know how to read grade level standards...and you know how to evaluate. Have him write an essay, check his independent reading level, and use something like a Singapore Math placement test to figure his math out. Did he grow academically?
  12. Definitely Singapore Math Intensive Practice. I remember my daughter doing ones with much larger numbers in 2B IP-- something like if a papaya + orange + apple+ banana = 354 and then would give you like two other clues where you had to plug in and create similar substitutions to how you solve your example problem (sorry the book is in storage and I don't feel like making up my own 😊) but I remember her doing it the same way. They also did similar problems with weights-- if 3 triangles weighs as much as 2 circles.... etc with substitutions Anyway, since 2B had those types of problems, I imagine the level 1 intensive practices and the 2A intensive practices would also have them but with similar numbers to your example. We didn't discover IP books until 2B, though, so sorry, can't be more precise than that.
  13. Books and people that led me to paradigms in teaching and thinking: Overcoming Dyslexia by Shaywitz How the Brain Learns Mathematics by Sousa Bird’s Overcoming Difficulty with Number The Dyslexic Advantage by the Eides Singapore Math James Tanton at (dude is a mathematics rock star) Dr. Charles Haynes from the Landmark School (he gave a talk about writing) SWB’s Well-Trained Mind Multiple participants over at the Learning Challenges Board I learned to trust direct, multisensory instruction. I have no qualms with absolutely ripping a curriculum apart and teaching in a way that works. I love the WTM History notebook. We use concrete manipulatives and draw pictures/ bar models for math. I accommodate handwriting and love mutisensory instruction using all modalities. I gave myself permisiion to use audiobooks and teach in a way that suits my kids. Mainly, I’m not fearful anymore.
  14. This will be my 6th time teaching Kindergarten but thankfully not my last. Language Arts: HWT K, word building with a movable alphabet until he's ready for AAS 1, OPGTR, lots of read-alouds Math: I usually use RightStart A for K, but he has been asking for a workbook. We might use something from Singapore Math. Science: Animals and Habitats with One Small Square series and an animal encylopedia Religion: Bible, saint stories, Little Acts of Grace 1 & 2 Spanish: tag along with older siblings using La Clase Divertida 2
  15. If I think about what math resources were helpful in guiding me along the elementary years: Ruth Beechick's math booklet Singapore Math's A Handbook for Mathematics teachers in primary schools Ronit Bird's dyscalculia materials Liping Ma's book: I'll give some thought about my journey through jr high and high school mathematics. I am NOT mathematically inclined at all but my dh and older ds very much are and so we had to find a common language to talk about math in order to help me in teaching it. (Right now, trig is killing my brain.)
  16. My oldest will be in 8th Math: Singapore Math Live online class, 6/prealgebra LA: Fix It grammar Robin Hood and a local IEW writing class or SWI with his sister... OR I'm feeling tempted to give bookshark LA 7 a try. Writing about history, kill two birds with one stone. I've decided I need to go with something more independent. With three younger kids, one of them still in the learning to read phase, my time is at a premium. SO I'm thinking Essentials in Writing 7. Of and continuing with English From the Roots Up 2. History: bookshark 7, world history part 2 Science: bookshark 7, robotics and technology Other: drawing, swimming, and ??
  17. I am totally up in the air and completely looking forward to the home school convention this year. Math...Singapore Math, or BJU, or CLE, or something else that looks good Spelling...Spelling Workout 1994 edition (already bought that, did not like the 2004 edition) English....BJU English and CAP W&R ..or something else that looks good Handwriting...Zaner-Bloser Science.....Mystery Science and Considering God's Creation History....Story of the World ..and other stuff too Latin..Getting Started with Latin and likely will add something else in Recorder. art history, music history And an outsourced class or two for fun
  18. I love Singapore Math and that is what we are using. I taught it previously in private school and I have used it with one of my older children. I have always had qualms about it, but I think I like it more than most. I think my 2nd in line choices would be BJU and CLE, neither of which I have used. I have used Horizon's (did not like) and MUS (it was fine, but we ditched the videos and I did not love the workbooks). I did use BJU briefly with one of my sons but that was my really fussy one. I liked it but he did not and we returned to Singapore Math. I ask him now what the issue was and he tells me he simply did not want to work, it was not the actual curriculum. So there is that. My 9 yr old is pretty good at math. He is not like the "fussy one" (I really do not call that older one that fussy one, but already called him that once in this post so did not know how to otherwise refer to him). My oldest hated Singapore Math. He is the one who landed on Horizon's math and did well and stuck with it through the series then moved on to Foerster's Algebra and such. 9 yr old keeps getting upset over math now. I suspect it is because Singapore Math stays on the same topic for almost an entire book and then moves on only after that. We recently had a break through where son was excited about himself because he realized he had suddenly gotten good at division after working at it for the last few months. We are on book 3A, most of the way through. I can see how CLE or maybe even BJU could be a better fit for him. CLE has more variety in each lesson. It does not jump all over the place, but it also reviews some math facts on each lesson and does not give just an entire lessons of just one type of problem. I can see how BJU would be a good fit too as it has two week long chapters and then moves on to another topic. I guess I just feel so guilty because I am big Singapore Math person and I already own the entire series. I saw the used book store had some CLE 3rd grade used so I could pick up a couple of those workbooks to try out (but feel guilty breaking up the set, however, the store is selling them as separates). What should I do? I feel so much guilt and angst over this! edited to add: He gets math fast. He does not struggle with concepts.
  19. I have been using Story of the World. I add in a bunch of readings and such. I also started having him watch Liberties Kids. I don't test on it or anything, I am very informal. For science, we have been doing Mystery Science. We also have a book called Geology Rocks someone here recommended and other books with activities we are doing. He loves Magic School Bus too. For math, we are currently doing Singapore Math. BJU English and ordering the CAP W&R but also doing Spelling Workout. I did not care for the 2004 edition of SWO. I ended up ordering a 1994 edition for the next level. For reading, I take from various reading lists at various classical schools and off various home school book lists. I try to pick books he would enjoy. I like Zaner-Bloser handwriting. I have been considering adding in the literature program with Memoria Press. Latin...not getting heavy in to that right now. I bought Getting Started with Latin but we have not really gotten going with it yet. With my older children, I used different books from Memoria Press. How about you? What in all are you using?
  20. I just started teaching a small class of 6th and 7th graders (4 kids total.) The classroom I inherited is workbooks and worksheets only. The school hasn't supplied any sort of textbooks or teacher's manuals, though it's possible I could have them order a new curriculum for them. (but what? saxon? AOPS? should I just get them set up with Khan Academy? But limited # of computers is a problem here too. My kid is only in 4th grade, so I haven't researched math curricula this far yet. The kids are coming from Singapore Math, I think, but were never given the Singapore-style instruction and were only given the workbooks to complete.) The kids seem to be able to do the math and are maybe even a bit ahead, but struggling a bit conceptually. Most, if not all, of them 'dislike' math. I chalk that up to lacking number sense/conceptual base. They've already worked through most of their workbooks, but the previous sub for the class said that even though they can usually solve the problems they are given, they don't really understand why. I want to start them on placement tests, just so I can get an idea of what they understand and what they struggle with (recommendations?)
  21. Son seems to grasp math quickly. In the past, I have preferred doing math fact review and hands on activities to add to the math program. In the book we are in now, 3A, we have been skipping the reviews from the textbook but doing everything from the workbook. Would it be overkill to add in BJU math as a supplement? I don't mean doing all the activities and such. I mean teaching from the Singapore Math as our main math course, but then having the workbook to pull sheets from to use for extra review or reinforcement? I really like BJU but already own the books and workbooks and such for Singapore Math through 3B. Plus, BJU has a bit wider of a scope than Singapore Math. I am thinking I am likely to use BJU for prealgebra at the minimum. edited to add: I usually supplement with the Key's To series....but I kind of want to find a different direction this time. edited to add again : would CLE have way too much content to do along side Singapore Math?
  22. My favourite for that age is Montessori math. It would not be “open and go” though, there is some learning involved in how to use the material. The material can also be pricey (but then again, so is buying dozens of different math curricula and manipulatives that aren’t a good fit... don’t ask me how I know) We’ve tried Singapore Math, Math in Focus, CLE math, RedBird by Stanford U math online, Life of Fred, Miquon Math, Math Mammoth, Critical Thinking Math, DK math workbooks... The “perfect” math sequence that works the best for us is Montessori math in the early years, transitioning to Saxon Math somewhere between grade 2-4. My daughter is in grade 4 and she is thriving with Montessori math. My son is in grade 7 and we had been doing CLE math for a few years before switching to Saxon. CLE is great also and very similar to Saxon but I like the way Saxon is organized better. Also CLE is a bit too advanced for the grade level, I think it has something to do with the fact they are written by a Mennonite community and they try to squish in math in less years to finish earlier. My son went from CLE early grade 5 straight to Saxon about halfway through grade 7 level, so CLE is about 2 years ahead. Singapore Math was not a good fit for my kid but lots of Gifted kids seem to like that approach. While my son can do math that way, he prefers not to. The sequential method of Saxon is far better, and will take him straight through HS to college. I also appreciate that it’s written to the student so he can do it on his own without my help. Saxon has a proven track record and I feel confident it will prepare my son for the STEM fields he is interested in pursuing in college.
  23. I stuck with a vision--classical--from start to finish but changed curriculum and delivery methods to suit the kid. We did all of The Story of the World and Singapore Math. I screwed up plenty but I did not screw up in starting and sticking with classical education.
  24. I don't ever want to go back to my kids' 2nd grade year, LOL. They somehow felt they needed to do both Singapore math AND some Common Core worksheets that required the kids to draw a million little pictures and write words to, for example, "show 3 ways to find 3 x 5." Meanwhile there was no time to practice the challenging skills or the math facts.
  25. We've used Singapore Math for both kids - younger is doing book 5, so we'll do 6 next year. I played around a bit with pre-algebra and algebra with older - we needed breaks from AoPS - and younger will probably use a mix of the Jousting Armadillos and LOF that we used during our breaks. We used HWOT for both. So far they're both using MCT language arts. Older is in the 4th level and younger is in the 2nd and I plan to continue through at least where older is. Content subjects have varied a lot because older is a sponge who wants to know everything and younger insists that they shouldn't need to know anything. 🙂 So, for older we just used piles of books following the subject guides in the Core Knowledge sequence. We used that at first for younger, but have switched to using more workbooks (critical thinking company science detectives, Simply Charlotte Mason's 'visits to' for geography) because this kiddo does better when there is a definite start and stop to each assignment. Both did read from SOTW in elementary. Older is using the 3 year K-12 history book series, and I'm likely to use it, although differently, with younger.
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