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  1. 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?
  2. I will show all this to Scotsman when he gets home. She is a much better woman than I am, Gunga Din. Let me find a few links for you... A while back I started a topic about the different editions referencing an article I found online. Now I can't find it! Of the 3 called Singapore (Primary, Standards, Common Core) the consenus seems to be Standards has better Home Instructor Guides and makes fewer 'leaps' conceptually. The new Dimensions is really new, so I don't think anyone knows much about it, yet. The website below has a comparison chart. https://www.singaporemath.com/Singapore_Math_s/331.htm Math in Focus is the more expensive US version. You can find loads of textbooks used, and can sign up for a mega sample at the link below which is all the books in full. You can buy sets at Rainbow Resource (has a good overview), Homeschool Buyer's Coop (free to join), and other places. It is based off of another program of Singapore Math from there called My Pals Are Here. Same good stuff., from what I can see. Just more expensive and geared completely to a classroom. https://www.hmhco.com/programs/math-in-focus https://www.rainbowresource.com/category/2128/Singapore-Math-Programs.html My feeling is whichever you choose is going to be good. Like CLE, be sure to use the placement tests and start where he places. AND HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO BOOKIE (and hopefully Cheeto!)! And to anyone else who is celebrating today.
  3. I have CutCo Knives. I need all of them sharpened and one replaced, blade snapped inside the handle. I don't want to send them off becasue they are the only knives I have. I really should, though. Bookie, I hope you like the cake! I have Baker's Chocolate on my pantry shelf. I may just need to get off my duff and go make one. I did already make sour cream cinnamon cake, though. So Scotsman found an article this morning about intermittant fasting and wants to try it. Y'all have any tips for him? He thinks this way he won't need to exercise. His idea is to eat first at 8:30 (an egg/sausage croissant or something else high protein) then not eat again until dinner around 5:30/6. His last eating would be 7/7:30. I pointed out that means giving up pot pies, apple juice, and chocolate snackies at work. If I miss a meal, I get lightheaded and start to see spots. Fasting is not something my body handles well. EDPO: (but math is fascinating!) I appreciate all the thoughts on C-rods vs MUS. That picture says it all. It makes no sense that the MUS blocks aren;t any standard measure. Renai and Bookie-- Which "brand" of Singapore to you use? How do you line up all the extra resources "they" say you need to use in order to get the most out of the program. Where do you buy your manipulatives to do the conceptual work? Anyone looked at SIngapore Math Live? https://www.singaporemathlive.com Is it a class for the kid or parent training? That bit isn't clear from the website. She does work all the word probems, IP and CWP. I tried Primary and Standards with the other kids but could never get any traction. I often wonder if it was because mine always placed so low to start out with that it was too boring for us all. Math in Focus appeals to me the most, but my local store has scads of used Primary. To be fair, he has quite a bit of the MiF textbooks used, too. I do not believe just using the books alone is the way to get the benefits of Singapore method. All the hands-on is in the TMs, regardless of which version is used.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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?
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. Loving this thread! I'm more with you square_25 I adore teaching elementary math and conceptual/hands on is where it's at, in my very amateur opinion. I'm not a teacher or mathematician, I didn't do any formal maths after grade 12. I did quite well in school but maths was very procedural and a couple of truly abysmal teachers meant I tapped out and instead focused on humanities. I love maths though, and I love it more having now had the chance to get down into the sandbox with my kids and get my hands dirty making it conceptual. I can't say with authority whether it works best though, I've only got one kid through aops pre-alg so far! One thing that inspired me (other than miquon, Singapore maths and aops) is math circles and specifically this book https://www.amazon.com/Math-Three-Seven-Mathematical-Preschoolers/dp/082186873X
  12. 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.
  13. 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
  14. 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.
  15. 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!
  16. 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.
  17. 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.
  18. I saw that Singapore Math sells/sold Biology Matters, Chemistry Matters, and Physics Matters. Does anyone have any experience with these?
  19. Hello, everyone. Here's just a little backstory to my question: I have two school-aged children plus a preschooler (3 yrs old) and an almost 2 year old. I am due with our fifth in about a month. I have been using RightStart Math with my daughter (levels A-D), until I finally switched to Saxon at the end of this school year. I started my son with RightStart A in kindergarten this year. I felt like RightStart was a great choice for my daughter since she has ADHD and really needed a hands-on, out of the box approach. She learned the concepts really well and her mental math was impressive to me. I finally stopped using it when her conceptual understanding became significantly better than her ability to "just do the math" so to speak. In other words, she could grasp concepts that were at a very high level, but any number of simple subtraction facts would stall her for hours. She could multiply by "figuring it out" but not by remembering any facts of any kind, so it would take a VERY long time. What finally did me in, though, was the intensity of teaching RightStart. I just don't have it in me! Not with the little ones all around demanding my attention, etc. Once we switched to Saxon, her ability to use her concepts to actually do the drills went up exponentially. She's filling in the gaps and doing really well in math overall. So that is the long version of my experience teaching math thus far. So my question is for my son. We are finishing up his kindergarten year, and I have not felt like RightStart was as good a fit for him. I already kind of hate teaching it (such strong words!), but it seems, if anything, too out of the box for him. He's a traditional sort of fellow and all the manipulatives and tally marks, etc. seem to round about for him. He just wants to get to the adding, subtracting, and using actual numbers already. He also enjoys sitting down and using workbooks (which my daughter couldn't do at his age). All that to say, I've looked at Abeka and Horizons which seem similar in their approach (is that right??), and I've looked at Singapore. Singapore seems to enjoy a great reputation that I'm not sure the others share, and all three seem to be a sit-down workbook type of program. Can anyone tell me anything more in detail about working with these programs? Singapore is pretty darn confusing with their myriad of textbook options. I feel like I should go with them since I keep hearing about it being better, but I'm not sure if it really is and if it is also a more "out of the box" kind of curriculum or not. My two goals are to find something that is really easy to use and something that doesn't re-invent the wheel but gives a rock solid math foundation. Since I'm just spinning in circles at this point, I would love it if someone could give me some advice from their own experience! Thank you so much!!!
  20. 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?
  21. 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
  22. 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.
  23. I used Singapore and really liked it, it had a bit of number bonds early on but not many. Much of the common core math, like @ClemsonDana mentioned, looks like they took a few things from Singapore but didn't understand it, so badly implemented Singapore math. Singapore math is more incremental and logical, we had friends who had biological children who kept up fine after their private school switched from A Beka math to common core, but an adopted child who did not get much protein his first few years before adoption could not keep up with the jumps that were made in common core math, he had been doing fine with A Beka math. If his school does the normal sight words and balanced literacy, you may need to do some nonsense words in addition to normal phonics for reading. My syllables page has some tests at the end, the MWIA will show if you need nonsense words, he should not have a slowdown or miss more phonetic than holistic words, and should not miss more than a 2 - 3 words on either list. http://www.thephonicspage.org/On Reading/syllablesspellsu.html
  24. 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!
  25. 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?
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