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  1. I already own Singapore Math books so I tested my son's level and he tested in to level 2B so we started on it last spring. We stopped in June and were about half way through. We started back up a couple weeks ago and have found that it is as if he has forgotten so much, not just stuff covered in 2b. I mean stuff he was firm and good at, like regrouping with addition and subtraction. He can barely regroup now even though last spring, he was very good at it and did it very quickly and accurately. I do not consider this a huge problem. And I do admit to having a bit of curriculum dazzle, where I would like to try something shiny and new. I have used Horizon's and BJU before. I did not love Horizons and the child who did BJU quickly went back to Singapore. I went to the store yesterday. I was toying with just getting the workbook for SM 2A (I used the US edition) and going back over SM 2a. This is still a possibility. The other thing I have been doing which I can keep doing and is no problem at all is, I have a spiral notebook and I have been handwriting out a page of review problems each day for some to do. So far, it has been just math facts, but I could add in borrowing and carrying. I do feel like he could use enough extra practice on the math that getting the entire SM 2A book and going over it before moving on to 3A would be good too. And I could continue to work through 2B concurrently. Meanwhile, I do happen to have some of the BA books. But honestly, looking over them, I am not sure if they are our thing. Son does not have much focus. He tries hard and has a good heart. But, he has a lot of trouble focusing. Doing the mental math in SM 2B has been a little harsh because his mind wanders so quickly. But we have pretty much completed all those sections now. While at the book store, I saw a used copy of BJU math 3. Since it was used, even though it was not written in, it was only $17. I bought it. They were out of stock of SM 2A. And for BA, the only levels I have are 2A and 3A so neither is really appropriate to where he is at. Although I could have him start with 2A to get him stronger and then if it goes well, order 2B. But 2A does not cover anything he is lacking, however, it might reinforce what he already knows to make him stronger. Which sounds better? 1) Continue to just work through Singapore Math and make review sheets like I have been. Maybe add in some ipad apps (if you suggest adding in ipad apps, please include in comments). 2) Continue working through SM but order the SM 2A workbook and work through that (I already own the textbook) too before moving on to 3A. 3) Finish the current SM 2B book while working through the BJU 3 workbook I bought used and then re-evaluate after that to which program works best for us. 4) Try adding in the BA 2A book (which I already own) to the SM 2B book. 5) other? Also, I suspect BA, which it is a very neat program, might be too puzzle like to fit his needs. It might be that he thrives on puzzle like, but, right now, as far as I can tell, that would not be his thing. He is more of a black and white thinker, not outside of the box.
  2. I wanted to switch to BJU. I like what I was using just fine and feel it is a quality program, I just want to do something different. We have been using Singapore Math. Since son is 4th grade age for this fall, I bought the 4th grade book for fall. But when looking over it, I have found he actually has already covered most of what is in it. I thought I would give him a quiz, to see what he already knows or remembers. But when I attempted this, he wanted to know why he was doing school work during the summer. I told him it was just a quiz to see what he remembers and home school does not stop during the summer. He did not do any of the problems completely correct. I gave him 5 divided in to 681 and he did complete it correctly but I did have to remind him what to do in the middle. It was a small hint. He clearly just needed a reminder. Then I gave him 0.57 times 4 and he solved it but never put in the decimal place. Are these normal errors one would expect to see going in to 5th grade anyway so move on to the 5th grade book? I can see from looking at the topics that we pretty much covered everything in the 4th grade book in the past. Or should I figure we should just do the 4th grade year? Or, alternatively, just say it is a really bad idea to switch and stick it out with Singapore Math (US edition).
  3. Hi Everyone, Could you give me some math guidance? My two children are 16 months apart. DD is going into 5th grade, and DS is going into 6th grade. All of their other classes are taught separately, but they are REALLY close in level in math. So we have been able to combine them in that subject so far. I always re-evaluate that decision each year (and throughout the year) but so far this has been the way we have done things. Both kids have used and liked Singapore Math Standards edition. We have also supplemented with Math Mammoth from time to time when they needed more practice. The original plan was for me to move both kids into AOPS Pre-Algebra next year. However, I have noticed that DD seems to be needing some more practice in a few topics from the Singapore 5A/5B book. I've been giving her some of the Singapore tests, and she usually scores about a C. She can always fix her mistakes, but I worry she might need some more practice in a couple of subjects. (I like for my kids to be rock solid in math before we move on.) Here are some example mistakes: when asked to convert a fraction into a decimal, she sometimes divides the wrong way. (Ex. 51/107...she might divide 107 by 51.) She also has trouble with long division and decimals. Usually, those errors are due to sloppy handwriting. One time, when dividing a fraction by another fraction, she multiplied by the reciprocal of the dividend instead of the divisor. We school year round and are getting ready to finish up the year (end of July) and start the new year (end of August). I still have NO idea what I should do for math. I really need to get a plan together so that I can at least order some material. :) The options I am considering are: 1) Put both kids in AOPS Pre-Algebra (already own this book), Review concepts as needed with supplemental materials (Dolcini or Math Mammoth?) 2) Put both kids in Singapore 6a/6b Standards (Singapore 6A/6B seems weird, and I have a lot of questions concerning the program. I'm not even sure if it is a full year course? And there is no HIG? Unlike others, I relied on my HIG a lot. There is a teacher's guide, so I am hoping that is basically the same thing? It has an answer key, etc.?) 3) Separate both kids in math: Let my oldest move into AOPS Pre-Algebra, and have my middle child do something different. (Honestly, if we go this route, I am not sure how I am going to carve out the time to teach TWO levels of AOPS math in the future. Which is what this result will lead to in subsequent years. We do not have the budget to outsource any teaching in any subject---so I am it! As their classes get harder (Latin, Math, Composition, Literature, Harder science labs, etc.)--it takes me more and more time to prepare and help teach these subjects. And as their school day gets longer as they move towards high school, I find myself struggling to juggle the needs of all 3 kids. 4) Put both kids in Math Mammoth grade 6 or grade 7 (their pre-algebra course) (I already own the ebook of this): Then, would I have them repeat pre-algebra with AOPS the next year? Or move into AOPS Algebra? (I think that Math Mammoth is fine course. I really dislike their answer key and find it hard to read/grade for some reason. But I could probably make it through if needed. Thanks in advance!
  4. 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
  5. You are NOT a failure! Now bite your tongue! Servie, My suggestion is BJU Math. It is not difficult to teach. The TM’s are scripted and the kits come with everything you need. Toss the tests or use for origami practice. With a new baby, the teaching vids would help you out a ton, if you can swing it. They have dvd or online options. Yes, it’s pricey. We think it is worth it. No more math fights! If that sounds blah, then I suggest you look at Dimensions Math by www.singaporemath MiF= Math in Focus, another Singapore math option.
  6. Doing a slightly over mid year update - Hits above are all correct 🙂 Yay, we had a pretty good list of hits this year. I think I would add: Mom Made Literature Units to this - we used MP's Lit guides for Little House in the Big Woods and Mr. Popper's Penguins and picked up TpT resources to add to Because of Winn Dixie. All of these have been great and the kids have enjoyed them AND their reading is growing by leaps and bounds this year. Beast Academy - we finished 2A-2D and started 3A. We'll be skipping around a bit from the geometry in 3A to fractions in 3D and then review multiplication again in 3B before going back to work through areas we skipped. The kids still complain when they are asked to think about anything 😛 But I think that Beast Academy is a really great way to reinforce and review the concepts they have already learned in Singapore Math as well as really challenge them. So I'm going to count it as a hit even if the kids might only kind of sort of agree with me (they do like reading the textbook). MP Latina Christiana - I wasn't sure about this when I wrote the last post but I'm moving it to a hit. The kids are actually learning some latin. They are telling me what words mean that they haven't seen before based on their knowledge of latin 😉 And this gets their Dad hands on teaching time with them which is a nice bonus. Misses Writing/Grammar- we DID drop Writing and Rhetoric Fable. My kids just were not feeling it at all. We've incorporated some grammar and writing in with our Literature units, but I'm still kind of floundering on this one. I think after we finish Because of Winn Dixie I'll pull out Write a Super Sentence from Evan Moor and go through that with them. I'd also like to add that choosing to do "latin as grammar" has not really worked this year. I should have picked a grammar curriculum and kept them working in it. I'm planning to use Treasured Conversations this next year.
  7. Process Skills in Problem Solving (Fan Math) from Singapore Math You might need to go back a little to get the full picture of bar models if you are unfamiliar with the method (or google some stuff), but these books are set up nicely.
  8. 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
  9. We have a Smith's which is part of Kroger. I prefer Smith's but Walmart has grocery pickup that accepts my payment method. Smith's prices are comparable and they have a wider selection. I've been to TJ a couple of times, but it is out of the way and parking is atrocious. There is some gluten free bread there that I liked, though. No Aldi's, no Costco. There is a Whole Foods, but that is on the rich side of town; I don't belong over there. I also sometimes will stop by Albertsons. I go to the local "Mercado" which is a coop. If I need to grab something quick, I'll stop by Walgreens as it's a couple minutes of the road. Slightly more expensive, but convenient. I've been working. A bit. Altogether, about 40 hours a week of ESL, plus Spanish. That's a lot of butt-flattening work! Because of the crisis in China, my ESL work has doubled and I'm working 3 companies a day, starting at either 2:50am or 3:30am. That's why you haven't seen me. I's tired. I been sleepin'. My Spanish Prek classes ended this week, and I'll only have two currently-running part B classes to finish, and one other session that begins Monday, going into March. I'm not sure of my parents' internet, so I didn't want to be committed to too many classes, just in case I have to rely on my phone hotspot. It's pretty set that I will be gone for a month. Dh's mom is coming to stay here so he doesn't have a panic attack and kill himself. Although, he (seemingly) did fine when we were gone with my parents on vacation in 2018. This is the whole reason we haven't gone anywhere: he's scared to travel, and he's scared when we travel. I'm taking the Core Knowledge books with me to read some history and science. We like the stories in the books, and I can pick and choose what we read about, and expand on anything if we want more information. I got books 2-4. I'm also taking La Pata Pita Vuelve (reading) and Spanish spelling, Singapore math, and Herbal Fairies books. There is a lot of land at my parent's and we want to see if we can find anything growing wild out there. Oh, I should probably take something for her to read in English, too. That's the plan; I'll see if anything is carried out. My mom already has plans to cook with me. We've...never cooked together... Sounds fun; I like to cook. So does Gymnast, so of course she'll be included. I'm still trying to declutter around here since MIL is coming. There is a lot to be done. Gymnast keeps asking when we'll start packing.
  10. I'll have a 4 in March! I haven't considered him much yet. Probably Singapore Math K Essentials... maybe Phonics Pathways? He know his letter sounds already, but is so not ready to blend. Tagging along with his 1st grade brother. Playing with various siblings throughout the day while I work with the other various siblings! 😉
  11. 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).
  12. We would probably struggle to do several different things for each subject each day. We make index cards for everything that I want to do in a week - if I want to do singapore math 4 days, then I write 'singapore math' on 4 different cards, and if I want to do life of fred 3 days, then I write 'life of fred' on 3 cards. I write out all of the cards and let the kids separate them into stacks for each day of the week. Then, every morning, they get the stack and work through each subject. For subjects divided into lessons or chapters, it's easy for them to figure out what to do - we do 1 lesson of math, or read 2 chapters of history, for instance. Some subjects obviously require multiple assignments - spelling, grammar, and literature as part of language arts - but we've found that, with the exception of quick, fun things like balance benders or mind benders workbooks, it's best not to have too many different things going on every day for any subject. We lose time switching gears. In your situation, I wouldn't do more than 2 math things each day. Singapore can be done 4 days/week, LOF 1 day, with facts practice 2 days and games 3 days (or whatever combination gets you through what you want to do). Then let your kids choose which 2 things to do which days of the week and stick with that schedule. One of mine prefers to front-load the week so Fridays are easy - that kid would do Singapore M-Th and facts practice M/T and then do LOF of fred on F and games W-F. My other kid would try to avoid having 2 hard things on the same day, so would probably minimize over lap between facts and Singapore. We also don't schedule multiple writing assignments on the same day - if we write for a co-op composition class on Monday, then we put writing papers for me for history on Friday. Good luck finding a plan that works for you.
  13. http://www.singaporemath.com/Dimensions_Math_s/219.htm Thoughts? Anyone planning to use this math (at the moment only a few levels available)? Sadly, I’m a sucker for new math curriculum! :)
  14. 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.
  15. I've seen a lot of references over the years to how SM (at least the U.S. edition) doesn't cover negative numbers, and that this can be a problem when moving into an American secondary sequence, because they assume you've seen negative numbers before. But I haven't seen much discussion about what people using SM *do* about it - how they go about adding in some negative number work. (My google-fu has failed me twice now on this subject, once a couple of years ago, and then again last night.) The only hint I found was that someone said that Lial Pre-Algebra had a good section on negative numbers, one that apparently doesn't require prior exposure. My oldest (7th) has gone through SM 5B (U.S. edition), and we just started AOPS Pre-algebra, which assumes you have some basic familiarity with negative numbers. At this point, I'm hoping to use either internet resources or what I already have on hand with my oldest (potentially useful things I own: Dragonbox Algebra, the first Hands-On Equations app, and Dolciani Pre-Algebra). That way we can just go ahead and get on with things (otherwise I'd be tempted to get a cheap used copy of Lial's, because it was the only mentioned resource in any thread that I saw last night). My plan, such as it is, is to hit Kahn Academy on negative numbers till she has the basic idea, and then move back into the Negation section of AOPS. Does that sound reasonable? Is there something better to do instead? In addition, since I have younger kids, and also because I'm very curious: what have other SM users done, or plan to do, about the lack of negative numbers in SM?
  16. EdPo: I feel like I wasted a lot of money on BJU dlo packages this year. Remind me next year not to buy this stuff. Quiet Boy is down to just the science and history. The Girl is down to the spelling, science, and (for now) the math. I find this REALLY irritating. I always do this. SIGH! Can't send it back so chalk it up to stupid tax again. I just asked on the K-8 board if it is too late to switch The Girl to Singapore Math. Argh!
  17. Math: Singapore Math 1 Language Arts: AAS 1, copywork, finish OPGTR if needed, read alouds, and read books to his siblings and me History: maybe American History for Young Catholics Science: probably science encyclopedias, possibly tagging along with his older brothers while they do hands-on projects from a kit Spanish: tag along with older siblings using La Clase Divertida Religion: Bible, Catechism, saint stories Not sure what else, but probably something as this kid needs lots of project suggestions to keep him busy.
  18. Math: Singapore Math 5 Language Arts: AAS 5, Rod & Staff English, something for writing, The Treasure Trove of Literature 1 American History/Geography: Our United States of America Science: probably half of Harcourt Science 6, with hands-on projects with his 3rd grade brother (I'll probably buy a kit for them to complete together). Spanish: La Clase Divertida Religion: Bible, Catechism, saint stories Logic: Mindbenders For Fun: He spends a few hours or more every day using his Arduino, Raspberry Pi, and various electronics parts to make all sorts of cool projects. I might have him do a recorded course on computer programming through Homeschool Connections, too, if he is interested.
  19. Math: Singapore Math 3 Language Arts: AAS 3, Rod & Staff English, Dictation Day by Day, something more for writing, lots of read alouds and books for him to read History/Geography: Our United States of America Science: not sure, maybe half of Harcourt Science 4, hands-on projects with his 5th grade brother Spanish: continue La Clase Divertida with siblings Religion: Bible, Catechim, saint stories Other: Mindbenders, lots of Snap Circuits, Arduino, and Raspberry Pi projects with his 5th grade brother
  20. phonics: continue Ordinary Parent's Guide to Teaching Reading math and logic: Singapore Math 1A/B and MindBenders-type books handwriting: Zaner-Bloser 1 language arts: First Language Lessons 1, Writing With Ease 1, and Spelling Workout A science: (along with DS7 & DS10) earth science (library books) & astronomy (led by DH, an astronomy teacher) history: (along with DS7) medieval & early renaissance (SOTW2 & lots of library books) foreign language: I'm considering Portuguese Saturday school for DSs 5, 7, &10 misc: he's playing soccer & t-ball, weekly trips to the library, continue speech therapy weekly at the public school, maybe cub scouts
  21. So in a previous post it was mentioned that children aren't resistant to learning but maybe the schoolwork. With that in mind, my 3rd child is very different than the two boys and I'm looking for curriculum suggestions for her. Definitely has traits of distractibility and slow to start with a lot of complaining. Its hard to say what her learning style is because I feel she hasn't really developed a love of learning from her current private school. She loves art (painting, drawing) and legos. She says she likes science but hates doing the science end of chapter questions she gets sent home. We will be pulling her out in May and hoping to ease in hs with some gap filling of 5th grade and then move into 6th, Suggestions. In the past I've done SOTW, lots of reading literature, FLF, logic, Singapore math, independent project units (for the older boys) but with her she doesn't really have a passion for reading and is indecisive so not sure independent projects will work.
  22. I found Horizon's to jump all over the place. I did not like it. I looks nice when you look at it, but did not like it. My oldest son stuck it out, but now tells me that he hated it but did not want to admit that to me after insisting he wanted it. He regrets ever using it. Abeka is okay. It is really based on mastering facts and procedures. This sounds like what you want. However, it slows down a lot compared to how quick it goes early on. With most math programs, you still need to have the student practice math facts. Maybe spend the summer drilling math facts. There are a variety of ways to do this. But, I do think Singapore Math would be a good compromise. I think you would like Singapore Math best with Abeka as a second choice. Mif is Math in Focus. It is an American made math program used in the public schools made based on the Singapore Math books. SM would generally refer to the Singapore Math US edition. CWP is challenging word problems. I have used it before but did not think it was a good use of time. It basically gives you the math problems, specifically word problems, but the kind that one would simply find in the next level. To me, it feels like the kind of things that would be given to an advanced student in a class who is forced to remain in a class working at that level. It would give more challenge. I prefer to just move a child on to a higher level when ready rather than supplement with higher level problems while continuing to do the lower level stuff. IF you choose to use SM, make sure you do the placement test. Students generally place about a grade level below where they were in another program. SM covers all of arithmetic in 6 levels rather than the 8 levels in most American programs. I am unsure how RS correlates.
  23. My son will be a 5th grader soon and I'm wondering about math. We have always used Singapore. I'm finding he needs to go over things a little more than what Singapore does. He needs more review. He can get it, it just takes a while and lots of review. We are finishing 4A and on the last review in the textbook he really struggled mainly fractions and area and perimeter. I've considered switching to something different but I don't want to bounce around. I just feel that he needs more review. I guess I'm wondering what you would do? He does the textbook, workbook, and the metal math in the back of the instructors guide. I considered getting the extra practice books but I'm not sure. He has always been the type that needs to go over things a little more to get it. I'm just afraid to bounce around too much, afraid I'll mess him up! Thank you for your time!
  24. A few weeks ago someone posted a link to a website that does Singapore Math but in an online fashion. Anyone have this? I thought I bookmarked it and cannot find it. The original poster was asking about if the online program would be enough.
  25. We are switching from Singapore Math to BJU Math. I had wanted to finish the Singapore Math we were already working on before we started the BJU math. Honestly, I wish I had just started the year with BJU Math. I do not wish to leave the Singapore Math level we are working on undone. But likewise, I can see we need to skip the first few chapters of BJU Math 3. We are finishing up SM 2B. I just kind of have not liked Singapore Math much. I like it, it is okay. But I look at BJU and think I might like it even more. Plus, son complains a lot only about math and tells me how he hates math. For the most part, we can get through the day, but he makes sure to tell me even on the weekend that the best thing about the weekend is no math. I would rather he like math. He is fine with BJU English and does not complain at all. He does not really complain about any other subject. I feel like just looking at 3rd grade, I like the way BJU has done things so much better. Am I making a mistake?
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