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  1. What are some really good ones? I'm up for either live or recorded. I just need to know that it's going to do a thorough job of teaching as my strength is NOT math. I also would like high quality video. Thank you. ETA: Probably not Teaching Textbooks, thanks.
  2. Videotext algebra - we do the on-line version. It will cover Pre-A, Algebra 1 and 2. Not a traditional public school math sequence, but my boys love it.
  3. Hello, everyone! It has been aeons since my last post or comment, but I do pop in from time to time to read up on how everyone is doing. I just discovered the news that CurrClick has closed on my most recent visit this morning, and I have lost hundreds of files in my library that I thought were safely stored on their site so I could pull them off as needed, rather than cluttering up my hard drive. Did they notify people via email of the site closing down? I'm not on Facebook. I admit to having my mind focused elsewhere, as my father was dying and I just did not keep up with emails and such, but I was totally blindsided by the news of the site being closed. Is there any way of getting my files back? I spent hundreds of dollars on Currclick (lapbooks, unit studies, Math Mammoth, language arts, sciences, everything!) and to lose it all without foreknowledge is a kick in the teeth. I do have SOME things downloaded, but the vast majority was not. I have a feeling I know what the very ugly answer is going to be...
  4. Gil, that's what I did with my oldest. We did subjects in both languages (depending on what we could find) and she studied Japanese. One year in high school, I have a Bilingual Language Arts because she found some literature in Spanish (like Gilgamesh), and read and wrote those in Spanish. I got a biliteracy seal for her diploma. My one still at home is going into 3rd. We focused more on Chinese than Spanish this past year, but she can still read in both English and Spanish. "Read" is a relative term for me since I'm blessed with dyslexic children, lol. Next year she will be in a part-time ps program, so I'm planning how to balance Spanish and Chinese with her in the time I have with her. I may need to do two subjects in Spanish, which is easy at this age. I could use MEP Spanish version, but we love Singapore and at a certain point I'm no longer comfortable translating math to Spanish. (That's what happened with my oldest and I had to switch to English.) Bible, science, and social studies are easy to find in Spanish. I have a bit of SLA here already. We'll keep Mandarin Morning daily, with her weekly live lessons on a day she's not in school. I'm trying to keep at least 10 hours of Chinese exposure a week. I would like to reach fluency with her. I may try the Chinese school on Sundays in the fall. My oldest is jealous because we just didn't have Japanese resources back then, that my youngest has with Chinese now. She says she would have been fluent by now if I pushed Japanese like I do with the youngest, and she's right. I did give her a good foundation though, I think, and she's motivated to do it on her own now.
  5. I received an email from Currclick about mid-April that they would be closing at the end of the month and downloads would no longer be available a couple of weeks after that. So about a month's notice before I couldn't get my items from my Currclick library anymore. I also received an email from Math Mammoth in late April reminding me that if I purchased Math Mammoth downloads from Currclick that I needed to get them downloaded ASAP before they were gone. I had some purchases on there dating back over ten years ago. It's amazing that for the most part, they let you keep your items stored on their servers indefinitely. I had one publisher that had updated their product and wouldn't let me access my outdated copy any longer. They wanted me to buy the updated version without even a discount for having previously purchased the outdated version. I decided to pass and find a different resource. That was the only problem I ever had on Currclick's website and it wasn't even really their fault, it was the publishers.
  6. We may have the opportunity to spend a semester abroad within the next year or two. If we do this, it would be either during the second semester of oldest DS's 9th grade year or the first semester of his 10th grade year. If DS enrolls in a public or private school in the foreign country for that semester, I then have to send that transcript to colleges, correct? I am trying to figure out how we might manage this. It seems pretty clear to me that the best educational option for all the kids would be to just go to school for that semester, simply for the immersive cultural/language experience -- which would be incredible. And I think we could keep oldest DS on track academically by putting in extra time on math and science during the summer and the semester during which we'd be home. But I can't imagine that the kids are going to get particularly good grades, given that they will be going to school in a foreign language (which they all speak/read but not fluently). I don't care at all about the grades for the younger kids, but I am concerned about having to include a bunch of potentially mediocre grades for DS on what is otherwise going to be a homeschool transcript. Does anyone have any experience with this sort of scenario? I would love some advice or thoughts on what to consider.
  7. I just wanted to add, that he should definitely take Calculus and Physics DE and see how he does. If he is completely sweating the both courses and scraping by with a C and feeling like he hates it, it'll give you guys an idea whether to go towards a four year IT degree or towards a four year CompSci/Engineering degree.... Even once he gets to the university if he is admitted for Comp Sci or Comp Engineering he will still have some "weed out" math classes freshman year and have to take a lot of math and keep up a high GPA to continue into the Junior year of CompSci/CompEngineering...usually after the "weed out" classes advisors will talk turkey with the students after freshman year and start them on the path of deciding whether their grades were low due to the adjustment to college life or if their abilities really aren't up to the task of Linear Algebra and Calc 3 and all. Some students switch majors after freshman year and some during sophomore year and a LOT of students will switch from the CompSci/Eng track to the IT track.... But taking some Calculus and Physics at the college his senior year will help him decide
  8. Our home school year runs Jan-Dec, so we might do another evaluation in Dec. to check and see how their Spanish progressed between now and Dec. Our schedule is fixed, school has to be able to get done within the alloted hours, so as their Spanish grows, I'm just going to increase the percent of Spanish language course books that they use. Their English isn't going anywhere, they're fluent and it's firmly and permanently on "auto pilot" and will be maintained because living the US, there are always going to be more English language books than Spanish language. My plan is to simply switch their academics into Spanish at the 7th grade (Jan 2020), we are searching out books to use for computer science/technology, social studies and natural science. They'll read, take notes, and present on the subjects in Spanish and school won't take any longer than it already does (hopefully). Of course Japanese is still it's own beast to tame, but I wouldn't mind getting a precalculus and/or a liberal arts math book in Spanish, but there isn't a pressing need. They can do all their core math in Spanish as well as English, but I do I want them to be as comfortable unpacking and solving "wordy" word problems in Spanish as they are with them in English.
  9. My oldest is finishing 8th grade, and planning on a 2-year vo-tech program in 11th and 12th grade. I insist on 4 years of high school math and he agrees to that. I encourage him to do more science than required but I will not make him. Right now he says he really does not want to do more than high school graduation requirements in anything else. Otherwise I really have no idea if this is something that will lead him toward or away from a 4-year degree. It’s the only thing he is interested in doing, and he does not like a lot of his school classes enough to want to do an extra 4 years of them. I don’t see him ever doing a liberal arts degree at this point. His top interests for vo-tech are CAD/design and carpentry, and I think either of those seem great for him, and either one might be things where he does want to attend 4-year college, or where he goes to work after high school. Right now he says he plans to attend 4-year college, but it is what he is expected to say, and I don’t think he does plan it right now, I think he wants to get out in the real world as fast as possible. I’m not sure but it’s what I think he is thinking right now. So I think a combination of high interest in doing vo-tech, marginal interest in English, History, and foreign languages, and questionable interest in continuing on in school for another 4 years after high school, make it a really good idea for him. He is good with his hands. I think he is good at math and science, too. Edit: what he says right now is that he wants to be able to have a good job and work his way through school. But it’s like “school will be on the side since I have to say that.” But I don’t think he is settled on the school part, but he is drawn to having a real job! He also just went to a career fair that was focused on going to college and different options with college programs, and then one little part that was a presentation about vo-tech. He had Zero Interest in anything except the vo-tech presentation. And this has been typical for him. Edit: I also think he will be able to find out more about what he likes and doesn’t like in vo-tech, and this could either mean he gets interested in some kind of college engineering degree, or it could mean he doesn’t like vo-tech and so he wants to attend college, or it could mean it works out great for him. I have no idea, but I think any of these could be good for him. Especially when he has little interest or motivation in any other options.
  10. Does the comic book teach the lessons? Or is there a teacher's guide for me to teach the lessons? We have been doing Singapore 1 this year and I have to teach a prepare the lessons. I need something more open and go next year.
  11. I liked Developing The Early Learner, but I didn't think of them as critical thinking books. They're skill books. The back of each one has a chart for you to fill in as you do them and the exercises are broken down into 5(?) main skills: visual processing, sound discrimination, auditory processing (following directions), fine motor..I forget the others. It's been a few years. 😄 For critical thinking at that age I liked Bambino/MiniLuk. Each book has a different skill focus: matching, visualizing different ways, basic math and so forth. They're self correcting and non consumable so you can always go back through again.
  12. I had another thought. I don't know that I would do BA 2 after Singapore 1 only. I'd suggest finishing Singapore 2 before starting. It is quite a jump in level and even my Dd7, who finished the first 4 Miquon books still found it overwhelming. We set it aside for about 6 months until recently and it seems just right now. That's after memorizing her addition/subtraction/multiplication facts and working on getting her math stamina up.
  13. Total, total rabbit trail, but you might read Dyslexic Advantage and their explanations of some of the brain structures being seen in the MRIs and see what you think. Now personally I think their theories and observations are underdeveloped. My ds has a known gene for dyslexia and an ASD2 diagnosis. So it's hogwash to say they don't occur together. To me that just means their samples were too small and they didn't run genetics. But the idea of brain connectivity and the wiring and pruning and spacing of the mini-columns is really interesting. I've just sort of grossly assumed that widely spaced mini-columns translate to lower processing speed and more closely-spaced translate to faster processing speed. i really don't *know* though if that's the case. But it's just interesting to ponder, kwim? Because then it takes it beyond are you normal or not (a setting on the washing machine) to how do you work, why do you process this way, how could we HARNESS this... So for my dd, who has super low processing speed and presumably widely spaced mini-columns, we would harness those narrative strengths (that come as things bounce around diversely and try to make connections) in her math. We'd rabbit trail with the history of it and the stories. And then you might go kinda inverse, like what would really interest her about math and how could you use her brain structure to connect with her better? It's just interesting to ponder. Some kids only engage once you step up the intensity. Like you never know what might happen if you stopped doing computation and went and did something totally DIFFERENT. She might turn out to be crazy brilliant at it. I was strongly counseled by a psych to TEACH my ds like he's MATH GIFTED WITH A DISABILITY and not to ignore the gift. So we were doing +/- numbers in 1st grade and we've worked through tons with fractions. The hard things are very simple for him and the simple things (computation, number sense) are wicked hard. It's just another strategy. I try to divide my instruction into 1/3s and not get too stuck on any one area. Like I'm not obsessive about that, but I'm just saying in general I try to have something to move forward his gifted thinking side (something more advanced), something at instructional level (computation, whatever), and something that is sort of interventiony. So we might do all in the same day a middle school geometry program and a grade level daily word problems book and some Tang math sheets below grade level. And I focus on word problems instead of raw computation, because the language of the word problems is an issue with the ASD. Also word problems are real life. It gives us enough work on computation without getting stuck on something that isn't going to be a strength for him. This is one of my favs. I like that it has been redone to fit Common Core. The gr 3 is mostly single step and the gr 4 goes to multi-step. Hits lots of areas, makes sure they're developing the language of math, has charming themes. It's just a winner. And I get that Singapore is great and all that. Whatever. I'm kinda snobbish and think it's unnecessary. People who are strong at math can do it anyway, without going through their program, and people who are weak at math go through it and still struggle. So to me, I'm like TEACH YOUR KID WHERE HE'S AT. That's my two cents. I'm using the grade 2 Tang math stuff with my ds. Yeah I'm out saying that in public, lol. But that's fine, because that's what he can do comfortably and stay calm. I always start him easy and work up. That's how we get to great places in our house. My ds really has issues with frustration tolerance, staying calming, needing to feel like it's working. So like to me, if the kid with ASD is in Singapore and they're just bogged down, cross the street, kwim? Go somewhere else, get math working again. My ds needs consistent small steps, a very dependable format, same thing every day, very predictable. It helps keep him calm and helps him achieve things he wouldn't have been able to do otherwise. The harder the task, the more we just have to break it down into those small steps that he can keep calm with till he can go ok, I've got this. That's why I use a lot of stuff that people might be like OH I WOULDN'T USE THAT... Fine, I get it, I get Evan Moor doesn't pass the swanky test, whatever. But I'm hitting language goals, keeping him calm, getting work done consistently, not getting bogged down. It's a lot of good stuff there beyond the math. Think through your relationship and how you want math to feel each day, how you want it to flow.
  14. I thought the courses from Mr D's Math looked good --- but they didn't work for our schedule. They have live courses as well as self paced. We will be using the MPOA for pre-algebra in the fall.
  15. What does he mean by IT? There's IT which usually is about either Networking or CyberSecurity which includes a minimal amount of math and programming and is more practical for doing exactly one type of job. and then there is Computer Science (which may or may not be in the engineering department or Letters and Sciences) which includes a TON of math and computer programming and has to do with really being able to design, implement, and architect whole new systems... And then there is Computer Engineering which also includes a TON of math and is usually having to do with hardware.... While somewhat limited and not 100% perfect this info-graph can help your son start thinking about it: Either way, even with the first option, a certificate in IT will not get you very far nowadays and is pretty worthless. If your son is motivated, and bright and technical, and can handle the long haul he should get an ABET accredited IT degree from a public four year university. If he wants to start the process early, sure- skip senior year but just have him start on college maths and physics so that he can continue deciding whether he wants a more math-oriented and versatile degree or a more specific degree in IT/CyberSecurity/Networking. If it turns out he really hates all the math and doesn't love the creative aspect of programming and designing systems or hardware, then an IT degree would be better than Computer Science or Computer Engineering. I mean yes, on the easy coast and midwest, a certificate might get him an entry level job somewhere if he's bent on not going to a four year school and wants to work his way up the ladder, and budget well and purchase home in low COL area, this could be a possibility. But it's not really a good goal if he can hang in there to get a four years or master's degree he should skip the certificate and just take some good DE classes and apply to a four year university.
  16. that's the working memory and that can be improved by working on it. So if she understands the concepts and is just bogging down -improve working memory and see if it comes together -use grids (I even draw them on the whiteboard, don't work without grids) -do all the trades first like RS -limit the number of problems you attempt so you don't wear her out If she has low processing speed AND low working memory, then gross computation is just grunt work and torture. I ask my ds to do just enough to know he can, and then he gets a calculator for the rest of his life. There is zero benefit to turning a kid with low processing speed (which is a permanent disability) into a human calculator. Just saw her processing speed was good. Well cool. So up the working memory and see how much improves. I worked on it 4X a day with my ds when we were making our push. I've had posts. Go for multiple modalities, so visual, auditory, in motion, with distractions, with metronome, using language, lots of ways. Have you played Melon Rind Clumsy Thief Money Game - Adding to 100 Math Card Game for Elementary Students (Ages 8 and up) It doesn't sound like she's solid on 2 digit mental math, because she should be able to do it every which way within 100 and over 100 mentally, with trades, without trades, backwards and forwards. I would go for that because it's a life skill. I personally wouldn't work on 4 digit written until she can do every 2 digit problem mentally with reasonable accuracy. So 97+23, 98+14. Doesn't have to be fast, but she should be able to tell you multiple strategies on how to get there and really be visualizing it. If she's not, she's screwed in real life. Yes, we expect kids diagnosed with dyslexia to have crunchy math. I'll tell you though that SLD math (dyscalculia) has the LEAST scientific, least dependable diagnoses processes of all the SLDs. I've heard there's something they look at with coding in the IQ scores, I don't know. Dyscalculia is a number sense disability, and it's over in the language side of the brain (which is why it so commonly overlaps with dyslexia). Technically someone can be MATH GIFTED and have dyscalculia AT THE SAME TIME!!! I kid you not. I've known other people to say this and have the scores to back it up. My ds is considered in that boat. He's actually very bright at math, just struggles with number sense. So anyways, the diagnosis is crap as far as procedure and accuracy. Yes she could have dyscalculia and have it not be diagnosed. If she's gifted and the tester was only really looking for discrepancy in achievement, it might not be there. The tester actually has to use their heads and listen. There's a number sense test out of I forget where. Ronit Bird had a link to it. Why are you doing this? Sorry, I'm being blunt. 2 digit math should be done MENTALLY, always, always, always. It's a vestige of paper curriculum and doesn't reflect reality. It's basically teaching in a disability, because it's telling her there's one way to think through the math. Doing 2 digit math mentally is essential for life. So drop all written math that is 2 digit, do that mentally, and talk through strategies, problem solving together. I solved it this way, how did you solve it, could you have gotten there another way, now show me another. THEN, when she can do it that way, then start doing 4 digit using manipulatives and let her figure out the algorithm. Yeah, doesn't seem to fit. Her number sense is poor enough that to her 45+65 could =100. Something is glitchy. There is no substitute for foundation. Curriculum is crap worthless with my ds, and you wouldn't believe HOW MANY people with kids with ASD go well my kid did it for this curriculum but he can't DO it. The curriculum is pushing her through steps her brain hasn't taken yet, so she'll memorize, memorize it in that context, not have it in the next context, and not be able to be FLEXIBLE and do it other ways. So the concepts are: -2 digit mental math is a life skill -anything larger can be done by a calculator and in fact is done with a calculator by most adults When I work on a concept with my ds, I try to do it lots of ways. Like -measuring (linear and volumetric) -money -temperature -dates (years, months, etc.) -time -decimals -fractions So think about how many of those naturally involve things that make 100 or slightly cross 100. If she has a gifted IQ and is struggling with 2 digit mental math at a 3rd grade age (hold old?) despite reasonable instruction, I would just *assume* she has dyscalculia and start reading about it and using techniques for it. It won't hurt and it might help. Dyscalculia plus autism is nasty, because you take all the difficulties of the dyscalculia and then compound them by someone who might compartmentalize their learning. They might learn it for the Singapore worksheet and not know it when you put a 100 table in front of them. I got a whole book of games that uses a 100 table. Ronit Bird has a few. And then she might have to learn it again with Clumsy Thief and again for money in the store. She might know it at the table in your kitchen and not in a different room or in the car. It can compartmentalize THAT MUCH. That's why it's not adequate to use curriculum for some kids, because the curriculum makes it sound like if you could JUST GET them to get it in the workbook, they'd be fine.
  17. Prices for SSD has gone down and are still going down. While it does cost more, the price of a SSD is not as pricy as before. Besides when you upgrade the SSD on your laptop, the older SSD can be used as external portable storage. Typing responses. My DS14 loves to use his 2 in 1 laptop in tablet mode but has to use his keyboard for typing responses in his math, physics and Shakespeare classes. The onscreen keyboard would have covered some of the screen space and he can’t type as fast on the onscreen keyboard. I have a 12.9” IPad Pro and I have a few Bluetooth keyboards in my house, I still have to prop my iPad Pro up if I want to do serious typing. For leisure typing, I just use the onscreen keyboard. I have iPads from the size of the latest iPad mini to the 12.9” iPad Pro.
  18. I've just run into something fascinating with my almost 7 year old daughter, and thought I'd report. She did kindergarten in public school last year, and in that class, they did area and perimeter. The way they did this is that they estimated the area and perimeter by filling up a shape with blocks to estimate area and by lining blocks around a shape to estimate perimeter. I thought this was a bit odd, because then they were measuring both in the same units, but whatever. OK. This year, we finally started doing a bit of geometry, and we started with area and perimeter. I defined them for her (area is "number of squares inside," perimeter is "length of the boundary") and gave her some simple shapes made of squares to calculate areas and perimeters for. I included shapes such as rectangles with missing corners, just so we could practice the idea for a while first. Well, she did the questions. I took a look, and almost all of her perimeters were wrong! Why? Because she was still visualizing putting the blocks around the figure! That means that she was counting something like "a missing corner of a rectangle" as a single block instead a length of 2. We fixed it easily, of course. But I thought it was a fascinating case study. Students learn what we teach, not what we THINK we're teaching, and not what's in our head as we're teaching... it's a hard thing to be mindful of!
  19. I’m still not having a great year with oldest with math this year. we started AOPS algebra (after Singapore 6) and it was almost impossible to get anything to stick. I switched to Math Mammoth but ds was getting kinda frustrated with the wordiness of it all. So just this week we started Saxon Algebra 1/2. This is about the right level of complexity I think. He’s getting most right with a few errors to indicate more practice needed. However now I’m stressing that at this pace we are just going to end up kinda losing a year as it’s very slow moving. Now at the end of the day there’s no point rushing through if it’s not sinking in. But also I keep hearing all the negatives about Saxon on here (doesn’t teach number sense/isn’t conceptually sound) I’m hesitant to buy yet another math curriculum (Saxon was a hand me down). I’m also well aware that we are almost mid year here and due to all the jumping around at this point we might not get through anything if we don’t get zipping through stuff pretty quickly. what would you do?
  20. FIRST POST IS MASTER LIST. ANY REVIEWS ARE LISTED BELOW FIRST POST. THIS IS A WORK IN PROGRESS. SOME REVIEWS HAVE BEEN UPDATED AS OF 12/5/2017 - IF YOU HAVE PREVIOUSLY WRITTEN A REVIEW AND HAVE ADDITIONAL FEEDBACK AN UPDATE WOULD BE APPRECIATED. IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO ADD A REVIEW, PLEASE DO SO. There are some providers offering discounts. If you know of one PLEASE POST. As I am notified I will add that information temporarily into the master list in a different color. Once a discount is over it will be deleted. I will try to update once a quarter unless there is something of profound importance, such as someone notifying me that a provider is no longer offering classes (like in the Landry situation). As people add to the list I will post those additions in the OP. I have not used most of these providers, only a few, so if I have filed something in the wrong place PLEASE say so. :) On-line providers are loosely sorted into several sub-categories listed immediately below. Those that offer a wide range of subjects were subdivided into two primary categories (Middle School/High School vs. all age levels) and listed alphabetically with one exception. Narrower categories list providers that only or almost exclusively provide those particular subjects.: Middle School/ High School offering multiple subjects Elementary through High School offering multiple subjects Art Computer Programming Foreign Language Gifted History Literature/Writing Math/Science Music Special Needs (such as dyslexia, dyscalculia, dysgraphia...) Typing Programs Please post reviews/other providers! And feel free to offer better ways to divide up categories. [i am adding a link to the High School Pinned threads. For those that are strictly interested in High School material for math, Biology, Chemistry and Foreign Language, you should look through these threads for ideas. There are lists on the below thread that are for on-line classes for High Schoolers but the threads linked immediately below will mostly cover a wider area than just on-line classes: High School Math: High School Biology: High School Chemistry: High School Foreign Language: ] MIDDLE SCHOOL (LOGIC STAGE) AND/OR HIGH SCHOOL (RHETORIC STAGE) CLASSES (MULTIPLE SUBJECTS): Well Trained Mind Academy Big River Academy Bluefield College (Dual Enrollment program for High Schoolers) Blue Tent (NEW ADDRESS!) BYU (post #34) Debra Bell Excelsior Classes (post #3 and post #7) FundaFundaAcademy (post #87) Groovy Kids On-line (post #46) Harvey Center HSLDA - (Science is from a YEC perspective - post #24 and #33) Jolivaden Acres Academy ( post #17) LeTourneau University (on-line Dual Credit Courses) Lukeion (post #67) Pennsylvania Homeschoolers (post #2 ) Professor Carol - Small group of unique offerings (post #37) Roman Roads Media (mainly Middle School/High School but SOME elementary) Schola Tutorials (High School level) (info post #21 and post #81) Scholars On-line Scout Academy Silicon Valley High School Stanford On-line High School (post #16) Stanford Program on International and Cross-Cultural Education (SPICE) - (post #83) (highly competitive - currently closed to new applicants) Sejong Korean Scholars Program Reischauer Scholars Program Texas Tech University On-line Middle School/High School program Thinkwell (post #25) CLASSES FOR ELEMENTARY THRU HIGH SCHOOL (OFFERS MULTIPLE SUBJECTS): Abeka Academy Acellus Academy Bright Ideas Press (Post #53) Bridgeway Academy [also known as Homeschool Academy] (Post #68) BJU Press Distance Learning Classical Academic Press Classical Learning Resource (post #11) Currclick Florida Virtual School Homeschool Connections On-Line (post #12) Homeschool with Minecraft Homeschool Works (grades 5-12) Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth (for academically advanced students) Ket Distance Learning (post #26) Kolbe Academy Memoria Press Next Level Homeschool Open Tent Academy (post #5) Outschool (post #6) & Math The Potter's School (4th grade through High School) Roman Roads Media (mainly Middle School/High School but SOME elementary) - (post #51) Tapestry of Grace (Lampstand Press) - Primarily Middle/High School but Beta testing upper elementary Virtual Homeschool Group (may only be upper elementary through High School) Veritas Press Wilson Hill Academy (additional info regarding accreditation Post #55) Woodside Learning Center (mainly SAT prep/writing/study skills/finance) ART CLASSES (PRIMARILY OR EXCLUSIVELY) Blossoming Artists (post #77) Iguana Art Academy (Iguana Paint) Lynda (extensive array of graphic arts self-paced classes/training courses) Mark Kistler COMPUTER PROGRAMMING Intersect University Youth Digital (often available at discount through Homeschool Buyer's Co-op) FOREIGN LANGUAGE (PRIMARILY OR EXCLUSIVELY) 121 Spanish CLRC Latin (post #84) Dwayne Thomas (Latin and Greek) Homeschool Spanish Academy La Clase Divertida (post #38) Language City Lively Latin Lone Pine Classical School (mainly Middle School/High School Latin and Greek - post #48) OSU German On-line Ray Leven (Hebrew and Spanish) GEARED TOWARDS GIFTED STUDENTS Athena Academy (post #67) On-line G3 (allows for asynchronous learning) Gifted and Talented Gifted Homeschooler's Forum HoneyFern Math Music Studio HISTORY (primarily or exclusively) Alternative History Hub (pre-recorded you tube videos) Big History Project Classical Historian Crash Course World History (pre-recorded you tube videos) Crash Course American History (pre-recorded you tube videos) History at our House LITERATURE/WRITING CLASSES (PRIMARILY OR EXCLUSIVELY) Brave Writer Captive Thought Tutorials (additional info regarding removal in post #35) NO LONGER OFFERING ANYTHING Center for Lit (post #7) Coram Deo Tutorials (writing) - (post #49) Essay Tracks Escondido Tutorial Services (Great Books tutorials) Home2Teach IEW (Institute for Excellence in Writing) Inspired Scholar (post #9) Integritas Academy (post #79) On-line Scribblers Royal Fireworks Press (post #64) MATH AND/OR SCIENCE PRIMARILY OR EXCLUSIVELY: AoPS (Art of Problem Solving) Dr. Jay L. Wile/Berean Builders (Author of Exploring Creation with...) Offering Honors Biology, Chemistry and Physics on-line classes (YEC perspective) Chalkdust Math Clover Creek Science Learn Science Academy [part of Conceptual Academy] (post #18) CTC Math (teaching is pre-recorded) (post #47) Derek Owens Math and Physics courses DIVE Science Courses Edhesive (Computer Science - post #25) Jann In Texas Math classes Live On-line Math Math in a box Math U See on-line MathCloud (self-paced but can be linked with a teacher) Mr. D Math (post #22 & post #66) Mrs. Taylor's Homeschool Science My Fun Science (Family, Middle School and High School classes?) Phil Four (Middle school and High School math plus Physics and Computer Science) Quick Study Labs (math and science - post #48) Supercharged Science Tablet Class Math Thinkwell (does offer a few High School courses in other subjects) MUSIC (PRIMARILY OR EXCLUSIVELY) Professor Carol - Small group of unique offerings/mostly music. (post #37) Simply Music (sometimes on sale at Homeschool Buyer's Co-op for lifetime access) SPECIAL NEEDS (DYSLEXIA/DYSCALCULIA/ETC.) Barton Reading and Spelling (For dyslexics - can provide list of local and on-line tutors or use the DVDs to teach it yourself) - (post #13) Dynamo Math (designed to help math strugglers) Ronit Bird (offers books and e-books for helping children that struggle with math) Verticy Learning TYPING PROGRAMS (many of these are frequently available at a very discounted rate through Homeschool Buyer's Co-op so check there first before purchasing) Touch Type Read and Spell (post #8) Type to Learn 4 (post #8) Typing Pal
  21. 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?
  22. I am looking for something I can have DS do roughly once a week for math review. 3rd/4th grade. I do this now on my own, pulling things from multiple sources, but I can tell that this summer I am going to want something really open and go. We do math all year. It doesn't need to match up exactly with what he knows, nor with the program he's using. Just a regular ol' straightforward review workbook that doesn't need to be done daily is what I am after! I'm thinking maybe FAN process or the Math Mammoth review books? Are those new, btw, the mm review books? They look good. I could get a grip of Kumon books, cut off the binding and put them in an order that makes sense, I suppose. Would love to hear any recommendations you have! TIA.
  23. This will be my fourth, and last, time teaching K. Not sure whether to cry or celebrate. 😄 Math: second half of Right Start A. I'm also going to pick up the new Singapore Dimensions K workbooks for something fun and colorful to do while driving around to the bigger kids classes. LA: We just started LOE foundations A and so far so good, so I think we'll be continuing that and level B next year. This is my first time doing cursive first (well he did learn to write capitals this year with HWOT, but tho he recognizes lowercase letters he isn't writing them), but it seems like good timing because it's time for his 8yo brother to learn cursive and they love doing everything together. Hopefully I can match up LOE A cursive and Rhythm of Handwriting. History: tag along with bookshark 1 Science: tag along with RSO Life We'll probably also do a few more Ivy Kids kits, those were fun this year. Other: speech therapy, swimming
  24. I do love how Beast Academy makes my kids think, and the problems are quite varied. We have not used level 2, only because it came out too late for my oldest, and I was not going to spend the money on another math program at that level. Our progression has been Right Start B, C, and then BA 3, 4, 5. At the younger ages, I would read the new section in the guide aloud to my daughter, and then I would go over the instructions for the first section of the practice work with her. Once I felt she had a good grasp as to what is being asked of her, I would let her work with me nearby incase she needed guidance. When a group of problems was finished in the practice book, I would read the instructions for the next group out loud. The guide introduces the topic, and teaches, but there is some refining of the topic and new techniques introduced in the practice book. Take a look at the assessment pages to see if your child is ready to jump into BA. Some basic math skills are needed before beginning.
  25. 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
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