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  1. Thoughts on Dimensions Math 6-8 from anyone who has used all (or part) of it? I know that if you do all of Dimensions 6-8, you've covered Pre-A, Algebra 1, and some Geometry. Do any of the levels correspond with Pre-Algebra? I'm OK with covering some Algebra, but I'm looking for a one year Pre-Algebra course. Looking at the table of contents for each book, it looks like level 6 might be pre-algebra, but the FAQ seems to imply level 7 is pre-algebra. Also, if I have a student that does not need lots and lots of practice problems, can we get away with just the textbook, skipping the workbook?
  2. So I have Abeka math ready to start today. I just started tearing out worksheets and the level 2 looks easy for my son. Even until the end of the book. I know he can do more. I guess I must supplement. I don't know if I should let him hang back a bit and let him cement the facts and let something be enjoyable and easy or if I should push. I tend to push my kids in every subject so maybe I should let something be easy. I don't know. Maybe if he does 2 worksheets a day, then we can move on to level 3. I don't feel we can skip straight to level 3 because he hasn't done multiplication yet. I was planning to double up lessons for awhile to catch up from our late start anyway. I hate to try Math Mammoth because it's late to continue experimenting with another curriculum. We are nearly finished with BA 2A and I don't know that I'll have time to work in BA 2B. I also am registered with a school and need to stick with one program and I also need to quit wasting money on materials that don't fit. I'm just venting.
  3. I could use some Hive help, here. 🙂 I am looking to hire a math tutor for my daughter to help her with her AoPS Calculus class. What would you think to be a fair hourly rate for a Ph.D. student? I live in a tiny corner of the universe, and I would really like some help to figure out what is normal and fair. I know that there will be variation, perhaps significant variation, regionally, so if you could let me know the general region in which you live (or from which you've hired someone), that would be great.
  4. So, Cat is taking algebra 1 as an 8th grader at the middle school. I was talking to my older daughter's precalculus teacher, and he was like, "Yeah, there's no honors geometry at the high school. They assume all the honors kids will have taken it as sixth or seventh graders at the middle school." Our public high school has two tracks: there is the honors/ AP track, where kids are taking 4-5 AP classes their junior and senior years (super high pressure, high output, but the kids are well behaved) and the regular track, where it is a behavioral free for all. Kids talk, yell, scream at the teachers, cuss them out, throw things around the classrooms, engage in fistfights. Very little learning takes place in the regular classes. The teachers have basically given up, and even if the kids WANT to learn, it's hard to learn when your peers are acting like this. I've insisted that Cat take honors classes, even in subjects she's terrible at, because of the behavior issues. She agrees. She doesn't tolerate people acting like that well. And it's BAD. Like, Anna had a few electives that weren't honors classes (dance, Spanish) and we're looking at having to start her on anxiety meds because the stress of being around that kind of behavior is messing with her head. It's REALLY bad, objectively bad. The math teacher I talked to was like, "Honestly, if I were you, I wouldn't send her to this school. I would move and send her to a different high school. She's not going to be able to handle four years of that kind of classes." But....our public high school is the only one that offers ASL. It's the only one with a culinary program that leads to certification. It's the only one with a top notch choir and other fine arts opportunities. So I was like, "Crap." Because if she takes regular geometry, she won't be prepared for the honors algebra 2. The fact is, she's awful at math. She has no business being in honors classes for math. But, four years of regular level math would simply be intolerable behaviorally. But then I had a revelation. If we don't make her do the advanced, college prep diploma, she doesn't have to take four years of math, four years of social studies, all that jazz. She could get off the crazy train. She doesn't have to do 4-5 AP classes a year, which would CRUSH her. If she just does the regular diploma, if she can grin and bear it and just get through regular geometry and algebra 2, she could be DONE WITH MATH. I think that she wouldn't have to take math her jr or sr years. I THINK she might not have to take history every year. And then she'd have more room for electives. She could still take AP English, AP science, maybe some AP history classes. It would probably mean she wouldn't be able to go directly away to college. But, she probably wasn't going to do that anyway. If she does college at all, she's likely to start at the community college. Also, she volunteered to leave study hall and be a library assistant during a free period at the middle school. She LOVES it. She checks books out. She shelves books. She helps kids find books. She is really, REALLY good at it, apparently. I have been worried about her being able to hold a job, but apparently she's one of their best library assistants they've ever had. I mean, we're only a couple weeks into the school year, but she talks to kids who have to check out books but hate reading and helps match them with books. And they were EXCITED about the books she found for them. I think she really will be able to handle a job. Maybe a job as a librarian, even!
  5. To tag on to this thought... I think rigor in schools generally looks like more work. Piles and piles of more work. If you compare to what kids are doing in schools, then you're inevitably going to feel like you're not doing "enough." But kids learn through play, through listening, through asking questions... many of the ways kids learn don't show up on tests or look good on a bulletin board and can't be sent home with a gold star to brag to parents. They're process oriented things. Kids in schools are writing more papers and doing more math problems... but they're not reading as much, learning about more content to actually write about later on, or tackling any difficult math problems that can take the whole math time to solve. Comparing what most homeschoolers aim for when they're trying to provide a stimulating learning environment and what's happening in schools is apples and oranges.
  6. Ms Angle, math teacher at CLRC, broke her hip a couple days before classes began so they started a week late. But she has been absolutely amazing and DS loves her. We got an email from her tonight saying that subsequent tests for her injury revealed bone cancer. If you are the praying type/have experience with CLRC, please remember her.
  7. Would it be too redundant to do Singapore 6 and then Dimensions 6?
  8. Need help with math curriculum! I just withdrew my son from 2nd grade. He has been working with EUREKA math which is common core. He can’t stand number bonds but I’m wondering if I should find a similar curriculum until he settles into homeschool? I don’t want him to hate homeschool and fall behind if he decides to return to public school. Any suggestions?
  9. If she has a math disability, ACT is definitely the best choice, because math is only 25% of the composite score, compared to 50% of the SAT. Keep working on the math prep, but don't neglect test prep for other three sections, because test-taking strategies can make a BIG difference there, and you want to squeeze every possible point out of those sections if you know her math score will be low.
  10. I know that's a broad question. This is our first year of official homeschooling after years of afterschooling. My daughter is in 4th grade. We've had a few misses but I feel like we keep getting closer to the right thing for us. I claim to have high academic standards. We're homeschooling because my DD was very unhappy in school and I did not feel that she was allowed to grow. So we're homeschooling for a mix of academic and non-academic reasons. I look at curricula and what other people are doing and worry that I'm not as rigorous as I thought I was. What should late elementary look like to lay the foundation for high school? We've settled on focusing on math and writing. I assign history books but I'm not expecting narrations. I know some of what she reads is sinking in but I'm sure a lot of it is not. I'm not testing her. I'm not asking her to memorize the years or names of battles. Geography has been a bust. We've spent some time on an atlas but a few days later, my DD cannot remember the name of the states in New England. ISTM that there is plenty of time to learn those kinds of things in the future. New England kind of clicked for her when I explained that is where the Penderwicks live. I'm expecting her to read good books. I assign good children's books and fairy tales. She's reading stories from the Arabian Nights now. We're not doing reading comprehension questions. We talk a little bit about what she's reading but that's it. She needs help in writing and I took a big step back. We've started the paragraphing lessons in Treasured Conversations. I think it's helping her because she seems to have had no prior instruction in paragraphing. We've also done some Killgallon but with minimal writing. But I feel like we're doing less than other people. We're not spending that much time on all of this. Overall, it's about 3 to 4 hours a day including her reading. I worry that I'm not on the right path and I'm failing her. Her school friends are writing multiple paragraphs every week. I know that's too much and I'm sure that most of what they write is not good.
  11. Oh, I overthink everything and try to abide by all the rules. I'm overly fastidious about some things, I suppose. I've just had a really stressful week. My husband was gone from Wednesday- Sunday and I had a workshop to do with 2 older kids on saturday, a violin lesson was moved to Monday so that day was less of a school day. I haven't done any school with my littlest this week . I just feel like I'm another week behind and this math thing is making me more nervous. My son did 3 math lessons today very easily, so I will press ahead, and hopefully ground him well and then push right into book 3. My goal is year round school anyway. And I do need something more independent than BA. At least Abeka is something with straightforward instructions that he can do on his own.
  12. This is quite possibly the BEST software find OF MY LIFE. For those of you who teach or write about science and/or math, this could be life changing. Particularly those who need to write out chemical formulae all the time and who are so sick of “Shift-C-shift-H-subscript-3-off subscript-shift-C-shift-H-subscript-2-off subscript and on and on…” or “Shift-H-subscript-2-off subscript-shift-P-shift-O-subscript-4-off subscript-superscript-1-off superscript“, etc. that they could scream. I present… And if you already knew about this, WHY DID YOU NOT TELL ME?!?!? 😜😁 The above is the link to the science tools but if you go up to “Products”, then FX Draw is their math tool product. But back to the science tools… The FX Chem and FX ChemStruct tools are BRILLIANT. You can download the trials for free and check it out. The trials have all the functionality of the paid version but have a watermark over any structure or equation you export. The paid version is only $40USD for a year. If I open up FX Chem and just type in h2po41- with no capitals, subscripts, superscripts – NOTHIN’ – it gives me a fully formatted formula. If I type that (but slightly altered as poohoho :)) into FX ChemStruct, it gives me a Lewis structure like the one below. I didn't even need to tell it that there would be a charge or where the double bond would be. BRILLIANT.
  13. Hello everyone- I am wondering what you would do in this situation. My daughter (currently a sophomore) takes some of her classes at an accredited homeschool hybrid and some at home. She does well in everything except math in which she has a learning disability. As of right now her transcript will be unaccredited I do have the option to go through a local accrediting group and then she would graduate with an accredited transcript. Normally I wouldn't be too concerned about this but with her math disability I expect her to have issues with either standardized test. I don't know if a "mommy transcript" with a possible low test score will cause her issues? The biggest cons for me with doing the accreditation are the large amounts of extra work, extra cost, inability to make a class honors, and they also are unable to call a class AP on the transcript even if it is taken by an organization that offers official AP classes. Would you accredit or take your chances!? Thanks!!
  14. Hi, I have been away from the board for a long time. Now ds16 is doing PSEO and I only need to teach him Mandarin and health at home. Ds14 decided he was done with homeschooling and is now at a very good private high school. A neighbor's son asked me to tutor him for algebra. He graduated hig school 2 years ago and would like to go to college to study sports medicine. He has a regular job and makes money. I will tutor him 3 times a week for two months probably. So how much should I charge each 80 minute lesson? I live in St. Paul, MN, by the way. I enjoy tutoring math and I found today that he responds very well to my teaching. He has forgotten how to do multiplication. I feel very confident being a tutor, especially after teaching ds16 precalculus this past summer intensively, and of course over all the 11 homeshooling years. Thanks for your input!
  15. 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. Reading/syllablesspellsu.html
  16. Agreeing with 8FillTheHeart -- and ESP. since you and DD are in a recovery year from bad school experiences last year!! I would NOT worry about "rigor" this year AT ALL, and maybe never, depending on what THIS particular student's needs are. Ack! Don't set back her recovery by making homeschool stressful and all about pushing hours and hours of rigorous academics! 😫 And my advice to ANY homeschooler would be to NOT worry about "preparing for high school" before 8th grade -- maybe 7th grade if you had an advanced student. The late middle school years are about solidifying foundational concepts in LA and Math, exploring and expanding interests, and *where the student is ready*, starting to move into higher level (high school work). If you are spending 3-4 hours/day doing 4th grade, that is right on target with the very general "rule of thumb" of VERY roughly an hour of school a day up through 5th grade -- so, 4th grade = *roughly* 4 hours a day. Remember, that's part of the beauty of homeschooling -- what takes 6-7 hours of a kid sitting in a classroom can be done in 2-4 hours of work at home, with 1-on-1 instruction, and cutting through all the cr*p of unnecessary busywork and wasted time on class management, lining up, etc. 😄 If you feel you need to "do more", I would highly encourage you to include wonderful supplemental educational activities to allow your DD to explore interests, and to have fun together. Ideas: - fun logic puzzles and games - field trips - regularly get out as a family and volunteer for a group that you support - educational videos/documentaries - educational games - if you're not doing an evening family "read aloud" or game night, consider doing that a few nights a week - nature walks, hiking, camping/fishing trips - encourage her to write a book, draw, or other activity of her interest - physical activities such as kayaking/canoeing, Orienteering, bicycling, horseback riding, dance lessons, martial arts, etc. - social activities with her peers -- girls' group or homeschool support group, book club, after school bowling league, chess club, robotics team, etc. - involvement in the arts -- youth community theater; art lessons; music lessons; children's choir; make a movie or do animation with some friends, etc. - regular time to explore personal interests and learn to do hand crafts, sewing, knitting/crocheting, auto mechanics, whittling, jewelry making, baking, cake decorating, gardening, soldering electronics, building models from kits, woodburning kit, etc. etc.
  17. I have breathed a little after initial panic and the good, great thing about Abeka is that it has so much review so he won't forget methods. For example, he isn't great at telling time and that is reviewed throughout. The thing I hate about abeka is that it has seasonal themed lessons so I absolutely feel I'll have to double up for both kids so we are doing the lessons with pilgrims on the worksheets around Thanksgiving time. Wr often do math on Saturdays and then I feel my son's math is definitely easy enough to do 2 worksheets a day. My daughter may not like that level of intensity. We'll see. The seasonal lesson thing really bothers me. I will feel so behind all the time. I know it probably shouldn't bother me as much but it just will🙁 ETA: crisis averted, I suppose... until the next one. I just was getting out math and found the grade 5 math actually doesn't have the seasonal lessons so that is less of an issue. My son will go through his lessons fast so his seasonal lessons should be on time or early.
  18. Totally agreeing with previous posters. The only other place that I've seen require an accredited diploma (other than those rare U.S. colleges and some international schools, as listed by Farrar), are some trade schools and cosmetology schools -- they frequently want either an accredited diploma or a GED. Rather than paying for accreditation, I would spend the money on a math tutor who specializes in helping students with your DD's specific disability, and get a paper trail going now of official diagnosis in order to line up accommodations for testing as Corraleno says above. And that "paper trail" established in high school will also open doors to potential FREE helps in college, that would otherwise come at an out-of-pocket expense if you don't have an official diagnosis before high school graduation.
  19. For a tutor who could do AoPS calculus or who was in a graduate math program, I'd expect to pay at least $50 if not a good bit more, even in a lower cola area. You're asking for a very qualified person, essentially. I think your best bet is to look online. You'll be able to shop the most competitive prices. And you might luck out and find a cheaper tutor in more of the $30 or $40 range or maybe even less, like in the $20 range that way - possibly someone living abroad who can afford to offer cheaper rates. But I'd be suspicious that tutors offering way less would be able to successfully tutor AoPS calculus.
  20. I have had comments before like -- they have another client who talks a lot, easily, but is frequently not on topic, and Eli they have to try and try for him to speak, but he is almost always on topic when he does. Could they meld the two kids together? They are joking and not disclosing any personal information, but I they have whiplash going between kids sometimes! And from talking to other parents sometimes, I am going "your kid talks and talks, isn't it amazing," and they are going "your child gave an on-topic response, isn't it amazing," and don't see it's difficultu either way. I hadn't thought of this. I will keep my eye out, lol. My husband is better at catching on to things like this, thank goodness! Thanks, and good to know. I think ideally language structure, comprehension, and production are all taught at the same time, but it is hard when production is hard. At this point I think it's more that he needs some solid level of comprehension to support his production!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I am not doing this and it is hard for me to actually do. I have had good intentions to do it several times and just not quite followed through and done it. I have the student SGM, and the Book 1 autism that has the explanations, sitting in my living room with my library books, and I just haven't done much with actually doing it. I will plan to do it, and then somehow not actually do it. I know he has been taught at least generic story grammar elements at school. I know he has done related graphic organizers at school. I am having a hard time making this happen. But I also will think -- whatever I do at home is helpful, even if maybe somebody else helps him tie things together more in the future. And then too, maybe it will get easier as he gets older. That has happened with other things for sure. When I try I feel like he is really impatient with it and I am not holding his attention. Right now I can have a vibe with him for math where it's like -- I'm teaching you a lesson, you need to pay attention. I can do that for a very short lesson. Or -- we ARE going to do a math-related activity. I have not been able to do this for that long, probably a year or two, but I can do that now. Not that it goes super smoothly -- but it happens. For reading I don't have anything with him like "now I'm going to do a lesson, and you pay attention." We have that I read, and he will answer some questions here and there, and he likes to make some comments. I am just thinking of this now, but it might work if I rent him a movie he wants on a condition that we try to use SGM with it. That is the kind of thing that might go well.
  21. Honestly, I don't even think in terms of rigor for elementary or middle school. I think in terms of laying a solid foundation of fundamental skills that are required for future skills: reading, writing, and math are the obvious ones. BUT, I also want my kids to be curious thinkers who don't expect to be "told" all the answers as if everything has only 1 absolute answer. We spend a lot of time just talking. I ask questions and listen to their responses. I use their responses to ask more questions. I don't pretend to know 1/2 of anything that we study or talk about. Exploring for more info is pretty much a matter of course in our homeschool. Rabbit trails/meandering here and there is one of my greatest joys in homeschooling. FWIW, I don't test my kids in pretty much anything. We work toward mastery in content/skills. I don't worry about gaps. Learning is organic meeting each individual child wherever they might be vs defined by grade level. (FWIW, I would not call a 4th grader writing the paragraphs in TC as taking a big step back. 😉 )
  22. Singapore Math uses number bonds but doesn't belabor them and doesn't involve tons of drawing (I help at an afterschool program where many of the kids' homework is Eureka). It might feel familiar but not focus on the stuff that he hates...and if you're starting with second grade, there's only a little bit in the beginning - I think they were done with them after that. Eureka always feels like badly implemented Singapore Math to me.
  23. My daughter just asked, "Why this math is so easy? Is it because I've been doing such hard math?" Ugh... but it's a lot of review these first couple lessons.
  24. I did a school profile also. The above extract was from my counselor letter. The school profile had 4 sections: 1) philosophical vision of our homeschool, 2) description of outside vendors we used, 3) approach to each main topical area (math, science, etc), and 4) how I assigned grades. Its tone was very objective. The goal was to show rigor. The counselor letter was about how ds drove his education to achieve his own vision for how he wanted to learn and develop as a person. Its tone was very personal. The goal was to make ds seem more human. Both also demonstrated that his education was unique.
  25. You are probably overwhelmed by the replies in this thread. @kiwik 's suggestion of deschooling and just playing with math is a good one for 2nd grade. There are so many fun ways to cover math. Race to 100: divide a piece of paper into 6 columns, 3 for each of you (representing100s, 10s, 1s columns). Take turns rolling a die (or dice) and adding your rolled number to your previous score. First to 100 wins. Use Cuisinaire rods or dimes/pennies to do the math so they understand carrying 10 ones into the 10s column, 10 10s to 100. Math War: using a deck of cards, each flip up 2 cards. Add, subtract, multiply (whatever you want to work on)the cards. Person with the highest pair wins that round. Rest of "war" rules apply. Cuisenaire air rods.....lots to do with them. Colored rods and base 10 rods. Store: play with $$. Presto Chango is a $$ board game.
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