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  1. Have any of you done notebooking for upper-elementary math? If so, how often did you use it & how was it organised? At the K-2 level the topics were so basic and flew by so quickly that it didn’t seem worthwhile. Now we are approaching more complex topics, and I’m wondering if it would be useful. I’m thinking a section each for anchor charts and worked examples, vocabulary, and reinforcement games “as needed” - I suspect primarily for topics related to geometry & measurement.
  2. A friend of mine has a 4 year old in kindergarten and seems to be advanced in math (she has her in a supplemental Russian Math School and the child will be in the honors program next year). The school she is in seeks to find a computer program to teach her math since the young girl knows more than the average kindy kid. The preference is that the computer program does self-teaching, self-grades, is not an online program, and not overtly Christian. Any suggestions?
  3. Where have your homeschooled students taken the AMC 10 or AMC 12? I see it listed on the local high school's website, and it says it is open to any student at that school. So, I'm not sure if that means they wouldn't allow homeschoolers or not. I'm just curious where others have taken it.
  4. Okay, I got recommendation to check out Math in Focus textbooks and workbooks for our DD, age 6. So I'm looking at 1st (now) and 2nd (next year). Here's the recommendation to buy the MIF texts: 1A textbook: http://www.amazon.co...&condition=used 1A workbook: http://www.amazon.co...1&condition=new 1B textbook: http://www.amazon.co...&condition=used 1B workbook: http://www.amazon.co...1&condition=new The thing is, I was given a couple of books which I think are Singapore math. I have Primary Mathematics 1A textbook and 1b workbook. But they look like this: http://www.ebay.com/itm/like/390686740128?lpid=82 It says U.S. edition and Marshall Cavendish or Federal (on one copy) on the spine. What have I got, and is this really different from MIF (Math in Focus)? Is it worth getting MIF instead?
  5. Okay, I got recommendation to check out Math in Focus textbooks and workbooks for our DD, age 6. So I'm looking at 1st (now) and 2nd (next year). Here's the recommendation to buy the MIF texts: 1A textbook: http://www.amazon.co...&condition=used 1A workbook: http://www.amazon.co...1&condition=new 1B textbook: http://www.amazon.co...&condition=used 1B workbook: http://www.amazon.co...1&condition=new The thing is, I was given a couple of books which I think are Singapore math. I have Primary Mathematics 1A textbook and 1b workbook. But they look like this: http://www.ebay.com/itm/like/390686740128?lpid=82 It says U.S. edition and Marshall Cavendish or Federal (on one copy) on the spine. What have I got, and is this really different from MIF (Math in Focus)? Is it worth getting MIF instead?
  6. As 5th grade here is winding to a close, I am beginning to think about planning for 6th grade. In math, this year my daughter has done Singapore Math through level 5A, used Life of Fred Fractions and Decimals & Percents independently for review and reinforcement, and has done a little out of Harold Jacobs' Mathematics: A Human Endeavor for fun. I think that next year, she may be ready for pre-algebra and beginning algebra. This year, my daughter has been frustrated that she has felt that SM has repeated things she already knows. I tried to compensate by moving through things rapidly if she seemed familiar with them, and slowing down for unfamiliar things. But looking at the scope and sequence for 5B, 6A and 6B, I'm not sure that it's worth the time or money for us to do those levels. For those who have done those levels, do they introduce significant new concepts, especially concepts that need to be covered before advancing to pre-algebra? Would you advise for or against skipping them?
  7. Greetings, I was alerted to this website by a colleague who happened to read some of the posts inquiring about neuroscience and numeracy. I am a mathematics educator who has worked in private and public schools in the NYC area for the past 30 years, working with students from pre-kindergarten through college. My work has been published in several education related journals, including "Teaching Children Mathematics," and "Mathematics in the Middle School," and I have presented at national and international educational conferences. I am currently the director of Better Living Through Mathematics which provides state-of-the-art professional development, curriculum design and mathematics related programs for teachers, children and families. You can reach me at r@bltm.com . You can also read my blog about current issues in mathematics education at www.bltm.com/blog I also have several workshops that I present around the country, including "Wiring the Brain for Mathematics: Neuroscience & Numeracy," "Expand Your Mathematics Toolbox with Differentiated Instruction," "The Institute for Conceptual Mathematics (ICMath)" and "Math Anxiety: Effort - Nerves - Performance." What questions do you have about pre-K - 12 mathematics?
  8. I'm hoping you might have time to discuss something you mentioned in another thread: [Copied and pasted from your post.] I have a preference for texts written by mathematicians not math educators. I'm curious to know more about how textbooks written by mathematicians differ from those written by math educators. And, is it realistic for a parent who's not a mathematician to aspire to use materials written by mathematician? These questions are inspired partly by your post and partly by some remarks I read in reviews of math texts at Amazon. oops...I should have said that I'm interested in hearing from Jane and anyone else for whom this is important.
  9. I am preparing to homeschool my dd who is going into 5th grade this fall. This will be our first year homeschooling; until this time she has attended public school. She loves math and picks up concepts easily. From K through 4th grade, her school used Everyday Math for her mathematics curriculum (which she did not like at all). ETA: My plan is to begin the year with a review of multiplying 2- and 3- digit numbers, division, and fractions and decimals (especially addition and subtraction of fractions) - all of which were covered at the end of 4th grade. While my daughter could do the work, I know that she doesn't understand deeply why she should solve the problems in that way. Based on recommendations here, I ordered Singapore Math, Life of Fred: Fractions, and Jacobs' Mathematics: A Human Endeavor to check out as possible resources to use for her mathematics curriculum this fall. (I was planning on some combination of the three.) I am also looking at working on math using Montessori materials. Now that I have the books in hand and have looked through them, the book that captivated me the most - and that my instinct says will also engage my daughter the most - is Jacobs. However, the concepts introduced in it seem very different in sequence and scope from typical 5th grade curricula. So, my question for those of you who have also used Jacobs: 1. At what grade level did you introduce it? 2. How did you use it? Did you work through it from front to back like a regular textbook? Did you combine it with another curriculum? If so, how did you integrate them? 3. Do you recommend the Student Workbook? Is there a Teacher's Manual? Thanks for any advice! Lori
  10. Hi there. I wonder if anyone might have a suggestion... Background: Our dd13 (9th grade) has expressed an interest in taking part in some extracurricular activities through the public high school and possibly attending fulltime in the tenth grade. I've been making some phone calls and have discovered that this IS allowed (extracurriculars), but from what I've been able to find out so far, there's a good chance that she would be expected to follow the same curriculum as the kids in school are doing. I've yet to confirm this (have to wait another week before the individual I need to speak with comes back to work), but even if they don't require it for participation in extracurriculars, she does want to attend full time in 10th. Problem: She isn't "on grade level" in math. When we started homeschooling years back, we thought that we were doing it 'all the way' - so we haven't been too concerned with being EXACTLY where the public school kids are. She's ahead in some, behind in others - depending on where you make your comparisons. I need a math program that will "close the gaps" - and fairly quickly. She's at about the 6th/7th grade level in math - and she needs to catch up to 9th. (She may or may not have to work with a 9th grade text this year - we don't know yet. But by Sept 2011, she WILL have to handle the 10th grade math text if she goes ahead with her current plan and attends public high school full time.) If she does have to do the 9th text this year, we'll deal. I'll still need something to work with her on the gaps - we'll just have to make it work out. What program would you all suggest? Something that covers the basics, covers the major concepts taught during 7 & 8 mainly, I guess it would be. But something that can be done in a shorter time than usual. (If we get lucky and don't have to use the 9th text this year, then we have the full year to catch her up to level.) Thanks! :)
  11. It seems to me that RightStart, Miquon, and even Life of Fred all lead children to discover, deduce or otherwise figure out the math concepts. Singapore, Saxon, BJU, Horizons, and Key to... directly explain these concepts or else the "how to do it" that is based on the concepts, not expecting kids to sort them out themselves. What math program do you think directly explains the concepts best? Not a program that gets the concepts across by asking children to figure out what's going on, not a program that teaches kids the applications of the concepts so they can function as people who will need to multiply and divide and pass tests, but a program that explains outright the concepts so that kids deeply understand what is going on when they are multiplying, etc. Embedded in my question of course is the notion that children can deeply conceptualize mathematical principles from plain explanations. Feel free to explain to me why that isn't true if you think it isn't. I've been thinking about this stuff a lot lately.
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