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  1. I am considering ordering one of the handwriting workbooks from the Getty Dubay series for my 5th grade daughter. Her handwriting is "ok," but it often ends up rather sloppy, as she tends to be lazy with it. She has gone through several Pentime books, which we really like, but I'd like her to focus more on legible printing. One thing I've noticed is that she often starts her letters from the bottom and goes up (with certain letters). She went to public school for kindergarten, and I think she was taught that way there, although she did get instruction in writing from the top down after kindergarten. Anyway, I've been looking at the Getty Dubay series, and I'm just wondering which book she should start with? I don't want her to feel that she's doing "baby" work, but I think there would be value for her in really practicing her letter formation, possibly with some tracing, before jumping into copying paragraphs.
  2. We are gearing up to start high school with my daughters. The first time thru. I have 3 more going to be 5th, 3rd and 1st. I have everything mapped out for the 1 daughter - she wants to go to college, so that made it very easy to plan out her 4 years. The other daughter, however.... well, she is very artistic, musical and language oriented. Great and wonderful skills and very easy to get her to work in those areas. MATH, on the other hand, is so very difficult for her. We have been working for 2 years on division, fractions, decimals. She still doesn't really understand. She is currently in Dreambox math to build up her math knowledge and is doing ok with it UNTIL she hit division, fractions and decimals. She also uses Life of Fred AND has tried the Math Mammoth series directed at those specific areas. Other things we have tried over the years: Singapore, Horizons, Teaching Textbooks, Saxon, Kahn In a frustrated effort, we did a placement test for CLE math yesterday and found she places (barely) in level 500. She is very upset by this. I am at a loss as well. We work on these things over and over and it's just not sticking. So, I don't really know where to go from here. My goals (and hers) are to give her functional math skills for life. She would like the option of College, but has expressed an understanding that she will have to take a remedial math course at the community college if she wants to pursue that. I would love to help her move ahead and build confidence. I need a solid plan for high school that we can start working as soon as possible. I just don't even know what to do with this. I know that we aren't the only ones that have struggled here. We would appreciate some feedback from those of you that have experience with this.
  3. Someone posted on another group I frequent and asked for advice about getting a 20-something man up to speed in order to consider college. His schooling was lacking to say the least (and it was private so his parents paid for this privilege). :glare: He is said to be able to read high school material (the example was a biography of Pres Bush), but the school did not do general secular studies. He is looking for a writing program (to be able to write coherently and clearly, possibly for college entrance essays, but in general to become a understandable writer) and a grammar program because he knows he needs to sound literate and write well. He will self-teach; I don't know how much time/effort he will put into the work. I'm not sure he will go for online classes. I suggested IEW SWI C and Elegant Essays and Hake Grammar 7 and 8, but what say the HIve? Suggestions? Thanks in advance!
  4. and has studied no grammar, although he can read. This is an extreme case of unschooling gone wrong, and I'm staging an intervention. (For the whole family, not just him.) Help? The boy is very bright, and eager to learn. I honestly don't think there are learning disabilities. He's just been very, very sheltered academically. I want to get some books for his grandfather to tutor him over the summer, with the plan of enrolling in American School in the fall. I know Lial's Basic College Math is the standard suggestion for math. What is the equivalent for English? Would Warriner's Third Course be a good choice? I want materials that will be both self-explanatory and familiar in style to Grandpa, and easy for him to explain to Grandson. Grandpa is college-educated (and was unaware of the problem but lives nearby and wants to help). Are there any other areas that must be addressed before he starts with American School? A study skills book, perhaps, or something else? All advice is welcome, but please don't go overboard bashing the family. They are getting the help they need for all their children, and I'm quite exhausted from everything involved with that effort. Thanks.
  5. My Grade 4 student is a boy. He turned 10 in January. He does not spell well. We started Spelling Power this year and he is on Level A. He is reading beginner chapter books. He does oral narrations and I write them down. He then reads these aloud. He is doing First Language Lessons 3. FLL 3 is a perfect fit for his level. It works quite well for him. I did not start WWE this year because I figured (correctly) that we needed to see how he would handle FLL 3 first. I am imagining that he will be working through the tail end of FLL 3 by the beginning of our "official" start of the school year around the end of August beginning of September. I was thinking I would try WWE 3 for him for Grade 5. Any thoughts?
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