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2 minutes ago, ThatBookwormMom said:

I made Paradox's Gram's Pennsylvania Dutch Chocolate Cake. I'm waiting for it to cool so I can dust it with powdered sugar and EAT IT! It smells amazing. I wish you were at my house right now. It's intoxicating.

Next project will be Critter's Rice Pudding, but that will have to wait until post-Cheeto.

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I like your knife stand!

ETA this Booyah brought to you by Bookie's beautiful cake!

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I like your knife stand!

Thank you. 🥰 Dave bought it for me when we bought our house five years ago. I think he got it on Amazon.

I should probably get them professionally sharpened, but the closest place that does it is 45 minutes away.

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8 minutes ago, ThatBookwormMom said:

 

I should probably get them professionally sharpened, but the closest place that does it is 45 minutes away.

I didn't know there were places that will sharpen your knives for you, I try to do it myself and am not very good at it. I just checked and there is a kitchen store with a knife sharpening service just a couple of miles from me.

This could be life changing!

I also found there are places you can ship your knives to and have them shipped back if there is no service nearby.

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Hello I'm back!

Long day, we had a baptism to go to and the dinner ended up being way longer than we expected.  It was fun but we didn't get our tree up today like we thought we were going to.  Now it's probably going to wait until next weekend.

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I have CutCo Knives. I need all of them sharpened and one replaced, blade snapped inside the handle. I don't want to send them off becasue they are the only knives I have. I really should, though.

Bookie, I hope you like the cake! I have Baker's Chocolate on my pantry shelf. I may just need to get off my duff and go make one. I did already make sour cream cinnamon cake, though.

So Scotsman found an article this morning about intermittant fasting and wants to try it. Y'all have any tips for him? He thinks this way he won't need to exercise. His idea is to eat first at 8:30 (an egg/sausage croissant or something else high protein) then not eat again until dinner around 5:30/6. His last eating would be 7/7:30. I pointed out that means giving up pot pies, apple juice, and chocolate snackies at work.

If I miss a meal, I get lightheaded and start to see spots. Fasting is not something my body handles well.

EDPO: (but math is fascinating!)

I appreciate all the thoughts on C-rods vs MUS. That picture says it all. It makes no sense that the MUS blocks aren;t any standard measure.

Renai and Bookie-- Which "brand" of Singapore to you use? How do you line up all the extra resources "they" say you need to use in order to get the most out of the program. Where do you buy your manipulatives to do the conceptual work? Anyone looked at SIngapore Math Live? https://www.singaporemathlive.com Is it a class for the kid or parent training? That bit isn't clear from the website. She does work all the word probems, IP and CWP. I tried Primary and Standards with the other kids but could never get any traction. I often wonder if it was because mine always placed so low to start out with that it was too boring for us all. Math in Focus appeals to me the most, but my local store has scads of used Primary. To be fair, he has quite a bit of the MiF textbooks used, too. I do not believe just using the books alone is the way to get the benefits of Singapore method. All the hands-on is in the TMs, regardless of which version is used.

 

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1 hour ago, Renai said:

Although Amazon prices have gone up, the good news is I was able to turn in my receipt points for Amazon gift cards, and that more than makes up for price increases. If I hadn't been so lazy uploading receipts, I would have had at least double the amount I got ($25 this year, I had more last year...).

Uploading receipts for Amazon GCs? Please, tell me MORE!!!

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1 hour ago, maize said:

I didn't know there were places that will sharpen your knives for you, I try to do it myself and am not very good at it. I just checked and there is a kitchen store with a knife sharpening service just a couple of miles from me.

This could be life changing!

I also found there are places you can ship your knives to and have them shipped back if there is no service nearby.

I'm going to have to either invest in a whetstone and the YouTube videos to show me how to use it properly, or check into the mail away services. Sharp knives make such a difference in the enjoyment of cooking.

13 minutes ago, Paradox5 said:

I have CutCo Knives. I need all of them sharpened and one replaced, blade snapped inside the handle. I don't want to send them off becasue they are the only knives I have. I really should, though.

Bookie, I hope you like the cake! I have Baker's Chocolate on my pantry shelf. I may just need to get off my duff and go make one. I did already make sour cream cinnamon cake, though.

So Scotsman found an article this morning about intermittant fasting and wants to try it. Y'all have any tips for him? He thinks this way he won't need to exercise. His idea is to eat first at 8:30 (an egg/sausage croissant or something else high protein) then not eat again until dinner around 5:30/6. His last eating would be 7/7:30. I pointed out that means giving up pot pies, apple juice, and chocolate snackies at work.

If I miss a meal, I get lightheaded and start to see spots. Fasting is not something my body handles well.

EDPO: (but math is fascinating!)

I appreciate all the thoughts on C-rods vs MUS. That picture says it all. It makes no sense that the MUS blocks aren;t any standard measure.

Renai and Bookie-- Which "brand" of Singapore to you use? How do you line up all the extra resources "they" say you need to use in order to get the most out of the program. Where do you buy your manipulatives to do the conceptual work? Anyone looked at SIngapore Math Live? https://www.singaporemathlive.com Is it a class for the kid or parent training? That bit isn't clear from the website. She does work all the word probems, IP and CWP. I tried Primary and Standards with the other kids but could never get any traction. I often wonder if it was because mine always placed so low to start out with that it was too boring for us all. Math in Focus appeals to me the most, but my local store has scads of used Primary. To be fair, he has quite a bit of the MiF textbooks used, too. I do not believe just using the books alone is the way to get the benefits of Singapore method. All the hands-on is in the TMs, regardless of which version is used.

 

The cake was delicious! Squishy didn't speak a word until he was finished, then pushed his plate back with a contented sigh and thanked me for making it, lol.

As for Singapore, I probably am not using it "right." I don't use the supplemental books. I buy the bundles from Rainbow Resource that have the Home Instructor's Guide along with the textbook and workbook. I find the HIG invaluable. A usual lesson consists of a few minutes of facts drill to warm up, which is sometimes flash cards and sometimes the mental math columns in Singapore. Then I teach the lesson from the HIG, not necessarily using all the strategies if my kid is grasping fairly quickly. Then we do the textbook pages together, and they do the workbook pages alone. I'm nearby, but usually turning my attention to another kid at that point. Sometimes we'll play the games from the HIG, but we haven't been doing that as well as I want to, tbh. I buy the US edition, not Standard, but I don't know if that makes a difference.

I also supplement SM with Beast Academy a level behind. We read the guide together on Monday, and they get a worksheet from the practice book each day after their SM lesson is done. It's maybe unconventional, but the combined approach is the only thing that made Reader stop freaking out about math lessons.

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2 hours ago, ThatBookwormMom said:

Thank you. 🥰 Dave bought it for me when we bought our house five years ago. I think he got it on Amazon.

I should probably get them professionally sharpened, but the closest place that does it is 45 minutes away.

There's a dude that travels and sharpens knives. He comes in and leaves his sign up saying what dates he'll be at whatever location - usually Joans or the local food coop. I still haven't contacted him and I lost his number. Sigh.

 

1 hour ago, Paradox5 said:

 

So Scotsman found an article this morning about intermittant fasting and wants to try it. Y'all have any tips for him? He thinks this way he won't need to exercise. His idea is to eat first at 8:30 (an egg/sausage croissant or something else high protein) then not eat again until dinner around 5:30/6. His last eating would be 7/7:30. I pointed out that means giving up pot pies, apple juice, and chocolate snackies at work.

If I miss a meal, I get lightheaded and start to see spots. Fasting is not something my body handles well.

EDPO: (but math is fascinating!)

I appreciate all the thoughts on C-rods vs MUS. That picture says it all. It makes no sense that the MUS blocks aren;t any standard measure.

Renai and Bookie-- Which "brand" of Singapore to you use? How do you line up all the extra resources "they" say you need to use in order to get the most out of the program. Where do you buy your manipulatives to do the conceptual work? Anyone looked at SIngapore Math Live? https://www.singaporemathlive.com Is it a class for the kid or parent training? That bit isn't clear from the website. She does work all the word probems, IP and CWP. I tried Primary and Standards with the other kids but could never get any traction. I often wonder if it was because mine always placed so low to start out with that it was too boring for us all. Math in Focus appeals to me the most, but my local store has scads of used Primary. To be fair, he has quite a bit of the MiF textbooks used, too. I do not believe just using the books alone is the way to get the benefits of Singapore method. All the hands-on is in the TMs, regardless of which version is used.

 

@Slache can talk more on intermittent fasting.

I use primary - just the text and workbook. If I need manipulatives to illustrate something, I'll use what I have on hand. Dancer needed that more than Gymnast. Gymnast prefers I show her by writing things down. She's weird. I make her use manipulatives though if I feel she really isn't grasping it. I've purchased the HIG before with Dancer, but then never used it. Maybe I'll get it again when I hit 4a to see if it helps. So, I don't use Singapore "correctly" either. The HIGs didn't even exist when I started out with Dancer.

 

1 hour ago, Servant4Christ said:

Uploading receipts for Amazon GCs? Please, tell me MORE!!!

You can earn points for uploading receipts, then trade in those points for paypal or various gift cards. I opt for Amazon since that is where the bulk of my purchases are from. There are many options available depending on the company - restaurants, retailers, etc.. So, what companies? (Yes, these are referral links, so if you decide to use them, we both get bonus points)

The two I cashed out this year are:

1. Fetch Rewards https://fetchrewards.onelink.me/vvv3/referralsocial?code=V6UWP . I like this one because it automatically applies extra points for specific products without you doing the extra work. I just scanned a receipt my husband had, and it picked up Cheetos and added an extra 25 points to the balance (besides the points for just uploading the receipt).

2. Receipt Hog - there is no referral code, but you get on points depending on the dollar amount.

3. Last year, I also cashed out Ibotta. There are chances for extra dollars (this does money, not points!) when you are on a team and reach certain goals.  https://ibotta.com/r/lmsyqgh

4. I also cashed out Checkout 51 last year, but then quit because it seemed like too much work. It also rewards money instead of points, but for particular products. But, sometimes the products will be "any cheese" or "any tomatoes." I just redownloaded it and it seems it works more like Fetch Rewards now in that it picks out products from your receipts: https://checkout51.app.link/1W0WxITZc2

Someone introduced me to two more a week ago:

5. Receipt Pal is points: https://app.adjust.com/oqlq9t9?label=5KTQENPK

6. Coin Out: no referral, but you are earning cents for each receipt you upload.

 

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Other than the three kids who are in bed, everyone is being productive (except me).

Dh is grading math homework for a college class he teaches.

Dd17 is making a colored pencil sketch of her cousin.

Dd15 is hemming the dress she made for herself.

 

And me?  I'm eating chocolate and watching youtube.

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Junie, your family is a testament to what a good mom you are.

Paradox, no. No to not exercising and no to that wonky schedule.

 

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I think that my headache is finally almost done.

3 mini-Cokes

2000 mg ibuprofen (not all at once)

2 (or 3?) hot showers

2 missed church services 

1 nap

lots of chocolate and youtube

and a partridge in a pear tree. 😉

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Good morning!  It's The Queen's favorite day! :laugh:

Praying for you today, Bookie!

We are hoping they can finish repairing the van today, though we have transportation worked out if not.  However, we will have to insist that traffic be more or less normal for the time of day.  Even with the rain, which somehow makes driving safely a difficult and confusing endevour for many.

Coffee!

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Good morning!

I need to make muffins or pancakes or something for breakfast, we're out of bread and cheese and yogurt and milk, the kind of stuff that people can just grab for themselves (what we mostly do for breakfast).

I think I hear ds14 unloading the dishwasher upstairs.

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15 hours ago, ThatBookwormMom said:

I made Paradox's Gram's Pennsylvania Dutch Chocolate Cake. I'm waiting for it to cool so I can dust it with powdered sugar and EAT IT! It smells amazing. I wish you were at my house right now. It's intoxicating.

Next project will be Critter's Rice Pudding, but that will have to wait until post-Cheeto.

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Yeah, but those knives!

15 hours ago, maize said:

I like your knife stand!

ETA this Booyah brought to you by Bookie's beautiful cake!

That's what I was going to say!!

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I am more mustard than ketchupped.  But we are home from swim meet.  So tiring!  

DS 17 is now DS18 today!  

I need to clone myself and my car this week.  

Hoping for successful van repairs today for you, Susan!

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18 minutes ago, Another Lynn said:

I am more mustard than ketchupped.  But we are home from swim meet.  So tiring!  

DS 17 is now DS18 today!  

I need to clone myself and my car this week.  

Hoping for successful van repairs today for you, Susan!

Send in the Clones
By AMJ 10/2017

Isn't it time?
Why aren't they here
to do our laundry and run
all our errands with cheer?
Send in the clones.
There ought to be clones!

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Thanks to ITT, I am now researching Singapore Math. Why, you ask? Because I want something that works but doesn't feel like such drudgery. I personally like many of CLE's explanations because they make sense to me (I wish I had learned this way in school) and I rarely even need the TM, but it truly is a standoff most days with Oldest. So if I can find something different that he will actually DO and understand, I'll try it.

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Good Morning!!!!!

COFFEE!!!!~D

Monday!!!!😩😩😩😩😩

i managed to survived the Handbell-Apocalypse yesterday. We played well both services (and I managed to keep a smile on my face, smiling is something you have to be very intentional about because you are concentrating so hard) and we made it up to the mountains, it did not snow and the ceremony was lovely. People loved the bells. We played the prelude as people were hiking up the path (about 1/4 mile from the parking lot) to the Gen. Grant Tree and they said they could hear the bells all the way up from the parking lot and it was just beautiful. The ceremony had a lot of music, the state Assemblyman from this area gave the message which was really good.  The only bad thing was getting a late start coming down the mountain and we missed the entire children’s Christmas program. We knew we were cutting it extremely close and then we had to wait for Myra, (some lady who rode up on our bus). We waited and waited and looked in the bathroom and couldn’t find here. Finally, we figured out she went down on the other bus and didn’t tell anyone.😡😡😡

Anyway, I had “In Dulci Jubilo” running through my head all night long. I slept horribly and am not ready for the week to come. Ole’.

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Slache, thank you, but I think the fasting stuff was for Paradox and Scotsman. I'm going to look at it, too, though.

Happy birthday Lynn's DS! 

My family spoiled me rotten this morning. 🥰 Dave used his nightly insomnia to go to Meijer and buy me a journal (with colorful gel pens!), a coffee mug that says You Are My Sunshine, a spiralizer, a timer I can put in my pocket, and chocolate. ❤❤❤ I love that man.

My kids gave me various things they made themselves, including superhero pictures and a drawing of a cake with 34 candles.

We also finished off the chocolate cake for breakfast. 😊

Doctor appointment is at 4 p.m. I'll let you know if they admit me or send me home to come back early tomorrow morning.

It's going to be a great day.

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I'm up and taking on the day, one task at a time. Caffeine first, though. I have to work tomorrow, and so nothing will be done at all that day. Even with DH and the boys home earlier than me, I know better than to get my hopes up. So I'm doing my best to keep things good for me, everyone mostly fed, and if they want clothes--well, they will have to handle that for themselves. I'll do what I can when I get home, but not staying up to wash someone's favorite pants. They can stay up.

Getting a few reads back for one novel. I'm hoping I get to do the revisions on it in February or March. That would be awesome. 

ETA: Happy Nirthday to so many! 

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So I finally made my way upstairs and found a delicious pumpkin-y smell in the kitchen--turns out dd16 beat me to the breakfast making, there were pumpkin muffins already in the oven.

I totally owe her a ride to the dojo or something 🙂

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Math is taking FOR-E-VER. Again. And it's a super easy lesson that he completely understands but just isn't motivated enough to do. 8 problems. 1.5hrs. Still not done. The principal just happens to be on his way home and will be making a surprise appearance soon.

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42 minutes ago, maize said:

So I finally made my way upstairs and found a delicious pumpkin-y smell in the kitchen--turns out dd16 beat me to the breakfast making, there were pumpkin muffins already in the oven.

I totally owe her a ride to the dojo or something 🙂

Mmm...pumpkin muffins. Recipe?

13 minutes ago, Slache said:

Bookie is how I spell Paradox sometimes.

Naturally. 😉

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Good Morning!

Happy Monday!

I woke up with a headache and went back to bed for Second Sleep.

I've been up for a while.  Headache is still hanging around, but I'm able to function better than yesterday.

Skipped school with dd9, did math with dd11 (she was actually mostly compliant) and set the others off with their assignments for independent learning.

Cleaned out the coat closet and purged mittens/hats that don't fit anyone.

And I read two chapters in a Max Lucado book -- in Spanish.  I understood about half of it.

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6 minutes ago, Junie said:

Good Morning!

Happy Monday!

I woke up with a headache and went back to bed for Second Sleep.

I've been up for a while.  Headache is still hanging around, but I'm able to function better than yesterday.

Skipped school with dd9, did math with dd11 (she was actually mostly compliant) and set the others off with their assignments for independent learning.

Cleaned out the coat closet and purged mittens/hats that don't fit anyone.

And I read two chapters in a Max Lucado book -- in Spanish.  I understood about half of it.

(((Junie))) You seem to suffer with headaches frequently. Have you figured out what triggers them? I found out that a food allergy was causing my migraine-like headaches and eliminating the source has been life changing.

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4 minutes ago, Servant4Christ said:

(((Junie))) You seem to suffer with headaches frequently. Have you figured out what triggers them? I found out that a food allergy was causing my migraine-like headaches and eliminating the source has been life changing.

No, we haven't figured out the cause.  And, actually, my headaches are much, much better.

The three years from 2016-2018 I had a migraine nearly every single day.  It was pretty miserable.

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23 minutes ago, Junie said:

No, we haven't figured out the cause.  And, actually, my headaches are much, much better.

The three years from 2016-2018 I had a migraine nearly every single day.  It was pretty miserable.

I'm so sorry. If you haven't already, you may want to consider both food allergy testing (in the arm, not just the back test because it isn't sensitive enough) and external allergy testing. The tests didn't reveal what reaction was caused by each allergen, but after avoiding them all for about a month, I could reintroduce one allergen at a time to figure out what the reactions were, if that makes sense.

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1 hour ago, Servant4Christ said:

Math is taking FOR-E-VER. Again. And it's a super easy lesson that he completely understands but just isn't motivated enough to do. 8 problems. 1.5hrs. Still not done. The principal just happens to be on his way home and will be making a surprise appearance soon.

Principal came home and tried to motivate Oldest but was unsuccessful. So I broke out the big guns: I smelled up the whole house cooking one of Oldest's favorite meals. 😂

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Dds17&13 and I dropped dh off at work and then went to the AFSA to pick up our new glasses and go grocery shopping.  The girls begged for ramen cups so that's what was for lunch.  I had a leftover baked potato and a chicken herb sausage.  Now I want a nap - my brain woke up much too early this morning!

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1 hour ago, Junie said:

No, we haven't figured out the cause.  And, actually, my headaches are much, much better.

The three years from 2016-2018 I had a migraine nearly every single day.  It was pretty miserable.

I was thinking about this and I think it might have been 2015-2017.  

1 hour ago, Servant4Christ said:

I'm so sorry. If you haven't already, you may want to consider both food allergy testing (in the arm, not just the back test because it isn't sensitive enough) and external allergy testing. The tests didn't reveal what reaction was caused by each allergen, but after avoiding them all for about a month, I could reintroduce one allergen at a time to figure out what the reactions were, if that makes sense.

I'm pretty sure it's not food allergies.  I had allergy testing about 12 years ago and the only things that showed up were wheat, oats, barley, and limes.  I have been gluten free (and mostly lime free) ever since.

My best guess is that they are stress related.  The dates coincide with the years that I was homeschooling 6 children.  They started a few months after dd9 began kindergarten and settled down a bit when ds19 went off to college.

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1 hour ago, Junie said:

I was thinking about this and I think it might have been 2015-2017.  

I'm pretty sure it's not food allergies.  I had allergy testing about 12 years ago and the only things that showed up were wheat, oats, barley, and limes.  I have been gluten free (and mostly lime free) ever since.

My best guess is that they are stress related.  The dates coincide with the years that I was homeschooling 6 children.  They started a few months after dd9 began kindergarten and settled down a bit when ds19 went off to college.

Did you have any external allergies testing done? Trees and candles both give me awful headaches and this is the season for both.

6 children homeschooling, oh my! My hat's off to you. Stress makes total sense in that context 😂

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22 hours ago, Paradox5 said:

I have CutCo Knives. I need all of them sharpened and one replaced, blade snapped inside the handle. I don't want to send them off becasue they are the only knives I have. I really should, though.

Bookie, I hope you like the cake! I have Baker's Chocolate on my pantry shelf. I may just need to get off my duff and go make one. I did already make sour cream cinnamon cake, though.

So Scotsman found an article this morning about intermittant fasting and wants to try it. Y'all have any tips for him? He thinks this way he won't need to exercise. His idea is to eat first at 8:30 (an egg/sausage croissant or something else high protein) then not eat again until dinner around 5:30/6. His last eating would be 7/7:30. I pointed out that means giving up pot pies, apple juice, and chocolate snackies at work.

If I miss a meal, I get lightheaded and start to see spots. Fasting is not something my body handles well.

EDPO: (but math is fascinating!)

I appreciate all the thoughts on C-rods vs MUS. That picture says it all. It makes no sense that the MUS blocks aren;t any standard measure.

Renai and Bookie-- Which "brand" of Singapore to you use? How do you line up all the extra resources "they" say you need to use in order to get the most out of the program. Where do you buy your manipulatives to do the conceptual work? Anyone looked at SIngapore Math Live? https://www.singaporemathlive.com Is it a class for the kid or parent training? That bit isn't clear from the website. She does work all the word probems, IP and CWP. I tried Primary and Standards with the other kids but could never get any traction. I often wonder if it was because mine always placed so low to start out with that it was too boring for us all. Math in Focus appeals to me the most, but my local store has scads of used Primary. To be fair, he has quite a bit of the MiF textbooks used, too. I do not believe just using the books alone is the way to get the benefits of Singapore method. All the hands-on is in the TMs, regardless of which version is used.

 

I'm still trying to make heads or tails of the difference between them all. Primary seems to be preferred by most over Standard but how does MIF compare?

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