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    As far as math goes, I didn't want to go to level 3- but, I feel the benefits may outweigh the cons. If we can get through that in the first semester, we can move onto level 4 (and finish through the summer). Then we will only start next year one level behind.

    I think you're right about the importance of having the basic facts and concepts down first. Even though it's hard to go backwards, I think it's what we need to do. And will be less frustrating for him in the long run.

    As for history- he really enjoys history and big books of it. He will read the Usborne big History encyclopedia in his free time. He doesn't seem to get bored reading about history- so I was eager to introduce more fun history books for him. If both programs will be too much, then I'll have to pick one for now. Just unsure if I should go more towards the US history route, or the world history route. I'm thinking maybe the History of US books will be our best bet for now.

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    Hi!

    While I am a little late to the party, I wanted to give you some input on the math and wha we are doing for my soon to be 5th grader.

    I use Beast Academy and Mathmatical Reasoning from Critical Thinking Co. We used BA for the same reason you were thinking about using it the graphic novel aspect and the fact that it presents math in a completely differed then way. I use MR to cover some of the more common aspects of math in a more traditional mode without it being overwhelming.

    I see no reason that you can’t use BA and start from an earlier level. Last year we started with level 2. BA is so different that I don’t see it being a problem to start with the beginning levels. It is puzzle based and can be really fun, as well as challenging. The more difficult problems are identified, so if you want to skip them you can. (Sometimes the difficult ones are really challenging).

    MR is more straight forward with the math. Each worksheet covers a specific topic. We do one a day. I like that it is not an overwhelming number of problems on the page.

    We have used Math Mammath and it is excellent and mastery based. For DS, there were too many problem on a page and he would get overwhelmed. I purchased the pdf version and would edit them before printing because of that. (Or I would cut out only the parts I wanted him to do.) It is a solid program through.

    Khan Academy is great if your son likes the digital aspect. Even if you don’t use the mastery quizzes, the videos can be helpful for traditional math and cam be used with any of curriculums (except Beast Academy).

    We have not used Teaching Textbooks, but the online lessons look reasonable.

    If your child does not like math, then go with what ever the seems to think is ok. We have changed up math a few times (as you can see) in order to accommodate changing needs or desires.

    All of these math programs have samples on their website. Before you buy, download the samples and see if he likes them. All the good ones have a try-before-you-buy. So there is no point in wasting money if he will outright reject one of them.
    A mama, who teaches college writing, as well as help her 10-year-old in
    choosing his own life adventure. Using Global Village School to support our desire to develop a sense of social justice and global awareness.
    I also share free and low-cost educational resources at
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    This makes me feel much better about trying Beast Academy. Did you use both the guide and practice books? I'm thinking we will start somewhere in level 3, but I haven't decided on which one. We will just use it on "off-time", to introduce it. If he really takes to it and does well with it, then maybe we will make it our primary math.

    Now I'm just really torn on what will be our main math. Singapore, Horizons, or MM. I think I will have him take a look at the samples, and see what he thinks.

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    Those of you that currently use, or have used, Singapore- do you use the Common Core or US edition? Is there a big difference?

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    I use the Standards edition.... there is a comparison on their site about scope of each. My understanding was Standards is the more authentic, less meddled with. Standards is also based on CA standards, predating Common Core.
    Im not Common-Core phobic, but especially seeing how Singapore 6, only inspired by Singapore, is so much weaker, I dont want to try something that has been messed with.
    Homeschooling DS11, DS5.

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    I went ahead and ordered the US edition, because it was cheaper. I figure if we really like it and it's working, then I could always get the CC or standard edition for the next level. I started with 3A- it may be further back than needed, but at the very least it will allow us to review and solidify. Then we can move to 3B and 4A. Ideally, we can finish level 4 completely by the end or the school year. Then we will just be one year behind. But, we will see. I don't want to rush him either.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DLPMom523 View Post
    This makes me feel much better about trying Beast Academy. Did you use both the guide and practice books?

    We used both the guide and practice books. The guide is the comic book and the practice books are the puzzles.
    A mama, who teaches college writing, as well as help her 10-year-old in
    choosing his own life adventure. Using Global Village School to support our desire to develop a sense of social justice and global awareness.
    I also share free and low-cost educational resources at
    http://chooseourownadventures.blogspot.com

  9. #38

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    Thank you all for your help!

    Ordered everything, and feeling good about it.
    REAL Science Odyssey - Chemistry, one level of Singapore math, 3C of Beast Academy to try for fun, and for History I ordered the first two volumes of History of US. We will also be watching the Story of US documentary series this year. 😊

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