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Curriculum Ideas
Posted by
Sunshine Downs 7 months ago

Eureka Math

Eureka math is a free math curriculum. Many schools use it, but anyone can download the teacher guides and worksheets free just by making an account. You can get to it at greatminds.org and there are videos and supplemental content you can use from embarc.online

I liked this program when I taught using it in the elementary classroom setting, and I now use it for my 6 year old's math instruction. It teaches the concepts (the why) behind the math. The idea is that if students understand why the math works, they can reason (critical thinking) out answers and understand if their answers make sense rather than just memorizing formulas.

One problem I saw in the public school system where Eureka math was used was when the teachers didn't really understand the math themselves and didn't teach the concepts correctly which caused confusion among the students, especially when it gets to the fourth and fifth grade levels where they are doing operations with fractions. If you are struggling with understanding a concept, watching the videos on embarc.online is helpful!

Hope this helps someone!

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Introductions
Posted by
Sunshine Downs 7 months ago

New here!

Hello all,
This is my second year homeschooling my 4 children (ages 6, 13, 15, and 16). I taught elementary school in the public school system here in Georgia for past 8 years. I didn't like that I worked so hard to educate and love other people's children and then felt like I had no time or energy for my own children. (I do love working with children and teaching in general, but needed to prioritize my own children, if that makes sense.) I have learned that teaching in the public school system and homeschooling are very different animals! A lot of being a teacher has to do with classroom management and maintaining the environment rather than really teaching the content. Homeschooling lets me focus on the content since we already have our home life routines (and behaviors) under control. I do cheat a little, I use Outschool to find teachers to teach my 15 year old Algebra 1 and my 16 year old Chemistry and Pre-calculus. (I have a masters in mathematics education, but it's grades k-6! lol) It seems we are always finding things to make this journey easier. This website, for example, has been an answer to a prayer for how to better organize grades. I have used the Applecore system (applecoresystem.com) to put in final grades and run transcripts, since my oldest two are in high school. This is such a fabulous resource, and I am glad to have found it and all of you!

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General Discussion
Posted by
Brian McQuay 7 months ago

Happy November

Hope everyone had a great Halloween. It's turkey time of year now though. What sort of interesting Thanksgiving themed lessons is everyone planning this month?

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General Discussion
Posted by
Brian McQuay 7 months ago

Some helpfuil tips for Mondays

Don’t hate me, but I love Mondays around here. They might be my most stress-free day of the week. Really. The house is calm, the kids are productive, and I am happy. That is success. I really like to start my week off with a great day. It sets the tone for the rest of the week. How do I manage to take the stress out of Monday? Sunday Evening Planning Session It all starts Sunday evening. That is my planning time. My husband and my kids leave me alone for a couple hours each Sunday evening and I sit
https://thehomeschoolscientist.com/5-steps-stress-free-homeschool-monday/
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Help
Posted by
An-nisa Black 7 months ago

Report Card

Can anyone tell me what does the Q1, Q2, Q3 and Q4 mean in the report card area?

Thank You!

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