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#13884  04/16/08 09:09 AM
Suggestions for mtg. w/District math supervisor

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Registered: 11/24/07
Posts: 864

Wanted to ask for suggestions as to what to ask for re: DS7 next year in grade 3 math. He hasn't worked much on the CTY math, but I expect he'll be done with at least their CTY/EGPY Grade 3 Accelerated Math (and probably Grade 4, although I wonder if I should avoid further acceleration at this point). He already knows the multiplication tables through 12 from timez attack. For now, his teachers are preassessing and substituting challenge problems for regular work, so he's getting no instruction other than help getting started when he needs it.
Our district believes in differentiation, not acceleration. They use Everyday Math, and I think I saw some classes using Scott Foresman (don't know what that one is). I've also heard a rumor of Aleks.
In our district, grades 3 and 4 are in the same building, 5 and 6 about a mile away.
Suggestions? Thanks!

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#13886  04/16/08 09:32 AM
Re: Suggestions for mtg. w/District math supervisor
[Re: Cathy A]

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Registered: 11/24/07
Posts: 864

Thanks, Cathy. So far EPGY 3 is all review of the CTY problem solving course. Nothing new yet, and he's up to 3.25. I didn't realize it's a 3/4 course (like EPGY LAW which is 36). I guess he may as well finish it and we'll look to supplement next year. So I'll ask about Singapore and Aleks, and I suppose continuing in EPGY, which I'm sure they won't allow.

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#13928  04/17/08 06:40 AM
Re: Suggestions for mtg. w/District math supervisor
[Re: Cathy A]

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Registered: 11/24/07
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Cathy, thanks for all the info. DS has now done a third of EPGY 3 and it turns out that it's primarily a review of the CTY Elementary Problem Solving I course. CTY had recommended starting with that one as an introduction and said it covered the first and second grade curricula. The weird thing is that it also covered long division, without much of an explanation. At least I know not to arbitrarily hold him back from the 4 course.
As for math competitions, he's good at math, but I never considered him a math whiz. But I like the idea of having him do problems he has to think about. I've read about math kangaroo on this board, although there are no locations nearby. It might be a good idea to try some of the problems from past tests as practice.

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#13999  04/17/08 11:16 AM
Re: Suggestions for mtg. w/District math supervisor
[Re: Cathy A]

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Registered: 11/24/07
Posts: 864

I'd love anything that would make my DS grab a pencil, LOL! Isn't Descartes Cove for 6th grade and up? If not, it's definitely something that would appeal to him.
And thanks for the thought about reading and math. Never thought of that. Funny  and accurate!

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#14011  04/17/08 12:58 PM
Re: Suggestions for mtg. w/District math supervisor
[Re: questions]

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Registered: 05/26/07
Posts: 1783
Loc: West coast, USA

Descartes' Cove is listed for grades 6 and up but DS has been working on the easiest level (Measurement) and he can understand the problems conceptually. In terms of mechanics, they use decimals and percents but part of my son's excitement about it is discovering these new things which he views as some kind of secret knowledge, lol. When he gets to something new, we look at the secret book for clues. DD played it a bit and was able to do the Measurement problems without too much help from me. She doesn't seem to be as interested in it as DS, though.
We haven't tried the harder levels, I don't really know what's on them. You can look at a demo of the game on the CTY website. It's a six part thing including Measurement, Number & Operations, Data Analysis & Probability, Algebra, Geometry, Reasoning & Proof.

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