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#1 of 2 Old 08-03-2010, 09:54 AM - Thread Starter
 
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Hi everyone

I'm just looking for some BTDT/advice about starting my 5th grader on Oak Meadow this year. We have been eclectic homeschoolers/ borderline unschoolers depending on subject for a long time but I am looking for some easy way to go more structured with her. She is going through puberty, cries a lot over her math (trying to finish up Right Start Level E), doesn't like to listen to me yap all day long, etc., and I feel like at this stage what she needs is both more structure and expectation to get something done but to be able to do it on her own and to use materials that are easy for her to feel like she self-directed to accomplishment. I also think she needs the Waldorfy craft component for her own personal development.

She (and her sisters) will also be going to co-op school for hs'ers 2 days a week including one day where a Waldorf-oriented mom will be doing Waldorf handiworks and art, there will also be geography, science lab and a design-squad style inventions class....so the program would be something that we could be flexible since 2 whole days a week will be spent at school.

It looks to me like Oak Meadow is the gentle type of structure we need and I'm just looking to check and see if my perception is correct (they only give one sample lesson on their site). Their math looks like it might be too easy, but for a girl who has had an on-again, off-again (currently "off"/stressful) relationship with math this may not be a bad thing for her to take a year to do some easy stuff. Has anyone ordered a curriculum package with a different level math? Do they let people do that?

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I would email/call Oak Meadow and ask them if you can have access to their online school for a day or an hour or whatever so that you can see more than one lesson. I'd also ask them about Math. If she's made it through Right Start E, then she's pretty advanced anyways. I agree with you that it might be nice for her to just have an easy year of Math to regain her confidence. Plus, you can go back and play the math games from Right Start and work on the areas where she struggles.

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