tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-7674096331532003158.post2178061872605800527..comments2019-09-22T23:00:03.126-07:00Comments on Planet Smarty Pants: Beyond Common Core – Math for Advanced LearnersNatalie PlanetSmartyhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/03531558038661679151noreply@blogger.comBlogger6125tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-7674096331532003158.post-6889881658202528592016-08-29T22:36:29.089-07:002016-08-29T22:36:29.089-07:00Check out Art of Problem Solving! I think they sta...Check out Art of Problem Solving! I think they started as a resource for competitive math but they are well into developing their own math curriculum that emphasizes depth over speed and they believe that bright kids learn best by trying to figure things out on their own first. <br /><br />They have real-time, discussion-based, online classes (pre-algebra through calculus and group theory as well as computer programming) that use their own textbooks. They are actually accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges and on the University of California a-g Approval list in case your Smarty finds herself too far ahead of her classmates. <br /><br />You can also buy their text books to use on your own (grades 3 & 4 and soon 5 in addition to pre-algebra, "grade 6ish", through calculus), they all have lots of practice problems and complete answer keys (not just odd numbered problems) with both hints and complete solutions (not just answers). The books cost more than grocery store workbooks or even the math books you show in your photo, but they offer "broader, deeper, and more challenging instruction" and are designed to be comprehensive, not supplemental. (At this writing, a year equivalent set of elementary books will cost just over $100. Middle school/high school book sets run $40 - $65 per set and are the equivalent of 1 semester to 2 years of public school coursework.)<br /><br />They also have something vaguely similar to Khan Academy called Alcumus that is used in conjunction with their classes (pre-alg through geometry) and as such can be directly linked to provide additional support for a self-learner utilizing their textbooks, but it is free and can be used independently as well.<br /><br />If I counted right your Smarty might be just now starting grade 4 in which case she might hit that 5th grade hole if she is well advanced but all their books are intended for "high performing math students" (the description for the calculus text states it is for middle and high school students) so you might find the grade 4 books right on target. All of their books have an "Are you ready for this book?" pretest (just a handful of questions with detailed answers to help you evaluate if you made a silly mistake or truly didn't know what to do) available online (bookstore - recommendations) to help you start in the right place.<br /><br />(I realize I sound like a commercial, but I am in no way affiliated with the company. They were a life saver for my daughter when she was facing Algebra 1 with an indifferent teacher in a tiny middle school with an enrollment so low that they wouldn't group kids in classes by ability. We were able to send her to a college-prep magnet school that placed students in 9th grade math based on a placement test. She placed into advanced honors math and she will be taking multivariable calculus and linear algebra in her senior year of high school this year, 2 years ahead of where she would have been without AoPS.)Mathy Momhttps://www.blogger.com/profile/00168152735700337829noreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-7674096331532003158.post-35395044793845682482016-03-28T08:25:27.647-07:002016-03-28T08:25:27.647-07:00I have a few students who are gifted in math. Than...I have a few students who are gifted in math. Thanks for the resources, it will be really helpful.shelah mosshttps://www.blogger.com/profile/16613917921602290163noreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-7674096331532003158.post-61086058968645648692014-09-25T09:38:49.105-07:002014-09-25T09:38:49.105-07:00The teachers are taught that the new testing will ...The teachers are taught that the new testing will require written explanations. The new teachers probably try to prepare them for a change in testing. The idea is that we are moving away from simple computation and moving towards conceptual understanding as well as communication in mathematics (using correct terms). The old schooled teachers probably just do what they've been doing. I always thought the new testing would lower second language learners' scores even though their mathematical understanding might be superior. I am not sure how the children will be tested but I imagine it will be multiple choices with the convenience of technology. I doubt that much writing would be required because it requires the teachers to interpret through the chicken scratch which is time consuming. This might be a good question to ask.minhttps://www.blogger.com/profile/06428785096597190176noreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-7674096331532003158.post-91704083423186479272014-09-24T12:17:05.277-07:002014-09-24T12:17:05.277-07:00Thanks for these recommendations! Emma enjoyed rea...Thanks for these recommendations! Emma enjoyed reading the Life of Fred series this summer, and she has reread the earlier books several times so far (I think some of the later ones are too advanced for her at this point, beyond her initial skim read).maryanne @ mama smileshttps://www.blogger.com/profile/13253503049272771754noreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-7674096331532003158.post-13720159645386355232014-09-23T14:27:40.305-07:002014-09-23T14:27:40.305-07:00I think that's where I'm against Common Co...I think that's where I'm against Common Core, many of the theories behind it or individual aspects sound good, but it's when you get into the nuts and bolts and the program as a whole that I disagree with it.<br /><br />I'm with you though, the Critical Thinking Company has some truly awesome books for encouraging thinking. I really need to get some for my kids.<br /><br />I forget did you ever pick up any Life of Fred books for Smarty? It seems like it would hit two things she enjoys. Puzzles/solving math problems and reading.Ticiahttps://www.blogger.com/profile/17970101432834731044noreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-7674096331532003158.post-67322893242918357422014-09-23T05:16:10.273-07:002014-09-23T05:16:10.273-07:00I like how you describe math as "cooking from...I like how you describe math as "cooking from scratch" rather than just memorization. We want children to be flexible in their thinking and in their problem solving applications. I also like how you included problem solving type games. Games are often over looked; however, a good game can really challenge your thinking.jeanninehttps://www.blogger.com/profile/17564594246337600514noreply@blogger.com