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Age 5-7 notify me

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Melissa M
Kittery, ME
12/17/2012
This is our first year with MBTP. My daughter was 4.5 when we began the 5-7 program in the Fall. I am struggling with getting the work done. She is very bright but it is a battle to get her to do the work and I am getting discouraged. Can someone who is currently using this program tell me what their typical day is like? How much time you are spending on each subject, anything that might be helpful. Thank you!
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Lynn M
Glenmont, NY
12/18/2012
Melissa, we started at 5-7 and are now doing 6-8. My son doesn't enjoy a lot of drawing or coloring so that saves us some time. I make sure we cover the skills objectives but my objective is to raise someone who loves learning so I really try to avoid power plays. They learn so much on their own. Curriculum gives them some structure, satisfies the school district and family/friends expectations, and opens up learning ops we may not have provided. For instance I thought writing a poem (6-8) would take some coaxing on my part, but he breezed through it. And we both loved interviewing community workers (5-7). So I rarely pass up an activity without checking with him first, just in case he'll find it more interesting than I expect.

As for our day: he watches 30-60 minutes of PBS while eating breakfast. We do an hour or two of MBTP. A couple of pages of Math Mammoth (30 mins at most). At 5-7 he enjoyed writing in shaving cream so sometimes we'd do lesson answers that way. 60 mins physical activity. Free time to read or do a craft or go on a field trip or playdate. If a lesson was very short, we'll double up to make up for co-op days.

Best of luck. You'll both find your groove. Lynn
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SHANNAH F
WAHIAWA, HI
3/18/2016
I know this is old but I am right there right now. My son actually calls this curriculum boring :( and I struggle to get through it too
I am at a loss as to what to do
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kris e
hull, MA
3/25/2016
We were the same! There were too many pages for us, ironically, Instead of using all of the pages provided we used them as a guide and when appropriate/interesting. For some, we made projects like a flip book or a MLB page. Maybe making it your own would work better? Some kids don't like such a script, or predictable pages. What does your kid like? Incorporate more of it. I would just caution you to be sure its not "boring" because it is actually hard, or over his head, or asking him to do a skill he's not comfortable with...
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Andrea S
Los Angeles, CA
4/29/2016
My students have struggled with staying interested in specific subjects which then causes them to dislike learning new skills. A great company that is also based out of Texas is Beestar. They provide lots of resources on worksheets in math, reading and items for gifted/talented students. I like website because I can easily choose what type of worksheets I want my students to be concentrating on and they seem to really enjoy learning the new skills sets. There's also a great honor roll system they have on the website so some students find initiative when seeing their names appear on the website. In the end I think you have to find what makes the students desire to learn more, sometimes it takes longer to find out but definitely hang in there. Students respond to resources differently so maybe trying out a few supplemental worksheets might help keep them interested.