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  1. I'm planning to have my son do a lot of the MP 8th grade core with some substitutions/omissions. Some subjects are with his sister who will be in 6th grade next year. Literature: MP grade 8 Lit with guides Hopefully, he can do the Vita Beata discussion group with this. Math: Shormann Algebra 1 with Integrated Geometry Self-Paced eLearning Course Bible: Christian Studies IV with guide (second half- with younger sis) History: Book of the Ancient Greeks with guide, Book of the Ancient World as a read aloud with younger sis I'd like to add in an Ancient Egypt unit study. We may do this with another family to make it more fun. Language Arts: R&S English 7 (second half), Wordsmith, some writing across the curriculum, Spelling Power I may try to complete the English lessons I find most important over the summer so we don't have to worry about it next year. I'm not sure yet. Science: Applied Engineering from Masterbooks Hopefully, I can find a friend to do the labs with him since this will be his first year doing science without his sister. Foreign Language: Second Form Latin, Elementary Greek Year 1 (with younger sis) We've been doing Latin half-paced but I'm thinking we may need to speed up next year. Pray for us! The Greek is sort of an experiment. I'm not married to it. We're doing the MP Greek Alphabet book right now. It's going well because-well it's only the alphabet. Geography: MP Geography III (first half) I've heard this one is tough so we may just do the first half and extend it to 9th grade. Music: piano with Mom This is very, very light. He wants to be able to play the songs in his Super Mario music book so we'll see. Karate, Swim, 4H
  2. We just officially started our school year (although we do summer school). I probably bought too many workbooks but my 4.5 y/o doesn't need to complete them all. We have Get Ready for the Code books, most of the Rod & Staff Preschool workbooks and Singapore Essentials A. I also have some ABC crafts I had already printed out and organized in folders from when my older daughter was in preschool. I have OPTGR and some foam letters I'm using to show her how to sound out simple CVC words (since she recently asked me to show her how to read). I'm not expecting her to blend on her own yet, but I figured I may as well model it for her. We're doing lots of read alouds and building with legos, playing easy board games, baking, etc. I actually have her in a church preschool 2 days per week (4-5 hours) mainly to give me some quiet time to work with my 10dd with dyslexia. My 4.5 y/o VERY chatty, so when she's home she does a combo of puzzles, coloring, playing with learning apps (Teach Your Monster to Read, Khan Academy Kids and Starfall) so I can work with her older siblings.
  3. This isn't a curriculum, but it's a cute book (with activities) my son read last year. Explorers of the New World:...
  4. I require my 10 and 12 year old to do 15-30 minutes of excercise every day we don't have outside activities (karate, swim). We have a treadmill so they can walk on that or do laps around the kitchen island (it's large).
  5. Oops, I meant she didn't pass part B (syllables). I think Wilson does address syllables later on in the program. I remember teaching the kids to mark syllables in words. I will look into the programs you listed. Thanks!
  6. I'll look into this, thanks. Who usually does auditory processing interventions? The funny thing is, I only noticed the mishearing about 3 years ago. She never had a language delay or anything like that. But when I started to teach her to read, she would turn her head away. I just figured she wasn't ready. I've been waiting for years for things to "click" and they just never really did. These are both great ideas. I think Sequential Spelling looks good but I'm covering spelling right now with Wilson. Maybe in the future.
  7. I read it after making an appt. with the psych. She definitely seems like the creative dyslexic folks (don't remember the technical term). She can "see" a cute model of a house in her brain when all I see is a crumpled up piece of paper. She re-uses stuff all the time (styrofoam, the packing in Amazon boxes, etc.) to make something cute. Spelling is her hardest subject. I do see her doing better with the way Wilson teaches it though. I didn't actually do the Wilson training years ago as I think maybe the school was cutting costs and just sent the reading specialist to do it and then train the rest of us. I think the program we used was similar to their fluency program. Nonetheless, with just a TM I can do a lot more for her than I could do for my students with my "training". There's a lot of multisensory components I didn't realize existed when I taught PS. I don't really see a pattern. She remembers details about bonsai trees because that's one of her latest interests. She's listening to an audiobook about them. So, if she thinks something is worth knowing she keeps the info in her head longer. Not in the budget right now but maybe later on. She didn't pass the third part (syllables). I don't see RAN/RAS or CTOPP. Who typically does those tests? I'm not sure how much more we want to spend on testing. We saw a psych this time but will probably see a neuropsych next time as I think I really need more details about how her brain works. Or maybe we should see an SLP? I'm not sure right now. Yes, she's 10. I switched her to Teach Type Read and Spell a couple of months ago. She's slow but it's much easier for her than regular typing (we were doing because it reads the words to her. She actually does some writing without copying during her Wilson lessons. She spells sounds, words, nonsense words, phrases and then 6 sentences that I dictate. She actually seems to enjoy the dictation portion which I am surprised about. Maybe because she can actually spell the words.
  8. I don't think she has ADHD. She's like the opposite, LOL. Verry slooow to do things and easy going compared to easy going people. She's not spacey. 😁 Regarding Prima, I had her filling out the workbook (with help from me right beside her) and I read it all to her. I forgot (my bad!) that I had the flashcards mixed in with the Latina Christiana cards so I wasn't really reviewing the vocab. with her. She doesn't do well with fill-in-the blank worksheet type work. She doesn't seem to remember what she wrote. It's like she's focusing on the writing/copying and not what the words actually mean. Processing Speed was 108/70%ile. Working Memory was 122/93%ile. She actually really wants to learn a foreign language but most likely Mandarin (which she knows a few words/phrases since we visited China 2 years ago) but she mostly just uses Google translate for that. She writes her name in Chinese characters on her papers. 😊 I began Wilson about a month before testing. I'm still getting the hang of it but chose it since it was somewhat familiar. When I taught PS we used some Wilson products. Regarding auditory processing--the only main thing I notice is sometimes she mishears me. So if I say, "Please close the door." She may say, "What? Please close the floor?" Then, she giggles and realizes she misheard me. I had her assessed by an audiologist but her scores were within normal range. She usually can follow verbal directions with no problem. She doesn't grope for words and has no problem expressing herself. Her problem with writing seems to be more that she doesn't know how to spell the words and so it takes her a while. Typically, I write the work for her to copy so she doesn't guess at spelling.
  9. I gave my ds less reading and writing on vision therapy days. Also, I may have varied his work depending on his specific homework. Sometimes, it was more writing intensive. We did therapy in the mornings so he would be fresh and ready to work. After we finished therapy, I added in VT as a subject by having him label maps for geography and do word searches for spelling.
  10. I just got the results of educational testing for dd10. I suspected dyslexia and wanted to do some baseline testing. I went to a psych (not a neuropsych) so she completed the WISC-V, BASC-3, WJ-IV COG, and WIAT-III. My daughter was diagnosed with SLD in Reading (comprehension, word reading accuracy, reading rate and fluency) and SLD in Written Expression (spelling, grammar and punctuation accuracy). Her spelling was 19%ile and sentence building was 10%ile on the WIAT-III. The psych said my daughter has trouble with long term memory and has a weakness in auditory processing but she doesn't think it's severe enough to be a disorder. We are in summer school mode (mom inflicted since we homeschool) and my daughter will be starting 5th grade in the fall. I started Wilson Reading System with her this summer and it's going well. She even has noticed that she is learning better than before. We use Math Mammoth for math and are currently spending time also working on subtraction and multiplication facts (via Xtramath, flashcards, an app and worksheets). For the WISC her IQ scores were all average except for Visual Spatial (97%ile, superior), Working Memory (93%ile, superior), and her Full Scale IQ was 117 (87%ile, high average). For the WJ-IV her scores were all average except for her Verbal Attention which was high average (we do a lot of work orally). Her long-term retrieval was average but was a lot lower than the other scores (17%ile). Something that is going well is that my daughter is realizing when she is learning and when she is not. For example, we worked on a Latin workbook last year (Prima Latina) and she did not retain anything. I changed tactics and now am having her just work on flashcards daily (a current lesson and previous lesson) and she does Quizlet for the current lesson twice a week. We see a lot of improvement in this change. For the writing accommodations, the psych said I'm already doing everything she would recommend. Typically my dd dictates, I write and then she copies it or we do work orally. Are there other teaching or study techniques that you think would be helpful for her?
  11. I don't know if Everyday Math has changed since I used it when teaching PS (about 14 years ago) but I don't remember anything being taught until mastery. I would spend only one day teaching a method to do long division. I think there may have been about three different methods (including the traditional algorithm). I would just tell the kids to do the work any way they wanted after they learned the different algorithms. So, if she was using Everyday Math, she may have learned some traditional math as well as other methods. I would just show her the traditional way but also let her do the non-traditional way as long as she can get correct answers (maybe have her do half and half).
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  13. My ds12 is an introverted Eeyore (way more than yours). We require him to take karate (for the discipline), swim lessons (seasonal) and he's in a FLL group (my hubby takes him). He talks to one or two boys at these classes. That's it. He doesn't see a problem and isn't super social. He talks on the phone most days with some friends (real kids) but this is mainly for online gaming (which I limit to 1 hour). We're a shy/introverted family so I can understand. I don't quite get the trend these days for pushing lots of activities. I require my big kids to do 30 min./day of physical activity (they mostly just walk on the treadmill). Your son is enjoying some activities and talking to other kids. It sounds like he's doing great!
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