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  1. Next year I will be teaching 3 kids in kinder, 3rd, and 4/5th. My oldest is behind several grades due to learning difficulties. I'm looking for a curriculum that we can teach family style for history, art, and science. I am hoping to find something that my older kids can understand and it not to advanced for their age. Please give me suggestions and if you have used it before etc.
  2. Is the teacher’s guide needed for the lower levels? I’m starting my 2nd grader in level 1 to fill some gaps. My daughter would start in level 3. Thanks!
  3. Hello, I recently took my second grade son out of public school and am looking for a math program. What are the best scripted math programs? He seems to process math quickly and doesn't seem to need any manipulatives. I have 3 kids at home so I would like a scripted open and go program. Thanks!
  4. Need help with math curriculum! I just withdrew my son from 2nd grade. He has been working with EUREKA math which is common core. He can’t stand number bonds but I’m wondering if I should find a similar curriculum until he settles into homeschool? I don’t want him to hate homeschool and fall behind if he decides to return to public school. Any suggestions?
  5. I would like to tackle on subject at time to get suggestions. Let's begin with math. This is where she really struggles. It took a year to learn basic addition facts 1-10. We are still working on subtraction facts 6-10. She understands time, measurement, and can add/subtract with a number line. I've been using computer games, flash cards, and a few games I picked up from Lakeshore learning. She is majorly struggling with money, can't seem to count and sort or memorize the coins. However, she can verbally count to 100, by 2's , and by 5's. Suggestions for getting those math facts down? Money?
  6. I'll try the spelling test. In regards to testing what else should I have done? Here is what we have done so far. I honestly was expecting more guidance from the doctor. The list of strategies of managing her was vague and most of it we already are doing. There was very little information on dealing with learning related issues. Most of you seem well educating in dealing with these issues. Here is the testing we just had done Wechsler Intelligence Scale Peabody Picture Vocab Test Woodock- Johnson Tests of Achievement Weschler Individual Reading Comp Subtest Behavioral Assessment Scale Personality Inventory Tests of Variables of Attention Children Paced Auditory Serial Addition Test Childrens Category Test Children Color Trails Test Childrens California Verbal Learning Test Wisconsin Card Sorting Test Re-Osterreith Complex Figure Test Children Stroop Neuropsychological Screening Test Childrens Memory Scale Perceptual Motor Assessment For Children Clinical Interviews Mental Status Exam
  7. So how did that go? Did you try to get an IEP with them, or did you give up? Under federal law they HAVE to eval. They don't technically have to write an IEP. It went terrible. At the time all we had was a diagnosis of dyslexia and dysgraphia. We had a 504 meeting and the only thing they offered was to give more time testing. She was also being bullied and suffering from anxiety. It wasn't a good environment at the time. What does she like? Are there interests you can facilitate or ways tech could make her disabilities into abilities? How do you see her using tech? Is she going to be able to type with that hand, or will she use dictation software? ​she likes art, music, dance. We have her in a enrichment only co-op once a week, she also takes dance and art weekly. She can use a pencil, crayons, etc. She does write small words and numbers but tires easily. She can not spell and everything is backwards. The dr attributed to her left side of the brain not communicating with her hand. So she's going to type? Dictate? Hand write? She has dyslexia, dysgraphia, and dyscalculia. I would like to get her to the point of being able to spell at least small words. Math Mammoth, not a fan. It's dry and the presentation was sort of foreign for my dd. We gave up. It's just needlessly joyless, and it really doesn't even address your "lots of repetition" or slow presentation goals. The TCR math pages are charming, with plenty of repetition, and they work sequentially through skills. Ok, i thought it looked a little dry ACE, not a fan. Just gonna leave that there, because it's a super hot button topic. You're saying she has a good IQ, and the friends I had in college who were taught with ACE regretted it. Noted, I have seen the pros and cons in this program mentioned in forums How old is she now? 7? My ds just turned 8, so he's on the older end of 2nd grade (fall b-day). Have you made a list of goals? You can't hit everything, or at least we can't in our house. So I would strongly encourage you to make 3-4 manageable, achievable, concrete goals for the year. Then de-prioritize some things that maybe aren't going to be achievable or maybe aren't the end of the world. So, for instance, your goals might be: -improve visual processing (to see if it helps the spelling) -able to write/type/dictate thought sentence -do something she's passionate about or finds interesting (history, whatever) -get OT She is 8 years old (May Bday). This helps, I feel like I might be trying to accomplish too much. Ok, the something passionate goal. Have you tried history on her? My dd, straight ADHD, loved, loved, loved the VP self-paced online classes. We did the printed materials before the online classes existed. My ds is totally different. With his ASD, he's more one to make connections across his area of interest, rather than studying chronologically. But the thought is the same, either way, to find something that she enjoys, something that motivates her, something she enjoys. Don't let the whole day be remedial and therapy. We do a LOT of therapy here, sigh. We try to balance that out with a lot of NOT therapy. She enjoys history. We read books and I've been pulling worksheets and lessons from internet sources. What is VP? I'll just ask. Can she do legos? Yes she can do legos! How are you handling the loves books? Sonlight? I mostly read to her and it varies from fiction, nonfiction, and picture books. I just started reading chapter books. I'm not sure she is following along well. I've been stopping after every couple of pages and summarizing what I just read. Sonlight might be an option but we would have to go to a lower level. The 4th goal I listed was get OT. And obviously I was just making up goals to get discussion going. But I'm saying me, with hindsight, I would up-prioritize foundational things and worry less about the things that flow from the foundation. Sometimes you have to do that. Getting figured out how she's going to write, getting some strength there, etc., this is foundational stuff. If she CAN physically type and if that's going to be a goal, then it would be good to get that going. It's something the OT can advise you on. Our OT likes It goes a little fast for ds, who does better with Talking Fingers. But he has SLD Reading and just really needs that slower, much slower pace. Yes, finding OT is on my to-do list this week! Well welcome to the boards. Keep asking questions and working at it. It's hard to be a new homeschooler AND go into a complex situation. You can work it out and you CAN do it. Do you have other things drawing on your time? When you asked for manuals in the other thread, was that personality/preference or a time crunch thing? I do have other things drawing on my time during the week. We have a 3 and 4 year old. They will both be in full time school next year. visual processing disorder seconding the COVD recommendation adhd significant limitations in concentration and focusing Separate from ADHD? Are they physical limitations that are unlikely to be helped by ADHD meds, for instance? Yes, due to the brain trauma she can only do hard mental work for short periods of time due to fatgue problems spelling problems writing and manipulating objects with her right hand Agreeing with the recommendations for OT evaluation needs a lot of repetition Repetition can mean lots of things--you might need to figure out (or ask the psych) if that means exact repetition, review type of repetition, breaking things into small pieces with review incorporated, seeing the same thing in multiple contexts, etc. All of those are variations on repetition, and some work for one situation but not another. That is a good question. He didn't specify. He said she needs modifications and accommodations in the learning process, with lots of repetition, and structure. Until I knew some of the answers about repetition and language, I would most definitely be looking for material that was streamlined and provided a lot of review. I would look for things that do not have complicated directions--A Beka falls into the gamey, lots of different clever little puzzles that may be slightly different all the time. My older son struggled with that. He knew the math, but the directions (and sometimes lack of directions because "It's so obvious what they are supposed to do") would hang him up. It's entirely possible that the constant gear shifting (like five times on the same page) could be one of the problems, not just the difficulty. Also, you should know that A Beka throws a ton of concepts at them at the end of first grade, but then second grade starts out like everyone has amnesia, and then gets to knew stuff kind of late in the year. I would pick something with a steadier pace, lol! I would pick something uncluttered unless pictures help her a lot. The eval indicated she has difficulty gear shifting. Now I know A Beka was a terrible choice last year. It needs to be in color or she won't be interested. I think that's just a personal preference of hers. But for sure, streamline directions. If she has to have repetition for concepts, and she has trouble processing, lots of gear shifting and lots of different directions are killers. Find a few things she likes, and try to use those games, incentives, and little fun routines across all her subjects. It might sound boring or limited, but it could be a pure relief to her brain. (Not to imply you've overloaded her!!!) Hopefully I answered everything! Any other suggestions?
  8. Recently we had some testing done on my daughter and now I'm having trouble selecting curriculum for 2nd grade. She had loss of oxygen at birth which resulted in some neurocognitive disorders. Specially she has trouble intaking information. Basically she has some short circuiting at this stage. When she gets the information she is good at is able to recall it. Some other delays/disabilities she has: visual processing disorder adhd significant limitations in concentration and focusing problems spelling problems writing and manipulating objects with her right hand needs a lot of repetition she does has a good IQ strong verbal skills and is an auditory learner highly motivated loves books We took her out of public school in the middle of first grade. We repeated first grade last year with easy peasy homeschool, FIAR, and some abeka for math (way too hard). I would like to find something that more suited to her. I've looked at ACE, Memoria Press for special needs, All About Spelling, Math Mammoth. Suggestions?
  9. I'm looking for some curriculum suggestions for my daughter. She is in second grade and has several learning problems. She needs a gentle, slow moving curriculum, with a lot of repetition. I would prefer a curriculum that has a teachers guide and that's open and go.
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