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Recovering Sociopath

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About Recovering Sociopath

  • Birthday 09/24/1976

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    Bibliophile. Cinephile. Cheery curmudgeon. Crunchy con. Erstwhile graduate student. Religious nut.
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    Near an historic battlefield.
  • Interests
    reading, pondering, pontificating, ranting, praying, playing Settlers of Catan, cooking
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    Mom, lay teacher at church, freelance fundraising researcher.
  1. I was looking at their website today and there doesn't seem to be an option for purchasing anything less than 20 subscriptions for the new online program. Do we know if they'll be offering anything more homeschool friendly?
  2. Background: through a variety of circumstances-- unplanned babies, interstate moves, etc.-- we've had various interruptions and slowdowns in our homeschool journey. For my oldest, who just turned 12, grammar seems to the subject where we've fallen most behind. I'm toying with the idea of devoting a few weeks to a grammar intensive this summer. I'd love to hear experience, advice, and curriculum recommendations from anyone who's done something along those lines. He's currently in FLL 4. He handles the concepts very easily. Just to clarify, this is not a case of wanting to push a child beyond where he's ready-- he's clearly ready for much more. It's just that Mama has had her hands full with All The Other Things. My goal in this wouldn't be to catch him up to some arbitrary grade level so much as to catch him up to his own level, if that makes any sense. Also, if I plan to do this I don't have to feel guilty and horrible every time it drops off the schedule at the end of the school day. ;)
  3. We are taking the kids on a family trip to Yellowstone next summer, and I'm wondering if anyone has put together a unit study or even just a list of resources we could use in preparation for the trip. Any links?
  4. http://www.casketempty.com/ There's an OT Study Guide and an NT Study Guide. It's good, broad, overview.
  5. For official paperwork it's just the Edman Homeschool. For more informal matters it's The Homeschool Dungeon.
  6. I am leaving behind the old file crate system where I ripped out all the pages from workbooks, divided them by 36, and put the appropriate amount in each weekly folder, then looked at the appropriate folder at the beginning of the week every week to generate our plans. It served me well when the kids were younger, but instead of aiming to do a certain number of assignments each week I am aiming for a certain number of minutes spent each day on each subject. What I'm looking for: Lesson planning Daily master agenda for me Individual to do list for each student Attendance records Resource/book records (ideally with the ability to import lists from my Goodreads or local library account) Ability to attach scanned documents (so at the end of the school year, I don't have to cherry pick a a pile of completed assignments and stand over the scanner to compile the portfolios for emailing to our evaluator). BIG BONUS POINTS for syncing or integration with my Google calendar. I just spent a lot of time plotting out a daily homeschool schedule on my GCal and I really don't want to duplicate those hours of data entry. I've started looking at Homeschool Tracker Online and a few others, but my eyes glazed over (not enough coffee yet), and I thought I'd just come here and get someone to tell me what I want. :D
  7. A bit of both, I think. It's not as bad since he learned cursive, but his handwriting is still sloppy and he still avoids it as much as he can. I'm trying to get him up to a decent typing speed this summer with the intention of letting him type everything he possibly can this coming year. When he has to do an essay for science or history that will be a great solution, but it still doesn't help with complex math. :/
  8. I should clarify that the test scores were just just a convenient example of the gap between his extremely strong cognitive abilities and his willingness to do things which require, you know, work. I watched him take the test (Stanford Online) and he refused to use the allowed scratch paper and pencil to work any of the problems he *knows* how to do. So he tried to do them in his head, lost track, and made multiple calculation errors. It's been an ongoing issue, but not urgent since up to this point he's been doing math that he could get away with doing almost all mentally. But as he does more complex mathematics he's going to need to show his work so that he can see where he made errors along the way. We are not dropping BA no matter what happens. He loves it and he is learning from it. I'm looking for additional reinforcement to cover BA's lack of practice, and to get him accustomed to showing his work. He's only on BA level 3C right now, so not really on grade level, but I don't mind that as long as he's progressing steadily.
  9. It depends on the kid. For my oldest, who hates the act of handwriting, I used the wooden letter pieces and went through the preparatory exercises in the teacher's manual *every* lesson, because that's what he needed. With my middle child, who loves writing and drawing and has great fine motor control, it's sufficient to just demonstrate letter formation once and let 'er rip.
  10. He really needs the practice. Right now he is using Beast Academy, which he absolutely adores. I have promised him that he does not have to stop using BA, but we need to add something else in to make sure he is getting an appropriate amount of practice. I know some kids do just fine with only BA, but he really needs reinforcement-- for example, on his standardized test his grade level for mathematics problem solving was 10.6, but his grade level for math procedures was 5.2 (he is 11 and about to start 6th grade). Part of the issue is that he hates the physical act of writing, so he really resists doing things like showing his work-- but at some point that's just something you have to do in math whether you like it or not, so anything that adds a fun factor to all the writing would be a plus. I showed him some samples from Saxon and he didn't hate it but he wasn't thrilled, either. He's also done the Prodigy online game a bit, but it didn't really catch his interest. Other suggestions? I guess I'm looking for a rigorous, challenging, complete math curriculum that will give him a strong grounding in mathematics but also be so super fun he won't mind having to use his body and not exclusively his brain. Is that a unicorn?
  11. We are planning an epic family road trip to Yellowstone NP next summer (July 2017) and I'd love to hear about any history or science resources that would mesh well with a Yellowstone focused study. Our kids will be 12, 10, 6, 4 and 2. Thanks!
  12. My 9yo absolutely adores Beast Academy and refuses to consider a curriculum switch, but he needs more practice/conceptual reinforcement than the practice book provides. Can anyone recommend a resource that maps easily to BA where we can get the same flavor practice? We are in 3B, if that helps. Thanks!
  13. If you don't like your doctor, definitely get a new one. The anti BF thing would have me running (I'm nursing a 15mo, too! high five). I don't think it would look bad to ask for testing right away with a new doc. You can flat out say, "I didn't have great rapport with our last doc, so we wanted to find someone we were comfortable with before we take this big step." That is a perfectly rational thing to do. I am in a similar boat with 9yo DS, in that for years I've written things off as "just his personality," but I've finally realized some testing may be in order. I asked our pediatrician about testing, and she actually referred us to the school district. Where we live, in PA, the SD is required to make comprehensive special ed evaluations available to everyone, even home schoolers. Our pedi said that once we get an evaluation from the SD we can move on from there in terms of determining what, if any, meds or therapies are appropriate. Good luck!
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