Jump to content



  • Posts

  • Joined

  • Last visited

Everything posted by sweet2ndchance

  1. Many actually do have predictable rules. Sadly, English isn't taught that way even most of the time. For example, you can predict with great accuracy when a vowel will say its name rather than its sound based on its location in a word. It is less clear however when a vowel will say its third sound if it has one. I find it sad that this type of explicit phonics instruction is typically reserved for those who have learning disabilities (or luck into a school system that teaches it to all students) rather than the norm when it comes to teaching native and non-native speakers how to pronounce and spell words in English. No, the word said is not phonetic. Spelfabet has a (very short) list of words that supposedly have "ai as in said" but I can't say I agree with it. But, it is an Australian based website so I can see why they say again or against might share the same sound as said but creme fraiche is not an English word and therefore does not follow English pronunciation or spelling rules. The last word on the list, saith, I have always pronounced and heard pronounced with the long ai sound. I cannot think of another English word that traditionally has the same sound as "ai in said".
  2. I wouldn't hold her back for just multiplication facts either. Some kids just can't memorize them which is why I don't stress over memorizing facts. Instead, I make sure they have strategies for figuring out the answer, no matter how long it takes them to do it. Is that the only area where she struggles? I agree with you that she just needs a basic, at-level pre-algebra course. If MUS is what she is used to and it is going well for her, I would just keep going honestly. Even if it isn't her favorite subject, if MUS is getting the job done then I wouldn't rock the boat, KWIM? On the other hand, when making the jump to algebra, that is a good time to switch programs if you want to try something else to see if you can get better results. I don't have any first hand experience with Mr. D like I do with MUS, but if it sounds like it might be helpful for your dd in a subject she doesn't love, then now might be the time to make that change.
  3. You sound like a normal introvert to me. I have no plans this weekend. Covid has been lovely for my introverted self, no pressure to join in activities or go places. I'm a happy homebody. Sounds like you are too. Just because others can't understand your choices doesn't make them abnormal. 😉
  4. Honestly neither? I wouldn't move a struggling student on to pre-algebra until I had addressed the areas of basic math that they were struggling in. I would go back and address weak areas with something like Math Mammoth or Keys to... or some other topical math until their foundational math skills were solid. Is this your child? Is your siggy correct? Are you considering this for your oldest daughter?
  5. CTC is generally pretty well liked by those who use it. It goes on sale often on Homeschool Buyer's Coop. As with any computer based math program, you run the risk of your child skating through and not learning the content if you aren't involved in the lessons on a daily basis. But that is not specific to CTC, that is true of any computer based learning program. Here are a couple of old threads on CTC math
  6. I have tried to look up some examples. I really couldn't find anything that gave a clear idea of what happens at a meeting and what those meetings are suppose to culminate into. Those are the most detailed information packets I've seen for 4h. Thank you.
  7. And I wouldn't be necessarily opposed to it if we could either attend a general meeting or have someone tell me what is suppose to go on at a general meeting. The only answer I seem to get out of anyone is oh it depends on the leader or oh it depends on the group... It's kinda hard to be a leader of something when you have no idea what it is you are leading. I was never involved in 4h as a kid so I don't have anything to go off of.
  8. We have been trying to get into 4H for a year and a half here. There seems to be a revolving door of leaders here and no one can give me a straight answer about what the clubs here even do other than the obvious equestrian club and the competition shooting club. We tried to get ds into the archery portion of the shooting club but they apparently don't have a teacher for that part right now so they are not currently meeting. We tried to get into one of the general clubs but they have cancelled their meetings the last two months in a row. So now we are trying a different general club in a different part of the county. All that to say, good luck OP. I hope you have an easier time getting in to 4H than we have so far.
  9. I don't know what you mean by appreciate exactly but I usually have to tell them to use the manipulatives because they try to do it without them first because they think it is quicker but it becomes obvious that they are not fluent in the idea of place value. Those that are fluent, can do it in their head because they can visualize it, or as you say have a good mental model, and don't need the manipulatives any more. Most kids I've taught just want to get it done so they can move on to a subject they like better or do what they want to do rather than do school. The ones that actually enjoy math and enjoy the challenge rarely need the manipulatives after a few tries at it because they can quickly and easily visualize the idea in their head and then generalize the concept.
  10. #1 1 week early spontaneous #2 2 days early spontaneous #3 2 weeks early spontaneous #4 4 weeks early induced #5 1 week early spontaneous #6 3 weeks early induced
  11. No one said that playing with them detracted from their usefulness. It was just a general comment that given the opportunity, such as just giving a child some manipulatives and telling them to go work with them, can often lead to everything but productive work on the task at hand.
  12. I never said you didn't. But my boys, and boys in general that I've taught, know how to use them but will use them as building toys rather than manipulatives given the chance. Especially those with ADHD or ADHD tendencies. Girls will do it too but with boys it is almost a guarantee if you look away for 5 seconds, there will be a tower or a pyramid of manipulatives when you look back lol. 😛
  13. Lol, yup same here. Especially boys for some reason. Every manipulative becomes a building toy no matter what it is lol.
  14. Obviously, it is obvious to you but not your audience. You just talk so much about poker chips in your many math posts on this forum that people have generalized poker chips when you talk about manipulatives. Does that make sense? Personally, I think that you are trying to get across that your teaching method is in the box and can be applied to any manipulative. But you're trying to teach theory when your audience is looking for advice on and examples of practical application of that theory. Then you get frustrated that people are not separating the theory from the practical application as these are two separate things in your mind. But your audience doesn't necessarily think that way. Yes, I think interspersing theory into examples of practical application would possibly get your point across better. There is a reason that Youtube videos are insanely more popular than blogs. If a picture is worth a thousand words then a moving picture that can show how it is done is invaluable. Which is why you made a babywearing channel, at least in part, I'm sure. But you don't have to record yourself teaching your actual children. You could record yourself teaching an imaginary student and annotate your lesson with theory and reasoning. Nicole the Math Lady teaches in her lessons on Youtube this way. You could record yourself demonstrating concepts at a whiteboard similar to how Maria from Math Mammoth does in her videos or use an animated whiteboard video maker like Animatron. You could make completely animated videos with something like Animaker or Vyond as well. There are many alternatives to recording your own children's lessons.
  15. Never said I wouldn't follow the thread, just that I wouldn't critique your method any further in this thread. So what am I not following in your opinion? What makes you think that I and other adults aren't following what you are saying?
  16. And that's fine. What works for you, works for you. But what works for you, won't work for everybody. We obviously have different pedagogies. Neither is better, just different. That's all I was pointing out. I'm always interested in different ways to represent ideas which is why I was reading your thread in the first place. I like to have a wide variety of tools at my disposal so that I can teach as flexibly as possible. Unless there is some something that you haven't mentioned, your method seems very similar to place value chips or cards, which like I said isn't my favorite representation but to each their own. If it works for you and the students in front of you who are ready to tackle the idea, then great. It's just not what I would use as a first exposure technique and I tried to explain why. And yes I agree, it can take years to become fluent with anything. It is what it is which is why picking one representation and sticking with it has value. But when a student has obvious issues with the representation I'm giving, I'm not going to beat my head against a wall to make them understand my representation, I just pull out a different tool to teach with until they have that "Aha!" moment. This technique has never failed to work for me but obviously, your mileage may vary. I have no problem understanding what you are saying, so unless there is something you are leaving out, I don't think it is a lack of comprehension on the adults part or explaining on your part. And I'm not saying your system "can't possibly work", I'm not sure where you got that idea. Just that it won't work for all kids and I gave a couple of examples where a different method or slight modification would be necessary in my opinion. Personally, I would rather change my teaching method to fit the child but again, many teachers teach the same method to all kids with success. But you've said that you aren't interested in critiques of your system in this post, so I will bow out. Best of luck.
  17. Did you choose that yellow equals 100, blue equals 1 and so on? What made you choose which color represented what value? That's what I mean by arbitrary. They may be fixed but there is no rhyme or reason as to which color chip represents what value. They just are because you said they are. Children with certain learning disabilities would have just as much trouble discerning the abstract color system as they do the abstract concept of place value. Rather than tax their already taxed memory functions, I find it works better to go from concrete to abstract by using something like base 10 blocks where they can physically see that 10 is 10 times bigger than 1 and 100 is 10 times bigger than 10 and so on. I also deal with color blindness within my own family. C-rods still work with color blindness because they can physically see that each block is proportional to another such as ten cubes is equal to the longest rod even if they cannot see what color they are. Sure, you could buy poker chips with the value printed on them or write the value in Sharpie or something but now you are basically working with the same abstract concept of place value as you were before you introduced the manipulatives. I've used place value chips or cards in my teaching before but they are not my favorite manipulative. Especially for introducing the concept of place value. To me, the whole point of manipulatives is to make concepts more concrete so it is easier to understand the abstract concept they represent. Making the manipulatives equally as abstract as the concept seems counterintuitive to me. I have apparently run into more neurodiversity than you have in my years of teaching and tutoring a variety of children. IME, the best manipulative to use is the one that makes the most sense to the child in front of you. That's why I introduce several different manipulatives to any child that doesn't latch on to the first one I use. Once they latch on to a certain representation, we use that same representation consistently.
  18. We don't use MUS but I've always use Decimal Street as an analogy for place value. All my kids have a great grasp of place value and how to use it using Decimal Street as an analogy for how they do their trades. Love this video for explaining Decimal Street and so do all the kids (my own and others) that I have shown it to. I always assumed that NaN's poker chips had denominations on them as well, similar to place value chips. Arbitrarily assigning values to colors definitely wouldn't work for the kids I've taught/teach.
  19. Helping a family transition from homeschooling to public school. They are looking for a social studies curriculum for their 3rd grader. They don't want a pure history curriculum like SOTW or HQ. They will be reading historical fiction and such but want a textbook spine with history topics, geography, culture, communities etc. Like old school social studies textbooks. I've searched the internet a bit but can't find anything that is secular and aimed at elementary age kids. Anyone have any suggestions I can pass along?
  20. No, the foster to adopt program stipend is a completely different program with different rules. (Dh's bio-mom and step-dad foster to adopted several children so we have a good deal of knowledge of how that program works as well). As I said before, SSI is partly need based and as a legal aged adult, they expect he has to pay rent to live somewhere. If he is not paying any rent, it will dramatically lower his SSI because he doesn't have a need to cover that expense. We had an issue when dh first got his SSI that his information was entered incorrectly as they had labeled him as living rent free in his grandmother's house. In actuality, we live in a separate house on his grandmother's property and she is our landlord, we pay her rent. Once that mistake was ironed out (and it took months of badgering them with documentation to get it corrected), his SSI nearly doubled to the maximum SSI payment amount. Any living expenses that are paid for him or not expected of him to pay, will affect the amount of SSI he can receive. I know children under 18 can also receive SSI and those rules may be different (SSI for minors I don't have experience with) but the SSI rules for anyone over 18 are very strictly need based and any normal living expenses that are paid for by someone else count against the amount of SSI to be received by the disabled person. In order for him to receive the maximum amount of SSI he is eligible for and still live in your home, he would have to maintain a separate household within your home, pay you rent for his room and buy and prepare his own food separate from the family. It is similar to the way SNAP works if you live in someone else's home and don't maintain a separate household. You won't get as much in SNAP benefits and may have to count their income as well if you are eating groceries that are communally purchased for the whole household.
  21. Qualifying for SSI, does qualify you for Medicaid-disability. At least in our state. It's a special category of Medicaid and it does have some concessions and benefits that regular need-based only Medicaid does not have. Since my dh didn't have enough work history to qualify for regular disability, he qualified for SSI only, that qualifies him for SNAP almost automatically. We still have to go through the steps every 6 months but it is a much less stringent process if that makes sense. You can, and the SSA actually encourages you, to work while receiving SSI if you can. There are programs specifically for those receiving SSI to get job training and job placement. You can earn certain amount from employment before it starts affecting the amount of SSI you receive. Because SSI is partly need based, if he is receiving room and board from you, that can affect how much SSI he receives. He could qualify medically for SSI but receive too much in terms of rent free living arrangements, food or cash from you to qualify.
  22. He will need a form filled out by his doctor (PCP) for disability. Not necessarily a recommendation, just a form that the PCP fills out. Though a recommendation from the doctor, if they are willing to do so never hurts. It's not the be all, end all but a doctor that understands that not all disabilities are physical is definitely helpful. Best to get him to a new doctor, if you think the PCP he sees now will be a hassle. A doctor that he has a standing relationship with looks better on the application than one that he just started seeing. Per the lawyers I've spoken to anyways. It doesn't matter really if it's been a while since he's been in therapy (though going to therapy regularly could help his case) he will still have to report everything from the date his disability started. Doctors and therapists seen, medications taken, hospitalizations, jobs held, how long they lasted and why he can no longer work in that line of work... It is a mountain of documentation and paperwork but the more you have to back yourself up, the better your chances are. He also needs to tell disability why he refuses to go to therapy or continue vocational rehab. They are going to ask, he needs to tell them why and what the reasoning has to do with his disability and why he cannot continue those things due to his disability. He will have to undergo a disability psyc eval if he is claiming mental issues. It really wasn't a big deal after it was over but of course my PTSD and anxiety made it almost unbearable to go through at the time. I made sure to tell them all about how hard that was for me as well. You might not have to go to the voc rehab place, you might be able to just send the request for records in writing. Or a lawyer could request the records for you.
  23. It is hard to get SSI, especially when you are young, so the more diagnoses he has to support his claims, the better. My husband has SSI for his IIH and I am currently going though the process of getting SSI for EDS, PTSD, chronic depression/anxiety and possible Apserger's if I can get a psyc who can make the diagnosis. It took 2.5 years to win dh's case and we are about at the 2.5 year mark on my case. Most cases take 2 - 3 years to jump all the hoops and navigate their way through the system. Yes, I would get an attorney that specializes in SSI /disability cases. Interview a few attorneys before signing with one. You usually hire a lawyer after the first denial of your case. At least that's how it is done where I am. Could be different elsewhere I suppose. Disability lawyers do not get paid unless they win the case for you and then it is taken out of the backpay. And it is capped at 20 or 30 percent of the backpay, I can't remember which it is off the top of my head. That's how all the disability lawyers around here work anyways. Also document EVERYTHING. Document his medications, past and present, all of his therapy and doctor's appointments, get names and close approximate dates, addresses and phone numbers. Get medical and therapy records. Get records of the vocational training that was a bust. Get letters from people who have worked with him who can accurately describe what it is that keeps him from being a dependable, full-time worker. The more documentation you have to add to his case file, the better your chances of winning. If he doesn't already have one, he needs a PCP that is willing to help with getting him disability. That is one thing that really helped my dh's SSI case. My case has been more difficult because most of my issues have to do with mental health. Mental health issues is one of the hardest types of SSI cases to win. Forgot to add - Dh was in his early 30s when we were going though his case and I am in my early 40s now. Both of us are considered "young" for SSI. Your son is in his 20s if I remember correctly? It's not impossible but it is harder the younger you are to win the case. Not trying to discourage you, just trying to warn you that it will be an uphill battle to prove he is unable to hold a job even if it is obvious to you and everyone around you. Document, document, document every little thing, even if it seems unrelated to the case. The more documentation you can produce, the more seriously they will take your case.
  24. Not all pans work on induction cooktops. That's the biggest catch I found. I would have had to replace almost all my pans because they are either aluminum or non magnetic stainless steel.
  25. I have a Kenmore black glass cooktop. I love it. I use my cast iron on it all the time. I'm not particularly careful with it but I'm not slamming it down on the cooktop either. No problems at all. The glass is thick, tempered glass. It takes some force, or severe temperature shock, to break it. Unless you are banging the pan on the surface or slamming it down with some force, you aren't going to break the glass. I've had 3 or 4 glass top stoves so far, and I've never broken or cracked a single one and I'm not one to baby something like a stove either. I use it daily. Taking things out of the oven, I do put a trivet or a folded towel or a hot pad or something on the stove before putting a hot pan on it. But I do the same thing on any other stove or even on the countertop. Just a habit I guess. I've never had a problem getting the boil over black stuff off of the surface. I use either the glass stovetop cleaner or Barkeeper's Friend if I don't have any of the stovetop cleaner. Comet or Bon Ami or Soft Scrub with work too. I know the instructions say don't use those things, only use the approved cleaner, but in my remote area, it's not always available. Any gentle scrubbing compound will work I've found without damaging the surface. I use one of the stoneware scrappers to scrape up as much as I can, once it is completely cool of course, and then scrub the remaining burnt on crud with cleaner and a green Scotchbrite pad or the scrubbie pad on the back of a sponge. Takes some elbow grease sometimes but it does all come off eventually. I've found prevention is better. Try not to let things boil over or if they do, wipe the hot surface immediately as much as you can with a thick folded towel. Other than that, wiping it with a bit of glass cleaner works for most daily messes. My second choice, of all the different stoves I've had over the years, would be some kind of gas stove. I love the kind that have the one piece metal part over the gas hubs. I just took them all off once a month maybe and ran them through the dishwasher. All my gas stoves were in military housing, so the stove had to be spotless when we moved out of the house. Running them through the dishwasher every once in a while ensured I didn't have to spend hours scrubbing them while readying the house for inspection. I would also wipe the surface and the hubs thoroughly while the grates were in the dishwasher. Twice a year, I would take apart everything that came apart and pull it out to clean everything. I'm far from a neat freak, but living in military housing for 10 years taught me a few tricks to keep things from getting to the point that it would take hours to clean. 😉
  • Create New...