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  1. After hearing back from the school re:CELF-5, I feel fairly confident that dd is okay in that area. As far as math, I still need to ask about method/structure of instruction. I was going to ask today, but dd has requested a tour of the school, and that took up a lot of time. I’ll send an email at some point. Is the best strategy Ronit Bird? I bought all of Kate Snow’s books as PDF’s on sale awhile back. Any other tips on math?
  2. Okay, I went back and looked at the subtest scores. Dd9 either “received” or “attained” a 4 out of 5 (following directions), 5 out of 7 (sentence repetition), 4 out of 6 (sentence assembly), 4 out of 7 (semantic relationships), 5 out of 6 (word classes) = 22 out of 31. So I guess that’s a raw score?
  3. Her subtests scores on Processing were 6-coding and 7-symbol search. Fluid reasoning was 8-matrix reasoning and 10-figure weights. The written expression subtests were sentence composition-109, essay composition-85, word count-89, theme & development & organization-83, spelling-87. Mathematics subtests were problem solving-90 and numerical operations-76. So I have all these numbers, but I don’t yet have them connected with what to do next. Keep enlightening me! I will ask about the methods and structure tomorrow. One consideration is the teacher now will not be the same as in the fall, so I imagine things could change.
  4. Well, I assume, given the explanation of the test, that 22 was a scaled score, as in the first table. The report doesn’t give me any further information.
  5. In addition to the above results, dd9 was given the CELF-5 and had a score of 22, 11 points above what she needed to pass the screening at her age.
  6. Thank you both!! I am homeschooling dd9. The school will only intervene during their school year, so she will have 3-4 sessions before they let out for the summer. Everyone on the school team are sweet and helpful. They will send me a copy of the official IEP, which we drafted at the meeting yesterday... since I have no previous experience with this, I was just trusting their judgment about things. Any and all links, suggestions, etc are welcome! I will look at Ronit Bird - I had never heard of that. What kind of direction would you recommend for the writing piece? I have IEW on our shelves, and planned on using it, would that be step-by-step enough to help a student like dd? If we did send her to the PS (something that dd9 has asked about), the school team said the IEP would be revised. Currently it only has math goals, but they mentioned eliminating time constraints, etc, could be added.
  7. For dd9. she qualifies for an IEP for a SLD-math. We set her up with 3x/wk at the school, 20 min sessions. Anything else I should investigate?
  8. I have an inordinate amount of math programs for the amount of students. Oldest dd is using Saxon 7/6, but is bored and wants to switch to math mammoth. Which is a whole other topic! (Like where to place her??) 2nd dd and ds are using Math U See. I feel like I *should* take some books off the shelves but I have no pressing reason too. Just de-cluttering, I guess. I will have to teach the 2 yr old with something, eventually! Math is my weaker spot, so I think collecting a lot of math books was/is my fight against that! But most just sit there, daring me to use them. 🤣 I own: math mammoth 1-7 digital, Saxon K to 7/6, life of Fred elementary and intermediate, Math u see primer, alpha & beta, math lessons for a living education digital (back when it was free!) and beast academy 3A-3C. Plus some critical thinking math reasoning workbooks. I always think “I’ll have time to work _____ into our schedule, even it is once a week.” But I haven’t yet managed to be so organized. 😂
  9. Thanks all!! You have given me hope that the end may be awhile off. So far, the royal canin renal support food is not a hit. We got a sample pack of 6. She has tried 3. She kinda sorta likes the dry food.
  10. My 14 year old cat just got bloodwork results. She had elevated thyroid and kidney markers. How elevated, I don’t know. During the exam last week, the vet couldn’t feel one of her kidneys, so it was a high suspicion. We went in because she is losing weight - 6.8 lbs after being over 7 for a couple years. I weighed her on our bathroom scale and she is 6.6 today (maybe not as accurate, I hope). We are going to try thyroid meds and a special kidney diet. Realistically, how long do you think we have with her? She is still happy and active and loving! And any good tips on giving cats pills?
  11. And I’ll take all the advice I can get! I’m not even sure going through testing is the right choice for her. I’m second guessing myself! She has so much going on, testing may cause a lot of anxiety for her, and then we might not get good answers anyway.
  12. First, we are in the US - Midwest. I called more than one office. I was told they only see kids after the school has tested, and the kids have been referred from there. I’m so confused! I haven’t asked the pediatrician for a referral, but maybe that would work? I would love a “one-stop shop” instead of being told to dig deeper somewhere else. Of course, if she goes to school next year, wouldn’t they do their own testing anyway? I’m not leaning towards school right now, but nothing is off the table.
  13. Quick update: In our area we have to go through the school system before we can go to the private psychologist. (I called the psychs offices first. The local school psychologist should call me back within the week and we will see what happens from there. They did inform me that the tests focus on whether she would need an IEP and aren’t looking beyond that, and could take 45 days. When the school psych calls, what do I tell her? I’d like to put it very succinctly. Also, how do I tell dd9? And how to present it to her so she isn’t anxious? The more I search and look for answers, I feel like anxiety is going to be a big part. But what came first? Has she always been anxious and we missed it? Did any challenges she has cause the anxiety? Such difficult questions, and maybe not relevant. The kids each have 4 classes on Wednesday. Dd9 hasn’t been too many this semester. Today she told me she doesn’t like too many people and when kids are loud. It makes her nervous and uncomfortable. So she didn’t want to play at the playground, and she didn’t go to 2 of her classes. Maybe that plays into an auditory issue, maybe a sensory one? Maybe her vision issues caused some of it. It’s all so confusing.
  14. I’m interested in this, too! I’m thinking of trying those two classes for my dd13 and maybe the Bible class that seems to go along.
  15. Oh, and the Belly Breathing technique is what we were taught to use. We were supposed to practice every day, but you know how things have been going lately. 😝 Hopefully I can coach her when she needs it.
  16. Her O2 doesn’t seem low with VCD, only the asthma. Albuterol doesn’t touch the VCD, just helps the lungs. The hospital SLP* taught it to us - breathe in for 3 counts, then puff small breaths out in a count of 1, 2, 3. It’s probably easier to watch, lol!
  17. Dd9 has VCD and asthma, and that’s exactly how she describes VCD - hard to get air in. For her, it’s also related to anxiety, but it can act up with environmental triggers. For what it’s worth, her pulmonary dr advised us to use an inhaler if we can’t tell the difference; if the coughing stops and breathing improves, it was asthma. The only effective technique for VCD, they said, was a breathing pattern to relax the vocal cords. I would vote to try the O2 monitor and peak flow meter and see what you get. Then try the “rescue” inhaler. I don’t think it would hurt to try those before moving on to the other options. I definitely think scar tissue can play a part, btw, but I’m sure a doc would know more about that.
  18. Just a quick correction, I’m not considering live online classes for dd9. I am considering them for dd12. Dd9 asked if she could have streaming video classes (like ABeka Academy). Obviously, she’s 9, and her desires change, so I’m not letting her decide it all. PeterPan has asked somewhere about the other kids and possible Team help. Well, dd2 is stuck like glue to me. 😆 Ds is 5 and needs maybe an hour of 1:1 for “school”, but is always talking or making noises (he has a great imagination). So that leaves dd9 and dd12 for me to manage in the midst of littles. I don’t have a “team”. Grandparents is another state, very few connections at church. Our pediatrician is amazing, and is very flexible with referring us out, etc. Dh has a very busy job that bleeds into nights and weekends. I’ve come to be okay with doing it all myself, being our own little island. But I can see we need some extra people in our corner, so I’m trying to figure out how to find them. There is so much packed into all these responses. I’m going to take some time to reflect on it all, and come back later for more. Thanks!
  19. Thank you so much ladies for helping me to think. My dd is caring, empathetic, intelligent, a hard worker (when the task is familiar, like baking or cleaning), and compassionate! She is reserved and shy, but not with friends and family. She is always asking “what are we doing tomorrow or next or ___?” and she resists transitions, whether it be a new spelling book or the end of a vacation. She has a low flashpoint for frustration, whether a project that has gone wrong or a math page that isn’t correct. This winter was especially hard for her physically and mentally, so I didn’t push school work - I was happy if she ate and didn’t have a meltdown and came out of her room a little. But her underlying learning challenges, whatever they may be, were there previous to her crisis, so I know we have to try to help those. Her outlook on life is brighter these days, and she is making progress. We have just lost so much academically that I am at a loss of how to move forward, especially now, when she doesn’t want to let me teach her. Maybe she will work out of that mindset, too?
  20. an out-sourced year for 7/8th grade that isn’t B&M school, what would you go with? I really want to work with dd12 one-on-one, but have a high needs dd9 and a K’er and toddler to contend with. Dd12 wants to stay in homeschool. We are considering ALL live online classes for dd12, but are unsure of her ability to keep up with them. She has the smarts, but she is flighty and somewhat disorganized in keeping a schedule. I started a thread asking for experience with Veritas for everything, but no one answered 😂 so I guess it’s not used much in these parts.
  21. Is the Diane Craft Foundations package worth the investment? I need to be able to help Dd without dragging her to appts. (She refuses to go to any drs appts anymore - too many this past winter.) We still don’t know the root cause of Dd’s learning issues. I hoped VT would help, but she refuses to go back. OT did amazing things for her handwriting and she loved them. Right now she is academically stalled - basically has refused to do much/any school since January. She thinks she wants to attend school this fall, or watch online video courses. I have no idea what her skill level is! Any recommendations on quick testing to find out? And is it usual to start with a pediatrician to get a referral for learning challenges testing? Or can I call a school district? Or start with a psychologist? Thanks!
  22. I am looking for any experiences with Veritas Press live online classes, or self-paced. They are offering complete packages, which are a mix of live/self-paced. I’d like to know any pros/cons! We are evaluating whether to enroll our 13 year old, possibly the 10 year old. Complete Grade Level Package Campaign Email %233 (HHTiir)&utm_medium=email&utm_source=All Active Profiles - Klaviyo&_ke=eyJrbF9lbWFpbCI6ICJrZWxseWN1bm5AZ21haWwuY29tIiwgImtsX2NvbXBhbnlfaWQiOiAiUGVoRVRGIn0%3D#grade-anchor
  23. I am looking for any experiences with Veritas Press live online classes, or self-paced. They are offering complete packages, which are a mix of live/self-paced. I’d like to know any pros/cons! We are evaluating whether to enroll our 13 year old, possibly the 10 year old. Complete Grade Level Package Campaign Email %233 (HHTiir)&utm_medium=email&utm_source=All Active Profiles - Klaviyo&_ke=eyJrbF9lbWFpbCI6ICJrZWxseWN1bm5AZ21haWwuY29tIiwgImtsX2NvbXBhbnlfaWQiOiAiUGVoRVRGIn0%3D#grade-anchor
  24. Thanks for all the opinions and discussion. We are going to take our own seats, so it will be more to travel with, but I’ll be more relaxed! We will be driving for hours and hours back and forth across the state visiting family - and traffic can be very heavy, so it’s worth the trouble. 😀
  25. Grandparents have two forward-facing car seats from 5+ years ago. Cosco and Evenflo brand. They have been stored in an outside shed (in FL). My dc are 5yo (41lbs) and 2yo (21lbs). 2yo still faces backwards at home. We can fly with our rear-facing seat, but it may not fit in their vehicle. Grandparents do not often have children stay with them (sometimes my nephew uses a car seat when there), and they think it's silly to buy new seats. Would you buy new car seats for the grandparents house?
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