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    Bible Curriculum Suggestions

    Where we did Bible Road Trip, we only did the reading and questions. We skipped the notebooking, extra resources, etc.
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    Beast Academy question

    My middle child started 3A as a supplement. Once she switched to BA as her main curriculum, she started to go more quickly. Schooling four days a week and taking breaks occasionally to focus on other things, here's the time she's taken per book: 3B-7 weeks 3C-7 weeks 3D-11 weeks 4A-12 weeks 4B-8 weeks 4C-11 weeks 4D-12 weeks 5A-She's at 11 weeks and is about halfway through the last chapter of the book. I estimate she has 2-3 weeks to go.
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    Bible Curriculum Suggestions

    Maybe Bible Road Trip: https://www.thinkingkidsblog.org/bible-road-trip-year-three/
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    Talk to me about dysgraphia

    Thanks for the details. I'll pass it on to my husband and see if it helps change his mind about how to attack this.
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    Talk to me about dysgraphia

    I have some of those paper mate pencils around, as they're what I use when starting my kids with writing. My son doesn't like them, because he likes a narrower tip, so he prefers his 0.7mm mechanical pencil. I've been looking at pencils today (separate from this thread). My son always presses so hard when he writes because he wants a dark line. We've tried pens, but they've all smudged horribly for him. He also likes being able to erase to correct errors. The erasable pen we tried dried out way too quickly. So I've been looking into softer lead refills for his pencil. I can find 2B, and that should get a darker line with less pressure, which should relieve hand strain while writing. I had first taught him letter formation using instructions from WRTR (clock face instructions). For cursive, I used HLTL vertical cursive. He prefers print over that, so we've dropped cursive. My husband wants to try remediation for his handwriting, possibly with some sort of lefty-writing-coach, before trying to find an OT, so the tips about helping a lefty are useful. I was looking at HWT cursive today. Between Getty-Dubay or HWT Cursive, which would be easier to master?
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    Talk to me about dysgraphia

    He reads well (both nonsense words and real words), which is why I wasn't considering dyslexia, despite his poor spelling. I was figuring we'd want to get him evaluated at some point later (for accommodation purposes if he were to go to school rather than homeschool, need to take the SAT/ACT, or go onto college), but wasn't sure if it would be worth doing now. I know with the SAT/ACT, there needs to be a diagnosis/confirmation of diagnosis within a few years of the testing date. If we were to do testing now, it would be for access to OT. His handwriting is bad, but I was more hoping that there could be something to help him enough so that he would have some processing ability left while writing to put some focus on spelling and mechanics. I've written up a checklist for after he's done writing/typing; he goes back and uses it to see what errors to look for. He finds almost all his missing capitals, periods, and commas at that point, so I know he's capable of applying mechanics rules. I'm not looking for perfect handwriting so much as hoping that he could get to a point where it took less effort on his part to get the words down.
  7. I recently came across this: https://www.understood.org/en/learning-attention-issues/child-learning-disabilities/dysgraphia/dysgraphia-what-youre-seeing-in-your-grade-schooler It describes my son so well. He really struggles with spelling, even at 11-years-old. His handwriting is bad (h and n look similar, r and v look similiar, letters don't always line up, they aren't always a consistent size). He often forgets to put proper spacing between words. Forgetting capitals and end marks is very common, especially when I dictate a single sentence. Writing assignments really frustrate him (more so a few years ago, but it is still something he complains about). There isn't much improvement in handwriting, word spacing, remembering to capitalize, etc. despite copywork always being a part of our homeschool. The other day he asked me to spell two words ("piece" and "foil") while writing a single sentence down. I spelled them both orally for him, but he wrote both down incorrectly ("pice" and "foyl"). But my son is also a lefty. And a boy. And not really into telling stories or creative things like that (which might impact desire to write). So I wonder how much of what I see is "normal" or to be expected. He doesn't reverse letters. He can write fairly small, it's just super sloppy. He's good at fine motor tasks like building lego, wood carving, etc. Looking into it, I'm not sure what a diagnosis could do for him as long as we're homeschooling. It seems mostly it would open up accommodations. But I already have him type most of his work. I already give him graph paper to use during math. I don't give him timed tests. I already let him do a lot of work orally. Are there interventions or treatments that an OT could provide that I'm missing in my searching?
  8. We have this: https://www.amazon.com/Green-Tigers-Illustrated-Stories-Shakespeare/dp/1595833625/ The stories are Nesbit's narrative style adaptations, with full page illustrations on almost every other page. I got it when my middle kid was in 2nd grade, and she loved it.
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    WWS instructor manual required?

    I'm only about 4 weeks in, but the instructor manual so far has included rubrics for the narration assignments and "how to help your student" with the various lessons (if they get stuck outlining, summarizing, etc). I wish I had gotten a PDF to use on my tablet, because the instructor manual is as big as the student book.
  10. There was a thread a long time back that some users shared how they labeled their spiral bound books:
  11. In terms of reading level, she's probably a little beyond the beginning reader books. She has read a few Kingdom of Wrenly books, along with Princess in Black and The 13-Story Treehouse. She reads those to herself (although she does have to ask for help with some of the longer words). I mostly want beginning reader books for her to read aloud to me during school time. I believe that reading books lower than the instructional level helps build fluency and confidence. With the Elephant and Piggie books, she would be so interested in them that she would read them to herself as soon as we would get them home from the library. Then she would insist on reading them to me right away. They were also the only books she'd keep for more than a week after finishing them (in order to reread them). She's finished all of those books, and needs slightly longer books for that purpose. But I haven't found anything that has excited her in the same way.
  12. My daughter really, really likes Elephant and Piggie books. I'm trying to find slightly longer books (a length more like Mr. Putter and Tabby or Nate the Great) that will capture her interest in the same way. She likes the humor and silliness of the Elephant and Piggie books. We've tried Mercy Watson and Flat Stanley (the easy readers, not the chapter books), but she wasn't into it. We've tried other beginning readers (like Mr. Putter and Tabby) and although she'll read them, she doesn't get into them in the same way.
  13. Maybe Fix-It Grammar? The first week you could do the teaching for the week, they could mark the four sentences at home, then the next week you go over the sentences and then teach for the following week.
  14. My kids get a bunch of the Cricket magazines (one for each kid from their age range/interest area) plus NG Kids. I just recently stumbled upon Beanz magazine (coding, computer science, etc) and want to get that. https://www.kidscodecs.com/
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    Phonics-based readers

    If you're ok with reading off of a screen, CKLA has decodable readers for free. https://www.coreknowledge.org/free-resource/ckla-unit-06-kindergarten-skills/ The first student reader is available there. After getting it, just click on the "next unit" link at the bottom of the list to find the next one.
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