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  1. Well, I haven't been around in a while! We had decided to send oldest DS (13) to a local "Mastery" school for 9th grade (pending his acceptance of course) but it's looking now like "school" in our state will be more virtual than b&m at least through the end of 2020. 😞 If that is the case, we will continue homeschooling. None of us (DH, myself, and DS) feel like it would be worth the immense cost for what will essentially be virtual classes. (I'm sure they will be amazing, but not THAT amazing) We missed the cutoff for state funding for DE, so we are probably going the CTY online route and more eclectic/project based music focused. I'm going to try to get him to finish up HS requirements so he can focus on music and community work. It will be fine, I'm not worried. School would have been great but out of all my kids, he's the one made for homeschool. My twins (9) miss their PS dearly. It's kind fo heartbreaking in a way but we are privileged and safe so we are focusing on resilience. That said, school at home is none of our favorites so if this crisis schooling continues into the fall, we will be official homeschoolers again. I have NO idea what we will do! Probably Singapore math and hopefully continuing Chinese that they learned in school. Bravewriter, or BYL I hope everyone is well! I've been busy with grad school and work and miss this space and you all!
  2. big hugs! This is a crazy time, I would like to think that anyone reviewing a transcript will understand.
  3. We are holding out to see what CTY is going to offer. Other than that I think we will project school and just take some time to read and take it easy. My DS isn't super motivated academically though. He's 13 and happy to play video games and make beats in garage band. :)
  4. thank you! This was the kind of information I was looking for. When you say “Chicago CTD” is that the Northwestern program? i was worried about being a commuter, I will have to figure out how to make a residency work for him. thank you everyone for your replies!
  5. We just found out DS 12 (almost 13) qualified for CTY online and Summer programs so I'm starting to look into what we should take advantage of. Holy Heck I was not aware of how high the price tag is for these! Anyways, I'm wondering if they are worth the cost. My main objective is for to be around "kids like him," so I would really love for him to do a summer program. He has a lot of food allergies so I don't know if it's even possible but I'm going to look into it. I'm thinking either I or my husband would get an Air BnB close to the program and DS would be a commuter. (Will this cut way back on time to get to know other kids?) If you have done either the family programs or the intensive summer program, have your AL's made friends? I'd love to hear any feedback!
  6. Fun to see this thread pop up. 🙂 DS did one last year about the Industrial Revolution and really enjoyed it!
  7. My DS just took his today! He didn't finish a lot of sections so we'll see how that works out. I'm just proud of him for doing it. It was his first test ever too. I realized that maybe a lower stakes test might have been a better option but he felt like it went well so I guess I haven't traumatized him!
  8. I wanted to update this, as we have some promising developments and it may encourage anyone else who is trying to make PS work. I was able to email DD's teacher the week before school, and she even called me! She was fine with whatever informal accommodations we wanted to put in place while we work on the 504. The school actually followed up like they said they would! They talked to DD's new teacher and she agreed that DD's writing is not indicative of what she knows. They are starting in class intervention, which is at least something. We are going to meet soon do discuss the 504. I wanted to thank everyone for the help!
  9. Ok so he's on that math schedule and it seems to be similar here. (for acceleration)
  10. Yes, she was "dismissed" I'm not opposed to rechecking, her VMI was low normal
  11. So that was supposed to say “isn’t beautiful.” her handwriting is fine but not anything amazing. she did do VT!
  12. No, I haven’t gotten into any of that yet. Like mind mapping?
  13. It’s the organizing thoughts and getting them onto the paper part. Fine motor is fine. Her writing isn’t beautiful but it’s perfectly legible. She has a hard time staying on the line so I bought her some raised line paper to help. eta: that was supposed to say “isn’t” I really need to start proofreading when I reply on my phone
  14. I'm going to do this, thank you! I bought the multiplication book from TWTM press but never got around to it this summer. (There were things to copy and games and it just always got pushed to the back burner.) Plus she was tutoring and I was trying to not pile on. She only has 2 weeks until school, and she actually likes math so I think I will get those books and see how far we can get. Her state testing came back exactly like these scores BTW, both in language arts (spelling was bad) and math facts on math portion were low. So I feel like I can trust all these tests. She's consistently low in the same areas everywhere.
  15. She has to work very hard to be not drastically below in the weak areas. Also, it's one of those things where it seems like it's not horrible now, but we can see down the road where more writing is expected that the wheels may fall off.
  16. Yes, I read the Dyslexic advantage and subscribed to their newsletter. Agree about the self esteem and it seems to have gotten better since she has gotten a diagnosis.
  17. Thats good to know! Although I honestly don’t have the first 27k to get her started. I went back to her achievement testing to see where exactly her reading was and it looks like she’s above grade level. I can definitely see the dyslexia in her scores.
  18. I meant to quote this earlier, but thank you for this post, especially the bolded.
  19. I was going to ask for audiobooks in the 504, and also for a list of books the class will read so we can start them early.
  20. If she were more severe, we would probably try to make it work. It's upwards of 30k a year and remember no IEP so no scholarship. 😖
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