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About Trelawney

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  1. I often spell things I don't think my kid knows how to spell for them to write at the top of their paper before I dictate the sentence. I have my kid repeat the sentence(s) back to me until they are word perfect. If they miss or substitute a word, it depends. If they drop a "that" and it still makes sense, that's fine. I wouldn't take blue for azure, but I would probably ignore sleep for bed if the sentence was something ling going to bed for the night...
  2. I will ask about group sessions. Other kids don't seem to mind not understanding what he says. He doesn't seem to mind others not understanding him. He plays a lot of games with other kids where any speech is secondary to movement (knights, Star Wars, etc...). Recording the conversations sound like a good idea. I will have to try to find an unfamiliar adult willing to let me record them. We plan to homeschool him, like his older siblings, and even if we didn't, he has a birthday that misses the kindy cut-off in our area: he'd have another year of pre-K. The schools are legally required to provide services if we can prove educational impact, but in our experience with an older sibling with the local public school, it's hard for homeschoolers to show educational impact for kids who read and write well (which I feel like he is for his age). He had a well-child a couple months ago: his pediatrician actually commented on how much his speech has improved since his last one, but I didn't think to ask the pediatrician if he thought his speech was okay. We will see the ped again soon though, with the constant baby well visits - I will ask next time we bring the baby in if he'd give an opinion.
  3. I never thought that maybe he's graduating because she expects the schools to pick this up next year. He is starting to read: just little bits like, "The cat is on the hill." He uses his emerging sounds (L and TH, mostly) more when he reads than when he speaks. He has definitely met his speech goals (substituting d/t for g/c and omitting the s in s blends). When I brought up the continuing intelligibility issue to his current SLP, she had another SLP in the practice take a listen to him and she reported that the other SLP found him completely intelligible. But then we'll go to the park and meet up with other parents, and I'll notice the other parents not understanding him consistently. I don't know if I know anyone who works with this age range daily. ?
  4. This kid will turn 5 mid-fall, so an older preschooler. We will continue Rightstart Math A, Progressive Phonics, and Suzuki Violin. If he's ready, we will try Handwriting without Tears, but he's a lefty and he doesn't seem ready quite yet... we'll see in a few months.
  5. Math: AoPS Algebra, hopefully Mathcounts Logic: Orbiting with Logic Grammar: ??? Vocabulary: Vocabulary from Classical Roots B Writing: Writing with Skill 2 Science: Debating between having her take a middle school science class through a co-op or doing Elemental Science's Chemistry for the Logic Stage; Science Olympiad History: Maybe History Odyssey Late Renaissance/Early Modern? It's been a bit more time intensive than I really like Geography: Draw Asia Volume II Fine Arts: private and group piano lessons, Classics for Kids, choir, maybe Artistic Pursuits? Foreign Language: IDK. Waiting to see if my kid has graduated speech therapy (finally) in the fall before trying this again, as it was a disaster last go around - just working on gentle exposure through music and movies Physical Education: Hiking, yoga, running, and hopefully some low key sports through the park district yet to be determined Electives: Applied Technology class
  6. DC11 has finished FLL 1-4 and the first level of Grammar for the Well-Trained Mind. Does anyone know when the student books and keys for the next level will be published? If not soon, what should we used next? Secular options preferred.
  7. My four year old's speech therapist plans to graduate him in the next couple of weeks. I've heard a lot of improvement in his speech since he began, but unfortunately, a lot of people still struggle understanding him. His therapist says that he has very advanced syntax and vocabulary for his age, and combined with his age appropriate errors, this is what is continuing to cause his reduced intelligibility, and that this will likely resolve naturally as he matures. I feel nervous about ending speech therapy while others struggle to understand him. Should I get a second opinion? Has anyone else been in this situation, and if so, did it naturally resolve?
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