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  1. I tried discussion and modeling discussion, but it does not work when he answers "I don't know" to every single question. He has difficulty holding information in his head and seeing "whole." He can only see "parts, details" and could not even summarize or find the main idea of a 5 short-sentence paragraph. So I need a program specialized in comprehension. Even in school, I feel they teach too much test taking skills & tricks. The kids are taught in a way that they can only answer comprehension questions on the passages they have gone over in class, but not any other passage or book
  2. I read a post from @RenaInTexas saying that Headsprout is only good with comprehension testing skills but does not help much with content reading, especially main idea/summary? My 2nd grader is very advanced with phonic reading, but struggles with main idea/summary. Does anybody have experiences with Headsprout, or any other online programs that teach content reading? Note: I knew about Visualizing & Verbalizing and have been using it. Thanks in advance.
  3. Thanks so much for all your replies. I am confused about the math olympiad though. Some said it was for younger students (as young as 4th grade) but the MAA website said that the USAMO is by invitation and only for top performers of the AMC 10/12. Did you mean MOEMS olympiad for middle school? It doesn't allow individual participants My ds goes to public school, but our entire district has nothing other than 24 math for some elementary schools (not at our neighborhood school) and math count for middle school. The AMC is not available at the high school we are zoned to either. At lea
  4. Hi I am trying to understand math competitions in the US. 1. It looks like all the competitions (AMC, Math League, Math Olympiad, etc.) require a team. What happen to homeschooled kids or public schools with no math team? 2. Do the whole team in each school advance to district to regional/state to national altogether, or will they pick the best individuals from each team to form new team to compete at higher rounds? In other words, do kids need to go to the schools with better teams? 3. Are there any US math contests for individuals? 4. Which competitions are better for
  5. No the private evals are for autism and auditory processing. My intervention is mostly comprehension & narrative, for now. I try to target his weakness one at a time. I wish I got funding to purchase books like you, but probably not since he is not home-schooled.
  6. SO I’ve still never heard back from Moreau, but I’ve been reading all your narrative/comprehension threads, and a satisfied amount of MW blog posts/presentations, and find many useful things there. I heard EET (expanding expression tool) got brought up a lot. Wonder what else it does other than describing things (words, objects,) sorta mix of VV & MW with different story element icons? Then there are Story Champ & Inspiration also for narrative, which I need to check out the samples. Inspiration seems to include math, which I don’t need. I saw a great deal of comparison between M
  7. I have read/used social thinking materials and noticed one thing: it taught kids to do what is socially expected. My question is how to teach my child to still voice his need & his opinions, as long as they are reasonable? You would not want your kid to grow up to be everyone pleaser and easily affected by other's judgements, peer pressure, and influence of the majority. Also any books/resources on social problem solving & conflict resolution based on different scenarios; when to avoid, when to let it go, and when to fight for what is right? Books/video programs on higher level Em
  8. Has any of you tried MW SGM APP? My son seems to do well with video lecture where he can see the visual demonstration, someone else other than me doing the teaching, and the subtitle, on top of hands-on (like those MW youtube videos.) In my dream there is a guided reading video companion for each children story book, like audiobook nowadays.
  9. Ooo I need to check this out. With gifted and faster learner kids, it's hard to find nonfiction with vocabulary within their level and with new background knowledge they cannot script/guess. I was really curious about that book too, after reading many blog posts on it. But the samples make me think like you, whether their chart (which I can buy separately) is the best they have. They had 50% sales last Christmas. Part of me want to wait for the sales (and continue to read the blog/watch videos) but part is so impulsed to get them all now lol. He can't. I have to wait fo
  10. You guys are so awesome with those think-aloud/read-aloud ideas. I think I am going to order book 1 & 2 of the autism set (book 3 seems to be into social thinking more than language), the magnet and wooden stamp. My son resists slowing down to work on comprehension, but he is going to love stamping the components in the story. Questions though: 1. Do kids get to look at the book when they narrate the story back or they are supposed to remember it? 2. I found a chart that maps narrative to expository (stage 1 narrative to compare & contrast, stage 2 narrative to list & se
  11. Thanks. I need to read the links you postesd. I have a few youtube videos about modeling read-aloud saved to watch later too. The strategy sounds easier said than done, especially when I had never been taught active reading myself growing up.
  12. Thanks so much PeterPan for your time reviewing the SKILL book. So basically SKILL doesn’t go that deep to be useful and SGM stage chart is more of a framework? For example, I still would need the entire VV curriculum just to learn to describe character & setting (and hopefully actions) in details, Interception for feelings. I emailed MW again to ask what I’d miss out on if anything for not getting the SGM & expository manual. Sorry I know I’m obsessed with expository, because most of his school work was non-fiction. I also think narrative should help with his working memory. Kbu
  13. Mine can write full sentences with correct grammar (creative writing, not narrative writing.) His sentences, however, seem repetitive with the same structure & vocabulary. He can use “because” and “so” but the causation doesn’t always make sense. He also struggles with vocabulary & inference. The thing about comprehension is I need him to narrate/tell me what the story is about for me to know whether he comprehends it or not. I emailed MW asking the difference between the SGM manual and the autism books, but they never got back to me. Do you mind telling me what the autism books t
  14. I have Grammar Island and Building Language. Building Language is SO HARD, but the grammar book may be more doable. Ideachain is VV with scripted lessons, since I think part of his problem is that he reads much faster than he could visualize and ends up not remembering anything to retell. Yeah I don’t know why words don’t have meaning naturally to him either. It's his native language. Last year he did reading assignment that asked for the middle of the story. He said well the book has 12 pages total, so the middle would be page 6. Then he went on reading everything on page 6 of the
  15. You guys made me feel better🙂. Would the ASD book set teach how to build parts into a whole? When he analyzed parts, he paraphrased the books instead of using his own words. He doesn't use good emotion words on casual talk either, other than simple happy, mad, sad, scared, surprised, disgusted. He doesn't know confused, irritated, jealous, guilt etc. So fable set from RFP to build vocabulary and emotion words? I have beginning level MTC and wordly wise books, but they are their own vocabulary/grammar building curriculum. We have "Good Dog Carl" so we'll start with it today. I had to pus
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