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  1. You might look into LiPS. LiPS helps to distinguish the different sounds by first seeing and feeling how the different sounds are made with our lips, mouth, tongue, nose and/or vocal cords. Once those difference can be felt, the may be form the needed brain connections to hear them. It takes a different approach from Fast ForWord but the first part of LiPS aims at correcting/developing what Fast ForWord tries to correct/develop. It's been a long time since I read and gone over the research on LiPS and but it is fairly well researched and it's been around for many years. The LiPS training and f
  2. Thank you for sharing. I just wanted to post to bump this up so more people can read it.
  3. You might try asking your vision therapist if she's aware of an audiologist that can test auditory processing. Not every audiologist tests for Auditory Processing Disorders--some only check hearing, which is different from processing. I'd also suggesting reading what you can about APD, but be aware that there are various types of auditory processing disorder. The first book I read about APD only addressed the type the author was familiar with and it didn't match my child's issues. APD may express itself as difficulty listening with background noise or difficulty distinguishing sounds in words
  4. My son (who initially failed the Barton screen) was all the way through Barton before starting high school. Having gone through all ten levels of Barton, he's able to read high school materials--and I learned to teach someone with severe dyslexia. I still follow the Barton's guideline of "teaching to mastery". I give as many chances as needed to demonstrate mastery. Tests are usually true/false and multiple choice with a lot of reviewing so nothing is a surprise. Most of the work is not written. After all the remediation, dyslexia still shows in his writing, so I don't ask for much writi
  5. Counting test prep for English credit happens at public schools. I recently learned that our local public high school offers a "ACT Test Prep/College Study Skills" as a class in their English department can count towards graduation English credits. In addition to the typical "English 9, English 10, 11 & 12" they also offer "Creative Writing", "Speech" and various Literature classes that all go towards fulfilling our state's graduation requirements. Seeing how much work you expect the classes to require, I'd suggest the classes be combined and/or incorporated with other work. Mine too
  6. There's a product that can be added to paint that works as a mold inhibitor. Also some better paint brands offer specific paints with mold inhibitors designed to be used in wetter areas like bathrooms. These are meant to be used after the mold is all removed or before it's there in the first place.
  7. I think it's wonderful that you are closely involved in your ninth graders' homeschool education. You like teaching. They are learning and you're learning with them, so keep doing what works for your family.
  8. The sooner your dd knows what she wants, the easier it is to plan. Even if the school accept all credits, some majors in some schools will still take 3+ years to get through all the required courses even with 2 years of college credits. Taking classes towards a specific major and staying at the same college and major seems most cost effective in terms of time and money. One of mine transferred in college credits as a freshman but those credits didn't get him through college any faster, and when he decided to change his major, that slowed him down further. Another decided to stay at the
  9. The problem with "tolerance" is that some things are intolerable. You want to change the standard of what's tolerated. Relatives listening to different news channels and radio programs isn't the problem, but you mentioned that several times on this thread. Separate one opinion from another. Don't assume that your other relatives agreed with this person even if they listen to the same sources of news and information. Perhaps some also found the comment awkward and also wonder how to endure their family get-togethers.
  10. Since you asked how we change bigotry on an individual level and hope to make a world more tolerant: Tolerate "Uncle Ted". Tolerate "Betty". Tolerate their views. Tolerate freedom of the press, which results in news and information that may not match your worldview. On an individual level, the only person you can really change is yourself. So change. Be more tolerant.
  11. I believe it's part of the groups that are turned off temporarily due to technical issues. See this post:
  12. To answer the first question: You might look into Lindamood-Bell’s LiPS program and/or Seeing Stars Program. I used parts of both those programs, combined with Barton. We needed LiPS first because my son (then 8) could not pass the Barton screen. Once he was able to proceed to Barton, we used Barton faithfully but not exclusively. We only used the first part of LiPS that teach how to detect sounds in words through how they are physically formed. The later parts of LiPS resembles the first few levels of Barton except they aren’t nearly as scripted and don’t have stories. Their Seeing Star
  13. I understand wanting to be certain he knows the material well before moving on, but if you’re repeating levels after he’s been able to pass the test, that might contribute to some of the frustration. How amazing that your mom comes in to tutor him with Barton! But I’m not sure exactly what you are doing with the word list she gives you. As a homeschooling mom, it would be frustrating to me to just work on off a word list someone else gave me. You say Barton is boring, but to me working off a word list sounds like the most boring part of what you’re doing! And if he’s only able
  14. Landscape fabric or even just a thick layer of paper grocery bags, covered by some type of mulch help supress weeds. If you do nothing else with the weeds, cut off their seedheads. Never plant mint. Plant more of whatever did well, as long as it wasn't aggressive. Don't plant anything that's aggressive or invasive. Plant annuals around perennials until the perennials are large. Teach your children to distinguish between plants you want and those you don't want before assigning them to weed. Plant plants a little closer together than recommended so the plants you
  15. :grouphug: What a beautiful tribute you wrote to your daughter! I send my heartfelt condolences to you and your family! Your story touches me deeply and I grieve with you.
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