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  1. Thanks all for you input, when reading out loud she does fine with pronunciation for the most part, typical issues with longer words that you'd expect her to have trouble with because they aren't commonly used.  All the small words that she has trouble with in spelling she can read with no problems. 


    The concern I have for college is  where she may have to do an in class essay as a test/exam.  My son is going to the school she is currently planning to and his English 1010 final was an in class essay.  Something like that could tank her grade. 

    After looking over Barton and AAS again, we decided to try AAS.  They now have an app, which was her biggest push back with that program.  We're going to make spelling and writing a bigger focus than we had been.  It may mean she reads less literature but sometimes sacrifices have to be made. 

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  2. Who did the evaluation and what were they evaluating for? What tests were run? Was it only a vision evaluation? Was it through a developmental optometrist? Has she ever had an evaluation through a neuropsychologist or edu psychologist?

    She had many of them through various avenues, yes the VT was through a developmental optometrist, yes she was tested by a neuropsychologist 


    Looks much better than my 14yo son...... did they test for dysgraphia?


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    Was she evaluated for dyslexia?  Late reading and lingering spelling issues are common signs.


    Yes. We were told she is not dyslexic. 

  3. I'm really feeling lost.  My daughter is 16 and although she's a lovely girl and very gifted artist she struggles with spelling all the time.  We've tried every program out there from Spelling Workout, to spelling power, to AAS, and everything else we could think of.  Nothing sticks.  

    I'm adding a picture of something she wrote today, it's scary.  I've had her tested.  At age 10 II had her evaluated because she also wasn't reading, they found a binocular dysfunction and she went through a year of vision therapy which helped immensely.  She's now an avid reader, but the spelling still isn't coming together. 

    I have no idea how this girl will make it in college with this issue, it's not a matter of "spellcheck will be her best friend" it's such a problem even spellcheck doesn't catch a lot of it. 

    Any suggestions are welcome. 




  4. What is the time commitment per day that we would need to set aside?   60 minutes?   


    If you aren't watching the video portion I would say that 60 minutes is more than sufficient to work on the rest.  

    Having the TWSS is nice because I can go and view the teacher training if I want more info on what's going on in the SWI, but it's certainly not needed and you'll be fine without it. 


  5. Geometry takes up at least 40% of ACT so his score can only go up with completion of geometry. The english section emphasize on grammar.

    My youngest one can barely finish half the questions in the free sample ACT practice test by ACT when he tried. He is my slow (speed) reader. He is taking in June for a baseline. Your son's score is great for without prep.


    He only has 30 lessons/tests left in Geometry, so he has done most of it.  The English is what killed him.  


  6. I do have the test prep books, but originally my husband and I didn't plan on him taking it now.  So we haven't used them.  Now I know I will add it to my agenda for the summer and next year.   I won't put him in the local class I found because I've heard it's crazy boot camp like, and that's just not us.  Most likely he'll go to a community  college or tech school.  What he enjoys doing and the fields that draw him in wouldn't be best suited for a 4 year uni.  They have those degrees of course, but it he could get to the same career  at a CC for less money. 

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  7. Thank you all, I'm feeling a little better now, as I showed him and he feels good about his score.  Apparently he did better all around that he thought he did.  He thought he'd get a 10.  I guess I'm still getting used to things not working like they did when I was in school.  It was unheard of to take this thing more than once and nobody prepped for it we were all told it was a test you couldn't study or prep for.  Our schools only offered it once and it was only open to Juniors.    I have to remind myself that times are different.  


    I will add that my son has not finished Geometry, I'm a firm believer in not starting Alg before 9th, so I know that will play a role, but I'm actually quite happy with his Math score, His English is where it bites him in the backside.   

    He had never seen practice tests either so to the poster that asked that no, he hasn't seen the format of the ACT, but he has taken standardized tests before so he was at least familiar with the bubble form and how to fill that out. 


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  8. An 18 is what kids need to dual enroll at the local university so I think it is considered college ready. It is also the average score at our local high schools for their graduates. It is also the score our local umbrella school requires to graduate with an accredited diploma. So that seems like a good score to have in one's pocket only half way through high school. But yeah...these threads are always hard. Remember the average folks tend not to post. I am sure someone is encouraged that you shared.


    Our CC that's not far from me won't let my son take dual enrollment with these scores.  Not that I wanted him to do that anyway.   I always had a hard time coming to this board because I always feel so inferior.


  9. My son is a sophomore, and this was his first attempt at this, (he's an older sophomore because we had him repeat 8th grade for maturity reasons) we did no prep at all, nothing, just to see how he'd do and he got an 18.  Now I know why I tend to not come to the high school board much.  It kind of confirms to me that I totally messed this homeschool thing up. 

  10. I was just at Home Depot the other day and they make these things now that are clear and you paint them and then they are like a decal that sticks to the wall so you don't actually have to put the paint sample on the wall.  I thought that was a great option. 

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  11. I had local only for all 4 impacted teeth done at once, it was HORRIBLE  the sounds alone almost drove me to the brink.  My son had his out about 9 months ago and did the IV sedation and it was fabulous.  He was flipping hilarious afterwards, but it went smoothly.  Our oral surgeon won't do local only, it just makes it harder on all parties involved. 

  12. I taught myself to crochet at age 8 and took a learn to knit class with my daughter about 18 months ago.  I love Knitting, I still do both, but much prefer to knit if I can.  I just finished a star shaped crochet blanket and I'm so glad it's done.  Crochet hurts my wrists and I do use bamboo hooks, so it's not that.  I prefer my hiya hiya interchangeables for knitting.  I only use DPNs when I cable.  

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