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  1. We are ramping up our read alouds here, and my youngest (9) has SUCH a hard time sitting through the readings. He's the shooting-noises, tapping-moving-all-the-time sort of kid. He WANTS to listen, but he can't concentrate while sitting still. He doesn't draw. He doesn't lego (totally a verb). He wasn't thrilled with the idea of an exercise ball. He *did* light up at the idea of Play-doh. I've been googling, but most of the results are for really young kids. What has worked for you kids at that age? Thanks! ~Jo (I haven't posted here in forEVAH!)
  2. These are great ideas! Thanks. I think I'm going to put her through the volumes of Lyrical Life Science. And I'll supplement with the coloring books. She is passionate about colors, so the pigment research is brilliant. Thank you!
  3. We've always used a variety of resources for science K-5, then bridge to a more rigorous overview of science in 6th prior to starting the General, Physical, Bio, Chem, Physics cycle with Apologia. My current rising 6th grader is that anomaly member of the brood that does it all different. :D I'm not usually the homeschooler who caters to each child's temperament, HOWEVER, this child has crazy strong wiring. LOL. She is the artistic child...taught herself to cable knit (this week) from a book. She's not one to be pushed, but she can be led into math and science if it is presented well. Our normal BRIDGE science year has never been pleasant (and traditionally I've been okay with that) but I need something else with this one. Any ideas? Mahalo.
  4. I have to agree that there is *something* about Senor G. He's endearing...like a curmudgeon uncle. But he got under my skin as the class went on and he got crankier and my child got crankier. I could hardly wait to be done. If I hadn't had the feedback from my college son, I might have thought it was just me being prickly (I can be), but it seemed like a LOT of hassle and angst (and time!) for an elective. :/
  5. There was a student supersite with online homework (Vistas), Teacherease which had some quizzes and grades, and then the pdfs he sent through email (which isn't technically a website I guess). And then there was the textbook, which I thought was expensive for the amount of use. The bigger issue was the lack of cohesion to all these components. There was no syllabus, and the assignments, quizzes, and/or tests were based on their progress after the online portion of the class each week. That made pacing and long term planning difficult for us as a family.
  6. I'm genuinely glad you shared your side. It is hard to know when it is online how others are feeling.
  7. Now that our year with this course is over, I feel safe reviewing it. The course was frustrating to both my child and myself. I'm a believer that if I am paying for a high school course I should have no responsibility except payment and the occasional request to my child about their grade. This course gave me grey hairs. It requires multiple websites, an expensive college level text, and, as far as I can tell, no understandable master syllabus. That last point is an assumption because my son was always scrambling to figure out what was due when and from what site. My college son reviewed it and was baffled by the lack of cohesion. Regarding S. Gamache, I found him condescending. I can say that because I'm snarky, and I know condescending snark when I hear it. I prefer the people I pay to teach my kids stuff would challenge them but not make them feel like an idiot while they are learning new information. It is also difficult to take criticism from your teacher when it comes in the form text-speak (no capitalization or punctuation) in an email. Receiving the "parents help me out here" passive-aggressive emails was particularly annoying. He's a moody, subjective grader which silenced the class from giving input. He essentially caused the class to avoid criticism at all costs even if it meant not asking questions because they were afraid of receiving an embarrassing condescending reply. My child jumped in at Sp. 2, and the majority of the class had taken Sp. 1 w/ Senor Gamache before, which I think added to his difficulties. There were assumptions made that often tripped up the new kids. Having said that, we felt the best outcome from our child taking this class was to learn how to communicate with, and navigate, difficult professors. He's destined to encounter this again, and for that reason we're grateful for the "life lesson" that it turned out to be. :D ~battlemaiden
  8. Hey. Long time no see. Hope you are well! I miss your periodic blips of humor.

  9. I know this has been discussed because I've read many of the threads tonight but I need advice. :D My son independently works out and he ran 3 5Ks and a 10K last year. I think the whole PE credit thing is silly, but I have to have 2 credits. Do I just give him a credit and call it good, or should I list those races? He also trains for presidential fitness awards with the Sea Cadets (also extracurricular). He does taekwondo and is very close to his blackbelt, but I'd like to keep that solidly in the extracurricular category. I plan on doing an advanced first aide class at some point. Thanks. ~Jo
  10. Where do things like Worldview, Teenpact, Marine Robotics workshops, Speech workshops go on transcripts? Or do they? I understand (I think) the Activities section on the actual front of the transcript vs. the "page two" principle. But on the samples I've seen, page two is mainly work, volunteer, Awards and Accomplishments, etc. If anyone has a sample they could share it would be greatly appreciated. Thanks! ~Jo
  11. There are qualifications for recipes for busy homeschooling parents, right? I'm looking for a great cookbook for my slow cooker that doesn't use processed stuff, and doesn't require too much fussing before, during, and after the cooking. Do you have a book you use a lot? I suppose a website will do too, but I prefer a book since I just print out the recipes online anyway. :D ~Jo
  12. I love this! We do this naturally every year, and I wish I had the determination to write it all out. We eat out of the fridge, pantry, and freezer all month long to get rid of our staples. We have some weird meals, I'll tell ya'. :) I've made a few big purchases (daughter's reading glasses, renewing 2 annual passes). But we don't eat out, we don't go into *those* stores, and we throw away all ads. Hint: this is the month to unsubscribe to any emails that try to sell you stuff. January is a fresh start month and I love it! ~Jo
  13. This is great advice, *and* it turns out that after I posted this I ran into my neighbor (an army psychiatrist) who works closely with the pediatric people (because of referrals). She gave me almost the exact same advice. Great minds. ;) She also thinks they are very good, but they mostly see people trying to get accepted into a certain military program that gives them extra priviledges. She said to make it clear I want direction on how to best educate this child at home. I'm actually more excited than fearful now. Thanks again. ~Jo
  14. My 11yo daughter has her first appointment with Developmental Pediatrics on Monday. This is a military medical hospital and I don't have a lot of confidence they'll know what to do/ask (I pray I'm proved wrong). My daughter has memory issues and scored very poorly on processing speed on a recent brain skill test. Logic and reason was also pretty much disastrous. :001_huh: She can not write a long dictation sentence. She wigs out if you are talking to her with other noise in the background (she has 6 siblings...she wigs out a lot). She retains well what is read to her, but if she reads a short paragraph she is rarely able to narrate it back. She was a late writer. Left handed. Prefers math. Has horrible spelling and reading aloud is difficult (but doable). I'm very new to ALL of this and my initial search on this forum has me more confused. :tongue_smilie: I thought the military had a lot of acronyms!!! I'm absolutely clueless what to expect at this appointment and I don't want to waste the visit. I'm willing to push hard (you have to with the military) to get what we need, but I don't know where to start. Please advise.... Thank you so very much. ~Jo
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