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  1. Has anyone used any of these books yet? There are 7 books so far, and they all look interesting.
  2. We do violin online through Practice Monkeys. The teacher is wonderful and will answer questions through email. It's worth a shot to ask for her help. Good luck!
  3. I hadn't thought about OT, but that makes sense. Thanks for the suggestion.
  4. Thanks for the replies. I am looking into typing programs- Susan Barton recommends Type to Learn, and I will look into Talking Fingers, too. My son listens to a lot of audio books through Audible, but I would love a free resource. I just finished a video for home schoolers on the Barton reading website. It was an excellent video. She says that the Barton reading program counts for ALL language arts components except for handwriting. I am looking into HWOT, of course, but we've already done that and I think I implemented it wrong. I am looking into taking a teacher training workshop from HWOT in a month. I read in another post that the teacher training was super helpful and helped implement the more important parts of that program. I guess you can't just hand a kid a workbook and expect perfection.
  5. I am looking at the K-5 handwriting workshop on the HWOT website. Is that the teacher training that you took?
  6. My DS11 struggles with reading fluency, spelling, and writing. After reading about dyslexia on the Barton website and talking with a Barton tutor, I realized that my son is dyslexic. I bought the first 5 levels of the Barton system, and he has completed the first two levels. He thinks the lessons are babyish, but he will complete them. Finally, after the first few overwhelming weeks, I feel like I have a handle on things; we have a clear destination and path to help my son. While chatting with a friend a few days ago, she mentioned that her dyslexic son also has dysgraphia. I started to wonder if my son had dysgraphia, too, since his handwriting is so terrible and he can't tell time on a clock (is that really a symptom?). I have read only a little about dysgraphia, but I feel confused and overwhelmed all over again. Many dyslexia symptoms, especially the ones my son exhibits, are also dysgraphia symptoms. Do I need to do something to address dysgraphia or can I just focus on dyslexia? Can someone point me to a good website to understand dysgraphia? He doesn't do any writing currently. Should I start a writing program (like IEW's Structure and Style) or should I wait until he reaches a certain level in Barton? Thanks. Lydia in FL
  7. We do an online violin class (Practice Monkeys) that my kids really enjoy. I don't know if it is what you're looking for, but I'd thought I'd recommend it since my kids love the teacher.
  8. Just want to put a plug in for Mystery Science. The videos are highly engaging (everyone comes running when they hear the video opener, "Hi, it's Doug...") and the experiments are relevant, easy to prepare, and fun. And the best part is that science actually gets done. As an engineer, I can't say enough good things about this program.
  9. Have you used MindUp? I can't find prices on the website, and when I call the company, I have to leave a message. I've called twice and missed the callback both times. I'm not sure how to find out more about the program without waiting by the phone for someone to return my call.
  10. The Optimistic Child covers only one aspect of resilience. While optimism is fundamental to resilience, I wanted to teach the entire spectrum of skills covered in the Penn Resilience Program. I didn't pay for the Coursera certificate because I didn't need it. I watched the videos but then couldn't submit my quizzes to be graded. That was fine with me. The MOOC is so informative and Dr. Reivich presents the material is an engaging manner. I learned so much.
  11. Mindup looks promising. I wanted the Penn Resilience Program specifically, but this looks like it contains some of the same aspects of the program, such as positive psychology and mindful awareness. Thanks! I will try to post again in a few months to share how this goes.
  12. I read "Learned Optimism" at the beginning of 2016 and it dramatically changed how I see and handle situations that don't go the way I want. I don't get as depressed as I used to and I no longer ruminate for hours about rotten events. For the past year and a half, I have been trying to figure out how to teach optimism to my children. I see the same patterns of helplessness and depression that I saw in myself. I recently found a Coursera MOOC on Resilience by Karen Reivich that talks about the same research and expands on the principles of optimism and resilience. The course is fantastic! However, my children would have a hard time understanding. Naturally, I want my children to benefit from this research, but I don't know where to find something geared towards children. There is a program, the Penn Resilience Program (PRP), that sounds exactly what I want my children to take. However, they do not offer this course to anyone outside of their research, as far as I can tell. (It has been implemented in a private school in Australia, though.) I don't know where to find a resilience program for my kids. Does anyone have any experience with the PRP? How can i get this training for my kids?
  13. I had the same problem a few years ago. I don't remember a lot of what ds read when he was 7. Beast Quest, Dragon Rider, Chronicles of Narnia.
  14. At this point, we have enough families to have a good discussion. I am really excited about the response and can't wait for the first meeting! If you are curious about Skype Co-op for BFSU, please email my gmail account (lydia.Gordon) and I will help you start your own. I don't come on the forums very often and this will be the best way to contact me.
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