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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.
  15. Thanks for the encouragement! BFSU is a great resource that many families would love to use but just can't seem to implement it. This is where the skype co-op steps in. All the moms (there were 4 of us at the beginning) raved about finally getting science done, and the kids looked forward to meeting up together to share the neat videos, demos, and facts they had found. If you like the idea of BFSU but struggle with actually doing the lessons, join us for the next co-op meeting and see if you like it. We are planning on taking 2 years to complete volume 3, which means about 1 lesson a month. We are flexible and want to help others succeed in science.
  16. This is a tough age for kids liking math. We are taking some time off until my son shows interest in math again. Right now, we are reading (and only reading) living math books and Life of Fred. You could look for math games to help math be fun. I wish I had some suggestions for math games, but everything I have is for elementary ages.
  17. My family has just started BFSU volume 3. Two years ago, my family joined with 3 other families to form a co-op which met through skype twice a month to discuss the BFSU lessons. Each family teaches the lesson at home then we get together to discuss the lesson together. Each family takes turns leading the discussion. Our kids love the skype sessions and it has helped us (the moms) to get science done. However, two of the families no longer home school. We are looking for other families with 10, 11, 12, and 13 year olds that would like to join our skype co op. If you are interested and want to learn more, please send me a message! We are starting with D-14, which is about the moon.
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  20. Anyone else doing BFSU that would like to join us?
  21. I am part of a skype co-op group for BFSU2. The group has been the only reason that science gets done in our household, and my kids love meeting up with their online science firends. But, our group has run into a problem: two of the four families are no longer homeschooling. So we are looking for another family (kids age 10 -14) to join us. Here is the setup: The moms get together to decide which lessons we will cover for the next few weeks and who will lead each discussion. We typically do one lesson every 2 weeks. Over the next 2 weeks, each family individually covers the BFSU lesson. On the designated day, we all get together via skype and discuss what we learned. We have covered the following topics: A-11,12,13 C-8, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 13 A, 14, 14A D-9, 10, 11, 12 We have yet to cover anything from the B thread because none of us owned a microscope. If you are interested in joining us, email me at lydia (dot) gordon (at) gmail (dot) com.
  22. I am not familiar with Kickstarter, but I want the game. I can't fund the project right now. Can I buy the game board later? Is that the point of kickstarter- to fund a project so that the creators can produce and then sell the game to anyone interested? Or do only people that have backed the project get the game?
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