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  1. I thought I was ready, but I'm really dragging. I decided that we will ease into it. I do think its common though.
  2. :iagree: Don't rush into a decision. Take some time to process it to see if this is something that can be fixed.
  3. My step-son was 17 before he got his learner's permit. We didn't feel he was ready and we only had one vehicle anyway, so it just seemed to work for us.
  4. I have to agree with trial and error. Often times, we found that what worked one year did not work the following year. With children that young, I would not invest in too much right now. There are lots of free resources out there. Good luck!
  5. My boys are also ten and have really struggled with all aspects of Language Arts due to some learning issues. We worked through WWE 1 and were working on WWE 2 when I decided to switch to WWW. Since I felt that my boys had very little writing instruction, we decided to go with WWW level 2. It seemed to be a good fit for us. We worked through the first few lessons pretty quick but have now managed to slow down.
  6. I just want to add that it is well worth the $250, much less the $25 (although I am glad I got it for free) :) I surely spent much more than $250 on different resources before we tried 100 EZ lessons and funnix.
  7. We downloaded funnix 2 when it was free and I sure wish we had found it sooner. My 10 year old twins are special-needs and had been stuck at a 1st grade reading level for about 3 years! It was so frustrating. A friend suggested 100 EZ lessons and right about the time we were wrapping that up, the free download for funnix was offered. We finish the 100th lesson tomorrow and I'm so grateful! My boys have really progressed and this is just what they needed. I just can't say enough about it!
  8. I purchased SOTW 1, the activity book, as well as WWE 1, WWE 2, and FLL 2 and sent the pdfs to my kindle. Its so much easier!
  9. My boys really struggled with their facts until we discovered Facts First. We purchased it through the Homeschool Buyers Coop. This has been a life saver!
  10. I completed the couch to 5k program a few months ago for this very reason. I was trying to find some time for me. I completed my first 5k and I'm about to run my 2nd. I have found that the best time for me is to wake up in the morning. I was not a morning person at all, but it took a little while to get useto. It did take going to bed earlier but I'm so glad I got into the habit. I'm up between 6:30-7:00, out the door by 7:05 at the latest and back in and showered by 8am. I feel so much better and I appreciate the time with just my thoughts, LOL! I don't even listen to music most of the time because its the only quiet time I have. I went through a phase where I couldn't wait to get out the door in the morning, but that didn't last long. I can't say I love getting up that early, but I'm making me a priority. That makes it worth it.
  11. I had a similar issue a few months back when I sold a Sonlight Core. The buyer said that she had only received half of the core. It seems like the box was opened during delivery somehow. I offered her half of her money back, which means I was out $80. I learned my lesson and will no longer ship without insurance :(
  12. We are using both. My 10 year old twin boys have really struggled with their reading and we've been using funnix since January when we were able to download it for free. They had been "stuck" at about a 1st grade reading level for approx. 3 years and it was frustrating! Funnix was just what they needed to get past that hump. We had been using Explode the Code for a while and I decided to continue with it because it takes them less than 10 minutes to work on 2 pages a day and I figured that the extra review couldn't hurt.
  13. This maybe a silly question, but how exactly does that work? I just recently purchased the Building Thinking Skills book 1 and I HATE that I was not able to get a pdf version! I think I read somewhere that you can get the binding taken off a book to make it easier to copy? I noticed the pages are perforated. Should I even bother getting it unbound? It was such a hassle to run copies!
  14. I have to agree with Horizons. Lots and lots of review. We too often end up crossing alot of the problems.
  15. I have 10 year old twin boys that have had seizures since they were 10 months old. What you described does sound like a petit mal seizure. I know all too well how scary this can be and honestly, after all these years, each and every episode scares me to death. It seems like your on the right path with getting an EEG and MRI done. I hope everything works out and you get the answers your seeking.
  16. I absolutely love receiving the daily focus emails in my inbox each day. I have found them to be quite encourgaging and specific to the homeschool mom. You can either sign up for the devotions or buy the book if you prefer. The emails are free and you can get them by signing up for the enews emails here: http://www.aophomeschooling.com/enews.php To actually purchase the book, go here: http://www.aophomeschooling.com/product/ar8001/
  17. I found myself frustrated when my boys were the same age and really struggled with their facts. I ended up trying www.factsfirst.com and we've been using it for about a year now. The homeschool buyers co-op is offering a discount and I have to say that it really did help! It was well worth it. Its computer-based and and they use games to teach two facts a session. They incorporate plenty of review. I know there are plenty of games out there but in my opinion, they didn't compare.
  18. With the focus on each one being different, we've found that using both works well for us.
  19. I have 10 year old twins with a history of epilepsy, severe speech apraxia and auditory processing disorder. They have always struggled with their reading and writing, yet they have made some huge jumps in the last few months. They are at about a 2nd grade reading level, but further behind in writing and spelling. They've been doing great at WWE level one and I thought we were ready to move on to level 2, but once I saw the section on dictation, I couldn't help but panic. I don't think they can handle it. With the auditory processing issues, I don't think they are ready for it. We are also using All About Spelling and they are coming along ok with the dictation that is included there. Would it be ok to continue with WWE level 2 and skip the dictation or would we be missing out on a huge component of the program? Your thoughts? Suggestions?
  20. I appreciate you posting that. I was on the fence about TT for that very reason. We are currently using Horizonss and we plan on sticking with Horizons through grade 5 before switching to TT.
  21. Hi there! I'm new to this forum and look forward to sharing with others. My question has to do with Writing with Ease and First Language Lessons. My boys are 9 and they are special needs, really struggling with reading and writing. I suspect they have an auditory processing disorder as well as possible dyslexia. They have a history of epilepsy as well as severe speech apraxia. They have been progressing, but it has been really slow. We are finishing up first language lessons level one. I finally decided to give writing with ease a try because they are so behind on writing skills, so I decided to go with level 1. Is it ok to go on to fll level 2 while working on writing with ease level 1? I plan on doubling up on the lessons for each day because it seems to be pretty manageable for my boys. Or should I wait and do fll level 2 with writing with ease workbook 2?
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