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    Former RN now Homeschooling mom f/t. Interested in Health Advocacy degree from SLC... perhaps soon?
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    East coast of FL
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    junking/thrifting, repurposing furniture, home design, reading, crochet/knit/sew
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    Co-captain
  1. (OMG I thought I was losing my mind. I have this "revived" post saved, without looking at the dates I started reading it today and was utterly confused. ) This is one of the KEEPER posts for certain.
  2. My now 7th grader did well in a few FLVS classes last year. He is an Aspie and the digital interaction was great for him. We opted out of it this year, though we positively did had a good experience with it, primarily to decrease screen time. My son had some very, very good teachers. His only struggle was in the oral DBAs (Discussion based assessments, AKA oral exam). He has auditory memory issues which reared its ugly head during a Math DB. I would ask him to write down whatever question the teacher was asking him but you could just see his anxiety mounting, then he would shut down. And he did meander off into the internet between lessons, so to cut down on screen time while I have his younger siblings home this year homeschooling, we opted out of it. He enjoyed 6th grade Math, Science, Reading, Keyboarding, and Digital photography. We dropped History and Language Arts because they were not good fits for him, however a friend's son is excelling in those 2 classes!
  3. i'm pretty much obsessed with YALE schools in Southern New Jersey. Obsessed because we moved from there the year before my son was dx'd. :cursing:
  4. 7th,5th, & 2nd HITS -- Saxon 8/7 (Aspie) & Saxon 7/6 (advanced learner) CLE Lang Arts for all 3 (shocked about this one) I needed something "meaty" that could cover certain areas - this fit the bill but cannot believe how much we like it. And I **love** it for my 2nd grader w/building phonics/reading skills. How did I not use this in years past? Discovery Streaming. (love) Reading Wonderopolis and Student News Daily every day. From the Teachers Pay Teachers site I downloaded morning work for all 3 - definitely helps us all get our heads in the game (and allows my coffee to do its' thing) also enjoying from TpT the Gr 3 Lang ARts Notebooks for beginning grammar skills with 2nd grader. (Like it so much I bought Math Interactive Notebooks for older 2 kids) Misses - Hake Saxon 2 was way, way too slow. We skipped to book 2 in the workbooks and added in Real Math 3 from his former private school
  5. Thanks for this, Hunter. Natural Speller looks like something we could use here!
  6. Our neuropsych highly recommended encouraging physical activity as most Aspies tend to be "soft." He recommended "repetitive physical activity" but my guy has dyspraxia, so finding something PHYSICAL he can do has been a challenge. Yes, he is completely obsessed with computers/videogames/etc. We just don't want that to be his obsession, because it is truly all-consuming for him. He swims. I don't think he swims well enough to be on a swim team but swim lessons with a coach who pushes him to do more and more have been awesome. On our way home from a lesson I feel like I have him *all* with me and we're not living/talking in his world. Then recently we added golf. We found a golf coach and he takes private lessons - same results. We're trying to push him to get more "into" the sport of golf by buying him books, putting the golf channel on, etc...
  7. Would he consider a dance academy f/t? Something like Orlando Ballet's Academy ( I think they use K12), Patel Conservatory (think Hannah Betts) or something out-of-state like Rock Academy in Philly? If he's considering a career in dance this would afford him opportunities and open doors. I'm not saying they are lax with schoolwork, but it they have rigorous dance requirements so maybe he can focus on dance a bit more while completing requirements or taking more electives.
  8. My 6th grader is currently doing Winston and I recently ordered grammarlogues on HSBC (jury is still out on it).
  9. Wow... so many great ideas! Thank you!!! Ironically, I just ordered the Intellego unit studies on Middle Ages 1 (gr 6-8). Thank you again!
  10. "fun" if you found one or used such an item? I feel like such a boring teacher some days. I often look at http://www.ellenjmchenry.com/ and think her curriculum items look like fun! Ideas? Suggestions? -Kathy, the boring momma/teacher
  11. Is anyone doing this and if so, are you using Kingfisher? We need to change it up a bit and I'm pulling out my older version of TWTM now to look it over.
  12. What about Lost Tools of Writing? by Circe
  13. Asking for help... EEL is simply not working for my son. The chart copying has become a dreaded chore with very little retention. Now that we're half way through though, I'm now looking at either going back to R&S or AG. (He is a 6th grade Aspie.) I find the layout to be very confusing, but we have continued to get through it week-after-week. It's just not working for him. It's not sticking. I understand this is only year 1 of EEL for him and the expectation is that by year 3 in essentials he will have mastered it, but I feel like he is terribly confused and that we lost what he learned in FLL and R&S over the years. I've tried cutting back on chart copying, but then that is a lot of chart to memorize/master. Copying does obviously make it easier to retain. We do continue with sentences and using the Analytic Task sheet to diagram the sentences. I'm really at a loss. Then in IEW, again - little retention. I think he is completely over-focused on the stylistic techniques and dress-ups. But I do think this is something that we could probably get through if we continue with IEW. Suggestions? THoughts? I'm debating even continuing at this point :( TY!
  14. Asking for help... EEL is simply not working for my son. The chart copying has become a dreaded chore with very little retention. Now that we're half way through though, I'm now looking at either going back to R&S or AG. (He is a 6th grade Aspie.) I find the layout to be very confusing, but we have continued to get through it week-after-week. It's just not working for him. It's not sticking. I understand this is only year 1 of EEL for him and the expectation is that by year 3 in essentials he will have mastered it, but I feel like he is terribly confused and that we lost what he learned in FLL and R&S over the years. I've tried cutting back on chart copying, but then that is a lot of chart to memorize/master. Copying does obviously make it easier to retain. We do continue with sentences and using the Analytic Task sheet to diagram the sentences. I'm really at a loss. Then in IEW, again - little retention. I think he is completely over-focused on the stylistic techniques and dress-ups. But I do think this is something that we could probably get through if we continue with IEW. Suggestions? THoughts? I'm debating even continuing at this point :( TY!
  15. My gifted 4th grader is in a local private school where she's doing well and loves life after homeschooling since 1st. It's working for the moment, so we're keeping her there. BUT I am not happy with their Lang Arts. She had completed FLL3 prior to entering this school for 4th and is ahead of peers in L.A. which attribute to FLL. They do use ZB Spelling, a grade ahead, so that's OK, but no formal grammar is unnerving me because we DID do grammar last year. I'm debating what would be ...hmmm, not necessarily the EASIEST, but the program that would "get done," the program that would be the most comprehensive with the least amount of pain.... to afterschool grammar: I'm debating CLE Lang Arts or FLL4. Thoughts? Never used Shurley - open to that as well. TY!
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