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Everything posted by EKS

  1. I used to work at a Goodwill donation station, and someone once "donated" a kitten.
  2. My father was diagnosed with this back in the early 1930s. Apparently he wasn't talking as a toddler or if he was, no one understood him. According to my grandmother, after the doctor clipped the frenum, my father immediately started to speak in full sentences. As far as I know, there was no therapy involved other than the surgery.
  3. My son was well prepared for Derek Owens's prealgebra course after finishing 5B.
  4. The grades were all As. The difficulty level of the courses was adjusted so that they were working in their zone of proximal development--so challenging but not a huge stretch. As an example of this, my older son did regular geometry while the younger one did honors geometry. Both got As in geometry, but the course descriptions were different. If I had a student for whom regular high school work was so challenging that all they could manage was a B or C, I would have approached grading differently.
  5. I decided that in our homeschool grades on the transcript would indicate mastery. So grades are not an indication of the student's executive functioning, for example. I explained this in our school profile.
  6. We used the name of a mostly unknown hyperlocal geographic feature. I decided not to use our last name or the word homeschool in the name.
  7. There is a difference in my mind between tutoring and one-to-one teaching. A tutor comes in behind the teacher (or resource) and fills in gaps. Their goal is to help the student succeed in someone else's program. It is usually done on the fly, so no prep involved. You just look at the student's homework or whatever and and then use your vast expertise to help them. Actually teaching a course from scratch that has been designed especially for the student is a very different beast. You spend an enormous amount of time researching and preparing for one student. It's like the first time
  8. I should mention that you could not pay me enough to babysit someone else's kid through an online program.
  9. This! I have taught bonus homeschooled students high school math over the years and have offered the friends and family discount. If I were to do it for a living, I would charge a minimum of $200 per week, which works out to $7200 for a 36 week year (this would be for a math class that followed an established program with tweaks for individual learners; for a completely individualized program, I'd charge more). Note that my friends and family discount meant that I made far, far less than that. For an entire individualized program...minimum $150,000 per year.
  10. It sounds like even though his vision is fixed, the habits of mind that his vision problem fostered have yet to be changed. I'd focus on finding challenging works that are also engaging and the reading them aloud to him. Discuss (informally, as in, have a conversation) as you go. Make reading a social experience that you enjoy together. I would not use audiobooks for this piece. At the same time, assign books that are well within his reading ability that you are pretty sure he will find compelling. Anything that you're sure he will enjoy will do--it does not have to be literary o
  11. They were both weird. Older son: Homegrown world history (American included) from grades 3-6 A failed attempt at Spielvogel's Human Odyssey (which I thought was truly awful) in 7th Something approximating human geography in 8th (along with K12's Human Odyssey informally) The American Odyssey (from K12) as well as the history of science in 9th Ways of the World, the entire thing, in the first semester of 10th because we suddenly decided to enroll him in school in the second semester. Younger son: K12's History K in kindergarten SOTW 1 and 2
  12. Any choice that involves using Ways of the World is the choice you should make. It is truly an excellent text. Aside from that, as you get closer and closer to the present, the more global things become. Also, if you haven't used Ways of the World before, I highly recommend doing a quick read through the first chapters. The second half of the book won't be as good without that foundation.
  13. Hot water bottle. Keep changing the water so it stays as hot as possible. Do this for 1+ hours before bed. Repeat until pain is gone.
  14. We used the ITED (ITBS for high school). If he doesn't have extended time accommodations, the timed aspect will be good to get used to.
  15. I have a friend with a son (who is now grown) with autism, and when he was a teen they used to watch Survivor together. They would look at the end first to see who was voted out, and then see how things led up to it.
  16. It sounds like he is dyslexic. I'd read the book Overcoming Dyslexia to see if anything resonates. I recommend running through phonics if he's not solid there and then doing fluency readings until he is able to read aloud at 150+ words per minute (it could take a few years). As for schoolwork, read everything aloud except for what he reads aloud to you when he does the fluency readings.
  17. When my friend was in the end stages of breast cancer, she told me she really appreciated that she could talk to me without having to filter her words. For example, we did a lot of talking about death, which was something that she felt she couldn't talk about with the folks who were with her every day.
  18. She shouldn't be doing her initial thinking while sitting in front of the paper/computer. It is far better to think while walking, showering, driving, or, as I apparently like to do, during bouts of insomnia. Once she has an idea, then it's time to sit in front of the paper/computer.
  19. None. Breaks are more trouble than they're worth. We alternated between "hard" and "easy" and the overall arc of the day was also from hard to easy--we started with math and ended with read alouds on the couch.
  20. I will. (And I get it about being afraid to ask.)
  21. He seems to have responded well to the immunotherapy, and just this week he had surgery to remove the remnants--which, according to the doctors, may consist of dead cells. We'll find out next week about that. Fingers crossed!
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