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About mamakelly

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    homeschool mom of 4
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  1. I’m an Eagle Scout parent and a current parent of a Tenderfoot. I was homeschooling my Eagle Scout when he earned the award and I did not put anything related the Eagle Scout award on his transcript. Several boys in his troop made Eagle around the same time, none of them got any school credit for it. It’s an extra curricular and shouldn’t be counted for school.
  2. My 2nd baby was born with a cleft palate. My IBLC feeding specialist taught me an unusual supplement method where I was able to put him on the breast and supplement with pumped milk from a curved syringe. It was a little tricky with a baby who couldn’t get any suction at all but using a lact-aid was nearly impossible for him. I still had to pump because he wasn’t actually breastfeeding, but actually being supplemented at the breast. Message me if you are interested, I could try to find some pictures. It was very effective.
  3. I'm using Veritas Press Self Paced Old Testament- Greece and Rome. I'm looking for some supplemental stuff for that time period, since this is all on the computer. Maybe projects, writing assignments or ? Any good suggestions?
  4. Thanks for the suggestions. First I want to clarify this is for my husband, not a child. Pam in CT, my husband has similar results as your child, astronomically high in most areas, 98% and higher, and dramatically low in processing and working memory. Ironically, he is lightning fast at all of the games suggested. He literally beats all of us 95 % of the time. Of the games suggested, we don't have Distraction, I'll have to look for that one. He already plays drums very well, but maybe we should talk about him adding another instrument. He just started therapy with the Neuropsychologist who is old school and says the deficiencies can be helped with therapy. It's just slow going, and he really wants to get things moving.
  5. Hubs has been diagnosed with slow processing speed and low working memory. I know digit spans are supposed to help with that. But any other suggestions for exercises or ??
  6. That's actually not a bad idea. The others could get the help they need while addressing the medical and educational needs of the child that needs VT. Although in our school district, if a child is suspected of needing VT, the district will pay for the child to be tested and will pay for the therapy. The parent still has to take the child there and do the homework ( about one hour per day). Caedmyn, I'm in the middle of dealing with some major educational with my husband (mental health issues caused by the lack of educational help). Things that should have been addressed when he was young, but for some reason his parents didn't push for more testing or more help. It's really truly terrible to be 45 and have just done educational and neuro testing to find out that you have a genius IQ but terribly low working memory and a few other related issues. My husband's whole life has been an educational let down, full of frustration and heartache because he didn't get the help he needed while in school. He just kept failing over and over again, with teachers and parents getting mad at him, telling him to study harder or just sending him out of the classroom etc... He needed an advocated someone to push for a full battery of educational and other testing to see where his struggles were and set him up with the therapy and meds he so desperately needed. It's so much easier to work on these things as an elementary/middle school kid than it is to be 45 years old and have to take 8 days off of work and pay $5,000 to see a dyslexia specialist that works with adults. Please get your kids the help they need now. Please, they will be someone's spouse one day, someone's dad or mom. If my husbands parents were alive, you'd bet I would have read them the riot act for NOT taking care of his needs as a child.
  7. I wanted to comment about Vision Therapy. My sister went though it as an older elementary kiddo. Two of my kids went through a VT program as well. It was truly life changing for my 2 kids. One kid had a 3 second lag time in her vision, every time she shifted her focus from distance to close up and vise versa. Her reading was a disaster. 12 weeks of VT and she was a different kid, it was incredible. It was very difficult to get it done though. It was expensive and time consuming and I had to get a babysitter every week (you weren’t allowed to bring other kids to VT). However, it was 100% worth it. I know you have a bunch of kids with struggles, but VT was worth it for us.
  8. Anyone have a suggestion for a good phone app that we can use on an old extra phone that doesn’t currently have service? I’d like my youngest to have a phone so he can call me if there’s an emergency while I’m out running errands, but I don’t want to add a whole new phone plan for him.
  9. I’m going to be that friend next year. I’m already planning for it. I’ve been homeschooling since 2001. I’ve already graduated 2 kids after this year, 3. I’m tired, lol and I don’t want to homeschool another through high school. So my last kiddo is going to a traditional school next year. I won’t crow that it’s the best, though it will be the best for me, haha.
  10. Granted this was a long time ago, but when I was in college, most of my friends were from church. None of us drank. After college, my husband was in Bible College and and an intern pastor. He wasn't allowed to drink, at least not in public. When he was a licensed pastor, we weren't allowed to drink at all. We both signed a statement with the denomination saying we wouldn't. I know not all the pastors and wives took it seriously but nearly all did. Is there a seminary near you? Maybe she could try going to a Bible study there? t
  11. After an utterly ridiculous discussion on a local mom Facebook group about tampon usage, I have learned that many mothers do not give their daughters enough information about their bodies. It was really eye opening that a few mothers, even as young as those in their 20's, think that inserting something (tampon, cup) into your v****a, is inappropriate if you haven't had TeA yet. I was truly dumbfounded. Anyway...It made me think about my own daughter (nearly 18) and wonder if I've missed anything in informing her about her body. So now I'm on the hunt for a good book about women's health. I'm not looking for a book that includes social issues, if that makes sense, I just want women's health information. Just curious if anyone here has a recommendation for a good one.
  12. Do your high schools not have gym uniforms anymore? The high schools near us still have dopey uniforms, no short shorts for anyone, lol!
  13. That looks like a really good resource, thank you! I never even considered having her take a CLEP test. She's not 100% sure what college she's going to go to, but our local college is SDSU, which will probably be a big contender for her. They don't accept CLEP credits for American Government, bummer!!
  14. I'm looking for some recommendations for Government curriculum for my 12th grader. I've used Notgrass Exploring Government with another of my kids. It was okay, but not great imo. I've looked at Thinkwell. Any other suggestions?
  15. Thanks for the insight. She comes home today from a trip, so I’ll ask her if she has a preference, but I’m leaning towards Chromebook. Her school doesn’t have a requirement and we have a large screen desktop with the whole Adobe suite, and Office suite.
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