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  1. So it looks like we are going to continue homeschooling this year. It wasn't my plan, but pandemic and all... We've been using Veritas Press for history and I really like having a subject that I didn't have to be super hands on with. Any suggestions for a online class for World History for my 7th grader? Secular or religious. Not Bob Jones or Abeka....

  2. My husband just had surgery 2 weeks ago. No one is allowed in our local hospitals except the patient, unless the patient is under 18. I had to drop hubs off at the front door and pick him back up at the front door when he was released. The nurses called and gave me updates and Post op care info. It was hard :-(

  3. I am so very sorry for your loss. I read your whole post yesterday but needed a little time before replying. My MIL died after a very short battle with ovarian cancer. She had been experiencing symptoms for a while but was caring for my dying FIL and so she didn't go to the doctor until it was too advanced. We lost them both of cancer within 6 months of each other. It was truly the hardest time I've ever experienced in my marriage. She was one of my best friends, I was crushed, my husband was crushed. Add to that we had a surprise pregnancy during that time. I don't want to sugar coat it, but it took us about 10 years to feel normal again. Holidays sucked for a long time. We had to put on happy faces for the kids, but we cried together at night. I think it would have been more like 5-6 years if we had gone to counseling sooner. Our situation was especially tragic with loosing both of them, the pregnancy and my husband being an only child etc.... so maybe that made it worse. Please message me if you want to talk. I didn't have anyone who had gone through it, and I sure wish I had...

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  4. Looking for experiences using CBD for adult ADHD. I've read that it really helps some people and then some people say it doesn't help them at all. Just curious if anyone has used CBD and what your experience has been. No ADHD meds work for my husband, he's tried all of them. Just looking for other options. 

  5. On 2/27/2020 at 4:52 PM, square_25 said:

    I like playing VERY hands-on games with the kids, because I really want to check their mathematical sense and not just the ability to shuffle symbols on the page! Let me start the list, and you tell me how they sound, and I'll keep going if you like them. 

    First game: Addition War: have you played War before? It's very similar. You play against a kid and put down two cards at the same time as they put down two cards. The winner is the person with the highest total sum. (And if there's a tie, you have a war! Want me to explain that?) The winner takes all the cards and puts them at the bottom of their deck. Rinse and repeat until someone has all the cards! 

    This lets you check a couple of things. First of all, you can see how many sums to 20 a kid remembers. Secondly, you can see how many strategies they can use. Are they using counting on? Near doubles? Counting up from 1? 


    This sounds great. Any more you could share would be helpful.

    Update- I did a reading assessment, she is at a mid-3rd grade level which is far better than I was lead to believe. Writing skills are poor, no actual ability to form letters. Starting with HWT's slate to remediate that. Will be doing a k-3 math assessment next time. I was told she still counts on her fingers, so I'm guessing, back to basics for math as well.

  6. I started back at school many years ago. I took online classes though our local community college, 2-3 per semester. It was very manageable, and the kids didn’t really notice a difference in my time other than I did homework at night sometimes. This past year I started at PLNU in their adult degree completion program. I go to class 1 night per week and the rest is done online. Honestly, there’s not reason to wait until your son graduates. I also have a 6th grader, and I think it’s been good for him to see me study and work toward my degree. 

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  7. How would you go about teaching an older child (10), to read? There are no learning disabilities, just a lack of teaching on the part of the homeschooling parent. Child has not been exposed to any reading/teaching to read program. What about writing and math? Again, no LD just lack of instruction. I have some ideas, but I'm curious about how others might go about this. I would work with the child 1-2 times per week a few hours at a time. I know it's not ideal, but work with me here lol, what would you do?

  8. My daughter is very arty and has loved taking classes at community college. She took mutiple levels of ceramics, 3D design and is currently enrolled in 2D design. It’s been really great for her to have the encouragement of other artists. She’s working harder than ever before, it’s very motivating. 

  9. I’ll be a dissenter lol! I think TpT has some great stuff. I taught a tk-1 class last year and used quite a bit from TpT. I found engaging lessons that hit state standards (I checked to be sure they did). I just bought a few things last week for my 6th grader, to spice up our Greek study. Of course you have to weed through and spend some serious time researching, but that’s just par for the course imo.

  10. I didn’t realize this was an old thread until I got to the bottom... But I was literally about to suggest that you had a Parasite. I had the exact same symptoms, and it turned out to be a parasite as well. I tried the antibiotics my dr gave me and retested, but it didn’t get rid of it. I took Paraclear from SeraVita and that finally took care of it!

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  11. I would let him quit when the session or “season” is over. However if it was my kid, I wouldn’t let him quit until he had something to replace it. My youngest has a habit of not wanting to do anything and he needs exercise and activity. So I’d have him choose something new to do before quitting. 

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  12. 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. 

  13. 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.

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