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  1. My son just started his Freshmen year there as a math major.


    It seems like a really special school. The campus is drop dead gorgeous with 70 degree temperatures year round. The students get priority registration, no credit cap, can drop any class until the last minute etc. The professors email you back within minutes. Everyone there is happy and friendly. The dorm is steps from the bluffs of the pacific ocean. He starts his first actual class tomorrow. 





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  2. Melabella, I think that either Sentence Composing or Image Grammar (maybe both) would be helpful with the style aspect.


    :iagree: Kilgallon! It's great for style.


    Word choice is a common problem with dyslexics. I am on the hunt for resources for this. However your DDs problems could be due to fatigue. I know my son has issues with fatigue when he is writing.


    You might want to use her work in Kilgallon to get picky about things like word choice and punctuation. If fatigue is really what is going on it will be much easier for her to work on these skills with shorter (ie. sentence length) assignments.


    Teaching my son to write is like teaching a cheetah in lead boots to sprint. It is so hard and yet it is completely necessary. And I have to be really careful, otherwise he might bite. Most of the time I just feel sorry for him. I am chipping away at the boots and helping him "walk the track" once I get the boots off, he will fly-I know he will.


    BTW thanks so much for bringing this up. I just popped into "The Lively Art..." This is a win. Love it. It was exactly what I needed today.


    I love Colleen's advice about grammar and diagramming.

  3. She is dyslexic and, although she does well with her grammar exercises in a workbook, applying those rules to her writing is still very difficult. She doesn't even catch the errors when re-reading her work.


    Choosing curricula for my dyslexic son is a balancing act. On the one hand he needs high level challenge, on the other he needs very explicit skill based practice. Sometimes I find it helpful to separate the two. For example when he writes I don't really harp on spelling errors. I try to keep that separate.


    Lately I have been trying to figure out how to give him practice with word retrieval. This is a big challenge for him. During his last writing assignment he was using the word "devout" and he really meant "devoted" this small difference made his sentence sound weird. The funny thing was, I couldn't figure out what he was really trying to say until we checked a thesaurus.


    Anyhow, the point of all of this is I think it's generally a good idea to find what your daughters big challenges are and figure out ways to address these challenges separately.


    I found WWS to be really helpful for DS because one thing he had a super hard time with was summarizing information. Ideas are all swimming around in his head and he takes a very long time to organize them and get them out. I still haven't decided if he needs WWS2 for next year.


    I am toying around with Rhetoric level material at this point. On the one hand he isn't ready and on the other hand he has been ready for years. We have a big disconnect with thinking and skills. I am trying to build the bridge in both directions.


    If your daughter needs editing practice, maybe you can find an editing book. You know one of those books with a prewritten essay with errors that you edit. What other things does she need help with?


    I found Kilgallon very good. I also have MCT and though it wasn't explicit enough it did help DS with the big picture of essay writing.

  4. Project Mathematics has some good, if old-fashioned, trig videos. They were produced at Caltech by Tom Apostol, one of my math heroes ( of my favorite theoretical calculus books). Each one has an accompanying workbook available, too.


    We showed the trig series to our 8 to 10 year old mathies at camp last summer, and they were a hit. The only snag is that they're kind of pricey for home use. But if he's really interested, you might want to check them out.



    This has videos and pdfs of the chapters.


    And the same site some bits from "Elements of Mathematics" which my son loves. If you poke around on it there are a few cool things.



    You have a great list so far!


    I'd add competition math. AMC 8 that type of thing might be fun for him.


    Zome Geometry


    and EIMACS logic for mathematics materials

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  5. And talk to them, lots. And listen to them, really listen, to the new person they are becoming, not just the old one they were. And mourn the child that is disappearing, because they are, too. And help them to look forward to the nice adult things, like being able to drive and being able to get together with friends more easily. And remember that they are still young.


    Oh my goodness thanks for bumping this fabulous post. This last bit made me cry a little.

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