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  1. Please forgive me for just now replying to everyone. This last month has been a blur of tests, procedures, and doctor appointments. Thanks to everyone so much for the advice. I have used it and come up with a plan to have my son ready to begin 5th grade in the fall. I really appreciate the help. Resources were mentioned that I was not familiar with. Also, thanks to those of you who have been praying for me. Prayers are the only thing that has gotten me and my family through this last month. I would appreciate continued prayers.
  2. I am hoping to get lots of good advice from everyone. I was recently diagnosed with stage IV colon cancer. I have always homeschooled our 10-year-old son, who is in 4th grade. While I am hopeful that I can continue to homeschool him for some time now, I feel I also need to get him prepared for entering public school at some time in the future. Up until now we have taken a fairly relaxed approach to our homeschooling. We have been using Math U See which I know uses a much different approach from how math is taught in public school. He is only on Beta now because of the mastery approach. I would like everyone’s recommendations on what materials to use to get him more on track with what would be expected in public school. I am especially interested in math and language arts, but also would like recommendations for science and history/social studies. Also, for those of you who pray, please pray for me and my family. Thank you.
  3. Done! I'll try to remember to do that to any future posts, but I can't promise you won't have to remind me! :laugh:
  4. Thanks so much for the update. Your year of travels sounds wonderful. I'm sure that you made many wonderful memories during that year with your family. I am familiar with the book "Teaching Math to People with Down Syndrome and Other Hands-On Learners". I'm actually considering switching to this. Our OT has been working a little on introducing the Touch Math concept. DD is making some progress on that. Right now they are only using numbers 1 through 5. I'm really thinking at this point focusing more on functional math may be the best route to go with her. She still can't consistently write her numbers. She'll do weird things like say "5" but then write 2. She just has a lot of processing glitches. The OT has her working on writing 1-50 in sequence, which is going okay. She can't consistently read a two digit number correctly. I just remembered one thing that really hung us up on Semple Math. The concept "one more" means nothing to her. And if I remember correctly (we haven't done Semple Math in a while) that concept is how they teach the +1 facts. The OT has worked and worked on this with her and she just isn't getting it. In general, things come and go with her, which makes it really difficult. I'm sure you probably know what I'm talking about. They seem to have it one day and then the next day it's like you've never done it before. We're going to definitely stick with Stevenson Reading. Sometimes I feel like it's one step forward and two steps back (and no I didn't type that wrong!), but I'm going to stick with it. In reading her lack of ability to generalize hurts us big time. We're still on the peanut butter and jelly friends words. She'll get to where she's reading a combo pretty well ("oa" for instance), but then when I introduce a new combo ("ai" for instance) it's almost like we're completely starting over. She doesn't translate the concept of the first vowel says it's sound to the new combo like a kid with an ID probably would. We also use HWOT. She has actually finished the printing books. I just have her do copywork now to keep practicing her skills. She can't do any writing that isn't copywork or dictated letter by letter to her. This has a lot to do with her low reading level of course. If I can get her reading level up I think she will be able to write more. The biggest thing that hurts us on her penmanship is her ADHD. She thinks she has to do everything at breakneck speed, and so it's often very sloppy as far as letter size, letter and word spacing, etc. The writing book you mentioned sounds excellent and I will definitely be looking for it. I have been at a loss as how I was ever going to introduce actually composing anything with her, but this sounds like exactly what we need. The life skills book sounds excellent too. I know that there is going to be a limit to what academic level she will be able to attain and that I need to make sure we're working on life skills too. So thanks for both the recommendations. I'll also look for the puberty book. We have discussed some things very basically because she has been developing for a while. As with all things, I'm not always sure she really understands. I'll think she does then she'll say something one day that makes me realize she doesn't. A book written specifically for our kids would be very helpful. I think I have for the most part accepted the situation. I still have my days when I'm sad or when I worry about what the future holds for her. I love her to death, but it is definitely difficult. Even our psychologist, who has many years of experience in the field, said he has never really seen a child with an ID quite like her. Her overall IQ fell into the mild ID range. She had two subareas that were so high that they were right at the borderline range, but then she had one subarea that was so low that it was almost in the moderate range. So she's just a hard kid to figure out. Our speech/language therapist and our occupational therapist (both also with many years of experience) have both also said they've never seen any other child quite like her. So I try not to beat myself up too hard that I can't always figure her out either! We definitely plan on looking into ARC. Since getting the diagnosis we have also learned of two camps (one a week-long day camp and one a week-long sleepaway camp) that she can attend. and we also learned about a sports league for kids with special needs. She did the day camp this past summer and loved it. It has helped seeing her happily involved in activities, and it has also helped being around other parents who face similar challenges. Thanks again so much for the update and the additional recommendations. I look forward to discussing things with you more in the future.
  5. I appreciate your taking the time to respond. I'm just not sure this method would work for my daughter either. As I said in the original post, she has a mild intellectual disability. Add to that an auditory processing disorder, fine motor delays, ADHD, and several other issues and I think this would be too abstract for her. The concept of her thumb being a group of 5 or carrying 10 across to the other hand is far beyond where we are right now. But I do appreciate your suggestion.
  6. No problem! I was just thinking of you recently and would love to hear an update. And to see if you have any new curriculum suggestions!
  7. Hi, Kinsa. I hope you see this. I don't know if you remember me but I posted almost three years ago about our daughter possibly having a mild intellectual disability. http://forums.welltrainedmind.com/topic/359160-do-you-have-a-child-diagnosed-with-mild-mr/ Many people answered my post and were very helpful. I found your posts especially helpful at the time. Here we are almost three years later, and we have a definitive diagnosis of mild intellectual disability. We just finally got it in May. It was not what I really wanted to hear, but in many ways it has been a relief and has been freeing. At the time you had made some curriculum suggestions. Stevenson Reading has ended up being just what we needed. We are moving through it extremely slowly (we're only on lesson 9 after two years), but she is making progress for the first time. So I think this one is a keeper for the long-term. Semple Math worked for a little while, but then when it came time to start learning the addition facts she just couldn't do it. I was wondering if you are still using Semple Math or if you have tried anything else. For some reason all of dd's challenges (poor working memory, poor sequencing and patterning, etc) show up worse in the area of math. She's probably still on a pre-kindergarten level of math. So if you have anything else you've tried I'd love to hear. I was just basically wondering how things are going with you and your son and wanted to tell you thanks so much for all the support back then. It was nice being able to talk to someone who was dealing with the same things.
  8. And I think some people are just self-righteous know-it-alls who think they have to offer their opinion on anything and everything.
  9. I wouldn't say harrassed, but we've definitely had to deal with negative comments over the years. Probably the most negative conversation I ever had was with the woman who cut my hair at the time. Her daughter and son-in-law are both public school teachers. When she found out we had started home schooling that year she commented on how even though the daughter and son-in-law were teachers they would NEVER dream of thinking that they were capable of teaching EVERYTHING to their kids all the way through school. She doesn't cut my hair anymore. :001_smile:
  10. Resurrection and Downton Abbey!
  11. This is exactly why we DO home school. DD is almost 11, has a mild intellectual disability, and is just beginning to read. All of her academic skills fall in the 5- to 7-year-old range. If she were still in public school she would be in 5th grade. Even in a special ed class, they wouldn't even be trying to teach her to read anymore. I really think in time she will be able to read at close to a functional level -- but she may be 18 before we get there. This conversation is what worries me all the time. I fear that people at church or other places who find out that dd can't read, write, etc. will automatically assume that it is because I home school and don't teach her anything. This couldn't be further from the truth. We have had her in speech-language and occupation therapies for years. I work with her far more than she would get worked with in school. (I know from experience. She was in three years of developmental preschool and a kindergarten inclusion class in public school). I know this thread is in response to the linked article about fundamentalist home schoolers. I have just learned from our own experience that you can't really look at the results and always know exactly what is going on. And having someone in some governmental agency making judgments about my daughter's progress or lack of progress would really concern me. Just my two cents worth!
  12. Until I was 45 I boasted of perfect eyesight. Then seemingly overnight that all changed. I did the holding the book or whatever as far away as possible for a while. Then even that wasn't working. So I finally broke down and bought some readers. Just last week I had to buy some stronger ones. :sad:
  13. I'm glad it was mild for so many of you. DS caught it when he was in preschool. Every boy in the class ended up catching it. I don't think any of the girls caught it. The last one that ended up catching it was the teacher. It was absolutely not mild for ds. The entire inside of his mouth was covered with festering blisters. He was in more pain with this than he had been when he had his tonsils removed a few months earlier. I was terrified that the rest of us would catch it, but thank goodness no one did. I had actually never heard of it until ds contracted it. I hope we never have to deal with it again!
  14. Thank you so much for the suggestions about the runner's knot. We finally tried it yesterday, and I wish I had known about it years ago! I think I will still check out Stride Rite the next time we need a new pair of shoes, but the runner's knot has been a life saver for right now. Yesterday was the first time dd actually said her shoes felt good.
  15. Thanks for all the suggestions, everyone. I'm striking out with all the online retailers that were suggested. I think my best bet is to try some of the brick and mortar stores mentioned. Coincidentally there was a link about the runner's knot that was posted on another site I was browsing. So I can try that too.
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