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    Married to my favorite person. Mother of four kiddoss, dd12, ds9, dd2 and ds0.
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    We live as missionaries at the end of the road in Ceara, Brazil
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    Missionaries but mainly homeschool mom.

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  1. My daughter just finished North Star Geography from Bright Ideas Press and we loved it. She loved it and still talks about all she learned. I thought it was a well-balanced program, easy to use for her and thorough in what it covered. It asked thought provoking research questions that she had to dig for. Highly recommended.
  2. I'm going to type this all out before I read any other posts, just so I don't get distracted!!! So here goes: I'm holding my son back for a semester, at least, maybe the whole year. There's a ton of different reasons, but the main one is because he's not academically ready to deal with 6th grade content. I'm going to work on shoring up his math and paragraph writing, as well as taking responsibility for his own work during this six month period. But I do have a plan--planned before this decision was made so I don't want my hard planning work to go to waste... Bible--Starting
  3. I'm not sure if there was an occupational therapist amongst the staff that did his evaluations at the school. I'll look into it. I bought the book, the Mislabeled Child. Are there any other books that you recommend for these issues? Smart but Scattered is another one I have.
  4. I pulled out several things each of you said and tried to bring it all together. Well make sure the eye doc is testing his visual memory. On the multiplication facts, you could get Ronit Bird's ebook on multiplication and work through it. As he gets the facts, put them into an app and begin drilling them. The short term working memory is sort of the scratch pad of the brain, allowing things to go over to long-term memory. So you can do something like heathermomster's metronome homework, adding in digit spans, and get that working memory up. There are lots of ways to work on it (ki
  5. I have not tried Times Tales but have looked at it. I actually think it's in my Rainbow Resources wish list. And I have been considering something like Beast Academy. He is very visual. He can put together the most complicated Lego sets all by himself. He can concentrate on that. That's why it's so confusing.
  6. Wow, ladies, thank you so much for your input. I'm reading through it, trying to process it all. I have to admit that I'm needing some education in this area of testing and difficulties. I'm not sure what most of the abbreviations mean. SLD, GN, VSL. I can guess and have tried to search for their meanings but haven't been able to figure them out. Sorry. I've copied your replies into Word and am highlighting all the recommendations and will probably come back with questions. But thank you. I do want to do what is best for him. He's such a sweet boy who doesn't understand why he st
  7. My 11 year old son, who is finishing 5th grade, has not had a great Math experience in life. His sister has done well using MUS from the very beginning. But when I did it with him, he just looked at me perplexed over and over again for months. He just didn't get it in kindergarten, we tried again in First grade and got through most of Alpha. But then he hit another road block. I took him out and did general things--teaching the clock, money, basic geometry, using the Math Mammoth Blue series topics. But there was too much on a page and it overwhelmed him. I tried to go back to M
  8. Wapiti--Thank you. I will do that right away. I've been leaning toward a combinations of MM and Beast Academy--interesting you have mentioned those too. Since I'm unfamiliar with BA though, it's hard to make a decision. Last time we were in the States he did see a COVD optometrist and did 4 months of therapy. It was amazing. My boy who couldn't do more than 5 min. of school work at a time, sat down to read for over an hour after only two sessions and getting new glasses. When we go in Sept. we'll go back to the same eye doc and have him looked at again. We won't have time for therapy b
  9. Kalusignan--Thanks for that recommendation, I'll look into it. hornblower--we are originally from Missouri and we have to do the Standardized tests every two years. Technically since we don't live there we don't have to, but since we go back and forth, I want my bases covered. So we follow their guidelines. He has issues with handwriting, so no I don't have him write it out. I didn't buy the workbook last year and so he just filled it into the computer. He asked me to get the workbook this year and is planning on doing it in there to help out. I'll look into Math Power. Thks!
  10. ​My 11 year old son, who is finishing 5th grade, has not had a great Math experience in life. His sister has done well using MUS from the very beginning. But when I did it with him, he just looked at me perplexed over and over again for months. He just didn't get it in kindergarten, we tried again in First grade and got through most of Alpha. But then he hit another road block. I took him out and did general things--teaching the clock, money, basic geometry, using the Math Mammoth Blue series topics. But there was too much on a page and it overwhelmed him. I tried to go back t
  11. I know it's hard. But just keep persevering. I agree with starting with short times in a gated area. Try to do your content subjects where you have be involved before he's wide awake in the morning and during his afternoon nap. I find I can get a few minutes with my one year old in a high chair and each day I have a different activity. A zip lock bag with a dab of paint in it. Large crayons on scrap paper that I tape to his tray. Pipe cleaners in a colander. Fuzzy pom poms in a plastic container with lid. I put a towel under his chair and give him a small basin with bubbly water and a
  12. I'm going to be using North Star Geography from Bright Ideas Press. I also noticed that Wayfarers from Barefoot Meanderings is based on literature centered on geographical areas and culture. It looked really interesting, but I decided not to go that way. If I had been doing it a little earlier I may have though. I really liked what I saw. But, North Star is physical maps, cultural geography and industry, etc. I think it's going to be really interesting. Another one that is an oldy but a goody is Around the World in 100 Days. I looked through it and it looks very flexible. More researc
  13. Is it possible that it could be considered a science credit if added with experiments to demonstrate the science being discussed?
  14. All along I've been considering doing the typical preparation for college highschool sciences. My plan has been to use BJU Science DVD's for highschool since we live overseas and it's pretty impossible for me to do the lab sciences here at home. 9th--Physical Science which is considered an Integrated Chemistry and Physics course according to the boards here 10th--Biology 11th--Chemistry 12th--Probably Physics or allowing her to do something more along her interest levels, like an advanced Anatomy class or doing some community college science course But lately I've been looking at
  15. I just looked upthread and realized that this thread is old. Oh well :)
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