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  1. I cannot agree more with the people saying you need to take this higher. This person should not be teaching. Yelling at a parent raising a concern? And now she has obviously shared your conversation with someone else if they are commenting on your FB - which means she may well have shared private information. Inappropriate.
  2. Our library doesn't do fines for kids cards unless you actually lose the book. They also don't let you borrow adult books on kid cards... except that when DS was 6 and started wanting chess books from the adult section and it wouldn't issue them, they overrode it (I may actually have said "do I *look* like these books are for me???"). It's handy because he now reads all over the adult nonfiction and selections of adult fiction too. I admit there are a few that may have slipped onto his card that were certianly not for him... but no fines, how am I meant to resist?
  3. I had half an order go missing once (5ish years ago) - one box of a two box order. It was reshipped. The original box turned up about 7 months later and I returned it to them.
  4. I am so insanely jealous of you right now. We watched the live stream here in New Zealand. SO COOL! My son was leaping up and down and cheering. The landings look so fake - like a film run backwards. It is amazing.
  5. My DD HATES premade. cut out and fill in lapbooks, but spends ages designing and making her own. This same child will slap anything down on a notebook page and call it good. I don't know why she likes it, but she does, so I don't argue :-)
  6. my DD is a natural eeyore. We work on helping her seeing more than her first thought. It can be hard work sometimes!
  7. NZ here - we haven't started back yet, won't start properly until after Waitangi day (6th Feb) when we're done travelling and daddy goes back to work :-) DS is year 7 this year (y6 Aus I guess) and DD is year 5 (Aus year 4). I have a vague idea of what's happening this year, but I'm sure it'll change. It will involve a lot of maths for DS and art for DD I'm sure.
  8. once as a kid (I'm assuming it was flu) I was ridiculously unwell and don't remember much of it, apart from raging temperatures awful aches and sleep walking. I was staying with my grandmother because my mother was in hospital. All I remember of the Dr visit is him telling grandmother "just tell her mother she has a cold, that's all she needs to know". once as an adult (again, assuming, dr said sounds like it, don't come in) verrrrrry unwell for 10 days, probably a month more before I was really back to close to normal - while family had it that time. once as an adult (confirmed by swabs) "swine flu" when they were testing people. It was confirmed but was the most minor of my three experiences - unwell for 3 - 4 days and back on top of things after about 10 days.
  9. I upgraded a year ago and discovered I reacted to the new strap, so haven'tbeen able to track. I got a new strap for Christmas though, and so far so good!
  10. I just do egg, oil, lemon juice, garlic or mustard. Maybe a little salt. On the other hand my mother puts a can of sweetened condensed milk in a jug and stirs through vinegar. Gag.
  11. I admire you for being there for this child. I hope you can continue to do that
  12. oh thank goodness, I was trying to imagine a sweet custard poured over the bacon and onion and failing badly
  13. I hope some people turned up. Lemon Tassies sound amazing. Onion tart ... I'm trying to imagine how those ingredients would taste together, but I can't. I am intrigued though... by custard, do you mean actual custard - like the milky sweet dessert kind?
  14. we (the adults) don't go to bed until around midnight normally anyway, but it's the one night the kids also stay up with us. We head to the beach after dinner if the day is warm (southern hemisphere) then get home around 9 - 10 pm and watch a movie.
  15. I do this! This year the car is giving them bags for their music stuff because it is worried about them leaving their books and instruments in it.
  16. yes, they could ruin it by pulling it out, tipping it or breaking the shell off. I would wait. I would also resist buying one - a famliy member insisted on giving my DD one last year against my wishes, she watched it hatch, played with it on the day and then never touched it again. HUGE waste of money (which I knew it would be, hence asking the family member not to do it).
  17. ohhhh yesssss. Stan leads to many discussions in our house.
  18. Just adding to my earlier comment - while we keep *working* through the books, the kids read and reread the other books all the time - they are often needing to be fished out of someone's bed when we need them for work. I think that's what I love most about this series - they are books my kids like to read for fun.
  19. we have just kept moving through until they stopped understanding and then taken time to consolidate. In the higher level books there are a few more "adult" ideas - I had to explain to my son what "grass" is, and there are a few things like one about noses needing to be non-co-planar when kissing in geometry, lol! My son was grossed out at the idea of that. The higher books are definitely written for an older audience, but nothing "damaging" IMO
  20. I have a couple of friends like this - during those intense parenting years we kept in touch via email or on the phone. Once the kids were older evening get together's were more doable, so we do that. I avoid getting my children together with theirs at all costs, however, because I value the adult friendship, just don't like their kids so much.
  21. so far as complaining - all psychs should be registered to a supervisory board (at least that's how it works here and I assume the rest of the world). If you don't get any joy from their office directly, or what ever organisation they work through, you could contact that board and ask how to proceed - there shold be a complaints policy.
  22. we back up to try and establish a base score - but of course there are only so many questions to go back through.. if you reach the bottom of the test with no correct responses then it is, indeed a zero. Some tests the child knows there is a time limit, some they don't. We usually try to prompt a response if we think they have it but are running out of time. That's something I'd comment on in the narrative report though. this is so true... there shouldn't be too many suprises in test results, more like aha moments usually. I tell clients though, that I can only report on what I see on the day, and it is merely a snapshot of the child at that time. I cross reference with extensive background info and school / home reports to try and make sense of what I'm seeing. this is the old fashioned ratio IQ score, but is not relevant to current scores you mentioned poor motor skills - this could certainly impact on coding which is a pencil and paper task. The rules for block design are also fairly tight, so if motor skills are poor enough they can impact on the result. This would e commented on in the narrative report. The variance in the subtest scores reflects how rapidly those skills develop at different ages. So if a particular skill is likely to develop quickly at, say age 10, then 5 more points might not make much difference to the scaled score, and only move the age equivalence a few months, but if another skill is likely to develop slowly, then 5 points could be a huge leap in scaled score and a few years in age equivalence. I'm thinking of one subtest on a test battery that goes something like 7y3m, 7y5m, 7y6m, 8y, 9y6m, 12y, 14y for consecutive scores. I can also idenitify at least two subtests on that same battery where a 10 year old scoring at 14 would be at the mid 60th percentile... it just means that it's not too unusually to have 10 year olds score at that level on that subtest. The scores you're mentioning above are entirely possible. It sounds like you have a number of valid concerns and more information should definitely be forthcoming (and not at extra cost to you!) Any subtest that is scored (genuinely) at 0 would get a specific comment from me about what was going on.
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