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  1. I want to thank all of you for sharing about your experiences and giving suggestions. You have all been super helpful! Sometimes just knowing that you are not the only one going through something makes it seem not quite as difficult. : ) I have read and re-read all your posts. There is a lot of useful information, and I have a lot to think about now! Thanks again!!!
  2. PeterPan, the main reason I got an evaluation was for a speech delay. Out of my five kids, 3 had speech delays so we weren't surprised by the fact that she wasn't talking a lot. She was my easiest baby and toddler by far- maybe that should have been a red flag. The only other thing that seemed odd was she occasionally wouldn't respond to her name. Since it wasn't all the time we weren't concerned about that either. When I took her to the pediatrician for her 3 year well check everything was fine- except the speech. And even that the pediatrician wasn't overly concerned about because of o
  3. I apologize for not responding sooner. I completely forgot that I posted on this board! I read through all the replies last night, and I really appreciate all the help. I did not receive a number diagnosis related to ASD from the Psychologist. I knew nothing about autism at the time and didn't know enough to ask about the number. She just said she had "mild autism", and to retest in the spring after speech/preschool services had been in place for a few months to see how much progress had been made. I'll know more after we meet with the Psychologist again. I'm going to observe my da
  4. Lecka, thank you for the book suggestions. I just ordered two off Amazon and the Play Project one on kindle. I'm going to start reading on kindle and then possibly buy the book- it wasn't prime. : ) I'll try to clarify a little more. The school is a therapy center that offers group classes for kids with language/speech issues. In a group setting they work on expressive/receptive language, social/play skills, gross and fine motor skills, and sensory processing. It is 2 and half hours a day 4 times a week. They work on those skills while acting like a traditional pre K/ mother's day out
  5. I greatly appreciate all your replies! You all have given me a lot to think about. It sounds like it can actually benefit a lot of kids tremendously, but it requires a lot more work from the parent than homeschooling a typical kid. The class she is in is basically a preschool class with group speech therapy. It still covers all the regular preschool type activities- shapes, colors, cute themes. She also does individual speech therapy twice a week. We will definitely continue with the individual therapy. If the school was closer then I think I would continue with it for another yea
  6. Hello! I posted this question on the General Board and it was suggested I post it here too. I have homeschooled for 12 years, but I have no experience with autism. I keep hearing that school is the best option for these kids because their social needs are different than "normal" kids. But I've also heard that having a child on the spectrum is a big reason TO homeschool. Is there anything that you would recommend for someone considering homeschooling a child with ASD? Is it a lot different than homeschooling a non-spectrum child? Thank you for any help or thoughts. I'm feel
  7. Thanks, Kinsa. I'm going to post this on the Learning Challenges board. I appreciate all the thoughts. I think my problem is that I DO feel the therapists are experts and I have no clue what to do! I think it's kind of silly, but that is why I feel so nervous homeschooling her. I feel like they have some sort of knowledge that will help her and I'm missing it! I never felt this way homeschooling my other kids. Part of the problem is I don't think I understand autism very well if that makes sense. I've tried reading about it, but she seems different than books. : ) We did co
  8. Thank you for all the replies. I realize these kids vary significantly, but I want to hear about all different experiences because I don't know how high functioning my child will be.(She's just turned 4) I just want to hear that there are people that have homeschooled successfully and don't regret that choice. I should also clarify- I'm not considering putting her in the public school. She is currently going to a private school for kids with speech and language issues and some learning differences. She started in August right after we got a diagnosis. She has made amazing progress
  9. I have homeschooled for 12 years, but I have no experience with autism. I keep hearing that school is the best option for these kids because their social needs are different than "normal" kids. But I've also heard that having a child on the spectrum is a big reason TO homeschool. Is there anything that you would recommend for someone considering homeschooling a child with ASD? Is it a lot different than homeschooling a non-spectrum child? Thank you for any help or thoughts. I'm feeling confused about what I am capable of doing and what will be the best for my child.
  10. I'm considering this for my dd 14, but I can't find very many reviews. I downloaded the first lesson, and we like the way it is written, but I would love to hear from people that have actually tried it. Thanks!
  11. Thank you everyone for the detailed responses. : ) It seems that many people have had success with R&S- I just don't see it mentioned much on these boards. The reasons Singapore didn't work for us previously (it's been 10+ years since I've used it!) were probably because I was a new homeschooler at the time and didn't feel very confident teaching math, and because it was a different approach to math than how I was taught, and my older kids got frustrated with it and seemed to need more hands on and repetition. I didn't use it very long with any of them. The only thing that h
  12. Which one would you choose and why? My ds 5 has finished Horizons K and Singapore Early Bird, and he is now almost done with Singapore 1a and about 1/4 way through Horizons 1 book 1. He still has not memorized all +/- facts, but can do most of them fairly quickly in his head, and he understands the concepts. I was using both programs to see which would be a better fit, but I don't want to continue with two programs if possible. I think I like the mastery approach better than spiral, so I was leaning towards Singapore. But Singapore scares me for some reason- I've tried it thre
  13. Thank you everyone! You've given me a lot to think about. I almost bought the whole kinder package over the summer when I was at a conference, but I decided to just use what I already had. Then a few weeks into the year, I wished I had bought it, so I ordered the K guide, and I do like the look of it- but I don't know if I'm ready to switch over 100%! I thought it would make life easier to have something completely planned out because I am tired- he is child #4- but I'm not sure I LOVE all the choices for every year, and if I start changing a subject here or there, then I won't have the
  14. I am looking at MP for my little guy for 1st next year. Has anyone used a full, or almost full, core from MP? Do you like most of the components? Do you use R&S math? Do you like the LA recs? Is the amount of work doable? Have you continued to use the cores for more than a year? Is it interesting/fun? I bought a Kinder guide form MP to look through and get ideas for this year, and I really like it, but right now we're using different phonics and math, so I'm deciding if I want to make the switch. My other thought is piecing together using mostly WTM recs, but I'm worried I'll
  15. Thank you MyLife. I'm glad to hear that MLLE is working for your mathy kids. We did take the placement test, and he places between Level 1 and Level 2. I went ahead and ordered both levels so I can look through them. I have a feeling from the samples that Level 1 will be mostly review for him with the exception of hundreds place value. I think I'll have a better feel for the program after I can look through a couple of levels.
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