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  1. :grouphug: to him I can't help, but I know those worlds were a lot of work! Hope you get some help!
  2. I use my fitness pal. It has me at 1200 but I have so much more to lose than you do :tongue_smilie:
  3. We have a new store called Five Below. It's a chain of stores, mostly kid stuff and everything is five dollars or under. They always have a nice selection of books, school workbooks, etc. I have found a Magic School Bus solar system kit, phonics and math puzzles, and tons of arts/crafts kits. They have model cars, science kits, sports stuff. They even have Barbie and littlest pet shop. Best find so far is a green energy kit using a soda can. Target had them for $9.99.
  4. Thanks! I really don't want to have to replace these, they were expensive! This is what we have http://www.homedepot.com/Decor-Holiday-Decorations-Christmas-Lights/h_d1/N-5yc1vZc3tb/R-202532728/h_d2/ProductDisplay?catalogId=10053&langId=-1&storeId=10051#specifications
  5. I am putting up our Christmas lights today. It's 70 in Michigan which is almost unheard of, so I thought I'd take advantage! DH is out of town and I need electrical help! I have one strand of led lights that work, connecting to a strand that doesn't work which is connected to a strand that does work. How is it possible to have a whole strand of lights out, but still sending current to the next strand? I've looked all over the internet and can't figure this one out!
  6. I know I know. I just wasn't expecting it at all and it's just one more thing on his list. The doc was listed as a "fellow" on the covd site so I'm thinking he will be good. He's dyslexic too! He did all kinds of tests, it was quite a lengthy assessment. I have no problem understanding learning disabilities but it is hard for me to grasp that a vision problem could cause so many issues! He talked a lot about it causing problems with how ds organizes info and why he would rather play on the computer than play with toys. I'm looking forward to what the full eval says!
  7. So here I go taking ds to the eye doctor (found on covd) just to rule out any vision problems to go along with his dysgraphia and dyslexia. Turns out he has something called saccadic dysfunction. I don't understand what the doc said and my head was spinning. I have to bring ds back in a few weeks for a full eval and then a week later we get the results. The doc seemed pretty confident that vt was in order and gave me the impression this was not a mild disorder. Can anyone offer clarity?
  8. Yup. Us too. Ds7 is getting mindstorms. His HS group is offering a mindstorm class just for his age to help transition into robofest next year. Mindstorms are his big gift. DD5 is the most difficult one. She has a self contained vegetable garden and a butterfly kit on her list. Her big gift is an american girl doll and a cash register. It's better than Walmart junk I guess. Thank goodness for amazon!
  9. I'm confused. Is she having trouble reading the number word names, recognizing the number, or place value?
  10. It's a very complicated learning disability, and as you can see by that link it reaches far further than just handwriting. The biggest thing I do is not force writing. I scribe if needed, we use the white board, or he verbally answers instead of him writing answers down. I have just started with HWOT cursive and it is so much better for him. The fluid movement of the strokes seem to come more naturally. With manuscript, he often pauses after every stroke to think what comes next. We avoid arts and crafts like the plague. Since he has a diagnosis from a child psych he will be able to get accomedations on the sat/act etc. Basically, I let him take the lead and have become very flexible in my expectations for written output. Also, this was a major factor in hs him. He had a terrible time with is first grade teacher. Filling in worksheet after worksheet was impossible for him which led to behavior problems. I asked the ot at the school to observe him and she said, "he needed more practice". I'm still beyond angry at that. I would expect very little help from his school, unfortunately. Even after I told his teacher he had been diagnosed with dyslexia and dysgraphia there was very little they were willing to do, if anything at all.
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