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  1. I'm another one who started All About Spelling with an older student (6th grade) and it really did help here when nothing else was working. They do have a money back guarantee if you try it out and it doesn't work. This is actually not that uncommon. When kids are writing outside of spelling time, there are a lot more things to think about--When students are writing outside of spelling time, they have many more things to focus on–content, creativity, organization, punctuation, spelling, grammar, capitalization, what kind of audience they are addressing–it’s a lot to think about
  2. That’s how I did things too—homework was for practice, and 25% of the grade. If they missed a problem, they reworked it in front of me, or we did it together. I’m not sure that multiple chances on multiple choice questions without seeing them work the problems would be very effective. At that point, I want to see how they are working it and where the mistake is happening.
  3. Actually those don’t relate to sight reading, those are phonological awareness skills. She doesn’t mean visual recognition of those things, but auditory recognition.
  4. (((HUGS))) I can only imagine it's been hard--I hope it gets easier over time!
  5. This is really hard for kids with dyslexia! They tend to need a lot of ongoing review and reinforcement to get concepts. Teaching reading and spelling together can sometimes make the pace too fast for kids who just need more to master spelling, and along with going back through it all (good choice!), you likely need some kind of ongoing systematic review in place. One thing that I found really helped my kids was to quickly review the new concept each day by stating what we had been working on. For example, “This week we are learning how to add silent E. Do you remember how silent E change
  6. Must be natural for you--most people are not natural spellers in English! None of your kids are very old yet--I'd expect spelling in outside writing for elementary aged students to have plenty of errors no matter what you use to teach. In outside writing, they have to think about so many things at once--spelling, grammar, syntax, what information to include, how to compose sentences, how to structure paragraphs, creativity or things like using a good hook etc... Most kids don't have the life experience yet to be able to put all of those skills together at once and need a separate editing
  7. Probably depends on the school. Some schools will purge records after a certain amount of time if the student hasn’t applied or decided to attend. You could call the admissions office.
  8. Ridiculous! I wonder if they want the bragging rights of saying that one of their students got into Harvard med school?
  9. Weird! I’ve seen some classes listed as permission by instructor, but I always thought he had to talk to the instructor before you signed up for the class!
  10. Maybe there’s a special class where they learn to do that to students, LOL! His class did turn out to be challenging, but she rose to the challenge.
  11. My dd had that happen her very first semester of college! (It was a chem class, and I thought it must be a weed-out technique!) Good grief!
  12. If you can slog through the (long, usually too many) pages of descriptions about things, I agree that the story is interesting. I actually read The Scarlet Letter aloud to my kids, and something bizarre happened--my kids thought Pearl (the little girl) was laugh-out-loud funny. The first time they laughed, it really caught me off guard, but it changed how I read the story to them (for the better I think) and I enjoyed it more.
  13. We did and overall enjoyed it. I combined with a lot of Sonlight materials, and have several posts about that on my blog. I think sometimes I added too much reading and my kids would have benefitted from more time to pursue topics of interest and write a few more papers, but overall it was a really good fit for us and we enjoyed MOH as a spine text.
  14. One way to not feel lost in a large university is to get involved in some kind of club or activity. That way she'll meet people with similar interests or values.
  15. At her age, instead of "suggesting" essays or projects, just assign one. It's not optional in school--doesn't have to be optional when you assign it either. You can give her a choice of 3 topics if she has trouble choosing something, but tell her the length and when it's due, and let her work on it. If she needs scaffolding, break it down--choosing her topic is due on X day. Then tell her research (if needed) is due Y day. Then tell her when the rough draft is due--and so on. I didn't do a lot of long essays at this age because I had struggling writers, but I did assign paragraphs, notes, one-
  16. For level 6, Essentials in Writing includes grammar--I probably wouldn't add on a grammar program, but if you think it's light, you could choose a grammar focus another year. (I'm not one who thinks every year needs to be a grammar focus year!) We did add spelling (AAS actually.) What about AAS wasn't working for you? I had one who really needed lots of review incorporated in our 20 minute lesson times to make things stick, and I also really focused on having my kids teach the concept back and making sure they really knew it inside & out before moving on (whether or not the words were mast
  17. I found Essentials in Writing to be less teacher intensive than Jump In. When I tried Jump In with my oldest, he required a lot of help. Essentials was more step by step and really explained what to do for every little bit. Even without the grading service (which they didn't have when I was using it), it was very user-friendly.
  18. Only Levels 1-6 of Essentials in Writing incorporate Grammar. Level 7 has an optional Grammar component, but it's not a lot.
  19. I would say yes, but sometimes you may need to explain something more. Sometimes I wished for better explanations in the TM myself, but overall I found it pretty usable.
  20. I hope the transition goes well for your daughter!
  21. BTW, if you purchased directly from AALP, you can return AAS even partially used--they have a 1-year guarantee.
  22. LOL, with English I'm not sure there is a "normal" ability! Sounds like you have the full scope there!
  23. I think it just depends on the student and how significant their needs are. Some older students really need to start over with the basics and have a lot of gaps to fill in, especially if they are still leaving sounds out of words. Higher level words are covered eventually (AAS includes 9th-12th grade level words), but they are introduced gradually and by pattern rather than grade level. Words that are more complex generally use multiple concepts at once, and while many older students are ready for that, some really need things to be more incremental. It definitely takes time to build up to the
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