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  1. I think keeping up on math plus “study skills” would be what I’d emphasize for rest of year given ages of your dc, if they are going into b and m school. Especially for your dd grade 8. Things like a plan for getting assignments recorded, how to allocate homework and study time and still have some downtime and chores and play or activities time. It might help to be at actual b and m school to have real assignments to practice on at a time when it still doesn’t “count”. ETA: at my son’s school system 7th grade was the study skills year, and I am sorry he missed that. I know other schools may have this ongoing or in 9th, but at his, it was 7th, apparently well done, and some thing I feel would have helped a great deal.
  2. Was true for a London barristers IME, not a Los Angeles lawyer.
  3. I think there is some potential importance to this. Yes. I also think there’s a difference between Not ironed, in disrepair, (or worse, dirty), and having a multiplicity of outfits. Okay. I’ll agree with that. Crisply ironed seems basic to being professional. Red though, would stand out a lot and isn’t a standard business wear color for a man. And, mathematically, if in a business that isn’t formal enough to require a full matched suit, there are a lot of combinations that can be achieved from just 2 sets of 4 items (2 suits, 2 shirts 2 ties) that all can be changed in all possible orders and look good together. A few more, say shirts and ties, or addition of a vest or pocket square option, hugely increases the possible combinations. How many different outfits (and how varied they need to be) are needed to some degree depends on the job, not only how much client contact, whether boss, or not, but level of conservativeness (if that’s a word), and where it is. A Los Angeles entertainment industry lawyer versus a London barrister, for example. Or an accountant in Boston vs a real estate agent in Hawaii. A little ditty comes to mind: When doing work in Boston/Home of the bean and the cod/Wear blue or grey for business/And brown for talking to God
  4. My son went to public school for half a year of K, then to a private Waldorf through 1st, then homeschooled through 7th, then public through now, 10th. Generally, I was a bit late on each change, as each didn’t happen till it became clear that change was pretty desperately needed. Sounds like that’s similar for you perhaps with feeling burned out. If they aren’t yet in High school where grades would be an issue, I suggest considering letting them start at the public school now, or at least shadow there now. Or two weeks from now. (Maybe start with shadowing for a few days and then decide whether to finish year there or at home). It can help the transition for everyone as it will be more familiar next year. They’ll see what is happening, and likely know if there’s anything they may need extra to transition. It will also start to tell you now if the public school will be fine, or whether to try for the private one.
  5. I wonder if Hema is still around. It’s a good thread anyway.
  6. We tried much simpler cursive, but had problem that while Ds could do it beautifully as an art form, he wasn’t connecting meaning to the forms. Even type face variations in standard book print fonts were a huge thing to master—especially g and a which take many different forms in different fonts. And to try to understand how different a written letter could be and still be a ___ rather than morphing to another letter or not discernible as any English letter was a challenge. I know for some kids with dyslexia cursive is supposed to be easier than printing. For ds, pictorially, the flowing movements for cursive were slightly easier, but the problem of connecting those movements and shapes in pencil (or finger in sand or whatever) to letters and words rather than meaningless squiggles was more struggle than seemed worth pursuing in a world where typing is an option, and where printing was mastered enough to do a school test, leave a note, or fill out a form.
  7. Pretty much same here. Still using manuscript printing, not cursive.
  8. If comprehension were difficult, even listening would probably not be enjoyable. In teens for sure! Good point! NLS If they are in USA— other things may be possible elsewhere. Currently I think it’s Bookshare, not Learning Ally that has free access. LA lost their grant—or did they go back to free? I gave LA up when it stopped being free. If free again I’d like to get it back.
  9. Could turn out I will think so too before it’s done! I’ll keep in mind that if kitchen ends up feeling awful, maybe there will be some easier things after. Did it work though, in kitchen first order?
  10. Kitchen has benefit of not having much that is also an otherwhere category. No books, almost no clothes except shoes and jackets at back door—which is currently seeming correct for us in PNW winter. And any dish etc items currently elsewhere should certainly return to kitchen. There are some duplicate items in kitchen like there is a landline phone in kitchen, scissors there and elsewhere, soap in more than one spot... but I don’t know about grouping phones in a pile. Scissors in kitchen does spark joy. Not a lot, but some. I don’t want to pile kitchen and bathroom soap together and only have soap in one or the other, but kitchen has 5 soap containers! 😞. And only one (or two) sparks joy. But to me it is clear. Yes, you stay, to the one and thank you bye bye to the others, except, one was handmade by ds when he was little, so has sentimental issues making it harder to part with. However, it isn’t in use, and just takes up space. I think I need to take a photo and send the object on.
  11. That was what I was thinking when I commented that something seemed sexist about it. Unless maybe the man had two suits, one a memorable navy chalk stripe, and one in blue seersucker. A light lavender button down dress shirt, and a light gray dress shirt. And 4 patterned bow ties. But even then, I think perhaps not...
  12. I want to clean out my kitchen so that I can get an inside medium size refrigerator and maybe small portable dishwasher! Can I start Konmari with kitchen? Which at moment might slightly spark joy to do? (Clothes not so much, so they are hard for me to decide — kitchen there’s more a feeling of joy from some items that I can actually figure out) Or should I do only minimum to be able get the appliances (which I think will then give me some former hand wash and carry back and forth to distant garage fridge time / energy to Konmari elsewhere) and then go to clothes because that order really does work and another order won’t?
  13. I found this as well: http://www.feuersteininstitute.uk which explains a bit some of the details one problem I see potentially is it looks like the training is oriented to areas that tend to already be strengths for many dc with dyslexia. They tend to be, in my admittedly very limited experience, good at logic, good at spatial reasoning... they have a specific problem in regard to reading (and often also writing) as a translation of on the page words into meaningful language (or for writing as translation of thoughts into on the page words). Perhaps this is why the article about using it in NZ classrooms said Feuerstein was good for allowing children with dyslexia who often struggle to have an area where they can shine.
  14. Curious: do you mean not reading physical books visually or does this apply to audiobooks also? @Hema I’m finding Feuerstein extremely interesting . Looks like it mainly has been used for more profound problems than dyslexia—TBI, Down’s syndrome, etc. , but I started to see things like this from a school in NZ about using it for all kids and some comments about it with regard to dyslexia - link if link will work: https://www.stuff.co.nz/national/education/77027669/null It looks like there’s a lot of Feuerstein in NZ as well as in Israel. Do you have a Feuerstein tutor or courses (or some such) available wherever you are? I suspect that it won’t take the place of a reading program specifically geared to dyslexia, but it looks to me like it might greatly aid learning and coping in general. I’d love to know more about what you might be considering with this, and if you try it, what your experience is.
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