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  1. I agree. I think History Odyssey is going to have to go. She could probably do a fair amount on her own, but once she gets to the writing portion she's going to need me. I can't drop Writing with Skill and just use History Odyssey because I need something to tell me how to teach writing. I was always a natural writer and have no idea how to teach something that seems so intuitive to me. I always feel history gets shortchanged here and I think I am trying to jam it in out of fear more than anything else. I have the Human Odyssey books lying around here. I think I'm going to just hand them to her and let her read. Watch a documentary every now and then and call it good. She has a fantastic memory for that kind of thing. Today she was talking to me about Kepler and Taiko Brahe and I knew who Kepler was, but that was about it. I guess she's picking up more from her Story of Science classes than I'm giving her credit for.
  2. I have two girls and they are three years apart so they aren't really doing any work together. My oldest (7th grade) is getting more independent, but slowly (ADHD). My youngest (4th grade) is dyslexic and ADHD. My oldest is dysgraphic so spelling, grammar, and writing (not the physical act, but getting thoughts down) are an issue. I am spending a lot of time in remediating spelling, reading and writing issues for both. Outside of their learning issues, they are both excellent students and really need to be challenged in both math and science. Here's what I have this year: 4th Grader: Barton Reading and Spelling (this is a big chunk) IEW Fix-It Slowly working through CAP Fable orally and using speech to text (she loves it) Audiobooks for literature and history (she loves biographies and other historical non-fiction so, for now, I'm going to call that history because there's just no more time) RSO Chemistry Level 1 Beast Academy 15 minutes typing (she needs to master this because dysgraphia) 15 minutes math facts (multiplication facts, dyslexia makes this a slow process) 5 minutes cursive (dysgraphia is not our friend) 7th Grader Barton Reading and Spelling (not as big a chunk as she's an excellent reader and we're just trying to work on spelling, so she's moving pretty quickly) IEW Fix-It (same level as youngest because this is not a strength) Writing w/Skill Level 1 (lots of hand-holding here due to her learning disability) AoPS Prealgebra History Odyssey Level 2 Middle Ages (just starting this, and I chose middle ages because I was hoping the writing might be more within her grasp) and I'm outsourcing 2 classes at her request: GHF Story of Science GHF Advanced Computer Science Concepts Am I trying to do too much? I'm trying to cover all the bases, but I feel so danged overwhelmed. I'm feeling terrified as high school creeps closer for my oldest as well. Will it be easier to manage as we settle into the school year and find our rhythm or did I over plan? If I did, what in the world do I cut??? Thanks, T
  3. Are the complete books still available for preview on their website? If so, you could give the tests from the final books and see where they land. That might give you a good idea if there is anything to be gained by finishing the series. If they do pretty well, it might not be much benefit to them. (Referring to Apples and Pears)
  4. Finish AOPS pre-algebra and start Intro to Algebra GHF: Story of Science Einstein Adds A New Dimension GHF: Advanced Computer Science Concepts, Simulation and Game Design Continue WWS1 IEW Fix-It Finish Barton Reading and Spelling Lots of good books Continue with company dance and piano
  5. DD(almost)9: Finishing BA3, starting 4 RSO Chemistry, plus other chemistry resources CAP Fable and IEW SWI A (alternating weeks) IEW Fix-it Barton Reading & Spelling Typing with Burning Cargo Learn to use Speech to Text with Google Documents Lots of audiobooks and documentaries Continue dance, taekwondo and piano
  6. My daughter 12 doesn't anymore (makes me sad). She reads, draws, crafts, and plays board games. We need to clean her room to reflect this, but she won't admit that she doesn't use all that stuff. My DD9 still plays with all kinds of things.
  7. Post it flags, HP Instant Ink so I always have plenty of ink in the printer, yoga ball, (would love to have a trampoline), whiteboards of all sizes and really love the extra fine tip expo markers, YouTube, iPad
  8. Wow! You ladies have really come through for me! I'm so excited. Some of these we've read and really enjoyed and some I've read with my oldest but not my youngest and forgot about. Lots of new titles for me to check out for sure. Off to look for books from the list!
  9. Hi everyone! I need ideas. I have two girls, ages 9 and 12 and we are going to be in the car a long long time. They both love fantasy. Animal books are great too. It would help if the book were funny (because that would help keep the driver, me, awake) but anything high interest and not too slowly not Moby Dick. ;)
  10. My daughter is taking the third of the Story of Science classes this coming fall (having already taken the first two). The teacher is great. She's had some family health issues and had to miss a couple of classes, but she made them up later. She has said that she will have an assistant this coming year who can step in if something comes up so this might not be an issue at all. Her lectures are engaging and the kids have opportunities to respond to her questions or ask questions of their own throughout. She also keeps office hours so kids can can chat with her outside of lectures if they have lots of questions or if they are just really excited about something. She assigns reading from the text, occasional short videos and some really fun hands on stuff. Some kids participate more than others and turn in more work (my daughter likes to do it all) but you aren't penalized if you opt out of an assignment (because you can't easily get supplies or whatever). It's a lot of fun and my daughter has really enjoyed it so far. She likes the instructor so much that she has signed up to take a computer science course from her this fall as well. Happy to answer any other questions you might have.
  11. I really like having the print book (in fact, I own two, don't ask). You can access short videos for most of the lessons on their website without having to own a copy of the online book. Are these the same videos you mention? I don't know anything about the forum, so I can't help you there. I'm usually an e-book lover, but when it comes to math texts, I really need to be able to easily flip around.
  12. I have two children with ADHD. One is medicated and one isn't. Where does that leave me? Am I good mom or selfish and inconsiderate? 😂 I'm guessing most of us are doing the very best we can to make informed responsible decisions. That makes us all good moms no matter where we fall in the medicate/don't medicate camps. I don't know who these "some" are, but who needs them?
  13. This may not apply to your situation but there is a lot of text on the student pages and my daughter has to highlight the important directions in each lesson to make sure she completes the assignments in full. It kills me that I'm letting her mark in the book but if I don't, she doesn't do exactly what is asked.

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  15. Are you seeing the pediatrician because you need a referral? He/she isn't really the one to see when it comes to learning difficulties except when they set themselves up as experts on ADHD (which even then is suspect in my opinion) since learning disabilities aren't really a medical issue.
  16. Isn't there a website that has lots of ideas for card games etc to practice math facts and such? My daughter and I have been playing multiplication war and she likes it, but I need some variety. My adult self can only play war so many times... My childhood self would play it endlessly. (I'm being punished, aren't I?) I'm not looking for app recommendations as I have several of these already. This child spends too much time already staring at her tablet. I want something we can play together. Thanks!
  17. I think my spelling fails list is as long as the original OP (not that this is a competition): 1. AAS 2. Sequential Spelling 3. Logic of English 4. R&S 5. Apples and Pears 6. Lists and Practice 7. Dictation & Copywork She learned to read early, had great instruction at her Montessori school, and has been an enthusiastic and advanced reader ever since. This child is not dyslexic. I've had her thoroughly evaluated, so I can absolutely promise you. She IS dysgraphic. And she has ADHD and both of these contribute to her poor spelling. I know you say they don't have any learning disabilities, but throwing money at spelling programs may not solve your problem if there's something else going on. Having said that, also remember that kids tend to not like things when they are hard. My daughter hated AAS. I dreaded spelling every day. Now that she's older, I have had a lot more experience with watching her struggle. Finding the sweet spot is hard sometimes. I call her Goldilocks. Too easy and she hates it. Too hard and it's tears and anger. Just right and we are good to go. Maybe AAS would have been a better fit if I had moved a lot slower. Who knows, it was a long time ago (first grade, so two years before I figured out that she had LDs). She made a lot of progress with Apples and Pears but she is running through Barton with my dyslexic younger daughter right now. (BTW, neither my husband nor I or any other close family member that we know of have ANY LDs, so I never suspected.)
  18. No advice, but hugs. Selective mutism makes it really hard to get the other stuff sorted out. Best of luck to you.
  19. It broke my daughter out in hives and that was worse than the inattention. Essential oils are not at all essential for kids with plant based allergies.
  20. Exactly this! I had no reason to expect two children with learning disabilities given my history and my husband's. Maybe it's my anxiety or just a bad experience, but going forward I hope for the best and plan for the worst just so I'm prepared. I'd hate to be blindsided by a learning disability with so little time to remediate it. I'm ticked enough that I didn't figure out I had one dyslexic and one dysgraphic until they were each in third grade!
  21. We dropped Singapore for BA in order to save my daughter's love of math. It was painful to convince her that she needed to solve lots of unchallenging problems when she had already demonstrated mastery. Only you can know how much practice your student needs, but going with BA alone worked out well for us.
  22. We finished through 5C and I have not seen the algebra book, only the pre algebra. It's a fantastic text and challenging. Is it possible to have a crush on a text book? Yes, I like it that much. It would be a shame to skip it. I'm sure someone else will be better able to chime in on whether it's necessary, but I cast my vote in favor of doing it.
  23. PEMDAS makes my daughter very angry. The first time she saw it was in a test prep book a few weeks ago. The problem is not her understanding of the order of operations, which she has down cold, but is exactly what you mention above. She insists that PEMDAS is NOT accurate and wants to know why anyone would teach that to unsuspecting math students.
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