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  1. Yes, I definitely find it impossible to schedule AoPS, so I just don't even try. It was like that with Beast Academy too. We just set a timer and then if she is brain dead before the timer runs out, we stop early. Most days go just fine. We set aside an hour for her math. She usually uses all of it, but sometimes not quite. When the time is up, the book gets closed and we move on.
  2. My youngest is in Barton Level 4. She just finished taking the posttest and now we are reviewing lessons where she is struggling. My oldest in zipping through Level 6. Both started Barton at the end of November last year. My youngest is pretty independent with Beast Academy and I do pretty well with it too, having already been through it once with my oldest. As far as math goes, I think it's a good fit for both of us. Math, aside from being slow with math facts and having to refer to her multiplication table, is a strength of hers. (Counting money, not so much.)
  3. Yes, History Odyssey and WWS is a lot of writing. This was probably a big error in judgment. I felt like we weren't getting to history and I just wanted something that scheduled it out for me. But it's a lot. You are right, it has to go. I hate to drop chemistry for my youngest though. Doing hands on science stuff is the highlight of her week. (It's not the highlight of mine, that's for sure.) There has to be a way to simplify this, right? Last year we did Mystery Science with their free subscription and she absolutely loved it. It was also super easy for me. Unfortunately, she had such a great time that we went through pretty much all of their material so there wasn't anything left to do with that for this year. I wish they had more content. The format--video/hands on--is really her favorite way to learn and she really retained a lot.
  4. For the first time ever, I actually made good on my threat of continuing some school through the summer. Actually, it was my youngest's dyslexia diagnosis this past November that really cemented that decision. Discontinuing tutoring over the summer seemed like a terrible idea given the way things get forgotten around here without plenty of review. Everyone did math and Barton lessons daily, and read. They put in around 2 hours each. Why doesn't that make me feel better? But you make a good point, I could just do math and Barton lessons on Friday and leave the rest of the day for science/history. Fortunately, we are getting out of the house for extracurriculars already. My oldest is in a pre-professional ballet program and spends about 8 hours at the studio weekly (slightly more during performance seasons). My little one is taking a dance class, a weekly piano lesson and has recently discovered the joy of Tae Kwan Do. Fortunately, all of these activities occur in the same 2-mile radius (can I hear a hallelujah?) and so the ferrying people around isn't as much as one would expect given the number of things happening. Also, my husband works right there too so he's sharing in the chauffeuring. They are both pretty happy and the exercise is good for their little ADHD souls. I do not have to do a lot for my seventh grader's online classes. She's been taking the science class for two years already and has the routine worked out pretty well. I do check to see what assignments have been posted (her teacher keeps us guessing sometimes with when things will be assigned and when they are due). She's got a planner this year, and I'm going to attempt to get her into the habit of writing down her science and computer class assignments and due dates herself so she can figure out how to manage her time. We are going to see how this goes. She hasn't been ready for that kind of responsibility in the past and I've had to tell her exactly when and what to do for every little thing or she just forgets. She's going to become best friends with her planner this year I hope. Other than that, I make sure she has the materials she needs for any science projects and just look over her work when she has questions about instructions. And I remind her to turn it in. What's the point in doing the work if you don't turn it in for Pete's sake? We work from about 8 to 2 most days, though when their school day is up, mine really isn't. I need to find my own rhythm this year for having everything ready to go each morning. I still have to be pretty flexible because I just can't tell how much material we will get through. So yes, definitely setting a timer and we do that for a lot of things. What would really help is if I could teach them to quit interrupting each other's work. Tons of time gets wasted this way. Also, my oldest is a so full of information and she wants to share share share and it seems cruel to cut her off and say let's get on with what we were doing....but seriously, sometimes we just need to get on with it. I can ask my husband to do science stuff with the kids on Saturdays, but I really hesitate to do so. He WOULD do it. He'd be really good at it. He runs a chemical facility (and is a chemist and chemical engineer) but he works long hours during the week and we try to do fun stuff on the weekends, like play board games, video games, read books, and just be lazy together. My youngest dragged her chemistry set out this weekend and the three of them did all kinds of fun stuff together. I told him I was counting it as science for the week, but really I didn't because I'm kind of glued to the plan I have laid out for myself (stupid, right?). RSO Chemistry is taking a lot of time though. My oldest wants to be involved (even though she did it in third grade) and then they start bickering and today I just put it all away and said enough, we'll try again tomorrow. It's been the same every day that we've worked on it together. Something is going to have to give with that.
  5. We started AoPS PreAlgebra toward the end of last year and just slowly continued it over the summer. We are about a third of the way through and doing ok there. It takes a fair amount of time, but she likes the challenge and it is something she knows she's good at it. It's almost a self-esteem boost since she knows that writing and spelling are such a struggle. WWS1 is pretty challenging and maybe too challenging. I haven't really found a good fit writing wise. We started last year with IEW Continuation Course A (she completed the student writing intensive the year before). She wasn't enjoying it, and I had WWS already so I just pulled it off the shelf. Three weeks ago when we were beginning the school year, I asked her to choose and she picked WWS. I'm not sure how much we are getting from it, but like I said, I don't really know what to do with her there. I'm definitely open to suggestions. Before IEW and WWS, we were using CAP. We got stuck at Narrative 2 when they started outlining. It was just like, BAM! here's a story, create a two level outline! And then looking at the next in the series Chreia, seemed like an even bigger jump. I hate writing. (I mean, I personally like writing, but I hate "teaching" writing.) My youngest is also doing well with Beast Academy. She's much more independent than my oldest was with it at the same age. We read the guide together and work through the sample problems. She usually doesn't need much more unless she gets to something super tough or needs me to help read a word problem. My husband seems to have given my children his talents in math. I'd like to find the source of this dyslexia and punch that person in the face. (I've not come to terms with it yet. The diagnosis is still pretty fresh.)
  6. 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.
  7. 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
  8. 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)
  9. 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
  10. 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
  11. 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.
  12. 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
  13. 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!
  14. 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. ;)
  15. 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.
  16. 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.
  17. 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?
  18. 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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  20. 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.
  21. 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!
  22. 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.)
  23. No advice, but hugs. Selective mutism makes it really hard to get the other stuff sorted out. Best of luck to you.
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