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  1. Wow! This is really helpful. I'm going to look at all of this over the weekend when I have a little more time. Thank you for taking the time to reply!
  2. I do find Barton overwhelming in some ways. Those training videos are incredibly helpful, but I sure need a lot of caffeine when I'm watching them. We are only in level three and I've learned some things about our language that I never knew before. And those tiles. So many tiles to mess with. We switched to the Barton tile app and having everything laid out and the words already made has saved me tons of time and frustration. She's nagging me to start school so I guess I better go.
  3. We are in level three. The first two levels zipped by. As we near the end of level three she is starting to slow down and we are repeating lessons. I'm running through Barton with my oldest daughter who is dysgraphic (since I already have it for youngest) and she is a couple lessons into level four. Level four is going to be a real challenge for A when she gets there. I expect we will be camped there for awhile. That's OK. We've got nothing but time. On the cheerful side, we joined Reading Ally and she's been listening to so many audiobooks. I already read aloud a lot, but now she listens as she falls asleep and spends thirty minutes or so during the school day reading along with the narrator. She's started the Who Was...? biography series and is now filling me in on all kinds of historical people, which is great because history is the subject that gets the very least attention around here. And yes, it is most definitely a grieving process. And every time I think I'm doing OK, it rears its ugly head again. She, however, is very cheerful about it. She thinks it's great to have a brain that works differently (it is) and we all enjoy her little quirks that we now realize are part of her dyslexia. I never really noticed how often she failed to hear words correctly. Yesterday she was very excited to tell me that there is a city called Hamsterdam. :) I explained three times that it was Amsterdam, emphasizing the A and she kept replying, "That's what I said, 'HAMSTERdam.'" We were all laughing by the time it was finished. She's a cheerful little thing. My head knows she is going to be just fine, but my heart still hurts.
  4. We completed evaluations with an educational psychologist in November. She is indeed dyslexic, also very bright and ADHD (which I expected). Now that i know she is dyslexic, looking back it was all so obvious. Denial is truly a miraculous thing. I'm feeling really overwhelmed right now. We've started Barton and I'm hoping we will see some success. I'm having a really hard time emotionally. I know that probably sounds way overdramatic, but I feel totally overwhelmed and just really really sad. I'm so grateful to everyone here for the great advice that sent us in the right direction. Teresa
  5. This just isn't going to work. I get that whole multi-sensory thing and we've been doing it just as written, but no... It seems like a fancy way to practice flashcards. Rote memory does NOT work here. And even if we get to the part where the card has three check marks and it's"mastered" ... It's not. A week later it's gone again. I feel like I'm just waiting my time. I'm really ripping my hair on this one. Surely there is some better way to do this. Anyone? This is my child who worked for months just to remember the seasons of the year and still can't tell them to you in order. Can't name the months of the year in order. Took forever to remember the number of sides on different shapes.

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  7. She has the portable walls and it does help some. I've put a thesaurus app on the iPad so she can speak words into it and get synonyms etc (since spelling is sometimes a glitch). These are great ideas. Keep them coming. :)
  8. I will check these resources out. Going to look for that webinar tonight in fact. Word retrieval is really hard. It was one of the things that came up in the psychologists evaluation that made me want to punch the doctor. She concluded that my daughter's inability to come up with a list of names quickly/at all was because she was homeschooled and didn't know anyone. ??? We don't live in a bubble. Edited to add: Yay, going to get more use out of my Dyslexic Advantage membership!
  9. These are some great ideas. She has decided she CAN'T write and so I think part of it is just overcoming that idea. She is amazing at so many things that having this be hard makes it seem impossible. She's definitely of the mindset that things that don't come easy, don't need to come at all. I wish that were true. Yes moving from outline to composition is the breakdown point. I think some of the trouble might be that she tries to get her ideas down and then go back afterwards and see what dress ups still need adding. I think that makes it harder because it becomes part of the editing process instead. She then has to change something and it was hard enough getting into print in the first place. I'm going to really give number 3 a shot. We could use some levity in the whole writing process. :)
  10. Yes, I remember him saying that and I repeat it to myself frequently. It was such a relief when I first heard him say that. She definitely needs more scaffolding. I see that now. She was doing really well when we were working together more. I backed off too quickly.
  11. Medication. I tried supplements and therapy. Sadly, the only thing that has worked here has been Zoloft. I avoided even considering it for a very long time, but in the end... Her quality of life was more important than my resistance to medication. For sure, try supplements and therapy. Lots of people have success, but don't discount the need for medication if those things fail.
  12. I've been here talking about my youngest and dyslexia recently, but I need to shift gears for a moment. My oldest (11) really struggles with writing. We've tried several things and for the last 1.5 years we have been using IEW. She is currently about halfway through SICC-A. She doesn't love it, but it's really been the best thing for her as it breaks down the process into manageable steps. That said, she writes the shortest compositions imaginable. We are currently working on writing from stories and she came to me today asking for help because she couldn't get all of the dress ups and sentence openers in. It's not that she doesn't know how to use them. She can't get them in because she is writing so very little that there is just no place to put them! I tried helping, but there just isn't enough there to work with. When I tried pointing that out to her, she got really weepy. It's not that she isn't trying, it's just really really hard for her. Also, it's not that she is struggling just with the fictional assignments, report writing of any length is hard too. Anyone have any ideas on how I can help her expand her compositions? As further information: She types reasonably well. She also has access to Evernote and can dictate her writing if she chooses. The physical act of writing is no longer a struggle and she frequently chooses to hand write her rough draft. She doesn't struggle with outlines. She simply (ha ha, not simply at all) has a mental block when it comes time to compose. She says she can't get the words to come out like they are in her head.
  13. She makes it with three straight lines and never reverses s. t's not that she's confused about which is which...Just can't get z going the right direction.
  14. Can you elaborate on how OT issues might play into this? Thanks. Teresa
  15. She doesn't seem to have trouble with the number 7 for whatever reason. That's a good idea, thanks.
  16. Working through Barton and the hand motion for b and d reversals and it's really helping but she has a lot of trouble with reversing the letter z. Any tips?
  17. Wow, what a tough position to be in. You definitely want him to eat and if the only time he has an appetite is the middle of the night, you should find a way to accommodate that. My daughter is on ADHD medication and her doctor is very concerned about her weight. She's always been on the very low end of the growth chart (since birth). At times she's been close to falling off entirely and the medication doesn't help. I feel like I'm nagging her to eat all the time! Her doctor prescribed something called Periactin to stimulate her appetite and she's supposed to take it three times a day, but great, more meds? I feel like a pharmacist. I asked her just now if she wakes up hungry in the middle of the night and she says sometimes. I'd hate to have to lock up junk food, but I'd definitely do that or not buy it at all (and I understand why you don't want to do that). I think a prepared box is a great place to start. And I agree that a visit to the doctor to rule out other problems might be in order. Best of luck.
  18. Yes, 4B. And agreeing with someone upthread, the chapter on Multiples and Factors was REALLY well done. When we started AoPS pre-algebra, we were totally prepared (and maybe over prepared if that's a thing). Book 5B
  19. Thank you. I'm running both of my girls through it. One is dyslexic and the other is dysgraphic. The dysgraphic one needs help with spelling so I think it will be good for her. Both are ADHD, one wiggly and one inattentive. I appreciate the idea of using the whiteboard. I have one on the wall as well. My wiggly one will appreciate getting up. I'll check out the games too. We are moving right along in level two so far, but I know we will get to a point where we need more practice. The youngest especially appreciates practice with games. (Currently using the Rightstart games for math fact practice.) Thanks, Teresa PS: I've considered getting certified (though it's pretty early in my journey to decide). There is no one in my area who does it was far as I can tell. It's a forty minute drive to the next town to find someone.
  20. Don't get Dominion! It's become an expensive obsession at our house! We've collected all of the expansions. Then we needed a fancy box to put them all together in and then we needed it on iPad for times when no one else had time to play so that we could play solo. It's best with red wine and good friends! Beware!!! Just teasing you. Totally worth every penny. My favorite expansion is Adventures.
  21. You have to register, but it doesn't cost anything. 😊
  22. I've been burned by the cable or cell phone company too many times I guess because I was totally not expecting them to be so incredibly helpful. :) A few weeks ago, I was checking out some videos on the Barton website and was watching one about identifying dyslexia in a writing sample. Susan said you could send her a writing sample and so I did. She got back to me the VERY NEXT day. I was super impressed. So, about two weeks ago, after A's evaluation were complete, I came back here and asked everyone to talk me into Barton because I couldn't afford the reading tutor and you did, so I ordered levels 1 and 2 and watched the videos over Thanksgiving on their website. So on Tuesday, my box of Barton arrived and this afternoon we finished Level 1. (Two hours over the course of two days.) The dang thing was $300 dollars and it was done. I was breathless. So I called them and explained the situation and they are sending me level 3 for only the price difference between the two levels and UPS is coming here to pick up the Level 1 box. And the woman I spoke to on the phone was soooo nice. Anyway, I was super impressed and I just wanted to share. Teresa
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