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  1. This sounds EXACTLY like what the mother has been told, "lack of focus", "reading is not her strength" and so on. Apparently that was what they said about the mother too, lack of focus was the verdict there too :/ She is bright, she is actually "ahead" in some subjects according to her school, especially history, if you can consider a child who cannot read the text ahead, however when tested verbally in history the school places her well beyond grade level. I will certainly keep dyslexia in mind, despite the evaluations saying otherwise so far this seems to fit both mother and daughter. Sound
  2. We are in australia. I am not sure if she has sent in a written request, I will ask, but all verbal requests to the school have failed to produce results. I am not sure what the protocol here is as my kids have never attended school but I am sure given the extent of her delays that there must be something they are required to do, at the very least an individual learning plan for her. I have not sat down with her yet to figure out what the issue might be so I would not rule out dyslexia at this stage, I have heard her reading in other contexts however. We will sit down and I will see if I feel
  3. Ooh that is a great idea, thanks, I will do that
  4. Great, thanks :) I was thinking AAS might be a good place to start as her spelling is really poor, it hopefully will also help with phonics and decoding. We will need to start in book 1 but as I already own books 1-6 that won't be an issue. I might check out AAR too and see if I think that will be beneficial, I have been considering it for my 5yo anyway so I am happy to buy if I think it will be a good fit.
  5. Mum has been at the school weekly asking for help, remediation, work they can do together at home, and asking what they are doing to help her catch up. Apparently she just gets strange looks like "why would we do anything to help catch her up" and they tell her there is nothing they can do as the school only offers remediation in K-2 and she is well past that age. Apparently she is finally making some progress with the reading after years of not getting anywhere so hopefully she was a late bloomer and is finally ready to take off. It is decoding that is the problem with her reading so I will
  6. I am after suggestions for a curriculum for an 11yo please. I have just offered to tutor my dd's best friend. She is currently still attending school, mid way through 5th grade, however homeschooling is on the cards and may happen anytime now. She is reading at a late 1st grade level, maybe early second grade at best, her spelling is first grade level. Reading and spelling are the biggest concerns. Her math is about early 4th grade level so about a year behind there which is significantly better than the 4 years behind in reading and spelling. What reading and spelling curricula would yo
  7. Yay, more people like me, love those books :hurray:
  8. We have never had this trouble, we use a desktop computer and mozilla firefox browser
  9. I have always had this problem, pre kids, post kids, huge butt, tiny butt, my whole life I have had this issue no matter my current size. Some brands are better than others but none are right. I always did wonder why they had that bit in the wrong place lol
  10. My math kid is in 5th grade, she does an hour on average of formal math a day (approx half hour each of 2 different curricula) and then spends an additional hour or more on math games, math exploration and math reading most days. I require 30-45 minutes a day, anything more than that is entirely up to her.
  11. I personally feel that when it is a special hand made gift it is polite to ask assuming that gift is no longer needed. If I put a lot of time and effort into a gift I would rather the recipient ask me in a few years if I would like it back vs them disposing of that item. Sure I may not want it back in which case I will politely let them know they are free to pass it on however they wish however there are certainly times when I would appreciate that gift back for one of various reasons rather than it be passed outside the family.
  12. Thanks for this thread, this is something I have been considering for dd, at 9 she is not yet contemplating where the math will take her, only that she wants to be a mathematician. Maybe she will end up in the academia field but there are so many other places that a mathematics degree will take you. Over time I am sure she will refine her goals but right now we are following the math and seeing where it leads us. I am loving all the diverse places this may end up for her, so many choices
  13. :grouphug: :grouphug: My now 5yo (then 4) got her official ASD diagnosis at the end of last year, we had suspected something was up right from birth and had been sure we were dealing with ASD since about 12 months, it was still tough to hear and there was still a grieving process.
  14. Thanks quark, that is an amazing list!
  15. That is exactly why I am asking now, I want the best ideas on exploration and "alternative" areas we might want to explore. At this point I think the plan is AoPS prealgebra and then onto their introduction to number theory as this is one area she loves. But she also loves algebra and geometry... there are so many great books out there
  16. My 9yo, yes I know she is still really young, desperately wants to become a mathematician when she is older. So now I am trying to work out how to best prepare her for this and also to keep up with her interests and desires. I can't really see her changing her mind too much, all her "when I grow up" dreams her whole life have revolved around numbers, problem solving and complex calculations. And if she does change her mind, well she still loves math and she will have a great foundation in it for anything :001_smile: She is 9. She should have just started 4th grade (jan-dec school year) b
  17. My dd9 is done with dance mat typing and is wanting to move on. Where to from here? She is still needing practice but needs to move onto the next step. Prefer fun and free, what would you recommend?
  18. We have tried so many different writing curricula over the years and my dd has hated them all, tears all round. This year for 5th she is using wordsmith apprentice and I honestly can't believe it, she is doing it and has not once said a single negative thing about that book, not one! Coming from this kid this is HUGE. I have no idea where we will go after this but it has been life changing here, she is doing it, she is really enjoying it, her writing is improving and best of all her writing confidence is soaring.
  19. LEK


    My current 5yo is doing maths, handwriting and phonics as more "formal" subjects. She is also doing art and science, sometimes through her own free play and exploration but sometimes semi-directed. We are also learning about Australia through picture books and read alouds. Most of her learning over the day is through manipulatives and games
  20. This. Here I would say shire, rhymes with fire, but in England I would say sheer
  21. When my kids started it placed one child 1 grade behind and the other child one grade ahead. I suspect that the child placed a grade behind did not read some of the questions carefully and made a couple of simple mistakes as this child often does. I contemplated overriding the placement but decided to leave her there figuring it will act as revision and hopefully she will learn to read more carefully before answering. Within 12 months both children had progressed through 2 complete grade levels and both are now almost ready to move up a grade again so all in all, initial placement was not real
  22. I would personally start right back at 3A and let him progress at his own speed. By beginning in the "easier" books he will have a chance to develop his problem solving skills a little more while the math is not as complex. Also, each book covers very different topics, by jumping in at the end you are missing a lot of really helpful strategies only taught in the earlier books. And beast is designed to be quite challenging anyway, just saying :) I have been using beast as a supplement 1 grade level behind their main curriculum (starting with 3A), I have found by doing it this way beast is n
  23. Here in australia it is all integrated but there really are no homeschooling options. I am currently debating between using US books with a sequence that does not translate into our system at all or using australian highschool textbooks. So far all I know is that we are using AoPS prealgebra this coming year (jan-dec) however she is in grade 5 this year so I really have 2 years to consider my options before she starts "highschool" which is grades 7-12
  24. This describes the differences between sultanas, currants and raisins. http://britishfood.about.com/od/faq/ss/The-Difference-between-Raisins-Sultanas-and-Currants.htm#step1 All 3 are dried grapes but are very different in terms of taste, texture and use in cooking. Sultanas and raisins are not the same. They are made from different varieties of grape and have a completely different size, shape, texture and flavour profile. It would appear that what is called a golden raisin in the US is actually a sultana.
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