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  1. Good morning Scout and Selkie! Good morning Jean! Happy FRIDAY!!! Sun is shining here and the urge to plant things is overwhelming (and would be stupid.) 😉 Coffee Bible Paperwork Homework assignment for a writing class Scrape the laundry room floor of 20 year old linoleum. School with kiddos Take DD to Spanish & Lit Shower Cate - I'm looking at her hair this morning and thinking I must have missed her on Wednesday. The child looks bedraggled.
  2. Didn't see if anyone recommended this or not, but I'd take a good hard look at the Wahl's Protocol. The MS Association is taking her work pretty seriously. There are many people seeing differences with the protocol. She's a doctor from the University of Iowa was completely crippled by MS. She still has MS, using some (though less) medicine to handle her disease, however, she was able to bring it under control and regain her ability to walk and bicycle.
  3. You get 10 points from me just for noticing their posture. I'm not sure I know how to tell if my kids have decent posture? You're getting all the old rough edges worn off for sure - I'm not sure it's bad to have our expectations for us broken down. If you're at all like me, you had pie in the sky plans and were willing to put in the work it took to get there. But, in that exhausting merry go round of effort and humanness, you're burnt. Six kids, four dyslexics? That's no easy feat. ((Hugs)) Feel free to PM me any time you feel like hashing it out and needing a hug.
  4. Not only will they survive, you might give someone else the guts to do less. You never know. 😉 It's hard to do less. I dread telling people no.
  5. I was extremely pro-vax. I felt not vaccinating was akin to child abuse. DD3 had some serious issues when she was little which two separate docs (one in Loma Linda and one at the U) mentioned could have been triggered by vaxes and to proceed cautiously. We became selective & delayed vaxers then. I cloth diapered a good portion of DS2, and disposables never touched the bottom of DD3, but I'm not sure a cloth diaper was worn by DS (the baby, now 4) more than a handful of times. I've never been a big fan of homeopathy or essential oils, but I've used herbs extensively since the early 2000s. I was not all that "crunchy" in my youngest mom days. I was most "crunchy" probably around 2004 and for a good ten years after that. I probably still am by most standards but when something is a bit more of a way of life than a banner, it's just life... You don't think about it as much or wave it around a lot screaming, "Look at me! Look at me!" ;)
  6. It’s really up to the company and the job. My husband is salary but his hours are billable to specific programs. Time needs to be designated in buckets. So, if he works 20 hours, that’s okay and if he spends 4 days flying and 3 working in a eeek, he won’t get overtime. But all that time needs to be poured into buckets. The company expects salaried employees will work 45+ hours. So, sick on one day is acceptable but ideally would make up the time elsewhere or work from home. It’s kind of an autonomous “bigger picture” responsibility.
  7. I'm currently speaking to someone about math tutoring. DD3's math scores were abysmal (as in a previous post.) It's very hard for me to gauge how knowledgeable someone is about the subject. I feel very confident coaching her in English/reading. I do NOT feel I am the best person to do her SAT/ACT prep for math. This person said something that caught my eye, "I have found that students will have a very hard time on the math section unless they have completed or nearly completed Algebra 1, Geometry, and Algebra 2. Currently taking Pre-Calculus would be the best opportunity for a good math score." This would be in regards to a junior. My understanding is that the ACT and SAT focus almost entirely on basic Algebra, Geometry, and advanced Algebra with little to no Calculus. Thoughts?
  8. Your sympathy is sweet but misplaced. Unless he’s working on the roof or something to that effect, he could take his daughter to work and keep her near him. Unsupervised, where strangers could grab her, and in a pool, is no place for a young child. Corporate - yes CPS - no, but I’d let the front desk know you’re concerned enough to call and that should be passed to Dad.
  9. We've done it for several years. I used a Hovabator for a long time. Last year I used a Brinsea Octagon - manual tilt morning and night. I thought the Brinsea did a nice job with humidity. I wanted some rather fancy chicks last year, so I bought all my eggs fertilized and semi-local - Crele Orpingtons, Blue Copper Marans, Polish, etc. Very good hatches except the Black Marans. None of them got out of the shell - very hard, very thick shells, chicks died in the egg. 😞 I honestly love/hate incubating. I love the excitement and the chicks. I hate the inevitability that you lose some. The humidity really is the biggest challenge.
  10. I don't know either, but we get an awful lot of Illinois kids at the U of Iowa. I've heard, though I do not know, our out of state tuition is cheaper than your instate tuition? Instate tuition here ranges from $10-$14k approximately for instate students. It is still pretty reasonable. I feel they are generous with their financial aid. However, we did get FA reduced and tuition increased last year due to reduced state funding.
  11. Personally, I'd get the oldest one that supports the apps you use plus one edition newer. So, 5S is what I have but it's going to very quickly be edged out. DS has a 4 and it can use most apps but many are no longer supported. So, obviously a 6S would probably be the earliest edition I'd consider IF you use it for a lot. Let's face it, my 5S can use iTunes, Gmail, Safari, and text and call - everything I need. So I'd suggest a 7 and my reasoning is this: I feel like insurance is tossing money away. I feel like the newest edition of iPhone is like buying a new car - you lose value the moment you drive it off the lot. The second oldest edition has generally not come down a lot. Older editions do what I want them to do. I'm not much about the status game - and it goes in an Otterbox anyway. I like my slim pretty 5s. We have seven iPhones in the house and the 7s are the newest versions we have. All work. (We did have to replace two batteries ourselves.)
  12. Seasider, Can I ask an honest question - what keeps you from compromising between the two people? Part of this really resonates with me - the mom my oldest half grew up with is NOT the same mom the littles will grow up with just due to pure physical reasons. But I'm trying to find a way to criss cross the person I was by creating the opportunities outside of spinning on me (does that make sense) and still attempt some feeble embrace at who I must become, kwim? I'm having a hard time with exactly what you're talking about. Trying to figure out how to keep the sliver longterm.
  13. Nope. I’m in the place I want, the house I want, with the people I want. (Well, I’d pick up Iowa and put it next to Oregon where we left friends) but otherwise I love this life. I admit I’d change this damn disease to something else, but I wouldn’t change the awareness it’s created.
  14. Is he affected in ways other than reading and writing? For example, where is he on math? Also, what are his longterm plans? Do you see a college degree in his future? We have several kids who are dyslexic - three are currently diagnosed - the 19yo, the 16yo, and the 14yo. However, the first two are moderates, while the third is profound. For moderates, while they need more hand holding through the writing process, we haven't tweaked much. The 16yo has a 504 and an IEP in place, even though she's homeschooled and she does get accomodations (extended time) on testing. If you do not have an official diagnosis, you're getting to the point where you'll need to consider it if you want testing accomodations for the SAT/ACT. I think it has to be within four years, but double check me - so you'd want to wait another year or so, but watch the timing. Our 19yo was able to do his reading. Our 16yo uses a combination of reading and listening. Her ability to discuss and analyze is really strong - I do volunteer to type for her sometimes when she is writing so that she can keep a constant stream of thought. I do her editing for her college papers, but she is very successful on her own as was her older brother. 14yo DS (severe to profound) is a whole other ball of wax. Listening - we use Book Ally, Audible, reading aloud very heavily. He struggles in most areas - to include math. We are seeing great gains this past year, but I think that he is still limited by his ability to read/write. Your child should use the next few years to become very proficient with speech to text technology, Grammarly, adaptive software, etc. We were just discussing this at the homeschool program - what high school looks like for kids who are going to be limited by learning disabilities. DS is affected by more than just dyslexia - he has severe working memory issues. He loves to work with his hands and is planning on a two year tech program at our local community college. We do think this is an excellent plan so we are tailoring his high school plan. He will probably take Math I and Math II and, if he can't pass the Iowa tests with 40%, will need to take a state required Consumer Math course. (Keep in mind, I issue a homeschool diploma, but my kids also received a homeschool program issued diploma so this meets that requirement. It would be moot for anyone not trying to meet this requirement.) I don't see Algebra II, Geometry, or advanced maths happening here, with this child, but I might be mistaken. I have seen a lot of development in my dyslexics' abilities from ages 12-14 and 14-16. I suspect you are going to also see a lot of change from the boy he is now to the boy he is as a freshman/sophomore. Four years of English grammar and lit - listening and discussing - writing utilizing software. DS can listen to and discuss very complex books - most certainly on a high school level. Writing about them? No. But, thinking back to my high school days, writing was not a large part of an English credit. Math - I mentioned above. History - it's essentially reading (listening), discussing, and learning dates Science - reading (listening) to the text and labs - hands on Extracurriculars - follow interests and seek out opportunities
  15. Oddly, but time IS something I have - we're doing less now outside the home than we have in two years. So, that's on our side. I could devote 30-60 minutes every day solely to one on one with math for her. She already has her credits to graduate essentially. She's only in one CC class this semester(Comp II), one homeschool class (Lit), and then Choir & Mock Trial. We have the time, especially if we pull back on the current math curriculum to focus on specific troubleshooting. Honestly, Khan has never been intuitive for me. I actually wouldn't say she's struggled at all. You can teach the girl a concept and two tries into it, she can do it. The problem is (it seems) that a week or a month, she isn't holding onto a significant part of the information to be able to use it as the problems advance. She did - math was spotty last year and we took the summer off entirely for my med trials. It was a stressful year last year. Then, this year, right out of the gate, she started CC classes with three and one was exceptionally hard. She also had choir, play, etc. She did great in Algebra I - never really struggled. But I'm seeing she also didn't retain that knowledge either, else the PSAT would not have been so abysmal, kwim? Shockingly bad. That PSAT was a reflection of how solid her Algebra ONE was - so we have a serious problem and she ACED TT. Her weak areas: 1. Passport to Advanced Math 2. Data Analysis Lesser Degree: 3. Heart of Algebra I'm going to take a look at the Let's Go -Thanks. Breaking this down: YES! The biggest priority is the Math portion of the SAT. The University that is her first choice gives auto scholarships for a minimum SAT/ACT with a matching GPA. She really is a perfect fit for it - my others have also gotten it. The ACT/SAT score isn't unattainable, it's not even that high. (First tier - 26 and second tier- 29+) The two scholarships attainable with this cover 50-75% of instate tuition. Her abilities in reading/grammar/writing will pull the composite up as well. These are "auto" scholarships for in-state kiddos - if they meet the criteria, they are automatically given. How in the WORLD do you find a decent tutor? Iowa isn't a place that focuses a whole lot on SAT/ACT prep. When I googled, I came up with places like Learning Rx. I tutored for them. It is NOT at all what we would want for targeted focus. I've used PWN the SAT Math with Bri & CJ and the Blue & Red books before (Red for ACT and blue for SAT.) We've just started wtih the blue book - 2-5 problems a day in Math. So, I have taught her concepts like focus on the low-hanging fruit, cross out answers that you know aren't it, plug and chug when necessary. I actually think paid tutoring is the best way to go and we could afford it in order to meet our goal, but I don't know how to find someone like this? The local CC offers an SAT Math course, it's only $150 for six weeks, but it's not one on one and it looks online/video so I honestly think that isn't worthwhile. There's a place called Mathnasium? I looked at tutor websites - there are a couple people who focus on SAT math in a college town but it's an hour there and an hour back. There is no way we could do that several days a week. Daily SAT question - will do You said: "Once the SAT is taken, then you can come back around to deciding on a Math program that will best help DD finish needed credits, and she can keep plugging away at her pace over the summer. She will still want/need a strong math foundation for future college, esp. if going for a medical-related degree to add on to her CNA." I hadn't considered setting it aside to focus, but I think that might be the best plan after all. She feels weak in Geometry and wants to continue that, but we could pull back on Alg 2 temporarily. Went through College Board to set up targeted study for Khan. Ordered the new edition of PWN the SAT study guide - really liked that one with DS and DD. So I feel weird because I wouldn't have said she 'struggles' just doesn't hold onto concepts longterm to continually lose them. I think the wall I'm hitting here is that I can't find anyone who is an experienced SAT tutor. If it's just a matter of working through tests and study guides, I can do that. Ugh. I guess I "feel" as though the problem is the lack of application of concepts, not a math weakness. Had a math weak kiddo - we got her through Alg 2 and we got her scores up enough to get the same two scholarships. This is different -she grasps understanding pretty readily. Thoughts? I'm looking forward too honestly. I can't help but feel I'm looking at a TT problem but I've said that before and gone back to it because it's freakishly hard to teach eight grades of math each and every day, kwim?
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