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  1. Dh has worked for his company for more than 15 years. He gets 2 weeks of vacation, but the company culture is such that he only takes a day off here and there and cashes out the rest. So he takes maybe 4 days off per year. 5 or 6 f we have a new baby. No sick leave--he can use vacation time or not get paid. Oh, and he's salaried, so he works 10-12 hour days, plus many weekends, with no overtime pay.  

  2. Thank you for the ideas. :) I found the Peterson Directed Handwriting book online, and I plan on reading it as soon as I get the uninterrupted time. I have already learned that my pencil grip stinks.  :huh:


    I like the look of NAC--it looks clean and simple, but from the samples, it doesn't look like it has named strokes to dictate. LOE looks good--named strokes, very explicit. Has anyone used Handwriting Lessons through Literature? It looks like the cursive instruction starts with strokes, then moves to letters and then the syllabary. I like the idea of reinforcing phonics through handwriting lessons, and I like the idea of an ebook that I can use with all of my kids. I suspect that no matter which program we use, we will go very, very slowly. 

  3. I know nothing about cursive. When I learned cursive in third grade, the instruction consisted of "look at this--now do it." lol. 


    My 8 yr. old has dysgraphia. His printing is barely legible, but I have noticed that when he writes in his Apples and Pears book, which uses a font with tails, his writing seems smoother. He has expressed interest in cursive, but he will need very explicit instruction. I am looking for a program with named strokes so that I can dictate each bit of a letter. I looked at HWT, and I know that it is often recommended for kids with dysgraphia, but...it is so ugly.  :tongue_smilie:  Does anyone have recommendations for a cursive program with a nice look to it, named strokes, and very explicit instruction? TIA. 

  4. Classes haven't started at most of these schools. Isn't fall 2015 the opening date for most of the approved programs?




    The local charter schools have been in session for two weeks.




    I have to wonder what will happen to all these children. They can hardly dump them back into the regular public school buildings. We have something similar happening here. Due to the county's hounding of a local private school, it has closed. 65 kids, boom, into the system. This all happened one week before school started. Ours is a small school district. This many kids, many of whom have never been in a ps, coming into a totally new school system, is going to be a wreck. 


    Since all but one of the charter schools are brand new, I don't think it will be a problem. I imagine that most of the families will go back to whatever they did last year, be it public, private, or homeschool.




    Charter schools here are state funded and have their own boards. The board is formed long before the charter is granted, so I don't see how they could turn that into an elected position. In truth, there are many leadership roles in school systems that are appointed, and many of them decide how to spend state funds. I don't see how they are using that rationale, honestly. 


    As I understand it, it goes back to an idiosyncrasy in our state constitution.


    We do have some public magnet/choice programs with require certain test scores and even applications. Some kids might not qualify for those schools but they are not charters and they have been operating for awhile. They do have SpEd services at most of those schools.


    We do have several magnet/choice schools in our district, some of which are very good, some of which...meh.


    Didn't know any Charter's were actually open here yet, I am wondering how our school and others as ALE's (alternative learning enviroments) are legally different than Charters.


    Since the ALEs are considered regular public schools, they won't be affected. I considered signing up my kids with an ALE, but I decided against it when the funding restrictions got so tight a few years ago. 

  5. I just saw the news on FB--the WA state Supreme Court has ruled that the state charter schools are unconstitutional. I'm not surprised, since they rely on public funding despite not meeting the legal requirements as "common schools," but I feel sad for my neighbors who are sending their kids to charters after having a so-so experience with the local public school. If the ruling stands, and the new charters can't find funding, they'll have to close. 

  6. We do a lot of sensory play here, in the form of sensory bins, but I would not leave one with things like beans, rice, sand etc. accessible at all times. My youngest has this fascination with watching things fall. He is also into reenacting weather conditions and will use anything he can gain access to to simulate rain falling etc. I tried the rice and bean bin and was cleaning beans and rice from every nook and cranny of our schoolroom, on the bookcase, on top of books, you name it found its way in there. Not trying that again :lol: I can laugh about it now but I wasn't too impressed at the time ;)


    I'm still finding rice from the big rice tub we had several years ago. My husband rarely puts his foot down, but he was very firm on the no more rice bins rule. lol

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    IRL, those I know who use that specific word in their common vocab are juveniles (kids at school almost always in lower level academic classes) and unprofessional (non-white collar jobs).  That's the way I perceive it.  Such is life.  I don't plan on changing simply due to some (or many) on an internet forum that live in different circles than I do.  Why would I?




    My biggest surprise when I was in grad school and socializing with the professors, was just how much they swore. Some of these tenured Ph.D.s with hundreds of academic publications were using the F word every third sentence.  :lol:

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  8. We went through this process recently with my 7 y/o. My biggest piece of advice would be to bring snacks, drinks, and some toys to play with during breaks. Our appointments were broken up--consultation, IQ testing, achievement testing, ADHD interview and ASD screening. 


    We started out sitting in the office and talking about what was going on--areas of concern, areas of strength. P jumped in the conversation, which actually helped the psych see the behaviors of concern. My ds is also somewhat of a perfectionist, but the psych explained to him that we was not supposed to know how to do everything--the tests are made from kids ranging from his age to teenagers. She was really good at working with him, and I think that she got his best effort out of him nearly the entire time. She didn't frame it as a test--it was a series of games and questions to see how his brain works. :) 


    DS thought the IQ test was kind of fun. He especially liked making patterns with the red and white blocks. The WISC has a lot of small sections, and ds had a break after every couple of sections. You can look up the WISC and see the subtests. 


    We didn't do a test for ADHD, but our psych used a standard diagnostic interview, plus her observations of his behavior during testing, to make the diagnosis. We did fill our a questionnaire for ASD screening, then discussed the answers.

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  9. LiPS has helped my ds to distinguish f/v from unvoiced and voiced th. He still can't hear the difference, but he can produce the correct sound when he sees the phonogram, and he can write the correct phonogram from dictation if he watches my mouth while I'm speaking. 


    Have you looked at Apples and Pears for spelling? At the beginning of book A there is lots of dictating sounds and tracing or writing the phonograms. Here is a sample of the first book. And here is the sample teacher's manual that explains how it works. 

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  10. DS 8


    Reading/Spelling: Dancing Bears A1/A2, Apples and Pears A, LiPS, bits and pieces from Seeing Stars and Reading Reflex. I find that if we stick to one format for too long, DS can't generalize, so we use a variety of materials. 


    LA: MCT Island Level  


    Math: Rod and Staff 2, Ronit Bird Cuisennaire Rod ebook


    History: SOTW 1


    Science: Ellen McHenry The Elements


    Art: Atelier, Wee Folk Art crafts


    Typing: Probably the Talking Fingers typing program


    Handwriting: Deciding if I want to fight this battle right now. :)


    Basic Skills: Executive function workbook from Linguisystems, Social Skills book




    Wee Folk Art Harvest Time Curriculum


    ETC Primer Level


    MEP Reception


    Something for handwriting--haven't decided yet




    Field trips and activities through coop. Maybe a homeschool PE class. I need to make a schedule. It looks like a lot of stuff, but we won't do everything every day. 

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