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  1. We are in a similar place. Our old church got a new pastor, grew very conservative, and has been jettisoning members. We went to a PCUSA church last Sunday, but there were no kids. I think this is a problem with a lot of the mainline congregations now. The other churches we are considering are UMC, ELCA, Quaker, UCC...maybe a liberal anabaptist congregation, if we can find one? I think that the local Quaker meeting would be a good fit for us, but I fear that my un-silent children would wreck their ununprogrammed meeting.  :lol:

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  2. I didn't know where to put this, but I figured that the people who frequent this board would be most likely to know this. :)

    Is there a name for a pattern of speech in which a child uses a compound word to refer to one of the components of the word? Clear as mud? Here are some examples...


    We are walking down the notions aisle at JoAnn and N. yells, "Bellybuttons! Look, bellybuttons!"


    All chains are keychains. Wood is cut with a seesaw. After food is eaten, it goes into his stomachache. 


    Is this just an idiosyncrasy, or does it have a name? Is it a piece of the puzzle? 


    Thanks. :)

  3. I'm thinking about this more after yesterday's reading lesson. We have been working on LiPS for about five months now, and while it has worked magic in helping P in distinguish f/v from th/th, he still has a lot of trouble with st and ts. He can't hear the difference, and he can't figure out the separate sounds in /ts/ because his tongue doesn't tap before it forms the skinny air sound. We've tried lots of things--slowing it down, putting it together and pulling it apart, memorizing that the beatboxing cymbal sound is /ts/  :laugh:  but he was getting so frustrated we backed off for a while. Yesterday I tried something new. What are the sounds in vest.....vets? Utter frustration. New approach: spell the jacket with no sleeves. V E S T. Spell two animal doctors. V E T S. He needs meaning for EVERYTHING. 

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  4. I'm surprised that your doctor prescribed doxy for a nursing mom. I am supposed to take a course of doxycycline for a chronic condition (not for its antibiotic properties, but because one of the side effects is that it causes the layers of the cornea to stick to each other more effectively--weird) and I have to wait until I'm not pregnant or nursing. I've been waiting about six years now. Can you call your doctor and ask for a substitute?

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  5. I totally forgot I planted that.


    That's what those weird squashes are growing around the edge of the garden. I wonder if they've rotted...



    Off to check...


    In our area, the spaghetti squash aren't ready until the fall. They need to sit outside and "cure" for a bit while the skins harden, then they last for months. :) A few years ago I completely forgot about them until November, and when I went to check on them, the vines had rotted but the squash were perfectly cured. We ate them until they ran out in about April the next year. lol


    And now I realize that you farm and know all that. lol

  6. It sounds like you are doing an amazing job with your son. :) The available services will depend on your school district, but speech and OT are often available for homeschoolers. One of my friends who lives in the next town over had lots of good services for her homeschooled son with ASD--social skills groups and such. In my district, in a much less affluent city, they offer fewer services for homeschoolers--not because they are discriminating against homeschoolers, but because they just don't have the resources, and they aren't going to offer us more services than they offer enrolled students. A friend who lives a few streets down from me was told that they don't teach handwriting to kids with dysgraphia (except they said "kids like this"  !?!?) but wait until they are old enough to type. 

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    Groceries are more expensive in WA. I remember coming to TX and being quite surprised that the grocery store that we considered "inexpensive" in WA (Safeway's) is one of the more expensive grocery stores here (Randall's)




    Hmm..I'm in WA, and I consider Safeway one of the more expensive grocery stores. :) I'm in Pierce co though. Closer to Seattle it's one of the cheaper stores, compared to QFC, PCC, etc. 


    Healthcare is expensive here. Hopefully, since your husband works in healthcare, you have good insurance!


    Land is fairly inexpensive in some of the farther-out areas of Pierce county. You just have to weigh the commute-cheap land balance. 


    Also, because I'm paranoid, I wouldn't want to live in a Mt. Rainier lahar evacuation area. But that's just me. :)


    There are so many cool things to do in WA. We camped near Mount St. Helens last weekend and spent a day up at the observation center at Johnston ridge. My 7 y/o was right in his element. He insisted that we stop at every visitor center/observation point between I-5 and the end of 504. :) 

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  8. Around Tacoma, I would look at University Place, Gig Harbor, and Puyallup. If you want to live in Tacoma proper, the North End and Browns Point areas are considered the nicer places to live. Anywhere in the Puget Sound area will have access to lots of outdoorsy activities. Grocery prices vary widely between stores. There are some local and regional chains that run cheaper than some of the more well-known chains. There is no state income tax, and I think that our property taxes are reasonable, but we live in a small, inexpensive house. :) There is no sales tax on food.

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  9. Wow! We were camping over the weekend and I didn't have internet access, but I am glad to see so much discussion today. :) 


    And multiquote isn't working. I has a sad. 


    I have read most of the Nurtured Heart book, and will be starting to use the approach gradually, for all of the kids, and I might even use a secret credit system for myself. You know, to reinforce good habits. lol 


    My 4 y/o, who I wrote about in my first post, has no diagnoses. I will be making an appointment for him, though, to see what a professional thinks. We have been going through the eval process with my 7 y/o, and I found that a lot of the behaviors that the psych asked us about did not pertain to the 7 y/o, but did to the 4 y/o. Our insurance changed this month, and office visits will no longer be subject to the deductible, so I will have to find an in-network psych for him. Or since he'll be five this month, maybe we'll start with the school district. The school psych will be doing some testing with my 7 y/o, and we'll see how that goes. 


    I've spent the last year or so thinking that the 4 y/o didn't warrant a diagnosis, but needed a better discipline system--his negative behaviors are pretty sporadic. Of course, I thought my 7 y/o didn't have LD because his academic problems changed day by day, not knowing that the inconsistency was a sign of an LD. Doh! 


    I remember reading The Explosive Child years ago, before I had children, when I worked at a bookstore. At the time I kind of pooh-poohed the approach, thinking, "My children will never act like that!" lol. My mom likes to remind me that when I was a kid, my pediatrician told her that I was the worst behavior problem he had ever seen. 


    Grumpy toddler calling. :)







  10. My son spoke only in vowels until he was three. He started speech therapy with the school district, and was released only making age-appropriate errors at six. He also has dyslexia, and needed LiPS to distinguish between different sounds in order to read and spell. 

  11. I'm not sure that this is strictly a learning challenge thing, but here goes. My almost 5 y/o ds and I are stuck in a negative spiral. He gets fixated on something that he's not supposed to do or have, and it is nearly impossible to stop the sequence. He acts like he can't even hear me, and won't answer me if I ask him if he understands what I am saying. He also doesn't seem to "get" consequences. I can't tell if it is willful, or if he is getting "stuck." This is happening more and more often, and is affecting where I am willing to go with the kids. If I can't take the double stroller to keep him contained if he melts down, we're not going there. 


    I learned about the Nurtured Heart Approach after watching Dr. Newmark's presentation about ADHD. I ordered the book "Transforming the Difficult Child" intending to use the strategies for my 7 y/o who has moderate/severe ADHD, but my 4 y/o has much more challenging behaviors than his brother! Has anyone used this program to break a negative pattern of interaction with a child?

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  12. We're going to use Excavating English as part of our LA curriculum this year for DD13.    It's a gentle intro to linguistics in a kid-friendly (ages 10+) format.  It was written by Ellen McHenry's sister, but has the same illustrations and hand's-on activities as in McHenry's science curricula.


    While it doesn't go into a huge amount of detail regarding morphology and spelling, it does have that narrative aspect and talks about why certain parts of our modern English are the way they are.  More of a general overview than specifics, but we'll likely follow this with some word - history books like the ones OhE listed above.


    I was just coming over here to ask about this program! We will be using one of Ellen McHenry's science units this year, and I saw Excavating English on her website. I would be interested in hearing how it goes for you. :)

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  13. I am looking for a typing program for my nearly 8 y/o ds who has dyslexia, dysgraphia, adhd, and maybe a bit of asd. I have narrowed down my choices, and now need to decide between Touch-type Read and Spell, and Read, Write, and Type. Both programs claim to reinforce reading and spelling skills, in addition to teaching typing. Have any parents here used either of these programs with their kids with LDs? Do you have a preference? I am leaning toward Read, Write, and Type, mostly because I can buy a 5-year license for $35, vs. a 1-year subscription for $80ish if I buy Touch-type Read and Spell. Thanks!

  14. My brother and sil spent a lot of time checking out what sounds like a similar property--it was a wetland property--and the final verdict was that they would have to buy the property, do a bunch of environmental and feasibility studies, and the results of those studies could add tens of thousands of dollars to their building costs, or mean building a very strangely-shaped house. They ended up moving to Gig Harbor and commuting. The last I heard, the property was still on the market. Maybe it's the same one they passed up. :p

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  15. This makes a lot of sense. Has anyone mentioned Apples and Pears as a morpheme-based spelling program? We have only just started using it, so we aren't seeing that aspect yet, but I understand that the morpheme approach becomes more prominent in the later books. 


    DS has the combination of dyslexia and high verbal ability, so I am trying to find a good balance for language arts. I am intrigued by the MCT materials. 

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