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  1. Thanks for the links! I loved morphememagic! Thanks for the link! I had this same questions as I read. Glad to hear the answer!
  2. I'd love to hear your experience if you've used it! Or if you've heard about it and decided against it, your why?
  3. I'm hoping to find something similar to Fix It grammar. Any ideas?
  4. Thank you so much, I truly appreciate all your help. I've learned a lot for all you've written. Its funny as I learn more and more I see so much I have probably been missing. Even for myself. I have been listening to the book Overcoming Dyslexia and its funny. Although I can hear and understand her its just too much. I have always been I guess "big picture", like just tell me the basic facts about it and I can handle that. But if you give me all these details that the book does, my head just can stand it. I actually get so irritated and sick of hearing it. Its just over the top for me with info. I skip details in directions also and just want to hear the basics. Somewhere in the details it boggs me down. Although say when Im planning something like a school program or party Im more detailed and precise than almost anyone I know. And I love it. I def think some anxiety is an issue for sure. Not sure about ADHD. I totally see what your saying about trying to control his world and how we can help to make that part a bit better. As far as history YES ha I get you! My oldest lives on our ranch and HATES everything about it, so he says. Im sure people will be telling him when he is older how he would probably love to live on land like they would. Hahaha, he will def set them straight on the fact he's completely aware & educated on what HE DOES NOT LIKE OR ENJOY. I also like the later idea you gave for teaching history. Makes sense. I think with the science part, RS4K, I'm probably not being fair. He's in a classroom with 8 others and he is very distracted by being with them. One he loves to be with them and that's his fav part since its his only day he gets to. So he is pretty focused ON THEM. So if I remember right the last time I was reading he was making faces with one of the girls at the other end of the chairs haha. Probably not to tuned in. But when he and I read here at home cuddled on our he listens and understand. No its not RS4K but other science books we read at home. It is pretty detailed too (in the "parts" way?), RS4K. Im just not sure he's gonna care too much about a plant cell at this age. So I think I will take a diff route. We took the barton test for him last night. He passed Task B almost perfectly. Task A he took a while to understand but once he did he got most of it correct. But as far as their test I'd say, didn't pass Task A. Although I know in one week of him practicing he would pass it. Task C, He got 4 wrong but the rest were easy. I would add thou that I think one of the reasons he got some wrong was it was too much in a row for him. He can sit and do it but his brain seems to get sick of things quickly, "School Wise". He doesn't want to any of it very long. He begins to roll his eyes and not try as hard. But when he is fresh he gets most correct. Anyway all in all, I think for their test he would pass Task B, fail Task A & C.
  5. I'm new to learning about this. Can you guys give me ideas of what would be whole to parts for History and or Science please?
  6. If anyone has some direction with these two subjects I would love some 🙂 I'm thinking my DS is a whole to parts guy. But I am still learning. He seems to want to know the big picture before anything else. And if it is the details they don't seem to matter to him. He wants to know who his day is going to go (that is if its not just free play all day - if so then he doesn't ask). But if there is a schedule of any type he wants to know everything before bed the night before. Always asking questions to understand what is that is going on. Not okay to do step by steps really. So Im thinking at least from what I've been learning he might be a whole to parts. I've been doing things like real science 4 kids and its not working at all for him. Just as an example.
  7. Hi guys, so sorry I did not see this. I keep checking my "bell" up above but Im now seeing it doesn't always show me when someone has responded. I have now been going into each post separately to check. I appreciate you responding. I should of gave more details, sorry bout that. So I ordered AAS & AAR last week when I knew something needed to change. BEFORE I wrote anything on these forums about some of the troubles I was seeing. Since then many of you have helped me to see my 2 DS and actually maybe all 3 might have dyslexia and/or (Stealth for my older). So I also text a friend I live close to who has a daughter with severe dyslexia. She said the woman who is in our area works with her daughter loves those programs (AAR/AAS). So I have them coming still. Should arrive soon. I was confused thou if I should be working on both for my possibly dyslexic son 8 yrs. or just do reading and later (months) or maybe after a certain level start AAS. Wasn't sure if it would be too much? I have been reading Overcoming Dyslexia by Sally S. also looking up all I can online. Its pretty confusing on what will work? But what seems to make the most sense is Yes that it can be a problem and most need an OG type program but really each child is very different with what they can handle and how they can handle it. Im only to chapter 5 or 6 in the book, so maybe it will help more. But after hours on the computer.... I feel I've almost come up with...... I will need to take a best guess and then just try a few things that I have seen recommended. And by that I don't mean just any old program but ones that would possibly work for him if he is dealing with dyslexia. Rote memorization seems to be a no for sure. Right now since I have only just started to learn about this and have no real evals Im gonna have to just begin somewhere. AAR & AAS - for reading/ spelling. I may try both at the same time, Time frame split up thou. Maybe one at beginning of school day and other at the end. U have also wondered thou I should do AAR & Apples to Pears for spelling? But then I think maybe two that might work together better from same company? Teaching Textbooks for math - I've been using Masterbooks, Math Lessons for a living education. He seems to be learning well or at least Im seeing he can figure the answers out. He's really good at the word problems. They are basic but he always seems to do well, really thou most of it he gets well. Its the math facts that don't seem to stick. MLFLE actually teach to use Right Brain Flashcards, I have not done that yet, been using CLE FC. I have wavered on whether or not to switch from MLFLE to TT. My older two told me I should swtich to TT. That they wished I would of just started with TT and stuck with it. That its one they have understood well. They do have great grades in it. They both struggle with reading/spelling also. I also like the idea of TT teaching the lesson well and consistently. But I would be sitting right by him helping him with all classes. Reflex Math - this is something I was thinking of trying for facts. I'm not sure if the time thing in games (pressure) will be too much or he will love it. He did love the running games in LOE with reading a word quickly. So we will see I guess. Its confusing not really knowing what will be best for him. Science - I need to change up. But is just hands on enough or should he be watching something or me reading to him. OR all of it. Supercharged is great for experiments and she always does a lil video too. My older two boys said they learned most science from Moody science videos (so old), magic school bus, & Sonlight experiment videos. They did watch those all the time when young. Then in 6th grade & the summer we did a group class for all 5 books (in a row) of Real Science 4 Kids Middle School. It was awesome. Worked well. History - Been using Masterbooks Story of America. He says he doesn't really like it or remember any of it. We are in class when I read it. I wonder if he would be more interested if he could ask questions while I read and me just talking with him afterward would make sense. When teaching a class we of course can not interact the same as when its just he and I, so I miss those opportunities. I do ask all the children 1/2 way through our 4 pages if they would please tell me something I read to them. My DS told me yesterday that he always has to think of it and say it over and over in his heard till I get to him so he doesn't forget it. I too realized in the fall that if I didn't begin with him or put him in the beginning somewhere of asking that he would forget 2 min later, or another child would say what he was and he didn't have anything else. Although lots of the students struggled a bit with this. Like it was something they would need to learn to do. So its again hard to know. He does not enjoy audio books ( I think cause he's so used to the movies and youtube stuff ?). At least so far. I should try again thou. He just thinks he hates them now. I tried to get him to listen to Odyssy and he complained and then didn't want to listen to anymore? Not sure why. He hates to color. He will draw if needed and it doesn't bother him. OR LIKE in the middle of math..... He's supposed to be doing his facts but sometimes he will want to make every number drawn in artistic ways? Like all super long or super tiny or swirly. He enjoys doing the facts thou, never complains. He also said he does not want to cut anything out and glue it anymore LOL. We have been doing a lot of that in the co op. But mostly for cutting out Timeline figures, coloring them, putting them in our TL books. (and I ususally do all the cutting before hand to cut down on time) He's so not into it thou. One thing I did start doing more about 2 months ago was just sit and read to him from a science book like Usborne Childrens Encyclopedia and a geography book like mastersbook My story. AS long as I keep it to a few pages each and don't ask him to do extras he will really enjoy it. He also says his favorite subject is Bible (when people ask). It actually surprised me the first time I heard him say that. I use Bible Study Guide for all Ages, but all I do is read the story. He doesn't color the pages (hated it since he was little). I use the flashcards (which he gets only some right). But really it the little short and sweet story on the page he likes. He LOVES it when I say okay look at #1 picture box then I read. If I accidentally go to #2 picture with out telling him to move on he will ask me to back up and reread while he is looking at it. He's really specific with what he like to learn about. Like he loves legos but only really wants to do starwars even if its create his own. He likes the science encyclopedia but Hates the animal parts does not want to learn about animals. He lives on a ranch so he does see them a lot and know a lot about the biology of them. He loves the other sciences thou. We've always just chuckled and shook our heads (not where he can see) at how much he seemed to know what he liked at a young age & how particular he is. And how we can never guess with this child. He's so awesome and never boring. Just really lights our world up for the better. One thing I been really pondering is how I will start our day next week. It seems like for reading purposes a few smaller times a day would be better? Or at least a couple breaks in his day & not overwhelming him. BUT he kinda has this thing where he wants to get EVERYTHING that is "on his list" done as soon as possible so he can have his day. SO he wants to do school asap, take his vitamins before he eats so its over, when we start school he wants to do each subject in a row and not take a break.... even when he is tapped out and needs a break. Its like he is painfully making himself do everything because he says he doesn't like to have a list to do. (Pressure - this is also my child who does not want to be part of ANYTHING organized music, sports, clubs, art BECAUSE its too much pressure and he also doesn't like to drive - we do live 20 min from anything) Now he wouldn't mind driving if its to target to get a lego set LOL! He loves to stay home. He was so excited when I signed him up for BOOSTER BRICKS club. He ran and told his brothers.... "Guys I get to be in a lego club and I don't ever have to go anywhere!" Oh dear, I was like, this child LOL. At least we found something he can kinda be a part of although he really isn't interested in doing may of the FB challenges because unless is specifically something he wants to create he's just not interested. He does however love the school day I put together for him with other students once a week. He loves to play with children and see his friends just fyi. Back to his at home school day... So when he wont give himself a break.... At that point I say MOM NEEDS A BREAK, he's not happy with that but knows it's necessary. He doesn't like to play and then come back to work. A couple weeks ago when I told him he couldn't gather the eggs until afternoon cause the chickens lay in the morning he was beside himself. Somedays are better than others. I also explained that I can not do everything right when he wants it done. So last night he wanted his vitamins before dinner.... I was super busy trying to do about 3 different things.... in past I have explained to him he will need to ask me more than once sometimes cause I might forget if Im in the middle of something. So by the 3rd time of him asking last night he said to me, " Mom my vitamins, I know this might be hard on your heart (he meant to keep interrupting me), but Its also very hard on my heart to have to wait." Cause it stresses him out so much he has stuff "to do". So its been very interesting trying to hear what are real issues, things that matter to him, his personality, and also just his age. Then to throw in his dad is the kind of guy who also wants to get up get everything DONE so he can then be done for the day. So humm not sure. But getting school done with this type of personality thing going on might not be in his best interest. To cram it all I mean JUST TO GET IT DONE. I will do the best I can and just be watching him. Oh dear this is LONG. Can you tell my first one was NOT ENOUGH detail and my second post was WAY DETAILED LOL. Im always usually one way or the other its hard for me to be in the middle 🙂 ha. If you made it this long and have anything to say please do 🙂
  8. I sure appreciate all you help! I did my test and It was totally fine. I will still need to have my son to do it.
  9. Love all you wrote, thank you! Lots of great feedback and ideas to use or look at. I like the idea of "big picture". I really line up more with the big picture idea its just most things I've been around are more the opposite. Is the big picture idea a "type" of teaching? Just wondering so I can look up some different curriculum options. Not really reading/math. I think im understanding my options with that. But mostly everything else. Im wondering if just reading would be best, I mean me reading to him. Or videos/docs/movies. Do you know if the whole fill in the blank thing after reading in different subjects is something that works well? Something like Sonlight Science worksheets after reading the science or doing the experiment. OR something like Notgrass history the workbook review questions to fill in. Or is that something we shouldn't even worry about? I know for my other two boys it helped them not only to know they needed to pay attention so they would have answers but also to help get it into memory.
  10. Thank you Storygirl for all your input. I can see that I will need to be changing the way I teach for sure. We did drop Awana earlier this year because I began to see him start to feel bad he couldn't keep up and he also began to say he didn't want to go it was no longer fun for him. The verses were way over where he was so we dropped. CC we dropped last year end of year and I created a drop off day this year where other students come and I teach. I've been using masterbooks America's Story and also Real Science 4 Kids and we do geography. We also had memory work for Spanish, Roots, & Math- grammar memory work. I'm seeing most of these I will have to change some things up.
  11. I'm just learning as some of you have probably already been helping me... thank you. I'm wondering. When a child has dyslexia should they be taught to read before spelling? OR should they be being taught at the same time subject wise? Has anyone heard of or have experience with a lapbook helping a student with dyslexia? For any subject?
  12. Thank you, this is awesome. I'm in the middle of switching things up for him because what I was doing was not working. So this is very helpful!
  13. Thank you for your info! I'm so brand new to all this. I was just saying to another member that I was understanding that dyslexia is a harder time with words and numbers. But my son was also having a hard time with large picture cards. With full on pictures. I was thinking that should be helpful but he still struggles badly with it. So what your saying it might make more sense to me know. A lot of those pictures don't really have much meaning to him. They still just rote memorization I would think. If he knew the story behind each picture it might be helpful right? I really need to change so much of what Im doing. CC had me really thinking memory work all the way. So wow, okay shift I guess it is. Do you think the book Overcoming Dyslexia will be helpful in knowing how to teach him going from here on out? I want to be using his time and energy wisely. I also really don't want to make him do anything that would be a disservice to him. Just for me to know the basics for even say tomorrow. Like, Would teaching full picture help him more like a story in history rather than facts. Or does saying part of the story back to me by narration help at all? Or writing things out or? He's good at coping cursive handwriting. You get the idea. 🙂 thank you!
  14. Thank you so much for all this. I wrote it all down to look up and learn about! I have tons to learn as I just last night started to realize through these forums that this might be our problem. He can/does repeat after I say things. He just wont remember in 2 min or maybe even seconds. He talked early and well. His ability to have conversation and his level of words/vocab and thinking is WAY above his age level. Always has been. He would always and still does from those who are around him. Although he doesn't always love when I make him repeat. Just this week I was wondering if having him say the math facts out loud would help him? So I asked him to say them. He gave a big eye roll and look of ARE YOU SERIOUS mom 🙂. So that want too fun. But he obliged me for a few. No family issues of learning that I'm aware of. Other than me after reading all of this, ha. I too can not memorize things well. I've done the SWR training 2x and it still just feels a bit overwhelming. Grammar although I've been through CC for years still doesn't stick. I've even had friends try to help me, it just feels like "a lot" and kinda sucks to try to understand it all. I just figured I disliked it that much or didn't care enough. I do not know 1 spelling rule although I teach them. I memorized NONE of CC memory work although I taught it. I have not one Bible verse memorized. I could muddle through a few. Although I know most of the Bible decently. There was a book in Challenge B my boys were supposed to be reading (I don't have enough faith to be an athiest) it was way too far above their reading level so I read. Oh my it was too hard for me. Sucked to even try to get through it. Which we didn't. I tried to do their Logic with them and it blew my mind didn't even want to try after a while. School was horrible for me personally. Although I could be told by friends and people who knew me "how wise I was". I'm looked at as smart but know I don't know things I should or have a hard time learning things. As I got older I began to learn things I cared about and it went better. I chalked it up to people learning better when engaged. Which is kinda how I have run my homeschool, because of this belief. I can read a book but not a high level, I can but its hard and makes my brain tired. I can read out loud decently after practicing these last 10 yrs. I'm good with numbers and have found ways to make things make sense. But was horrible at math class. My writing was BAD. My cursive and print looked good. My writing still feels bad in the way if I were to write a paper I would have no idea if it as "good" or not. Spelling I kinda could just figure out at least about 60% and I've grown a lot in the last 10 years of homeschool. But CC grammar and the IEW were just kinda really hard for me with my boys. I tried to do the Writing with skill 2 years ago with them and couldn't really understand how to help them. They knew more than I did at that point. If I were honest with myself , LOE phonograms, I still don't know them all. I just figured I don't pay attention enough to memorize. But being in CC for years, I would just think I don't memorize well. But really now im wondering?? About my 8 yr old again... I keep seeing dyslexia is a harder time with words and math. But I was just thinking my son has these 11x8 picture cards. Question at the bottom and then a large picture. He can remember some but only about 1/3. Then he can not seem to get the other ones down at all. He will give the same wrong answer every single time. So the fact that they are pictures I was thinking should be helping him?
  15. Reading is very difficult. Gets overwhelmed easily He really isn't reading. Still getting his phonics down. We read beginning readers together. If he is reminded of the sounds as we are sounding out a word he can blend okay enough to read the word. Once the word is over 4 letters and we do the sounds all the way through he will almost of forgotten part before we get back and read the word through as the word (not just sounds). I mostly have to help him remember a handful of sounds. The ones he knows he often has to stop and think about when sounding out. We worked on LOE A & beginning of B and it was just to much. Too much time for him to sit too. He was tapped out 10 min in. He liked the workbook (I worked with him) and he liked the games and reading the little word papers that go with the games. Actually seemed to do better while playing the games, especially the running games.
  16. Thank you so much for this explanation. It was fabulous! I'm so grateful you shared this. Changed my entire perspective.
  17. Does anyone have insight on possible issues with memory? I have been focusing on some school issues I'm trying to overcome the last few days with my 8 yr old (9 June 1st). And as I've been really pondering everything the last couple years I'm wondering if I've been missing something. I have two teens DS's also and 8 DS. He just struggles to memorize anything. I have been chalking it up to him not being ready for school yet or his age. I still believe that was part of it. But now I'm starting to wonder if there is also maybe something I'm missing. Here are some examples: -Memorizing Verses - Very hard for him. (my other two who are very different from one another both could memorize decently). Shorter one sentence verses are difficult. Been working on the new testament books for a long while now and he can get 1/2 way through with about 2 mistakes. But he has been working on this for months. (Not daily thou). Any other verses were just too much in Awana (sparks and or cubbies never worked). I had to take him out of TNT Awana this year because there was no way he could memorize it and he was beginning to feel so bad each week. It did seem like a lot for a 3rd grader in my opinion thou. - We did Classical Conversations for 2 years age 6 & 7. He never memorized almost anything where as the rest of the class did a decent job. He was also not interested at all other than to be with the children. Never figured anything other than he would when he was older. - I started a Club/Class this year every Tuesday where we go to do history/art/science and some memory work (Spanish & root words) and I teach a group of children age ranging 7-9. He is also the furthest behind in this class with memorizing... memory work, vocab, science points we put to memeory like: Chemistry is the study of matter. He wants to remember in class but often does not. He will just guess. I have incentives and no incentives. I try to make a diverse way of including all learning types. But I cant seem to figure his out. Since this is not daily they all do not memeorize everything. But they do some of it. Him almost nothing. Other than the roots, We have worked on those for about 2.5 years and if I do a hand movement with it he will remember like. Bi means 2 (with 2 fingers up). He can remember those well. - I have been doing phonics (alphabet) for years and he still can not remember 6 letters. - We have Bible cards with pictures I've probably go over 80 times or more with him. He will only remember a few usually the first 3 of 20 even though we learned them one by one. He will give the same answer each time even though I've helped, corrected, and taught him other ways to remember it correctly. I could tell you what he is going to say for each one. - Math facts, addition 0's he a can do, 1's he adds it, 2's not quit grasping. He can add fine. But as far as remembering he could have 7 +2 figure it out and then have that same card again and still not know it. The other parts of math he understands. But the memory part is what is hard. - He can however recall ALL of starwars. Names and all! He could remember things from when he was like 2 years old. So that part of memory was amazing I had always been wowed. I don't move on quickly in most curriculum that has to do with reading or math because it just doesn't seem like he remembers much solidly. When I have moved on it's just too much. He is and has been so advanced in just his personality since he was about 3. He is always the most mature one in class. I've always chalked that up to the fact he lives with 2 brothers 7 years older and mom/dad. But he emotionally is advanced for his age. Friends are always a couple years older. When he was say 5 and 6 he couldn't understand why all the other 5 and 6 year old's couldn't hold conversations with him or why they were rude/mean. Well they weren't but they were just normal. Most people, like his aunts and others he is around see he has always been so "big" for his age. Seen it as a cute or neat thing. He is super super creative. He LOVES to play. He Hates being part of anything structured (other than the class I teach). He doesn't want to be part of sports (we are a very athletic family), music, art, etc. He was going to sign up for soccer but then 2 days after the decision to possibly try it decided not to because, "it would put too much pressure on him". He doesn't like to feel stressed out. Sometimes I'm like what kind of kid is that in touch with not only with how he is feeling but what to do about it. He has been on teams before just fyi. Just did not like it. He loves the sport, if played for fun. His favorite being rodeo. We are a ranching family. He is very tough, athletic ability, and also active. He makes "beats" like beat boxing since he was like 2. Again he is from a ranching family. This is not something he was taught. Loves music. We have offered for him to do any instrument (which he did piano and violin a bit) but that also fits into the "no structured activites for fun" list. He loves being at home. Hates to drive almost anywhere cause he dislikes to be in a car (since he was born). Not sure if I should post this somewhere else. I feel clueless. I mostly at this point just want to figure out which direction to go for learning.
  18. Does anyone have insight on possible issues with memory? I have been focusing on some school issues I'm trying to overcome the last few days with my 8 yr old (9 June 1st). And as I've been really pondering everything the last couple years I'm wondering if I've been missing something. I have two teens DS's also and 8 DS. He just struggles to memorize anything. I have been chalking it up to him not being ready for school yet or his age. I still believe that was part of it. But now I'm starting to wonder if there is also maybe something I'm missing. Here are some examples: -Memorizing Verses - Very hard for him. (my other two who are very different from one another both could memorize decently). Shorter one sentence verses are difficult. Been working on the new testament books for a long while now and he can get 1/2 way through with about 2 mistakes. But he has been working on this for months. (Not daily thou). Any other verses were just too much in Awana (sparks and or cubbies never worked). I had to take him out of TNT Awana this year because there was no way he could memorize it and he was beginning to feel so bad each week. It did seem like a lot for a 3rd grader in my opinion thou. - We did Classical Conversations for 2 years age 6 & 7. He never memorized almost anything where as the rest of the class did a decent job. He was also not interested at all other than to be with the children. Never figured anything other than he would when he was older. - I started a Club/Class this year every Tuesday where we go to do history/art/science and some memory work (Spanish & root words) and I teach a group of children age ranging 7-9. He is also the furthest behind in this class with memorizing... memory work, vocab, science points we put to memeory like: Chemistry is the study of matter. He wants to remember in class but often does not. He will just guess. I have incentives and no incentives. I try to make a diverse way of including all learning types. But I cant seem to figure his out. Since this is not daily they all do not memeorize everything. But they do some of it. Him almost nothing. Other than the roots, We have worked on those for about 2.5 years and if I do a hand movement with it he will remember like. Bi means 2 (with 2 fingers up). He can remember those well. - I have been doing phonics (alphabet) for years and he still can not remember 6 letters. - We have Bible cards with pictures I've probably go over 80 times or more with him. He will only remember a few usually the first 3 of 20 even though we learned them one by one. He will give the same answer each time even though I've helped, corrected, and taught him other ways to remember it correctly. I could tell you what he is going to say for each one. - Math facts, addition 0's he a can do, 1's he adds it, 2's not quit grasping. He can add fine. But as far as remembering he could have 7 +2 figure it out and then have that same card again and still not know it. The other parts of math he understands. But the memory part is what is hard. - He can however recall ALL of starwars. Names and all! He could remember things from when he was like 2 years old. So that part of memory was amazing I had always been wowed. I don't move on quickly in most curriculum that has to do with reading or math because it just doesn't seem like he remembers much solidly. When I have moved on it's just too much. He is and has been so advanced in just his personality since he was about 3. He is always the most mature one in class. I've always chalked that up to the fact he lives with 2 brothers 7 years older and mom/dad. But he emotionally is advanced for his age. Friends are always a couple years older. When he was say 5 and 6 he couldn't understand why all the other 5 and 6 year old's couldn't hold conversations with him or why they were rude/mean. Well they weren't but they were just normal. Most people, like his aunts and others he is around see he has always been so "big" for his age. Seen it as a cute or neat thing. He is super super creative. He LOVES to play. He Hates being part of anything structured (other than the class I teach). He doesn't want to be part of sports (we are a very athletic family), music, art, etc. He was going to sign up for soccer but then 2 days after the decision to possibly try it decided not to because, "it would put too much pressure on him". He doesn't like to feel stressed out. Sometimes I'm like what kind of kid is that in touch with not only with how he is feeling but what to do about it. He has been on teams before just fyi. Just did not like it. He loves the sport, if played for fun. His favorite being rodeo. We are a ranching family. He is very tough, athletic ability, and also active. He makes "beats" like beat boxing since he was like 2. Again he is from a ranching family. This is not something he was taught. Loves music. We have offered for him to do any instrument (which he did piano and violin a bit) but that also fits into the "no structured activites for fun" list. He loves being at home. Hates to drive almost anywhere cause he dislikes to be in a car (since he was born). Not sure if I should post this somewhere else. I feel clueless. I mostly at this point just want to figure out which direction to go for learning.
  19. I got confused. I thought you were asking what kind of words does he spell wrong. I went and grabbed his journaling book and wrote down the ones I seen were incorrect. I do understand that's not just a homophone problem. I do know homophones and understanding the difference is one spot we need more work. The other is the spelling weakness issue. I spent so much time memorizing rules, phonics and phonograms with him for spelling. He knew them but does not apply them when spelling. Both my older boys completely hated doing all the mark ups. But that was probably my mistake to not keep them doing it. I go over it orally. It just truly felt like it wasn't helping them at all. They actually said over and over it wasn't helping them. But maybe I should of just kept at it. As far as disabilities, I'm so confused again. When he was in the 8th grade he scored in the 11th grade for reading on the state tests. Although he actually says he cant read well and skips words he doesn't know. I've always felt like he doesn't want to take the time to sound them out and its easier to skip them. He is super bright in most things. He remembers facts awesome too. He does amazing at his vocabulary. Gets almost all 100% in his school work. So I guess I should get him tested. Or I just did a super crap job at teaching spelling to him. Ugg sometimes this is not easy.
  20. Does anyone have insight on possible issues with memory? I have been focusing on some school issues I'm trying to overcome the last few days with my 8 yr old (9 June 1st). And as I've been really pondering everything the last couple years I'm wondering if I've been missing something. I have two teens DS's also and 8 DS. He just struggles to memorize anything. I have been chalking it up to him not being ready for school yet or his age. I still believe that was part of it. But now I'm starting to wonder if there is also maybe something I'm missing. Here are some examples: -Memorizing Verses - Very hard for him. (my other two who are very different from one another both could memorize decently). Shorter one sentence verses are difficult. Been working on the new testament books for a long while now and he can get 1/2 way through with about 2 mistakes. But he has been working on this for months. (Not daily thou). Any other verses were just too much in Awana (sparks and or cubbies never worked). I had to take him out of TNT Awana this year because there was no way he could memorize it and he was beginning to feel so bad each week. It did seem like a lot for a 3rd grader in my opinion thou. - We did Classical Conversations for 2 years age 6 & 7. He never memorized almost anything where as the rest of the class did a decent job. He was also not interested at all other than to be with the children. Never figured anything other than he would when he was older. - I started a Club/Class this year every Tuesday where we go to do history/art/science and some memory work (Spanish & root words) and I teach a group of children age ranging 7-9. He is also the furthest behind in this class with memorizing... memory work, vocab, science points we put to memeory like: Chemistry is the study of matter. He wants to remember in class but often does not. He will just guess. I have incentives and no incentives. I try to make a diverse way of including all learning types. But I cant seem to figure his out. Since this is not daily they all do not memeorize everything. But they do some of it. Him almost nothing. Other than the roots, We have worked on those for about 2.5 years and if I do a hand movement with it he will remember like. Bi means 2 (with 2 fingers up). He can remember those well. - I have been doing phonics (alphabet) for years and he still can not remember 6 letters. - We have Bible cards with pictures I've probably go over 80 times or more with him. He will only remember a few usually the first 3 of 20 even though we learned them one by one. He will give the same answer each time even though I've helped, corrected, and taught him other ways to remember it correctly. I could tell you what he is going to say for each one. - Math facts, addition 0's he a can do, 1's he adds it, 2's not quit grasping. He can add fine. But as far as remembering he could have 7 +2 figure it out and then have that same card again and still not know it. The other parts of math he understands. But the memory part is what is hard. - He can however recall ALL of starwars. Names and all! He could remember things from when he was like 2 years old. So that part of memory was amazing I had always been wowed. I don't move on quickly in most curriculum that has to do with reading or math because it just doesn't seem like he remembers much solidly. When I have moved on it's just too much. He is and has been so advanced in just his personality since he was about 3. He is always the most mature one in class. I've always chalked that up to the fact he lives with 2 brothers 7 years older and mom/dad. But he emotionally is advanced for his age. Friends are always a couple years older. When he was say 5 and 6 he couldn't understand why all the other 5 and 6 year old's couldn't hold conversations with him or why they were rude/mean. Well they weren't but they were just normal. Most people, like his aunts and others he is around see he has always been so "big" for his age. Seen it as a cute or neat thing. He is super super creative. He LOVES to play. He Hates being part of anything structured (other than the class I teach). He doesn't want to be part of sports (we are a very athletic family), music, art, etc. He was going to sign up for soccer but then 2 days after the decision to possibly try it decided not to because, "it would put too much pressure on him". He doesn't like to feel stressed out. Sometimes I'm like what kind of kid is that in touch with not only with how he is feeling but what to do about it. He has been on teams before just fyi. Just did not like it. He loves the sport, if played for fun. His favorite being rodeo. We are a ranching family. He is very tough, athletic ability, and also active. He makes "beats" like beat boxing since he was like 2. Again he is from a ranching family. This is not something he was taught. Loves music. We have offered for him to do any instrument (which he did piano and violin a bit) but that also fits into the "no structured activites for fun" list. He loves being at home. Hates to drive almost anywhere cause he dislikes to be in a car (since he was born). Not sure if I should post this somewhere else. I feel clueless. I mostly at this point just want to figure out which direction to go for learning.
  21. This is awesome Lori! Thank you!
  22. Thanks for your reply Ellie! Here are some of the words my teenage son gets mixed up on. cansled, emergensy, twise, vierus, shareing, corintend, tramalen (trampoline), updateing, pritty, simtons, finlly, acward, suppost, escalated. He's speaks well and has pretty good grammar. He doesn't always want to use it when writing so much so he hates to capitalize and even punctuate. But given a sentence he knows how and understands it well. My 8 yrs old. We started with the flashcards when he was little. SWR flashcards. I didn't teach him the names of letters but sounds. He still struggles with a handful: L, F, Z, X, B, F, H, V. He will also still struggle with I, U sounds when in a word,3-5 letter words. He's got down ee, ck, th, ch, sh, igh. I'm actually embarrassed. I held off pushing him because he was so much more active than my older two boys, who I felt I pushed to early. I also did not want him to hate school but enjoy it. So we didn't do formal school till last year, 7 yrs old. I had planned to use LOE. I used SWR when my older boys were about 9 and I just never could get the hang of it fully (I've taken the 3 day training 2x). I understand it okay. I can do all the words with my older two (but don't feel it seems to help them). And I never did teach it from the beginning. My older two did PAL & Explode the Code, when then once that was over I realized they needed more so that took me to SWR. So I was wanting something more spelled out but with a similar idea I used LOE. Well although I absolutely LOVED that program it was killing my 7 year old. Or at least I felt it was (He did love the word games, like run to the end of the hall and read a word). He gets so bogged down trying to remember all of it when we were doing LOE. We got through A and just the beginning of B. It just seems like so many parts as I looked into the future teacher manuals. So this was probably a huge mistake but I decided to just read with him and keep doing the flash cards. So we work on reading readers and doing the flash cards. I also added in some phonics pages from abeka for practice. I break it into reading a reader twice a day, 2 pages. He freaks out if its more than that. Then the reading is down the tube, he will do it but if he is overwhelmed its like his brain doesn't work as well with sounds. Again Im embarred to say I have had issues with not being diligent with doing everything daily. I do know the repetition would be more helpful for him. But again not really feeling like we found anything that worked well for us. So I realize I need to really get a move on with my 8 yr old reading. Something I can still with that is easy to get done but work decent. I was not against AAS and AAR necessarily all these years but had always thought the SWR, WRTR, LOE were just a bit of a step above from everything I had heard. BUT as of this week I'm considering AAS & AAR. I need something I can do and doesn't overwhelm me or him. Something that fits together. I want something I can stick with and not bounce back and forth like I did with my older two. Then have him in the predicament my oldest is in. Sorry for my lengthy explanation.
  23. Would doing these two together be redundant? I'm not seeing in the samples that AAR has comprehension? I also haven't seen that it has any narration or copywork in AAR? I do know one is for reading and one is for writing, but I see some overlap also. Just trying to make a decision. I want to just go with AAR and AAS... but I don't want to miss something by not doing a program like WWE. One more question I have is would AAR and/or AAS teach anything on grammar mechanics. Just the basics like capitalization. punctuation marks... I plan on doing IEW Fix It Grammar but not for a couple years. I want him to understand how to write a sentence before then and Im not sure it looks like AAS or AAR teach any of that?
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