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  1. I found this a very interesting series about how predictable texts can do a very poor job even of teaching sight words. As the original poster noted, often kids "read" the pictures without even looking at the words, which greatly reduces how much actual exposure they have to the target sight word in print. I guess I do use repetitive texts (Brown Bear, Brown Bear; Dinosaur Roar!; Where is Baby's Bellybutton; and other board books) to let kids "read" long before they learn any phonics, but I have no expectations that they will internalize any of the words in print. It is just a way fo
  2. I think it largely depends what level of decodable readers you are looking for. Addy can mostly handle the "I Can Read!" level 1 books, but she already knows consonant blends, digraphs, ee and oo, r-controlled vowels and simple silent e words. But that is a long way from where the original poster says her daughter is: "She's beginning to sound out and blend CVC words and has learned a handful of "sight words". In this "I Can Read!" level 1, the first page has the words "brother" and "hospital" and in the sample they use "whole", "blue", and "emergency". All of those would trip Addy up.
  3. Schools nowadays don’t teach much phonics, but rather educated guessing (based on pictures, what would make sense, first letter, etc). But despite failing to teach around 50% of students to actually decode words accurately, teachers and administrators still very much want and need to show that they are teaching kids to “read”. And obviously if they are teaching word guessing as the preferred strategy, then the way to get kids “reading” is to make the words easier to guess! Enter predictable texts. For proponents of phonics (including myself and the vast majority of other classical ed
  4. I've never done a word of the year, but I think Balance best describes my vision of 2021. DH and I were talking on Thanksgiving. We did all of our visiting over Zoom, and while there were definitely parts of a traditional Thanksgiving that we missed, they were actually few and far between, and there were many aspects of this year's celebration that we really liked. The kids didn't have to spend 3 hours in the car; we got to catch up with more relatives in far flung places than we would normally see; we didn't have to worry about food allergy safety and kids jealous of what others could ea
  5. Point 1: I agree. I bend over backwards to set all my kids up for success. Ironically, some of that could come off as quite controlling on my part because I do regulate their bedtimes, meals, clothing choices, bathroom breaks, etc in an effort to meet their physical needs when they do not have the regulation to do so themselves. If I know that Elliot is getting cranky partly because he needs to go to the bathroom and hasn't realized it, and I try to insist or incentivize a bathroom trip to head off a tantrum, perhaps with a when-then such as "as soon as you go to the bathroom then you can ta
  6. I've made a couple pairs for my daughter using this tutorial. I have had mixed results depending on exactly how the fabric held up. Sometimes it has worked perfectly. But other times, using very similar fabrics, when any stress is put on the seam, particularly the crotch seam, all the thread holes stretch very big until you can clearly see polka dots of underwear color through. Not ideal. Since we are not looking for any particular trend or fashion, and just about any leggings will fit DD's little 5 year old body, I've found that it is just cheaper to buy mass market or thrift store
  7. Oh, definitely, Elliot's behavioral issues are largely based in brain chemistry. He is currently on 6 psychotropic medications and over the years has been on over a dozen others. We are pumping this kid full of way more drugs than I am comfortable with. But the current situation, while a significant improvement over a year ago, is still not safe or sustainable. So he qualifies for a Medicaid Severe Emotional Disturbance waiver which covers ABA and behavioral therapy and recreational therapy and occupational therapy and psychiatric care and wraparound care. Even though the basis of th
  8. When they redid the interface they also added the option of subscribing in weekly increments. Anywhere from every 2 weeks to every 7 weeks, and then monthly increments after that.
  9. But "There are alternative methods out there, but as always, everyone needs to do what they feel is best for their own family." is not at all what those articles that you stand by say. The second article you posted, in fact, said, "ABA by its very nature makes care transactional and leads children to infer that they’re worthwhile only when they do what is demanded of them. This message is toxic regardless of whether it succeeds at (temporarily) buying the desired behavior." That is not a statement of "caveat emptor, this might not be the right approach for every child". That is a message that
  10. For what it is worth, my 9 year old autistic son has been receiving ABA therapy for a year now, and it looks nothing like Alfie Kohn describes it in the second article you linked: "Enter ABA: an intensive training regimen consisting of an elaborate system of rewards to make children comply with external directives, to memorize and engage in very specific behaviors. An expert promises to train the child to make eye contact or point at an object on command, to stop fluttering his hands or rocking — in short, to make him act like a normal kid." For us, there is no elaborate system of re
  11. We normally have a dozen or more items come each month. I use it more for the price discount than the convenience - I certainly can't just set it and forget it because I often have to shift items around. I get an email each month a few days before my S&S will ship that reminds me to update anything I want to. I also get emails alerting me to price changes. I do find the new interface annoying, but not annoying enough to give up the 5-15% off. We use S&S for: pet supplies, medications, printer ink, batteries, cleaning supplies, garbage bags, specialty food items, socks, baby wipes,
  12. My kids each get their own Doodle crate - as the previous poster mentioned, they kind of have to due to supplies. We have really enjoyed Doodle crate. Our first month was pour paintings while turned out really well. The second month each kid sewed themselves slippers. This month was spool knitting stuffed animals, and all my boys have gone nuts over spool knitting. We only get one Tinker and one Eureka crate. One of my goals was to work on cooperation, turn taking, and working as a group. Normally, I have the 5 and 7 year olds work together on the Tinker crate. Since the 7 year old has tw
  13. My kids are not advanced in building skills at all. I chose the crates particularly to practice direction following, executive function and fine motor skills because those are all weaknesses of theirs. I find the Kiwi age ranges very skewed. My MIL got my youngest a Kiwi crate (ages 5-8) last Christmas when she had just turned 4 and if was ridiculously easy for her. We are currently getting Doodle crates (ages 9-16+) for all my kids, and while the 5 year old definitely needs help, the 7 year old has had no issues. I kind of feel like the stated age ranges are for kids who have never had l
  14. My kids have been getting both crates for the last three months. Tinker and Eureka are certainly different levels; another big difference I have seen is that most of the Eureka projects actually build something useful/usable, while the Tinker projects are cool for half an hour and then just clutter up the house until I toss them. The Tinker crate seems to be the perfect level for the my 7 year old. My 5 year old enjoys helping, but needs help reading the instructions and completing some of the more fiddly steps. My 9 year old will occasionally help, but really most of the project is
  15. I know that at this house I have my kids change all subtraction to addition of the negative (once they know negatives) because their accuracy is much much higher. For me, the context of "keeping the positive or negative with the term," is 7 - 5 (2x - y). Left in that form, dollars to doughnuts they are going to simplify to 7 - 10x - 5y. However, if I get rid of the 7, suddenly -5 (2x - y) will be correctly converted to -10x + 5y. It all hinges on whether they are viewing the negative as attached to the 5 or as a subtraction sign floating between the 7 and the 5. So if I just force them to
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