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  1. I tried but it’s gone from their website... I wondered if they’re discontinuing it.
  2. Hello everyone. I feel lost in the curriculum world. Could someone direct me towards LA materials, specifically grammar and writing, that would be appropriate for a dyslexic student? -bite size chunks, lots of repetition -6th grader who needs to start at the beginning with grammar and writing but doesn’t want babyish material -predictable daily or weekly routine -support for learning new vocabulary (words such as nouns, verbs, paragraph are all sort of mind boggling)—maybe I need to do this separately? -pretty independent after an initial run-through of the instructions with me... she does not do well with a long oral lesson or discussion, but can read well enough to get through the rest if I go over directions She is good with beginning with capitals and ending with punctuation, otherwise everything else needs to be learned! I love the look of SWB’s Writing with skill but am not sure if outlining will be too difficult... I suppose it needs to be covered eventually tho.
  3. You're right, it will be more work. I was thinking the younger one would feel like "Why does she get to skip stuff I have to do" but you're right, she will have to do other stuff instead and maybe even more. Sigh. She went to Scottish Rite up til about 2 yrs ago. Since then, she's been reading fluently and enjoying it, and I've sort of gotten out of "disability" mode with this child. But middle school is coming up, and I'm reevaluating and wondering if it's time to get more serious or pointed with helping her. I do feel like I've been just trying random stuff for a long time, and I feel like I need a more specific plan of attack. Like SLP testing. How is that different from ed-psych testing? when she was much younger I suspected APD; audiologist report didn't show it. Then Scottish Rite did their own testing, sort of SLP-ish I guess because the lady she met with was a reading specialist and an SLP. Then the school district did more general testing. Woodcock-Johnson, and others. But again, their own version, leaving out some parts of the testing. I'm actually with a different charter than the one that did testing 2 yrs ago, and I could see if theirs is more thorough....
  4. She does enjoy the COFAs and has read all the ones we own. Where do I find SKILL?
  5. Thank you everyone. Super helpful. Thanks for reminding me about the Gander Pub materials. They look just right as far as curriculum goes. She had school testing (pretty comprehensive I suppose, took about 2 hrs) 2 yrs ago. The bottom line was that she didn't have any learning disorders so didn't qualify for services. 😞 She had a SLP "interview" after the testing; the SLP was so enthusiastically positive that this dd didn't have any issues that wouldn't work themselves out. Lowest areas were (percentiles): Picture vocab 9th processing speed 15th phoneme isolation 5th visual working mem'y, 23rd/27th comprehension 22nd spelling 2nd, sentence writing 7th .... However I suppose these low scores were balanced out w/stronger areas so overall she did not qualify. Would private testing be more comprehensive than school testing? I suppose it would. That's a good point about CM methods. Another issue is that I have 2 girls in the same grade. The struggling one is 11 and the other one is 10. The 10yo is right on target if not a little advanced verbally. They've always done the same schoolwork. Not sure how I would have them do different things, although if they did totally different materialss that would be better than "big sister has to do less work". Thanks again for pointing me in the direction of "narrative language" and giving me your ideas.
  6. I know "reading comprehension" is a broad topic. My 11yo dyslexic daughter has improved a ton in fluency, and spelling is getting better slowly, but as she gets older some things aren't improving as quickly. * Still has very weak phonemic awareness; breaking down/reading large words is still difficult (we work on it) * She has a tough time with recalling/remembering proper nouns, names of people/places. * She often misses the big picture, details of a reading. She enjoys reading fiction/chapter books. She doesn't ask for help, she tells me she understands them, however she does prefer to re-read (as in dozens of times) her favorites rather than read news books. All 28 Elsie Dinsmore; the Avatar graphic novels; Beverly Cleary series; and currently the 100 Cupboards series. School reading is difficult. Mainly history. We're in the Civil War right now which has tons of proper nouns. It's all a big jumble I'm afraid in her mind. (Not a big deal because she's only 5th grade, but still.) We school with a pretty strict Charlotte Mason approach. Readings (she reads them silently) and narration. Her narrations are often quite jumbled, not in story order, and details are mixed up. You can imagine she doesn't enjoy narrating, and she has decided she doesn't like history. I'm willing to try another approach if I knew it would help her grow, not just be an easier method. I guess any ideas on how to work on comprehension (without resorting to comprehension workbooks) would be helpful. And, I wonder if it's helpful to just "let her read" what she likes without worrying about her understanding of it? She never asks for help.
  7. The human odyssey book sounds great. Is there any lesson guide or curriculum that goes with it or uses it!
  8. I need suggestions for 1877 & forward for a 9th grader. I saw Memoria Press has a US history that covers this period. What else is out there that would cover world history? I am not a Tapestry fan, I think I need something simpler. Thanks for ideas!
  9. Thanks everyone, these are all very helpful! I've been doing CM style for so long I forgot about workbooks. 🙂 Now to figure out which is the best fit. I like the idea of Hake as it has grammar and writing. The sample looked intimidating though, for where my girls are.... a lot of big words. 🙂 and not friendly like TT. It sounds like Easy Grammar has grammar, usage and mechanics and really we need all of those. @OKBud or anyone else, are Evan Moore workbooks thorough or more supplementary? LLATL would be great if it didn't have a teacher component, I'd really like them to be independent.
  10. My 5th graders are doing great w/TT for math. They use the paper books. I'd like a similar format for Grammar/LA. * Each day's work is clear-cut and the same format each day * Spiral review * Uncluttered pages & sticks to basics Any suggestions? Thanks!
  11. @alexandramarie I am also in the middle of our 2nd yr of Alveary and thinking of switching to Rainbow curriculum, that's so funny. We did LCC years ago too. Our first year of Alveary was perfect, but this year has been crazy... my head is spinning every day. Some subjects for us became much more teacher intensive this year. BUT I also don't feel up to totally switching gears either. I will probably end up keeping just some of our Alveary subjects and dropping a bunch of others, then maybe next year it'll look more like Rainbow. Years ago we also did Robinson curriculum, which was great for my oldest kids. My current batch though does need more help from me, plus some CM practices I do want to keep.
  12. challenging games for science type: My mathy son & his wife really like Hanabi. We like Splendor, Pandemic, and Bohnanza. Fun for two people: Farkle Flip and Monopoly Deal are two card games that are fun for two or a crowd. Of course there's Exploding Kittens.
  13. I can really relate. I follow a CM approach too. I have a 4th grade, 10yo in level 5. I also hated the goofy, forced vocabulary like in your example. And yes, lots of words my dd did not know the meaning of. However, it's gotten better esp in level 5. Words are not so weird. We don't do much Barton. Minutes per week, we spend a lot more time w/living books. Last year (at your dd's level) we did 15 min 3x/wk of Barton. So, it's forced and not living, but it's not much, and I don't feel like it is bringing down the quality of the living books we do read. And it really works. That's the reason I keep doing it. At that early level (level 4), there just aren't that many words you can make w/the limited rules and phonics they've learned. It's temporary, and it will get better. Every time you start a new program, whether phonics, math, etc, you have to backtrack and you lose ground; personally I'd rather just keep going than switch.
  14. We did Barton fluency drills for a solid 2 yrs before fluency was gained. Hang in there. Just a little every day. Have you looked into rapid naming exercises? We did a lot of those at Scottish Rite.
  15. The m&ms is a good idea! Reminding her that it's only one syllable has helped. In general it is still fuzzy in her mind though. Maybe working on some of that pattern every day will help. I'm always looking for a little catchy phrase for a hint/to aid in guided discovery.
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