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    Just a mom and wife figuring out life.
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    Tons of things. Video games, chatting on IM, movies, horror, sci fi, books, history, anthropology, cooking, too many things!
  1. Academics. He has challenges. Previous experience with the schools (myself and DH) and knowing we're a small district without many resources that are available to larger ones.
  2. PAL Reading/Writing --> ASD Reading and Pentime Horizons --> back to Spunky Math/Matific/Ray's combo Tweaked to death AO Year 1 --> tweaked to death combo of AO and Layers of Learning Years One Using BFSU book 1 to guide lessons/avoid gaps/make sure of understanding
  3. For us, ASD Reading has been the big breakthrough. That and a bribe with "when you finish level 1, you get a Minecraft book." But he's reading, and he's discovering that he can read other things. He's taking great delight in "Hey mom! Watch this!" and then reading something to me. Spunky Math mixed with Ray's has worked very very well. Plain ol' Pentime is working for his handwriting. He doesn't mind doing it at all. I'm hoping to shift into copywork, though maybe I'll just stay with this since he likes it. Idk yet. And oddly enough, pulling books from AO's Year 1 has helped a lot getting him interested in something other than bugs. 50 Famous Stories Retold has him wanting to really dig into history, for example. Working on narration is actually helping him somehow slow down in his speech, so that is improving as well.
  4. I am so so glad to see mothers stand up for their kids. We homeschool because DS is 2e and we already know what is waiting for him. Due to family situations, we can't move from the area currently, but we grew up here. I was bullied all through school - I thankfully had family who backed me up. Even so, those years in PS left their mark. DH...well, he was already coming from a bad home. His older brother was a known troublemaker. His first grade teacher (same one I had, that my mom and grandma both tangled with repeatedly and was herself a bully) put him down as unteachable. She actually hated his mom - and loudly announced that fact. He went through school with no backup whatsoever. If something happened - HE was the one in trouble. He was pulled by the school and put into alternative school - a 9 year old in a room full of older preteens and teens with one adult. He was put back when there were no issues b/c the adult actually stuck with him and kept him safe. Soon as he was back in PS school, the bullying started again - I'm talking hitting, biting, being spit on, hair pulled, getting cut. He finally lost it in 7th grade and got up (after his mouth and nose was bloodied) and punched the kid who hit him. He was kicked out and put back in alternative school. He got hit in the head with a pipe by a kid on the bus (same bus where a kid pulled a knife on the driver a few years ago now) and he ended up the one in handcuffs. Yes - he came from a bad home. But we also grew up on the same street. My folks tried to help him and his sibs. He was the kid who tried to blend into the woodwork and draw no attention to himself. He just wouldn't allow himself to be hurt finally and fought back. In alternative school he was repeatedly told how stupid and useless he was. He dropped out at 16, got his GED, now works part time as a cook and part time on Youtube earning fun money through his videos. Turns out - he was dragged at the school's request as a kid to multiple shrinks and psychs. He was told to stop being annoying, weird, stop standing up for other kids, don't argue with adults. As an adult, he was diagnosed with Asperger's a few years back. If his mother had cared at all, things would have been so different for him. But she didn't, and to this day she blames him. It wasn't her job - he was supposed to toughen up. It's left such a mark that even the though of DS setting foot in a PS breaks him out in hives. DS is just like his dad, only even more easy going. These stories break my heart - thanks for updating us that your boy isn't going to end up stuck in such a mess.
  5. Horizons math. I thought DS would love it, since there's variety in each lesson plus color. Nope. He's begged to go back to using a combo of Ray's and Spunky math with Miquon tossed in there. His choice, even over MUS. Go figure.
  6. Maybe take a look at Super Star Speech? It's been helpful for us. You can also find a lot of games to practice different aspects for speech free online. You have to print and make them, but they're free. Don't have links at the moment, but just a general search for something like "preschool speech therapy games" should get you to some good SLP blogs.
  7. Have you tried the Leapfrog vids? Word Factory and Letter Factory both were very helpful for us. Might be an idea to help a bit.
  8. We have several of the Classic Starts books. My son loves them. And I feel they do a fairly good job covering the story. While i felt some majorly important things were left out of 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea (mainly because I had to fill in the missing bits) we actually like them more then Great Illustrated Classics. We have a couple of those too, but he prefers Classic Starts and seems to understand them better. (And I know he got the gist of the story. For example, we read The Time Machine - he acted it out at the playground using various equipment then combined somehow War of the Worlds in there, with his Daddy standing in as Martians or Morlocks as needed. So he certainly understood it!) I have also noticed that it does make him want the more grown-up versions, because he knows something has been left out. There is no Prince John or Maid Marian in Classic Starts version of Robin Hood - we now have Pyle's version, which he loves, and he was already familiar with most of the stories so it's not as hard. So, IME, it does seem to make them more interested. (I did not see that interest with the other Classics series, but he didn't like them as much, so it might just be that.) HTH!
  9. I have a schedule somewhere I can dig up that had all that listed. BWR and LTS1 are listed together with HY. I can try to dig it up if you want? I think I found it on a yahoo group at some point.
  10. We're using American Sign Language University. It's free!
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