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  1. I have a young son who is forgetting basic math EX: fractions, percentages etc while he is taking higher math courses. I have noticed this in my neices who are so advanced in math but while shopping can not figure percentages to find a sale price!!!


    Is there a curriculum that addresses this like daily grams for grammar review?


    baisc 7/8th grade math!



    teresa in MN

  2. I am trying to help a friend who took her son out of priv school this yr.

    As far as i can tell he is a bright 3rd grader who reads above grade level and spells grade level. In reviewing the phonograms with him he is not familiar with these ei, ie, ough, gu, and a few others.


    instead of a phonics program i was thinking that AAS would be a great 2 for 1 deal. i am taking him through the early books to see what he knows and he is flying through them with some stops here and there.


    Any other ideas, advice, curriculum choices for his mother and home-schooling friend?


    thanks, teresa

  3. dont get hung up on doing a whole lesson. we take our time and often

    dont do the phrases and sentences in later books until the next day and often take a day for review if needed.

    words that wrong are written on a flash card in blue (for consonants) and red (for vowels and vowel teams). he studies these by visualizing them, writing them with large arm movements in the air and other practices we have learned from too many other spelling programs we have used!

    we absolutely love this program.

    have fun and enjoy!


  4. started over AND used new curric every yr with my daughter until we reached highschool math and teaching textbooks came out.


    I did not use MUS with her and wish i had! we have used it with great success and then went on to TT and LOF with three sons. NO math majors here but our son just socred very high in the ACTs.


    my ten yr old is still in gamma and he is just getting multiplication.

    long ago he could get the answer but not be able to tell me how or

    understand the underlying concept. i could have scooted him ahead..thinking what a bright boy but i know better now.

    if there are no learning disabilities to worry about then take your time and shoot for

    understanding. take a deep breath. YOU are a great educator and will

    find what works for your dd!!!!

    teresa ;)

  5. we started with a half yr and decided to do a whole year which included how to use his new vision in learning. so very worth it. we made VT the center piece of our hsing day as if this didnt work what the heck would we do next. so we were very religious with the exercises and did them to the max allowed. (gonna get my moneys worth) :)

    We cut out a few subjects that year and extra curric things. for my son it didnt make sense to do spelling and lots of reading etc. so we took a break sorts on those subjects and he listened to books on tape on our long rides there and found alternative type programs for science and history.

    Good luck!

  6. we have used lips and it was very helpful for my reluctant reader.


    we also used a product for speech at home called

    straight talk


    this program works wonderfully IF they do not have motor/muscle



    if they do they need a medical speech therapist.

    Pam marshalla or therapist that use her method are wonderful

    to work with. here she is on youtube



  7. we love IEW here and my junior in college is NOW thanking me!

    yahoo group was a must for me!

    Just do it and keep on with it is the best advice.

    we muddled through with it for a few yrs before i felt real


    consider co-oping with another family. that kept me focused and accountable.

    i know you will enjoy it!

    psssst: it took me most of a summer to watch all those teacher dvds but

    at the time i had little ones.

  8. we have used all of the above. the people at TT are so kind, always had great customer service! We really like MUS until and if they understand what they are doing. we go back to MUS when we need to learn something new that they just arent getting!


    TT or saxon with the dives has been a God send for us. no tears, no fuss, no power struggles.


    when learning the math facts, math it has been fun and helpful, computer games, skip counting with ball bouncing etc. get those bodies/mind moving but the most powerful and helpful too was using different colors on flashcards and using visualizing. visual memory- looking and closing eyes and picturing it their minds has helped my sons tremendously. Also funny little sayings for those last hard multiplication facts did the trick

    from MUS: 8x8=64 i ate and ate til i was sick on the floor: 8x8 is sixty four.

  9. we have used iew for many years now. for us there was a learning curve and sticking with it was very much worth the growing pains and time put into learning the system.


    they rec that you, as teacher, need to do the teachers dvds and have the manual. you will consult it many times ;) then you do start with SWI A, B, or C given the age of your children. the material is similar but each moves at a faster pace and geared to older children. once you complete say swi A, you would proceed with A continuing, B continuing, C continuing. if you start with B then you go on to B continuing, C continuing.


    It is pricey but usually found quite easily used. It is much sought after, too,so selling the teacher dvds after a number of yrs is not a problem.


    for me, the best year of using iew came when i asked a family to join us. it really kept me going and accountable. We then started a co-op and shared the teacher dvds as long as the teachers bought their own manuals. We shared the cost of the student dvds as long as the students each purchased a student pack. i believe they have free lesson plans available now making the program very easy to use.


    I received much help over at the yahoo group for iew. i could not have done it with out the wonderful families over there.


    hope that helps!


  10. http://www.centerforlit.com/default.htm


    we have used LL and did enjoy it but this is my favorite becuase it can be used across the grades. it is based on socratic questioning which can be used with any novel.


    this seminar is for the teachers but i have used it with my 8/9th graders who did it with me. we all enjoyed it. i have been an avid reader and this program has enriched my understanding and enoyment of everything i read.


    good luck!


  11. well with my 3 boys, here is what we have settled on doing.

    some of them had a hard time with grammar so we i gently intro it

    as we read, like in 4th /5th grade. Winston grammar has been our favorite then as it is hands on and visual. there are two levels. I also add Easy grammar lessons and then daily grams in high school to keep them reviewing. they have done well with this approach.


    cant rec IEW highly enough. and i hear your reluctance. there was a huge learning curve for me but it has been very much worth the time and effort.

    great grades in college! at their ages the level B would be a great place to start. then B continuation, after that C continuation. we have done elegant essay between B cont and C cont. Do do know that you need to get the teachers dvds and notebook!? Dive in! not only is the water fine but there is alot of help esp over at the yahoo group. it is so much easier to use these days with all their daily lesson plans.


    we have used and like lightening literature by hewitt. My new favorite is


    teaching the classics http://www.centerforlit.com/default.htm


    can be used with any novel then any grade!!!. it is a seminar for the teacher but when my kids are in about 8th/9th grade we do it together.


    hope that helps some.


  12. i saw somwone rec this but didnt see if you looked into it.

    from what i am reading about your learning challenges i would seriously look into this program. it has been great for my children to SEE it and GET it! it uses the base 10 ideas. it has been a great blessing to me who was very math challenged as a child. i get math now! :)


    my 13 yr old did vt and gained 3 1/2 grades in reading! they also did syntonic therapy with colored lights that addressed the "color" issue on a whole other level. we are still seeing wonderful advances in our sons learning and behavior and self esteem.


    i rmember going through a new math series with my daughter every year due to tears until we got to teaching textbooks (i didnt try MUS with her)

    now she is a junior elementary ed major and was approached by her prof and encouraged to specailize in math. so ironic! she laughed and said..i hate math. her prof stated well you sure are good at it.


    all those tears and all those worries. so momma it will be ok and you will find what works for your child!



  13. we have used MUS after i have used every other math out there. it is such a individual matter. BUT now my 10 yr old son is beggig me to have math like his 7th grade brother. http://www.teachingtextbooks.com/



    YIKES i just saw the cost but i will save because math is one of those subjects that can bring tears and struggles.

    i love that this program can help bring about some independence and looks fun. we have used it for 7th grade and up.


    dont be down hearted about them appearing to be behind. mus does things very different. they can get caught up in no time. the best bet is to get a copy of saxon and sit with it here is a link for a sample http://hmheducation.com/saxonmathk5/index.php


  14. and love them! the only one we havent used it the latin bridge! sorry

    BUT the reason we didnt is that we used the others up to that point and the author did not rec it. If you are going to use her latin series i would say for sure use the latin bridge. i really love her latin series and my children tested out of 1 1/2 years of latin in college. the professors were impressed. the program is easy to follow esp if you have never read or taught latin before.

    hope htat helps a bit. please know that the author has been very approachable for assistance.

    God bles your plannning


  15. please know that many of us feel the pain in your words and have been there ourselves.


    our son just finished vision therapy after a year and he gained about 3 1/2

    grades! he is in 8th grade! we waited "too long too" but after trying many things. we thought

    vision therapy was not proven too but i guess now that mayo clinic did a study to confirm this treatment NOW it will give many the confidence to try it! it has been around a long time.


    i can not tell you the difference in my sons whole being. he was diagnosised as adhd inattentive type. i just didnt see that but i did see my son has having horrible auditory and visual processing problems!


    here is a link to check out. it is where we took our son. i can not rec.

    it highly enough but it is costly. they do have a treatment at home option but i do not know if that would work with your sons diagnosis.

    PLEASE give dr mowbray a call. we got a free evaluation and she may be able to refer you to someone in your area!?






    will pray for you and your family


  16. we are from mn and i agree with the cost as stated above. i have been praying and thinking about it for many years as treatment results vary. It is helping ds tremendously. ours did free testing and eval. it is quite interesting but if you are married, i suggest that you AND your dh go to the eval so you both can see that they are testing for and the results-then both would be on board. i do not work outside the home but knowing what i do now i would do just about anything creative to raise the money and go for it. here is the site where we go. they have great links and resources. i hope this helps


    i guess the mayo clinic just finished a study that confirmed it usefulness. i hope the insurance will soon cover it.


    obtw, my son is 13 was labeled adhd inattentive type significant visual and auditory processing problems. great difficulty in reading.

  17. We have been successfully using TT for upper grades math and with our first hs grad only completed what was strictly necessary for her to get into the college of choice which was AL II.


    Ds also is good at math but does not want to pursue further math studies.

    He is an old 10th grader/young Junior and i worry that a yr off of math would put him at a great disadvantage for the ACT.


    I would love a program like Saxon's Adv Math that reviews Al and Geo but from our experience Saxon sucked the joy of learning from our home. And i know that he would die if he had to spend 2 hours on a lesson or for that matter do that program for 2 yrs :) At this advanced level we could not help our son if he needed it. That is why we switched to TT.


    I am reading reviews of TT precalculus and i don't think this is the program for him either. So i have been looking into Thinkwell for precalculus and i am just wondering if anyone has an opinion on it for a nonmath major or alternatives studies that would help with the ACTs.


    Thanks for your input and time! I have learned so much from so many generous people!


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