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About ElizabethB

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    Christian since 1997, Volunteer Phonics Tutor since 1994, Homeschool Mom since 2007
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  1. Handwriting without Tears for the flipping. It's a normal stage for that age. For math, I had the correct numbers at the top of each worksheet page we did for reference. The little chalkboard with the smiley face in the corner really helped my children stop letter flipping. For spelling overview of rules, you could work through my syllables spell success program. Reading/syllablesspellsu.html
  2. I have phonics lessons designed for remedial students, free! The nonsense words help stop the guessing. It integrates spelling and phonics, teaches phonics to a 12th grade level. Reading/syllablesspellsu.html You can follow on with all of Webster's Speller, the program will teach you how to teach it.
  3. We got one around Christmas. We are messy cooks and eaters, we run it daily downstairs. We also have a chair that is shedding. No pets. We take it upstairs to vacuum the bedrooms and schoolrooms every few weeks. We have the Eufy. It is like a little toddler, it occasionally eats something or gets stuck somewhere. We really like it, though, it does a great job vacuuming. It is quiet and stupid but diligent. It keeps driving around and eventually gets up all the kitchen crumbs and chair pieces.
  4. I would buy a used copy of RS4K Chemistry Level II, Junior High level. The explanations are very clear, with pictures for most big picture things. When I did High School Chemistry with my daughter, I was doing this level of Chemistry with my son, anything my daughter didn't understand, we went to her brother's book to explain. You can get a used copy cheaply.
  5. ETA: You can read really fast and read accurately. I read 700 - 900 WPM and read every word and hear every word in my head (and wonder why they don't sound chipmunk-y!) But, I also have some remedial students who read with fast with 90- 98% accuracy and this causes reading comprehension problems. When I remediate their phonics and use nonsense words, their accuracy improves and they slow down a bit at first, although some of them do end up reading as fast or faster as they did at the beginning, but with improved accuracy. Most stay at a slightly reduced speed with improved accuracy. My students who start out as slow, inaccurate readers all improve their reading speed after tutoring.
  6. Nonsense words. Based on the spelling trouble and the too fast reading, I would have her run through my entire syllables program and then do extra nonsense words daily for a few months. The syllables program uses a lot of nonsense words and review spelling. The divided syllables in Webster also help slow down a student. Reading/syllablesspellsu.html I would not time the nonsense words after the initial evaluation, have her work for 100% accuracy, not speed, maybe time them monthly or weekly after that. (or time them without her noticing that you're timing them, timing them can be counterproductive for someone who reads too fast at the cost of accuracy.) My quick screen grade level test and nonsense word test and the MWIA all should give you an idea of her accuracy, they are linked at the bottom of the syllables page. I would do the complete MWIA Version II from Don Potter, not the MWIA 3, a good reader needs all 200 words to see accuracy problems.
  7. I would talk to your local area coordinator. The Autism may combine with the IQ to make her eligible, they may have latitude.
  8. It's even faster and more interactive to run her through my syllables lessons, but my phonics lessons will work, too. If she has been doing a lot of reading with leveled readers, you may need to do some continued nonsense words. If her MWIA score has a slowdown or she misses more than one word on the phonetic portion of the MWIA 3, I would do extra nonsense words after finishing the syllables program. MWIA linked at end of my syllables page. Reading/syllablesspellsu.html
  9. Great point!! How is his reading? Have you given my quick screen reading grade level test and the MWIA 3? They are linked at the end of my syllables page. It is easier to make progress in all subjects when your reading is above grade level, it makes grade level work a breeze. Reading/syllablesspellsu.html
  10. I've kept up with one of my volunteers from my first group class about 10 years ago. She was helping raise her Grandkids with her single son. Her son died and she was the one relative her Grandkids had, she was in poor health and didn't want to leave them on their own. She posted her walks on social media to help chart her progress and ensure accountability. At first, she could barely walk a block. Within a year, she was doing 3 mile walks! A bit after that, she was doing more challenging 4 and 5 mile hikes!! Charting her progress was motivational for both her and people who followed her on social media, she encouraged many to be more healthy. She is also a strong Christian woman with interesting posts in that area; her life has been challenging but she always perseveres and tries to find God's will and strength in everything.
  11. I grew up in the Seattle area. You just need to dress right! We biked and walked and hiked year round. I also lived in Germany for 4 years, similar climate, a lot of rainy days, the Germans go out and do their walks, bike, walk to their shopping, etc. in every type of weather, they dress for it. You need waterproof shoes with a good tread, a long rainproof jacket with a hood (hood, no umbrella) and lightweight waterproof pants to go over whatever pants you normally wear. Zip on or button on waterproof pants to make it easy to take on or off if it stops raining and you start to overheat is nice. There are a lot of nice hiking trails and areas in the PNW. She might have more social success with children younger than her, or helping out younger children with something she is moderately good at, through church, 4H, in the neighborhood, etc. Here is an example art idea that anyone can do, even if you have no artistic ability, doodle in your traced hand with designs. (I have no artistic ability, LOL, my children's art turned out better than mine from age 5 up, there is artistic ability on my husband's side.). You can also do this with animals or any solid shape, trace a shape and fill in with doodles.
  12. He didn't quote the study it came from, it was just a quick statement in explaining other things about how we learn and why it's important. In his article "Illiterate to literate: behavioural and cerebral changes induced by reading acquisition," there were a lot of interesting brain changes after learning to read. Here is a link to his studies.
  13. I'm working through Stanislas Dehaene's most recent book, "How we learn." It is interesting. From this book: "Did you know, for example, that the short-term memory of a literate person, the number of syllables she can repeat, is almost double that of an adult who never attended school and remained illiterate?" His earlier book, Reading in the Brain, there was a slower response time for dyslexic students processing individual sounds. (More technical and complex, but that was the gist that I remember.) May be all related...
  14. You could start pronunciation with a syllabary. This links to some free and cheap ones. I got a free PDF copy by clicking years ago, using my knowledge of Spanish and clicking a lot of things.
  15. Applied Projects in Graphic Design New Media Design (Titles taken from a university's Graphic Design department.)
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