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  1. It is complete for the basics, but using it in an integrated manner makes it poor phonics program that promotes guessing. I would stick with PP, it goes to a bit higher grade level. MFW is only a good phonics program if used seperately from the rest of MFW at the child's pace and unintegrating the stories.
  2. MFW phonics is strong is you go at your own pace and don't do the reading about the stories before you do the stories, that promotes word guessing about the stories. If you go at the pace of MFW phonics with a reader who needs more repetition, it can cause problems. It can also result in less progress that you could have for a fast phonics student. It would have been to fast for my son and too slow for my daughter if used on pace. If she has PP, I would stick with that, but if she has MFW, the phonics is good if you use it separate from the rest of MFW and un-integrate it.
  3. I now get under the tongue food drops for my food allergies and intolerances, it has simplified my cooking by expanding what I can eat. I travel to la crosse, WI, Allergy Associates of La Crosse. One of the foods I am allergic to, makes me very irritable, some of them cause fatigue and symptoms similar to depression, but it is all related to allergies. If they have a lot of food allergies, some of the problems could be physical and an elimination diet and rotation diet or food allergy testing and drops may help. There are a few doctors in other parts of the country starting to use their methods now, here is a website you can use if you want to try to find someone in your area. The La Crosse clinic is also very good about working with out of town patients and sending your drops in the mail. Here is how to find a doctor in your area that uses their method:
  4. My daughter, 1 year, my son, 4 years. Same methods, he needed a lot more repetition. She needs more math repetition than he does.
  5. Blending ideas, links to easy free phonics programs, I See Sam is a good choice for a young student. The linked charts and cards should also help.
  6. Many of the online phonics programs encourage guessing or have too many sight words. I like Read, Write, Type, it does not and is fun. Both my children could use it on their own at age four.
  7. And I used to think poorly of tarring and feathering, but it might have its moments...
  8. I am not sure if I posted my charts in here or not, long thread and I have to run out, my one page chart that I just completed will be a good reference while reading.
  9. :grouphug: I have had students gain as much as 6 grade levels working through my online lessons and 4 grade levels after 10 hours of the things on my how to tutor page. Also, a student who had dyslexia worked through my online lessons 3 times and did my class with the things on the how to tutor page 2 times and gained 3 grade levels over the course of 6 months. The multi-syllable work is very powerful, it can be done!! Megawords and Rewards reading and Marcia Henry's words are other multisyllable resources that can produce several grade levels of improvement. The student watched my lessons during breakfast every day while getting ready for school, making it through them 3 times in this manner.
  10. Yes, video based, and a complete system, with good tracking systems for parent. Sounds like a bad fit then. Can you quiz him orally from the books?
  11. This might work to finish up, Good luck!! :grouphug:
  12. Some students need a lot more repetition than others. It is best to work in 2 or 3 twenty minute periods instead of one long period of work, with breaks and other subjects in between. Adding in spelling and games helps, my phonics concentration game is fun and free: Also, if you teach syllables, you can get them working on easy divided 2 to 3 syllable words, my remedial students love to be able to sound out "tough" long words, it boosts their confidence. The Webster's Speller excerpts has big grade levels at the top, my students love to be working on "4th grade level words," or "7th grade level words." It is link number 8 on the page below.
  13. And finally, Don Potter added comprehension querstions to these, so you can work on building up phonics skills while also work on practice thinking about and answering comprehension questions.
  14. Here is what Don Potter uses for comprehension with some of his students whose native language is Spanish.
  15. Here is the link.
  16. Many of my students who supposedly have trouble with comprehension actually just have a bit of a phonics deficit. Have her watch through my online phonics lessons, linked below. They are based on syllables and a syllabary. I agree, keep up with the Spanish, it is beneficial long run. You can compare and contrast spanish syllables to english, spanish is more suited to syllables and comparing and contrasting them is very powerful for the brain, I will hunt up my link to the Spanish syllabary books on Google.
  17. TEDx sounds cool!! I was thinking along similar lines...what about an intellectual youtube channel where you interact with and interview and do livestreams with various topics. It is amazing how many people you can livestream now. Or, do you need real people and virtual people don't cut it? As an INTP, I prefer my large groups to be virtual!! I like people in small groups but tolerate larger groups for my classes, I usually find EXXJs to organize them for me. I get the most satisfaction from figuring out solutions for my challenging students and working with them one on one, but like helping large groups of people too, it is more efficient that way.
  18. Here is the article where we discussed the neuroscience of reading, with links to several articles.
  19. What I do: tutor groups of adults and children, and an occasional one on one student if they have underlying problems. I started out math tutoring, but after a move with no math tutoring available, switched (temporarily, I thought!) to literacy tutoring. I can get Algebra down to the 1st grade level and enjoy tutoring math, but teaching people to read makes an even bigger difference in their lives. I have an Industrial Engineering and Biology degree and worked as a Chemist and a Statistician in the Air Force for 11 years. I am an INTP. I use my science and math background to design and research efficient remedial curriculum. I also used to speak Spanish fairly well, now I can just understand it and speak like a 4 year old. I took a few years of German and lived in Germany for 4 years, in Otterbach near Kaiserslautern. I took a semester of Russian. I find my foreign language knowledge helpful for my tutoring, especially for my students with underlying difficulties. I had a student with a speech problem, he could say "ts" as in cats properly in normal speech but had trouble blending the sounds together ehen reading. I did some research and found out that the sounds were actually co-articulated. I broke out my Russian book for him and showed him the Russian symbol for "ts," he thought that was really cool and had no problem with ts from then on. I now have a YouTube channel, a nonprofit, and 2 websites. This summer I am hoping to finish a 10 Lesson DVD class that people will be able to teach nationwide. I have written the whole plan and made the first movie. I am looking for people to help coordinate and set up classes if you are interested. As an INTP, I have absolutely no desire to coordinate things... (The nonprofit is Christian, but this summer series will be secular with an option to add in Bible verses. My current DVD series and online movies are Christian.). The class takes 10 instructional hours, the last 20 - 25 minutes of each in educational games, simple games with single syllable words for the first few classes, Greek and Latin games and exercises for the last half. I have taught it live several times and most classes average a grade level or two of improvement. Interestingly, inner city students do better than middle class children and my fastest students yet were two formerly homeless minority 2nd grade boys who had nominal enrollment in a Los Angeles inner city school. (The brain research explains some of this, basically my middle class children have more sight word induced guessing habits. The less they are in school or studying sight words at home, the less bad habits to untrain with nonsense words.) Also, if you are interested in the field, I just barely understand the neuroscience behind it, I will link to a thread where it was discussed. I would like to tie more of that information into my websites but just quote and don't summarize too much, the brain science hurts my brain at this stage in my life. I tell people half jokingly that I lost half my brain with each child and not all of it came back. I teach using the syllable method, it is powerful. Russian still has some use of the syllable method in teaching reading. Just today I received the catalogue st. petersburg, it has a russian phonics book using the syllabary and you can get a poster with all the syllables. You may also find interesting, I did not used to be able to say the sound of ch as in buch. The whole time we lived in Germany, I could only approximate it. I could hear that it was incorrect but could not figure out how to say it. An app I now have for some of my students with underlying speech problems also has German and Spanish sounds, after seeing a side view cartoon video of the throat and tongue in action while saying this sound, I can now pronounce it correctly, now that I have no one to speak to. It has been 14 years since we lived in Germany, so I could not say too much right now anyway, but what I could say I can now pronounce better!
  20. Since it is just 8th grade I did not worry about tests, but there are chapter tests in the back. Also, I would gather extra problems not worked and make my own test or modify and make my own for end of quarter and semester tests. I will probably start a few to get her used to testing.
  21. I read through some threads, but could not find the typical math sequence nowadays, I know what it was a long time ago... My daughter is 8th grade and will complete Dolciani Algebra, really old edition with set theory this year. She is not an AoPS type but does fine with Singapore/Dolciani. She is fairly good at math but does not really like it, she prefers shorter problem sets and does fine with that. Is this considered Algebra I? What would be her sequence up to Calculus and what Geometry do you Singapore/Dolciani types like. She may need a bit more hand holding for Geometry, but I hate anything with cutsey distracting sidebars, just teach the math, people. Also, mastery is better, I do the small amount of review she needs on my own, jotting down areas to review a few problems. Thanks! ETA: I do not want proof heavy, I don't think. Some proofs, but not billions. ETA: I did buy Dolciani geometry already, a lovely 1972 edition!!! I think I could like this, but is there anything it does not cover that would be covered in a more modern Geometry class that I will have to supplement?
  22. Yes, those should be at about those levels. I also have some reading grade level tests if you are interested.
  23. We use okra medicinally. We had okra in our freezer forever and no one wanted any after I became allergic to it, so we use it as ice for injuries. It is better than peas for icing! We are currently in the PNW and had to settle for Lima beans instead, apparently no one here eats okra either.
  24. Yes, interesting! I have some allergy issues and most of the male doctors mostly poo poo that there might be relationships between immune and hormone systems, but my female allergist and 2 male doctors said it that they were. (I get a new allergist every time we move, and when they figure out how bad my allergies are, they always have their senior allergist see me, so I have seen a lot of allergists.) Seriously, how can this stuff all not be related...
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