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  1. I have a 12, 9, and 7 year old. Literally everything takes so long, and the school day never ends. From getting ready in the morning, to cursive practice, to writing a spelling sentence, this getting a pencil, everything takes longer than it should. My 9 year old son (ASD) frequently spends an hour collapsed on the floor refusing to do whatever. Then when he decides to do it, does just fine. The 7 year old got out of his chair after every single word in his spelling sentences. If I leave him alone with math he makes no progress. Everyone in this family could sit at a page
  2. I’m trying to decide between English Lessons through Literature or piecing together our English and grammar. We’ve done ELTL for a while. It’s a Charlotte Mason style program, also compatible with classical education. All my kids have loved it, and I like it too. Currently my daughter is in 4th grade, and doing level 3. She’s just not retaining the grammar. I noticed this in previous years too. She is just lost in the diagrams, and some days can’t tell a noun from a verb. We supplement with the Grammar Pop app. I don’t know if a different program would make a difference with grammar. She
  3. sorry for the late reply. We're using about .75 mg. He is asleep about 45 min after we give it to him.
  4. We have an ASD 7 year old who slept very little from 3 months to 2 1/2. That's when we started melatonin. After that, he learned to speak and stopped falling all the time. So melatonin is a miracle for us. We've tried going off, but he still needs it. The only alternative is 4 solid hours of active outdoor time. D has trouble falling asleep, but once he is asleep, he is out cold. For us liquid melatonin works much better than gummies, tablets, or quick dissolve. We use this brand. https://smile.amazon.com/gp/product/B002VPEE7M/ref=oh_aui_search_detailpage?ie=UTF8&th=1 Perhaps fo
  5. When my kid is on a stage, if he doesn't pick his nose it's a victory. He might be disassembling the microphone, but at least no fingers up the nose.

  6. Thanks, everyone! I will keep an eye out for Prismacolor deals. Maybe also try Staedtler since it looks cheaper.
  7. You all have been so helpful with pencils and eraser caps. What does the hive mind say about colored pencils? I’m not sure I want expensive ones. They will be used for SOTW maps, science sketches, literature illustrations, and just for fun. I want ones that lay down enough color, like... not the equivalent of off brand crayons. What brands do you like? (I don’t throw away useful things, so the colored pencils I had when I was a kid are still in use, although they are only 3” long. They were a Canadian brand, and better quality than the others I’ve used since.)
  8. The thought of switching is mostly because she hates math and takes so so long to do it. And I don't know if a different curriculum would make it easier learning math facts. I've resisted switching, telling myself that a shiny new curriculum won't make her fall in love with math. But I don't know...maybe something else could make math less painful. It will be hard for me to have her working in 3rd grade books in 4th grade, especially since she's working a grade lower in spelling, and a number lower than her grade in ELTL. I know it shouldn't matter, but somehow it's a big deal to me.
  9. We've been doing Singapore math since K. I really like it. I did terribly in math when I was a kid, and never really understood how things worked or why. Singapore has helped me to think mathematically. B is going into 4th grade. She has always been slow at math. It takes a while for her to grasp new concepts. It takes foreverrrrrrrr for her to do mental math and her workbook pages. We are way back at the beginning of 3b because math takes her so long. If she has a bad day and only gets 5 questions done, we can't double up the next day because she's not capable of doing that many questio
  10. Our home inspectors have been way more helpful and chatty. I think the realtor knew better and wanted to make the sale.
  11. Update: We are for sure going to do a full neuro eval. Don't know where yet. Hoping to get in sometime this summer. I had already scheduled her first standarized test for the first week of May. I'm sure the evaluators will want to see test results and grades. Thank you all so much for your help!
  12. What test would I ask for? As a 2 year old, she had excellent vocabulary and was as clear as a bell. She is able to infer the meaning of new words in context. Above average vocabulary for her age and good at picking up new words, just not pronouncing them when she hasn't heard them. I don't see major problems in her reading or listening comprehension, but it could still be there. It's surprising what seems normal or goes unnoticed.
  13. This is the OP. So, I've been thinking, stressing, getting teary, reading all your responses, talking with my husband. Then I reread an article I've looked at before, about stealth dyslexia in girls. Then on to inattentive ADHD in girls. Both these articles sounded so much like my girl. i haven't let myself go here before, because I needed her to be the "normal" child. All the testing, therapy etc for our ASD middle child has been so much for us, mentally, emotionally, financially. And we love our boy and his quirks, but I can't say that living with him hasn't caused a huge amount of
  14. I feel bad shortchanging the third child. By that point I’ll be tired of most of the stories and not want to read them aloud. Except Five Children and It. We’ve read that aloud 3 times in our family and I still love it. And I won’t read Peter Pan aloud even once. Not a fan.
  15. I could do librivox for the books, and just pick my own longer read alouds to do all together. I've sometimes had the kids read the poem aloud to get that practice in. Maybe I should do that every time. I'd have them read the Aesop's fable aloud, but there are too many ... ahem... Roosters if you know what I mean. I have thought about using ELTL for literature and copywork, but switching to something more workbook style for grammar. My oldest doesn't have an easy time of it, and I wonder if a workbook would be more her style. I'd still love to hear from any who use ELTL about how you d
  16. My kids love ELTL, so we don't want to switch. But how do you do it with multiple ages? It seems like a big chunk of time with each student. I'd love to hear how parents with more than one kid in ELTL are making it work. In 2019, I'd be doing 3 different levels if we stick with it. Can anyone give me a very detailed description of the ELTL part of your day?
  17. I like one serving of good fruitcake a year, and no one else likes it, so I've never made it. There's something about the old foods that have been made for generations though. It gives me a feeling of connection to the past that the cute new Pinterest recipes don't do for me. I've never had Plum Pudding/Christmas Pudding before. But I've read about it in British literature so often, that this year I am going to try it. It seems like it will be rather like a fruitcake. http://breadandoysters.com/eliza-actons-christmas-pudding/ http://www.telegraph.co.uk/topics/christmas/christmas-fo
  18. I have a Honda Odyssey I want to sell for $1000. Will need a brake job soon, but runs good. Too bad I'm not in Florida. 😠Maybe you need to look further afield. There might be a town you can go to on the weekend with more options. We have had to drive an hour to an hour and a half away for the rare cheap and reliable car. And it's paid off. My husband's $2000 Volvo is still going, and we've had it for 8 years. We're hoping to get 2 more years out of it, til we can save for a used truck. DH would â¤ï¸ a truck. We are a cheap car family, and I pray about it before we buy. We were nearly br
  19. Help! I need a new shower curtain for the kids' bathroom. (Little boy with scissors) I'd planned on getting a world map curtain, since I've seen them before. But now that I go to buy one, every curtain I look at has bad reviews. Either it's a vintage map with the USSR and East Germany, or it's got major typos, like missing Hawaii, or misspellings right and left. For sure my 6 year old is going to sit on the toilet and memorize this thing, so I want to get it right. Help me, hive mind! You're my only hope!
  20. I did mention that before putting my kids' names on their backpacks. My husband was like, "So, no one can ever call them by name in public?" I decided it was not a valid fear.
  21. All the time. I cut it in half, scoop out seeds, and roast it cut side up. This dries it out a little more. You also get so much more flavor from roasting rather than boiling. Then peel, purée in food processor. Because it can be more wet, you may need to add a little more time to your recipes. I know most people say that jack-o-lantern type pumpkins are not good eating, but I like them fine. Maybe it's because to me, that pumpkin spice flavor is more about the spice than the squash flavor. Yes, pumpkin is a squash. You can make pumpkin pie with squash if you like. For a big fie
  22. Here's a thought. I memorized quite a few verses in my Awana days. 2 weeks after I had said it, I'd forgotten it. I was introduced to the practice of learning a whole chapter of the Bible each year. That continuous practice over a long stretch of time really works! With 15 min. a day, you could add scripture memory and drop Awana, freeing up a night. Maybe get a grandparent or nice old lady from church to offer them a prize for reciting the passage to them when you see them.
  23. It's not all questions the kids hate, just the ones that go with SOTW. They can never remember all of the information asked for. Speech is only a half hour each way. I can't go back and watch the sessions because I have my other 2 kids with me. She is working with him on L sounds, which I hadn't noticed were a problem, with eye contact, passing the ball of conversation back and forth, and reading body language. Mostly social stuff that we also work on with his social skills therapy on Friday. I figured a different person and more time wouldn't hurt.
  24. Yes! I would say it's essential, and possibly skip the textbook instead.
  25. There are no particular books that come to mind, but the supplementary reading list in SOTW often have advanced picture book fiction. We've had some GREAT books from that list, and some that were too hard, even though they were picture books.
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