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    Looking to buy this CDROM set: History Through the Ages, Creation to Present, by Homeschool in the Woods. Please respond with item condition and price, shipping to Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, postal code: T5A 4H4


  2. What would you recommend for a 12 yr old girl with a brain injury whose oral language and auditory processing is a relative strength (roughly 18th-27th percentile) but whose word decoding is a great challenge? She presents at the 8th percentile for her age in Expressive Vocabulary and word decoding is very low. (I didn't record that one, but I believe her word decoding was at the 3rd percentile for her age.) Aside from getting her eyes and ears checked, what program is suitable for a 12 yr old (not too babyish) but really works that word decoding? If it helps, this child's brain injury is FASD
  3. Such a tragic loss! Such a precious life! Rosie, my heart goes out to you and your daughter as you learn to live without this precious boy whose fingerprints are all around you. May sweet memories bring you comfort.
  4. I signed my dd up for an online Great Ideas course which is Language Arts, History, and Worldview all rolled into one course. It looks great, so we're really excited. It is through Tree of Life at Home. I love what I hear about TPS, but for the price I thought that we'd spring for that the final year of high school.
  5. Thank you everyone for your responses. I should have clarified that she has been in school for 3 years and returning home for grade 10 next year. I agree Algebra is deserving of blood, sweat, and tears, and perhaps she will have to have that shift in thinking for next year. I will look into each resource mentioned, thank you so much!
  6. I was set on TT as we've used it before quite successfully, but now she's wondering what else is out there, and I just don't know. She is not strong in math (she can get an 85 with a little blood, sweat, and tears) and needs some extra hand holding and time to absorb. Is there a grade 10 math program that I wouldn't have to teach? Or grade? :blush:
  7. Matryoshka, we are in the exact same boat! My daughter announced last week that she'd like to come home next year after 3 years in school. My dd will be home for grade 10 then, and yes, one way ticket here as well. My dd is in the youth orchestra (flute and piccolo) and has an amazing teacher. Her dream right now would be to spend more than her current 4 hours a day on flute/piccolo; she'd really like to spend more time on music theory and skip the wasted time she sees at school. She also feels that Language Arts in school is incredibly dumbed down. I'm not much help with your plan, I just
  8. I would focus more on life skills, such as Menu Math, Burger Hut Math and Department Store Math. For reading I would look into a box set called Practical Reading, from Remedia Publications, which will introduce some essential comprehension skills. Mayer-Johnson.com often has it cheaper than other places. For history I'd use a visual method, like LindamoodBell's See Time Fly series. I'm a big fan of special material developed for special people like our kids. :)
  9. I just took a really good special needs course, and it was suggested to have learning look like this: 25% academics which includes art and music first, then language and numeracy. 25% life skills which includes getting dressed, laundry, shopping, asking for directions, etc. 25% job skills taught as early as junior high, using of course, their interests as a guide (get creative, if he likes something, where can he use that?) and 25% volunteering and service in a community setting which allows for interaction and a sense of purpose and accomplishment. I really appreciated the breakdown of t
  10. We have been very pleased with Gumdrop's DropTech Series. Many falls and thrown around, still perfect.
  11. Our church is starting a Friendship class. Check out Friendship Ministries. They've done all the work for you and have excellent resources. They have a CD and info packets that you can share with your congregation. I took a lot of training classes from the late Director, Nella (she passed away last month) and they were so informative!
  12. Momto2Ns, thank you, that inspired me. We did purchase 2 swings which we can switch around, and they'll be going up next month for his birthday. Excited! So happy to finally do this! thebacabunch, thank you, that was quite real, reassuring, and doable! I'll be returning to read this a few times I'm sure. Thank you.
  13. Here's another one, called Educate Autism. They have some great articles there that are probably useful for many special needs or visual learners.
  14. aw, the link is gone... the material is gone... I don't suppose anybody saved all that gold as an alternate file?
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