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  1. Not at this time, unfortunately. DH is in grad school and I'm the main bread-winner *and* homeschool teacher for the four kiddos. 😄
  2. I'd forgotten about thinkwell! I'll look into it again, I don't know as much about it. She's just finishing up Primary Math 6B, but I'm thinking that we may take a step back and start with a 6th grade program with whatever we switch to. Placement tests don't work well for her because she often freezes and forgets something that she was doing just fine for the last two months, so it's always a bit of a gamble...
  3. I've been trying to find a unicorn of a math curriculum for my profoundly dyslexic 7th grader. She did Primary Mathematics (Singapore K-6) and she did alright, but I think she needs more review because she often "gets" things, but then forgets them again very quickly. We've done a lot of hands on stuff in the past, and it may be good for her, but she hates it. She just wants to "git 'er done" when it comes to math. I've been on the hunt for the "right fit" for a while now and I don't feel like I'm having a lot of success, so I just figured I'd ask here if anyone has done this, and perhaps just added in their own review (since Singapore just doesn't do much review). We finally got her math facts mostly memorized, but it took us 5 years!! lol Reasons I am considering it: 1) Not too much text per page and not super tiny print. I've looked at a lot of other programs (Saxon, TGTB, BJU, TT, Horizons, LoF, etc and my oldest does AoPS) and there's just not enough white space on the page for my child. 2) Relatively solid. Again, I've looked at several other programs, and found them wanting (I write math curriculum and teach math for in-service middle and high school level teachers... I don't want something weak, though, and I'm sad that AoPS is not a good fit for this child.) 3) Not online (though I wouldn't be opposed to online videos, if I could find any that correlated). She does better with paper and pencil. We've tried Khan and ST math, and ST math helped her some, but Khan didn't help her retain anything. 4) I am not a fan of "memorize this procedure/formula and do a hundred problems." I want something that actually makes sense to her. Reasons I am hesitant: 1) No video lessons. I'm a math teacher and don't mind teaching it myself, but my child would rather learn from a video of someone else and then just rely on my to clarify anything she's not sure of. 2) Lack of review I don't have capacity to spend 1-on-1 with her during 20-30 minutes of math each day on top of all the other subjects we do orally/together, though I'd love to just make up my own content for her. I have 4 kids, all with varying extra needs, so I need something she can look at on her own, and then I can teach or review main ideas with her for a few minutes, and then have her work on while I am working with other kids, but still available to help, clarify, go a little deeper, expand a bit, etc. If you've made it this far, and have recommendations for me, I'd love to hear them. I've looked at Nicole the Math Lady, Mr. D, and several other programs besides the ones listed above, and nothing seems to really fit. Despite her dyslexia and autism, she'd really like to go into a medical field, so needs some solid math skills. But reading a lot exhausts her and gives her a headache (yes, before anyone suggests it, we've already done VT :D).
  4. Yes - we just found the timelines overwhelming. Invariably, we'd be cramming too much into a small space. More to the point - and something the timeline didn't help with - the issue for us ended up being less that we didn't know what else was going on in the world at that same time, but more that we lost the cohesion of moving through one culture/civilization. It felt like we lost the "story" aspect that is so appealing about SOTW and helps kids really remember the history. If today's chapter has a section on Japan, for instance, instead of seeing this as part of Japan's story, we had to look back at the time line for the last time we wrote/learned something about Japan to jog our memories about what was going on in Japan before this. And even then, it didn't really "stick" as a continuation of Japan's story.
  5. I know, know, know that I saw these ideas many years ago, but the search function isn't playing nice with me this week, so feel free just to link old threads that are relevant! We are finishing up SOTW 4 this year, and it's just not clicking for my kids. They aren't tracking all the jumping around that happens in the modern times book, although I completely understand that it's hard to talk about history in one area without talking about what's going on in the rest of the world as well. So I am looking for something more like history by civilization or region to start next year, where maybe we just study South American History for 6-8 months, from ancient times all the way through modern, then the history of Oceana for 6-8 months, etc. I feel like we have a big picture of many things, and that something more focused or like long unit studies will help us fill in gaps and deepen our understanding. I've found these books that seem like something we could use as a spine, but I don't know if they're suitable for children and there's not a wide variety of them at this point: https://www.workman.com/series/shortest-history-series I don't need all the extras like activities, games, map work, but I'm certainly not opposed to it either. My kids love doing history together and they will be 3rd-8th grade. I don't mind supplementing with extra books and videos, but I'm not feeling up to the challenge of making up my own units for each civilization or continent by jumping through something like Kingfisher, and I'd just really like something that's already "made" for me and geared towards children.
  6. I would love to connect, if these are still available! I will message you. :)
  7. I am looking for recommendations for a good elementary/Grundschule reading/writing app for children who already understand and speak the language. (Think: not native fluency, but minority language with a parent who's not been 100% consistent speaking the language.) We already do the Volk und Wissen elementary reading/writing/science books (just 2-3 years behind grade level), we do lots of German read alouds, audiobooks, movies, etc., and we recently started a Deutsche Sprachschule where my kids are a mix of Mittlestufe and Muttersprachler levels. I'm feeling maxed out on the German that *I* can provide my children and would just like some kind of app that could be used to supplement what we're already doing. I've looked at few different options in the app store, but most don't have many reviews, so I just thought I'd check in here and see if anyone has any faves!
  8. Actual conversation today: 12 yo: Heilige Kuh! Ich war —- Me: ??? 12 yo: Heilige Kuh!! Me: ??? 12 yo: Come on, mom, it’s German for "holy cow!" Me: I actually knew that (thinking: I’m the one who taught you German…)…. But do you remember how we talked about idioms not translating verbatim very well?? 12 yo: (blank stare) 10 yo: I think you meant, “Donnerwetter!” Auf Deutsch sagt mann Donnerwetter. I almost died laughing at the idea of an actually holy cow. FWIW: "Donnerwetter" translates to "Thunder weather." And yes, as ridiculous as it sounds in English to say something like, "Thunder weather!" when you're amazed at something (not weather related) is about how ridiculous it sounds to translate "holy cow" into German unless you're actually talking about sacred bovines. Anyone else have any funny translations to share?
  9. I'm at a point where I''m needing a bit more "push" to keep our German relevant. I'm at a place where kids outnumber me with their English and are older (one entering the teen years!) and much more difficult to "insulate" in German just by keeping home and speaking German all the time with me. So I'm looking to shake things up a little with something more drastic, and am wondering if anyone is familiar with any language immersion programs for the whole family (assuming a foundational level of language competency already)? Any "exchange" sorts of programs where your whole family can live with a host family in another country for a month (or more)? I understand that the schools in another country wouldn't allow you to enroll kids for just a month or two as a visitor, but am thinking about a summer opportunity where I can enroll them in some summer camps/programs perhaps? All general info welcome, but we're looking for German immersion, specifically.
  10. We've found that few common board games are really great for getting my asd kiddos (and hubby! lol) practicing some thinking skills that don't come naturally to them. Some of our top faves for that are: Hedbanz - really works on seeing the forest and not just the trees (e.g., asking one question re: if you're an animal before asking five questions re: if you're a giraffe, duck, elephant, horse, etc.) More than any other game we have, I've noticed that my asd kids and husband really struggle with this one, all for this exact same reason. What do you meme? (family edition) - gives us a lot of practice talking about facial expressions and body language and emotions, as well as social norms, humor and appropriateness Apples to Apples Jr. - Again, more focus on what someone else is thinking and might find funny We have games from social thinking, of course, but these games are way more "fun" than those (per my children.) I'm looking for other game suggestions that we could use to practice skills that my asd kiddos are weaker in.
  11. I'll look into these. Thanks! We have a bunch of the social thinking materials at home, but I'm not sure what book lists you're referring to? Yes, I know jokes are hard. And I feel like they're really becoming a problem, because he's trying to be funny so much more often, and things often fall flat. Or worse, they're just hurtful/offensive, and we have to correct and explain what went wrong. And he just gets really down/discouraged, feeling that no one gets him or his jokes, and then withdraws. It's a bit heart-wrenching, because we know he's trying so hard.
  12. I've gone through this book twice with my older two autistics and they really enjoyed it and communicated that they learned a lot. But with my oldest entering his teen years and being the only boy, dh wants to be more intentional about teaching what will help ds be more successful socially and relationally. But dh needs it all spelled out for him, because dh is ALSO autistic (and ADD with some significant EF struggles) -- so he's hoping to navigate some of this WITH ds, but he needs a roadmap (i.e., some good books) to guide him. He can't just wing it, because he's still learning all this stuff himself (he scoffed at the part of the book that talked about nonverbal communication and body language, convinced that no one could EVER tell someone else's mood "just" by their body language.... and then looked at me flabbergasted when I disagreed with him!! lol) It needs to be something he can just start and do - not a lot of training or prep involved. We have a lot of social thinking stuff (books, games, etc.), but dh would prefer something more like the "Secret Book" - lists of rules and explanations of each. It's been a long time since I read Grandin's Unwritten Rules of Social Relationships, so I don't know if that would be a good fit or not. But I feel like we need a 10 volume set of stuff like the Secret book of Social rules, but in even more detail (an entire book on hygience, an entire book joking with people and sportsmanship, etc.) Does anyone have suggestions that would be good / open-and-go for an older autistic looking to mentor/work with a younger (teen) autistic, but needing some guidance? ETA: After scouring other threads, I also have these on my goodreads list for them: Social Rules for kids: The top 100 social rules kids need to succeed The social skills picture book: for high school and beyond Been there, done that, try this! The Fine Art of Small Talk: How to start a conversation, keep it going....
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