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  1. I love Teach Your Monster to Read! I didn't know they have an app. The regular computer version (web based) is always free. I'm not sure how great it is for kids with dyslexia, but it's a great balance of reading and games, it's fun for kids, and they do practice! So I recommend it 🙂 My students and I all love the British accent 🙂
  2. I use a fitted sheet and no top sheet, because DH wraps up like a burrito and the sheet always ends up coiling around him or stuffed at the bottom of the bed. It makes me crazy. So now we use a thin blanket as the bottom layer, and somehow it doesn't get coiled up like the sheet, and I just wash the blanket when I wash the fitted sheet.
  3. I had a mystery rash in the same area, and it was awful and itchy. I eventually put straight apple cider vinegar on it (the raw, unpasteurized kind), and relief was immediate! I had to keep putting it on when the itch returned. After a couple days, it was finally gone. I think it may have been a yeast thing, maybe brought on by sweating, or maybe nicking with a razor, who knows. Could be worth a try since ACV only costs a couple dollars. You can also try it diluted in water and see if that works, and make it stronger if it doesn't. Hope you get relief soon!
  4. Yayyyyyy!!!! That is a fantastic update!!! What a relief!
  5. Your suggestions are awesome - can't wait to try them out on Monday!! Kids will love having to hunt for the word, too... anything to move around a bit!!
  6. That's really neat! I love moments like that 🙂
  7. If you could afford summers off, I think it would be a fantastic situation!! Congrats!
  8. Definitely refer for a 504 asap! Get accommodations for anxiety. Meanwhile, perhaps investigate reasons behind why he doesn't agree that turning work in undone is better than not at all, etc. Has he had psychological evals yet? It sounds like his grades are low because he isn't turning in work, not because he's academically not able to do it. A 504 is most appropriate in this case (student needs accommodations vs. specially designed instruction different from the regular curriculum).
  9. I'm watching a professional development seminar by David Kilpatrick (WISH he could come to my school... although I would probably/definitely embarrass myself by swooning). It's a great seminar. He suggests calling sight words "irregular words" because once kids have orthographically mapped a word, the word become a "sight word," i.e. is read instantly and effortlessly. I wonder if there is something to calling words irregular just because calling them "sight" or "tricky" makes it seem harder, which might subconsciously stress kids out and actually make it harder. That's just me thinking though, no proof for that. I'm only halfway through the video, but so far Kilpatrick hasn't talked about spelling since it's not the subject of this video. The way he talks about teaching kids to READ irregular words is, first you say the word aloud (no visuals), for example, "said." Then, you talk about what you hear in the word. What's making the /s/ sound? The letter S, right (write it down). What's the last sound you hear? What letter makes the /d/ sound? Yes, D (write it down). What do you hear in the middle? /e/, yes. What usually makes the /e/ sound? Right, "e"! But not in this case, it's "ai" making the /e/ sound. And so on. I assume this is helpful for spelling as well, but I'm not sure how helpful compared to learning to read the word. As far as spelling progress goes... it's so much easier to read irregular words than to spell them. In the age of technology, it doesn't worry me too much. I do think it would be great to spell as many high frequency words as possible, but like Terabith said, it's not a hill to die on, especially if the reading is going well. One of my 5th graders said to me the other day, "Up in Mrs. X's room, I put an "e" on the end of a "tiv" word because no English words end in v! I also spelled "said" right!" It was a great moment, but also bittersweet because obviously he has many, many more words to learn how to spell.
  10. That's great! Awesome vets are worth their weight in gold. 🙂 I would totally go see my cat's vet for my own care, if only they took human patients 😄
  11. Oh gosh, that's exactly what worries me. I decided not to leave the cone on when I'm not home. Luckily it's a snow day so I can work here and keep an eye on her. Hopefully she won't need the cone for long.
  12. Aww thanks 🙂 I had both eyes open for a long time last night because she kept walking on me and jamming the plastic cone into my face!
  13. Thanks everyone! I think she's feeling better today. She ate a TON of food last night and this morning. I hadn't realized that she was eating less than usual, but she must have been uncomfortable. Now I just need to figure out how to give a cat a pill... she's on an anti-inflammatory for three days. Luckily I can stay home today (snow day!!) so I can give her some time off from the cone.
  14. She's slowly adapting to life in a cone... purring... and then trying to get it off. I keep laughing at how comical she looks, but then feel guilty.
  15. I didn't even think of that. Thank you for the reminder.
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