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  1. One of my students was stuck in the "counting ALL the things" stage, like if she had 4 buttons and 3 buttons, how many in all? She would NEVER start at 4 and count on 3 more... she always started at 1. When she counted on her fingers, for something like 7+9, she started at ONE and then counted seven, and then tried to count 9... it was a mess! Doing it that way, she'd do 7+9 and get 6. Arg! I finally eased her into counting on by having her add one die with the dots on it, and the other die with just the number on it. I also had to prompt her to start with the larger number. It took a long time but now she always does it. I think it's just a developmental stage, just as moving on from it is a developmental stage... I'm all for some gentle encouragement to move on, but if it's too soon, there's not much to do except wait and practice!
  2. The website looks gimmicky. I get suspicious when a program says it will "correct" dyslexia, ADHD, etc. I also don't like the "learning styles" part - learning styles have been debunked. As for it being multisensory... I don't know how multisensory it can really be on the computer, but who knows. Sorry to be a wet blanket!
  3. This makes sense to me.... and since your DD is already off to college, maybe your DS will have an easier time because he won't have younger siblings moving past him. Sorry he's having a hard time 😞 One of my students said the other day, "Am I with you because I'm not smart?" 💔
  4. Webinar! I LOVE David Kilpatrick, too. And here's an older Reading League one: I just typed his name into YouTube and got a bunch of stuff.
  5. I bet the prof will have a fun story to tell his/her colleagues, and a cautionary tale for future students... LOL! 🙂 AND, if the prof doesn't'll know that your paper was skimmed rather than read thoroughly! Ha!
  6. I'm watching a webinar featuring David Kilpatrick. He said that the typical child only needs to see an unfamiliar word 1-4 times before it is forever stored in long term memory, for automatic recall. Our struggling readers, not so much.... I, too, am working with a NT child in reading. It's crazy how fast she is progressing. AND she's reading words that include sounds that I've NEVER taught... she's just getting them somehow. It's mind blowing!
  7. At the private school where I used to work, potential students would visit for 3 days. It sounded like overkill initially, but it turns out that you see a lot more in 3 days than you do in just a one-off visit... from both the potential student AND from the school!
  8. Mainer

    I got a job.

    Definitely! My DH's grandfather is 97, and his "ladies" come and cook, chat, go to the thrift store, go walking, take him fishing with their husbands, etc. He loves it and it's so great for him to have people to see and places to go!
  9. I love finger counting! There is research to support finger counting:
  10. This is a really great way of showing why categories are important. If so many things have their own specific file, but aren't put together in the same folder, quickly accessing information is impossible. I was thinking about this at the grocery store the other day - I ran into a friend and we couldn't figure out where the panko bread crumbs would be. They weren't with bread, they weren't with spices/baking stuff, and it turned out they were in the aisle with croutons and stuff. It was really annoying trying to figure out what the heck category we should be looking for. I imagine that's what it's like a lot of the time for someone who doesn't have knowledge efficiently categorized. At the store, I was just trying to FIND something... imagine how much more frustrating it would be to not be able to express my thoughts/feelings/needs quickly and efficiently. That 100% vocabulary book is great for working on these skills, but it's way above the level of a 5 year old. Is there some kind of primary-age book that works on this? I'm picturing something with picture cards that can be sorted different ways (like the Word Callers book, but more little-kid friendly). That reminds me. I borrowed a box of picture cards from the SLP at school, and they're broken up into categories like clothes, foods, school stuff, etc. I like to take 3 or 4 cards and have kids tell me why they're all the same (all things you write with, for example), or which one doesn't belong (pencil, pen, marker, stapler), etc.
  11. So that's quite different from something like Wilson... sticking with one sound and multiple ways of spelling it for a whole lesson. Most programs tend to space out the different spellings.
  12. Aww, she's beautiful. I love the glass of ice water 🙂
  13. I'm starting to sound like a rep for Boden, but their dresses really are gorgeous. There are plenty of jersey dresses in the women's section that would be appropriate for a 13 year old. There are a couple in the girls' section, too, but I think they're a bit young. Something like this? Or this? Or this?
  14. I should update an old thread, but the RTI people at my school are now using High Noon, along with some other phonics-focused materials (like Megawords), and lo and behold, the kids are learning to read! I wouldn't say the teachers have been converted, but at least they don't think that systematic phonics is awful anymore.
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