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About lizlatorre

  • Birthday 08/20/1974

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    Mom to four: dd15, ds13, dd9, dd1
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    Lancaster, OH
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  1. It's been a number of years, and I am not sure where my lessons plans went....but I know I used a book called, "They say, I say, Moves that Matter in Academic Writing and another called Everything's An Argument. If you google AP Language Comp Syllabus you should find both some samples from AP as well as random ones from high schools around the country to give you ideas. The test involves reading articles and forming good arguments based on a writing prompt. My DD really liked both those books, and we used a variety of articles. The Atlantic is a good publication to get articles from.
  2. Derek Owens does have a workbook format. The workbook is designed to guide the student through taking notes with the online lectures and then all homework is printed in the workbook. You can purchase a bound copy from Lulu, or you can print it as you go. My daughter is almost done with the prealgebra class and has really enjoyed the recorded lectures as opposed to using a text book.
  3. I'll check out all the High Noon materials. I've heard of them, but I've never looked at them. Thanks!
  4. Hatchet being 1020 blows me away. He did that, albeit with support, two or three years ago and it wasn't terribly hard. Harry Potter was only doable because he had such a good grasp on the basics from the movie. Thanks for all your thoughts so far everyone - it is very, very helpful. We are going to do some short passages, fiction and nonfiction, for a couple weeks so that I can have some time to pick the correct next “big read”.
  5. I have to pull up his IEP. His primary dx is mixed language disorder. I can't remember how they ID him, as I never use it for anything,but I think they have a reading related dx on there. BARD is on my list of things to check out for him as he does enjoy audiobooks. Hubby is working 80 hours this week and next, so I am moving SLOWLY!!!
  6. Yes, there is a big difference in the reading level in the first Harry Potter and the remainder of the series. Without the movies and audiobooks, we would not have gotten through them. McManus is on my list of things to try!
  7. I had forgotten about the Prydain series. Those are definitely worth a look. He's done Harry Potter. Not familiar with Brotherband and Ranger's Apprentice. I'll check those out. Thanks!
  8. Thank-you, lewelma, for your perspective, that is very helpful. I am a very strong reader, mathematical and visual spatial are my weak areas, so as my ds has gotten older, curriculum has been challenging as he and I are polar opposites in terms of learning styles, strengths, weaknesses, etc. You and PeterPan have given me a lot to think about. He doesn't hate reading anymore, but he is very easily discouraged by it so I am very motivated to keep him on a success-oriented track with it.
  9. Thanks for all the detailed info. Up to this point I had not done searches based on lexile range - I just kind of knew what would work. But it is probably time to be more strategic in my choosing. Thanks for all the leads and suggestions. Hope all is well in your corner of Ohio!
  10. I need some suggestions for my DS16 who is in ninth grade, but reads at about a 4-6th grade level. He has mixed receptive and expressive language disorder. We did a couple memoirs for young readers that went well. We then started The Bronze Bow and it is just not working for him. It doesn't have to be 100% age appropriate, but he doesn't want little kid stuff. Any titles of novels or curriculum used with struggling old reader with success would be much appreciated. It doesn't have to be something he can do 100% independently, just not so tough that we are struggling over the meaning of every sentence.
  11. I'm just going to offer my experience with my dd, without diving into all of the above, hope it is helpful. She exhibited signs of inattentive ADHD, anxiety, and depression once puberty settled in. She, her dad, and I talked. We waited and observed. At 16, it became too much and so we had her evaluated by a neuropsych (did have to pay for this out of pocket - that was a stretch for us). Diagnosis of inattentive ADHD with generalized anxiety disorder. We talked as a family again. We decided to try daily coffee, exercise, and healty diet. We also pursued accommodations for ACT and dual enrollment courses. This combination did the job very well until this past spring, right when she turned 18. Anxiety ramped up and depression came back. As she was getting ready to leave for school, time was of the essence, plus she was suffering terribly. We decided to work with her pediatrician as she knew dd's history and every psychiatrist we contacted had a 2-6 month wait. The pediatrician put her on a low dose of Prozac, which has helped significantly. She was able to leave for school as planned this month, and is much improved. A couple observations as a person with generalized anxiety that doesn't take meds and as a person with many family members with both ADHD and psych issues ranging from mild to severe. There is no right path for everyone. Some meds work for some and not for others. Some do best managing using things like coffee, intense exercise, either alone or in tandem with meds. DBT training can also be very powerful. There are some great psychiatrists; unfortunately, in my family's experience, those were few and far between, most have been awful. There are some GP's who step way beyond their knowledge and try risky things. There are others who provide excellent psychiatric care and know when a referral is necessary because a case is beyond their sphere of knowledge. I think that the important thing is to get information, evaluate as a family what is wrong and what is needed, and then make a plan of action based on what is available in your area. Be willing to alter that plan as needed: no med or intervention works forever. As the body changes, even as an adult, the approach will almost always have to change. I hope these thoughts are helpful. Wishing you the best as you decide on the best treatment for your daughter '
  12. I agree with those above who say every child is different. I used it all the way through with my oldest. Am doing different things with the next two once we hit PreAlgebra. We used the third edition Saxon and then used a separate geometry course with my first daughter. She did decently on her ACT math, but what she knows how to do, she knows how to do well. But, I don't think the spiral approach works as well with the high school level classes. She found the jumping from topic to topic, which she enjoyed in middle school, to be less helpful in Algebra studies. I am currently using Jacobs Algebra I with ds and Derek Owens PreAlgebra with dd2. Both are going well so far, but it is too early to form a strong opinion, though. I have two more little ones that I will use Saxon with for intermediate grades most likely.
  13. That would be fun. This month is a little crazy, but I have great hopes of life calming down a bit in August. Let me know if you think you might be able to head my direction and we can pick a place to meet up. As far as the extended time frame - we have found it profoundly freeing, to be able to just focus on helping him learn, at his pace.
  14. Memoria Press is what we are going to use for “The Bronze Bow” and “To Kill A Mockingbird” and for the exact reason you mention: the study guides do a pretty good job of helping to clarify the basics of the story. DS may hate it, but we'll give it a go. Composition up to now has been mostly handled by his SLP, mostly brief responses to fiction reading. He is really still at the paragraph level for composition, but we am going to try to move him to short response papers. We are going to try Jensen's Format Writing. It is pretty basic and gives a clear procedure for the student to follow for paragraphs, essays, business letters, resume, etc. Its a bit of a stab in the dark, as I haven't used a composition curriculum in a long time, but I think I can adapt it as needed.
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