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  1. Thank you, that makes a lot of sense, I'll try it! 🙂
  2. Those seem like fantastic resources, thank you so much! I'm digging through your links now.
  3. Ha. I mean yes of course, I worded my OP really badly. But comparing her writing to samples I've found online, I think by 5th grade writing should be a bit more complex.
  4. So we've been using IEW, and it's a fantastic program, has definitely improved my daughter's ability to take notes and summarize without plagiarizing, but she absolutely hates it, it's a struggle for her to finish every day because she finds the selections she needs to write on so dry. So now that we're done with the first level of Structure & Style, I'm ready to move on to something new. My biggest issue is that her sentence structure is still very amateur. For example, when writing for Peace Day yesterday she wrote: "Peace is good because nobody likes war. War can lead to death
  5. Have you looked at Torchlight? It teaches through the Socratic method. We're using it this year (level 3), and loving it.
  6. That sounds like a fantastic way to approach the text! I looked through Curiosity Chronicles, and...I have to admit I didn't love the format. It seemed like a kind of weird choppy way to present information. Unique, for sure, and maybe it's more interesting for a child laid out in dialogue? I guess role playing it could be fun, I just don't know how well it would stick in my daughter's brain that way. But you think it worked for your kids? Maybe the issue is that all this time I've been looking forward to doing SOtW with her (in which case I guess I should probably be looking at a differe
  7. Have any of you used Torchlight? I was thinking of using BYL for 5th grade, but I don't think the books they cover will be engaging for my 10yo. I was looking for something similar, and the Torchlight books (I'm looking at level 3, but would use level 4 when comes out next month) are more modern, and seem like they'd interest her more. But I don't have a good feel for what the curriculum gives you. From the sample, it just seems like a list of what to read each day, without associated discussion points and activities. What am I missing?
  8. First year home schooling since my daughter was in 1st grade! We did remote learning with her school last spring, and it was awful. They have full-time remote schooling this year, but I decided we should just go off on our own. It's great to be back...although we wouldn't have done this if circumstances were different. She loves our PS so much. But I've seen real issues in her foundational writing and literature analysis skills, so along with the danger factor I know this is the right move for us, at least for this year. Anyway...I only firmed up my decision last weekend, and now I'
  9. Thanks! They actually assigned the kids Khan sections for tomorrow and Friday. What I remember from looking at Khan a while ago is that it's very well done, but also as boring as watching a teacher write equations on a board, so I was looking for something a bit different. I'll try it tomorrow, though, and see how engaged she is. At least I can be pretty sure they'd teach in the same way I would.
  10. Thanks so much, Ellie. I think my fear is that she's missing 3.5 months of school (they've been out since mid-March and their school continues through June 25.) So the other kids (not all, I realize) will be progressing, while by the time she returns after Labor Day she'll have been out of school for 6 months. I don't think we can let math go that long, and expect her to recover the time next year...I just don't want her to go through the frustration in Sept. of feeling like she's behind, hating math even more. (So yes, deschooling was the wrong term. But I obviously don't want her doing
  11. I'm sure there are several in this position now! I had my daughter home till she was seven, then made the difficult decision to try PS on a trial basis. Well she enjoyed school, for the most part, so we kept her there. Now she's now newly 10, in 4th grade, and will probably be home till the end of the year. I was actually thinking that, if this works well for us, we might transition completely and finish out her elementary years at home. Well, she told me today that she hates home schooling. 😑 I've been trying to make it as fun as possible, outside whenever possible, a lot of play an
  12. Thanks, Lecka, that makes a LOT of sense. She doesn't have typical anxiety, not scared of things or events, but I do think anxiety is behind the times she just flips. I'm not sure the best way to help her through that...But I'll definitely look into the book, thanks for the recommendation. (I'm considering trying a super-low dose of lithium, to see if it helps at all with the emotionality. It's also supposed to help with anxiety.)
  13. Hmmm...I know you've mentioned this before. But she seems like she knows when she's feeling off. She definitely knows when she's feeling regular physical sensations (hot/cold/tired/itchy), she knows when she's been able to tell me when she's feeling nervous or angry, and we've talked about how it feels inside when she's frustrated. It's just she doesn't seem to want to change those feelings, she'd rather throw something across the room (or hit) than do deep breathing or take a walk, because she gets that release of tension from throwing or hitting. And she sometimes will purposely provoke beca
  14. I think at least a couple of you here have used Mightier for emotional regulation. I'm strongly considering it, since emotionality is probably my ADHD daughter's biggest issue at this point. But I feel like even if she does learn how to calm herself within the games, that might not carry through to real life. She isn't willing to use the tools I've taught her when I see her escalating into frustration, I can suggest it, or say, "I see you're getting frustrated," and that brings her into a full-force explosion. She's extremely averse to discussing feelings, she says it hurts in her belly to tal
  15. Thanks so much for sharing your experiences, Exercise Guru! We eat very cleanly, few processed foods, but I have DD on a pretty high protein diet, since it's recommended for ADHD, so I'm not sure how much meat I'd be able to cut out. (We don't eat any red meat, only chicken/turkey and fish, as well as eggs and cheese.) Do you get protein primarily from grains/nuts? I kept DD dairy (and gluten) free for 2 years, and didn't see any changes, but she was eating meat and eggs at that time. And I'd love a cookbook recommendation, thank you!
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