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  1. I just finished y9 with my DS16. I'm planning to continue with mep and do the GCSE work. I'm wondering how to implement it. He'll be doing the express level. Have any of you done this? How did you implement it? Also does anyone know what is going to happen to the mep yahoo group now that yahoo groups have folded?
  2. Thank you, thank you! 👏I find it interesting how similar all these options are. I wonder at their history a little. There does seem to be some noticable differences I love the theory behind ddbd but I just cant get over all the patriotism. It's just too much to work around after the first book. This is a great tip. I'll have to remember it for later too.
  3. My Father's Dragon Unce Remus - this oneis hillarious but some might find it inappropriate. My older two drove me crazy repeating portions of it after listening to it. Tom Sawyer Our Island Story-not a fairy tale but so good Peter Pan Heidi All found on good ol librivox
  4. I used Our Mother Tongue when my older two were little. I thought it was OK. I'm planning on what to use with my next batch of littles. I keep looking at Serl's PLLbut I can'tfind a free version online. Googlbooks sells a copy but I can't fathom why since it's public domain. I keep wondering though if maybe it's better than Our Mother Tongue or Sheldon's PLL. Do any of you have an opinion or maybe a public domain version of Serl's to share?
  5. My children will snicker at me but I'm going to try it. That would be a nice and easy accommodation.
  6. Hmmm... I find this really interesting. The first link that I came upon when I googled what RAN/RAS scores were mentioned that people with EF dysfunction typically score low. I've known for some time that my EF is quite a bit lower than average. I highly suspect that I'm on the autism spectrum but I've never had this tested. I think that I'll play around with RAN/RAS practice. I'd love if you could find that link but don't sweat it too much. I'll see what I can put together. I'm not sure what else I could do to improve reading speed. I don't know about vision issues. I suppose it's possible but I'd guess that given how rural we are the closest developmental optometrist is probably many, many miles away.
  7. You all have helped me so much with some of my children's issues. It made me wonder if perhaps you could suggest what might be causing some of my reading issues. I will start by saying that at least one of my sons is almost certainly dyslexic maybe that's all that my trouble is but I'm not sure. Ever since I was young I've been a terribly slow reader. I learned to read young but never picked up speed. To this day I can't read any faster in my head than I can out loud. Obviously this stunted my education and it continues to affect my ability to self-educate. I don't seem to have trouble reading complicated texts; I just can't read quickly at all. I realized that there must be something behind this when my dc were around 10 and could read a junk pre-teen novel twice as fast as I could pre-read it. I ended up giving up screening what they were reading and resorted to Goodreads and Amazon reviews to screen books. I felt like I was in highschool again resorting to Cole's Notes to get through English class. Any thoughts?
  8. Thank you. Here's the pdf that I found: La_science_de_l_Oncle_Paul_J-H_Fabre_1926.pdf . The pictures are absolutely lovely.
  9. I had trouble with 100 EZ lessons as well. When my two older children were about 7 I used it with them both. My ds caught on quite well and was truly reading by the time that we were done. My dd on the other hand worked through the lessons but when the markup was removed around lesson 70 she floundered. She just couldn't do without the scaffolding. She learned to read about 6 months to a year later with Spell to Write and Read. I think that her brain just couldn't grasp when to use the different phonemes. English spelling was just too illogical for her little brain. Interestingly though she's quite a good speller today, unlike ds. On a side note, I also wonder if 100 EZ lessons makes some children imprint capitalization errors. My ds, who is almost certainly dyslexic, just cannot remember to consistently capitalize where needed. This maybe just purely a dyslexia problem but I have wondered if 100 EZ lessons compounded the problem by exposing him at a formative stage to poor punctuation. I mentioned this on these boards awhile back and someone else also said that they wondered the same thing about their own child. Research on this subject would be really interesting.
  10. I found the French! Google translate sheds no new light: I guess it just mean the moss that is growing on the hot roofing tiles is fed by God when it receives the rain.
  11. Does anyone read French here that would care to weigh in? I suppose I could try to get a hint from google translate but we all know how good that is.
  12. I agree. I feel like by the time my littles were old enough to understand the language they would be too old to enjoy the wonder of creation that is presented in the story. My older two did enjoy the story when they were younger but the language was definitely a barrier and I edited a lot on the fly.
  13. I'm reading The Story Book of Science by Jean-Henri Fabre updating the language a chapter at a time before reading it out loud, so that my children can actually understand the story. If I manage to finish the project I'll post my updated version free online. Can anyone decipher for me what tile might mean in this context? I did check if it was a missed OCR error but it's the same in the image files from
  14. I've been thinking about this thread. I think I'm coming to the conclusion that having a large family necessarily does take some things away from our children BUT I'm also convinced that there are innumerable blessings in having a large family as well. I can't read so often to my younger children as I did with my older children but my younger children have so many more companions. I've noticed that when my older children were young I had more time for special projects but I also controlled much more of what they did. Now with my young children it's the opposite; I don't have time for all the projects but I allow them much more freedom because I just need them to be busy. My parenting style is completely different but I think that my children are better off now. They do get short changed in some ways but I really do think that it's worth it, even from their perspective.
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