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  1. You don't need to choose a pediatric dentist (obviously), but is is worth looking into the options before you decide that they aren't the right choice. My kids are now in school, so our schedule is different. But when we were homeschooling, I also had no child care available. Like another poster, I would schedule my own appointment at my own dentist for the first appointment (7 am ish) of the day, so that I would be back before DH had to leave for work. I would do that also for my own appointments with a doctor. What about finding a pediatric dentist for the kids. Then you and your husband can go to the same dentist as each other, schedule your appointments back to back, and take turns watching the kids in the waiting room. When my kids turned 14, our pediatric dentist would schedule each of them for an hour appointment. When they were under 14, their appointments were 30 minutes. I know you are confident that you are getting good care, but in my experience, getting through five appointments in an hour seems unusually quick. That, plus the dentist's willingness to have people under his care without even looking at them regularly -- I would have concerns with the quality of the care, even though the logistics are working for you. I hope you are able to find another office that will work for you. I've had my own issues with handling all of my kids at appointments without help, and I know it can be tricky to work it all out. It is a lot easier now that they are older.
  2. I agree with calling the police and asking if it is legal and ask if they will patrol through your neighborhood more regularly to observe what is happening. My dad owned a golf cart, and he would let the kids drive it up and down his street, just for fun, while he rode beside them. But not until they were perhaps age 10 and up, and not alone, and his house happens to be the only one on his street. So there were a lot of safety things in place there that made me okay with it. I am very safety conscious, and I would not let a young child ride a lawn mower, as mentioned by a previous poster. My sister-in-law's brother died when he was four or five after falling off a tractor (they lived on a farm). He was run over by a cart being towed behind it. His dad was driving. I also knew of a young boy who had a serious life long injury to his foot when driving a lawn mower. So I know that others allow it, but I just won't risk it. We didn't let the kids ride on DH's lap when he was mowing, when they were little, either. The golf cart thing as described by the OP would bother me a lot. Not only out of concern for the children riding in it, but also because they may be a danger to other traffic and pedestrians in the neighborhood.
  3. Every dentist that we have gone to has checked my children's teeth every single time, even though the hygienists clean them, and I would not accept otherwise. I would find another dentist. Is this a dentist that specializes in children? We have always taken our children to a children's dentist, and they are good at working with children and parents. At our current place, I have had to adjust how I schedule the appointments, because they will put the kids in separate rooms with different hygienists, and I end up running back and forth to see how things are going, which is annoying and a little stressful. I need to hear about what is happening with one of my kids in particular, because he will not relate to me anything that he is told. We preferred our old dentist, because they had a large exam room with multiple chairs, so that all of my kids could be in the same area at the same time. But we don't live there any more, so I've adjusted. I used to take all four of my kids at once. When they were really little, DH would go with me, so that a parent could always be observing. As they got older, I took them by myself. In the last couple of years, I have scheduled them two by two instead of all four at once, and even though that means more visits to the dentist, it has made the process go better, because my attention is not as divided. So if I were you, I would look for a different dentist, preferably a children's specialist. And I would schedule all appointments for two kids at a time instead of doing all at once.
  4. So you are homeschooling, and these are outside providers for math? Do you have to use an outside provider? Instead, could you do MUS geometry next year, which is considered light and evidently can be done in less than a school year (haven't used it, but this is what I've read on other threads)? Easing up on the math for a year allows you some extra time and brain space for her to do language intervention. You could supplement the geometry with work on word problems and with regular review of algebra, so that she does not forget what she learned. Or if she has to use an outside provider, can you find something that is not an honors level?
  5. I am going out on a limb here and lifting this quote from your foreign language thread, because I wanted to respond to it in light of the information in this current thread. To be blunt, I would have concerns about expecting her to be ready for dual enrollment in two years. She is going into 10th, and you are thinking dual enrollment for 12th. That does not seem realistic to me, given the depth of her language disability. I would anticipate for her to need more time in high school level material, not less. I know you did not ask for opinions about that, but I felt I should say something.
  6. If you need a writing curriculum idea, I'd suggest looking at either Writing Skills by Diana Hanbury King or IEW. Both are used often by students with writing difficulties, but they each have a different method. You can consider which might work best. For either of those programs, you would have to use it as a framework to hang your intervention on; meaning use their method but adapt it for her needs. For non-creative writing, she may do well with graphic organizers or learning a basic paragraph structure that she can always follow. That sort of thing does not always result in the most elegant writing, but it helps get it done.
  7. It sounds like your daughter has had a lot of exposure to the written word, and I would just discount that aspect of the description. I have found over the years that there are always things in those kind of definitions that don't fit my kids. I tend to niggle away at it in my mind and try to figure it out, but the reality is that everyone is different. Let me tell you, if all children could avoid reading disabilities by being in a literature rich home with lots of exposure to books and reading, then my kids would have had no trouble with reading. I worked in bookstores and libraries and was an English major and have a master's degree in children's literature, of all things. I read to my kids for hours daily from the time they were infants. And, yup, two out of four have reading disabilities. And they don't like to read, either. That's just how it is sometimes. So I wouldn't dwell too much on the biological versus environmental thing. You didn't do anything to create this issue; her brain is just wired differently for reading, and it doesn't really matter what caused that. I don't know about orthographic dyslexia, because DD13 has the phonological disability, but I imagine that the intervention would be similar. Those things listed in the above definition would still be helped by an OG program, for example.
  8. Well, take heart, because you are doing so many things right!! And it's going to really benefit her. I was convinced that DD13 had dyslexia by the time she was five and suspected it at age 4, but I had no clue what to do about it. I didn't even know how to get it diagnosed. I had never even heard of a neuropsychologist or that you could get private testing for LDs, and I didn't know anyone in the community to ask, after the pediatrician wasn't much help. The dyslexia school told me that they weren't concerned after giving her their bogus screener. My MIL who had been a reading teacher for 20 plus years didn't have a clue about dyslexia and just said, "some people don't learn to read using phonics, so try something else." Yeah, right!! I hadn't found the WTM boards yet, and I didn't know anyone else who had a kid with reading troubles. I called the school to inquire about evaluations, and I found them reluctant to work with a homeschooler (I was just starting to educate myself on the laws back then). I was searching, searching, and I felt at a loss. And teaching her during those early years was hard, hard, hard, but she made enough progress that she could fool people into thinking that she was able to read (even the guy at that dyslexia school). Then I found the LC boards, and I finally had someone in real life (after private school entrance testing) tell me that they thought she had dyslexia, and I started to make some connections with people who knew things, and we got her evaluated. And then I learned about OG and found a tutor. But by that time she was 10. So you are really doing well to be identifying and finding ways to help your daughter when she is only 7. Early intervention is a big, big plus.
  9. Actually, Allegiant does not take cash for their onboard snacks and drinks -- only credit/debit. He should be able to use his debit card just about anywhere. But if his host pays for something, and your son wants to offer to pay half (buying a pizza, for example, or giving some money towards gas if they drive somewhere), he should have some money for that kind of thing. So maybe for things when he gets off of the plane, but he can probably use the debit card for anything inside the airport. Will he need to take a taxi or bus? It seems that most places accept plastic now, but transportation could be an area where he might want some cash. If he takes a shuttle bus from the airport, for example, he might want to offer the driver a small tip. Since he is not taking a bag other than his backpack, tipping should be minimal, though. Not knowing what kind of things he might want to pay for, I think $100 -- a few twenties and then a selection of smaller bills -- would more than enough cash. On our recent family vacation, we used very little cash, even for six people over a week's time. It's a good idea for him to carry his cash in more than one place -- some in his wallet, some in a pocket of his backpack.
  10. DD17 did 700 and 800 before algebra, but it's been too many years now for me to remember clearly whether she reached the very end of 800 or not. (Also, DH was helping her with math those years, so I was less involved). I will say that she was well prepared for algebra in 9th grade when she switched to brick and mortar school. And I was not always sure that she would be, because math was hard for her. Can your son do some math over the summer? Long breaks are not always good for retention, anyway. If you go through the last books but skip the tests and quizzes, you can save a bunch of time. And you can also move more quickly if you combine lessons. Do two days' worth of the new material daily but only one of the review sections. This allows you to get through two lessons per day without spending twice the time. With these time saving strategies, he can cover all of the material in less than half of the time. I wouldn't say that this is the preferrable way in general, but it allows him to be exposed to all of the teaching in the remainder of the program in a much shorter period of time. Which seems better than just skipping it.
  11. Thanks! This is what I always believed, but another parent said differently at a missions trip meeting, indicating that their son had had a problem with his passport being accepted after he turned 18. I think he may have not quite understood what the issue in his situation was. But it caused me to wonder, and I wasn't able to figure it out by researching online. Although the passports are not called child and adult passports, there are some differences in rules, based on age.
  12. People are issued an adult passport at age 16 and up. DD17 received an adult passport good for 10 years, when we renewed it last year. But, yes, the rules for traveling on a passport issued when a minor but the person is now over 18 -- that's less clear to me. They don't expire for 5 years, but it could cause issues when traveling. For example, DS15's passport expires when he is 19, I think. He may need to get an adult passport at age 18, even if his current one has not expired. I have to figure that out. .
  13. Definitely take the CLE placement test and do not despair if she places much lower than the 800 level. There are ways to work through the program at a quicker pace to help catch up. However, this will not always be the best choice for struggling learners; it just depends. If she lands in the, let's say, 500 level, that is a pretty big gap to try to cover, and it would probably be better to use a different program. I would definitely place her in the level that she tests at and would not skip years. Someone upthread posted that doing prealgebra through ninth grade, algebra in 10th, geometry in 11th, and algebra 2 in 12th still gets you through the required graduation sequence. Yes! That is the track that DS15 is on for public school. The tricky thing is that your daughter is already going into 9th, right? So to follow the above plan, she needs to be ready for algebra in 10th. That could be challenging, depending on how far behind she is. In our public school, for the students who cannot complete the regular math program, due to disabilities, there is a resource room / special education level of math, where the pupils have algebra when their peers have algebra, but their class does not cover ALL of the material the gen ed class does; instead it is aspects of algebra and aspects of geometry when peers are taking geometry. You may find that your daughter needs a plan that covers less material at a more basic level, and if so, there are option for that when homeschooling, and you could post on the LC board asking for ideas. She was in public school. What were their plans for her math? Would she have been scheduled for algebra next year? Was she in the general education class or getting special education?
  14. I used and liked CLE with my kids who struggle with math, when I was homeschooling. I used through level 800 with DD17 and planned to use their algebra program, but then our plans switched, and all of the children enrolled in school. Here is some information about CLE that you may or may not know. Their high school math was previously not well regarded, because it is a repackaging of the Alpha-Omega program. The Sunrise editions of the elementary math program are often recommended, but the high school math is NOT the Sunrise edition, except for Algebra 1. They are working on revamping geometry and higher but have not released it yet, and it has been years since they released Sunrise algebra 1, so the process is not moving quickly. Therefore, after algebra, you will top out of the CLE program, unless you decide to use their old high school math. I have no experience with Alpha-Omega, but I know the reputation is inferior, at least on the WTM boards. With that said, CLE algebra 1 is well regarded, and it would not be bad to use that and then switch to another program for geometry and beyond. I have not used MUS, but I often see it recommended for struggling learners. My second point is that CLE can work well for students who need constant review. DS15 needs constant review, or he forgets. The problem is that with only a few problems to practice while learning new concepts, it is not always enough for students who have trouble learning concepts to really grasp what they are doing. I found that DS15 could muddle through his spiral practice and move on to the next lesson, without actually really getting it. You need to watch for that and be willing to stop and practice the concepts in other ways, instead of marching through the program. I made this mistake -- I admit that I would just move on to the next lesson, feeling assured that he would be practicing it again anyway, since it is spiral, and so there were things that he really didn't master. If I could go back and do over, I would add sources to CLE to cement the teaching of concepts, such as the Keys To series or perhaps Khan Academy. Now the truth is that DS's math disability gets in the way of him mastering concepts. He needs lots of practice over a long period of time, with problems presented in many ways, so that he doesn't lock into just one way of solving them. Also, CLE does not have enough word problems. Word problems are hard for DS, so just working through the ones in there was challenging for him. BUT word problems in math adds another layer of complexity for students who have language disabilities or attention issues, because they have to interpret what the words mean and turn it into a numerical problem before solving. And be able to do multiple steps. All of those things can be hard. If they are hard for your student, you might seek out a separate source of word problems and add that in. If it seems to make the math lesson too long, have a word problem drill time each day, separate from the main math lesson. If your student has problems retaining math facts, there are accommodations you can use for that. You can also always post on the Learning Challenges board to get advice from other moms of struggling students. There are many people on the LC boards willing to share what worked or didn't work with their kids.
  15. Oh, one reason that I think that DD13 passed that first dyslexia screening test is that I had worked so hard with her at home. She took that screener in third grade, so I had already spent four plus years on reading with her while homeschooling. Her dyslexia was not yet remediated, but she was a good word guesser with stellar comprehension, which glossed over her decoding issues when someone didn't know what to look for. Her spelling, on the other hand, was always terrible. I used a variety of phonics programs with her during those early years, including a couple that are sometimes recommended on the boards for dyslexics to try, but I was not able to crack through the dyslexia. What finally helped her was getting OG tutoring and then OG instruction at her school. So I am a big proponent of OG programs. Barton is the one most recommended on the boards for homeschooling parents to try, and it's what I would have tried if we had continued to homeschool. My reason for sharing my personal experiences is to show that someone with dyslexia who has had intensive instruction may/should do better on the diagnostic testing than they would have before intervention.
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