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  1. My 6 year old is in a brand new school building this year. All the classrooms in a grade have room dividers open to each other. They are planning on keeping them open. This sounds like the most birdbrained idea ever. I just found this out yesterday when I attended his open house. It was unbelievably loud. The things they subject poor teachers to.
  2. I really love these threads. I appreciate seeing everyone’s progress, and struggles overcome. Thank you Lewelma, for your detailed post about your son at MIT. The specific dynamics of his experience are very interesting to me. My 6 year old son got a great math foundation in his 3 years of part time Montessori school from age 3-5, among other things, like beautiful cursive. He has since taught himself all addition and subtraction math facts using apps. He started public school last year and about 1/2 way through asked his kindergarten teacher if he could learn multiplication. She told him he would learn that in 3rd grade. It took me a few months to realize that she thought she would have to teach him and probably didn’t have time to do that. I’m slow, and I actually didn’t know he knew all of his addition and subtraction facts at that time, since he did all of this completely independently of me. At that point, the school year was almost over so I just let it go, but he just started to teach himself multiplication on his own anyway. I recently asked him how multiplication facts were going and he said, “I know 88% of them.” “What about division?” “Around 25%.” Kindergarten was only 3 hours, so it didnt matter as much. I will know for first grade to let his teacher know to let him learn what he wants to and that she doesn’t actually have to teach him, so she won’t hold him back. We just have to supply him with materials and he will teach himself.
  3. I just wanted to give all you homeschoolers one more reason to be glad you are doing it. He would have picked up that word from my sister sooner or later anyway, haha. Thanks for being encouraging to think I could do it. I am very impressed with all of you in the trenches. I might have to homeschool that 6 year old just because he is too far ahead. His older brother enters the gifted program this year for third grade (first year it is available here) and we’ll see how that goes. Another reason I stick around. I never really leave this board. Too many good resources listed I would never have heard of on my own. I just don’t post much. I did a little, but I think too far outside of the box to be helpful. I just upset people.
  4. Disclaimer: I’ve never taught any of my children how to draw. They are in school and I just gush over every bit of drawing or other artwork they produce. None of it is very good at this point, but I’m sure they think they are little Michelangelos. They are only aged 3-8 and I don’t think I was good at that age either. My mother was a professional illustrator. Nothing she ever did was in 2D. I have always been able to draw without any more instruction than what I got in public school. I have an opinion on 2D 3D. I think it is better to slowly use 3D from the beginning and not wait. I was taught perspective in 4th grade and was instantly good at it. Everyone else was bad at it and I didn’t see them improving over the years. I think they all could have used more time developing it. I don’t remember when we were taught shading, etc... In other words, maybe if a person has a genetic predisposition to be good at 3d drawing, they might be fine waiting until fourth grade, all others should work up to it starting early. There are some similar neurological benefits to learning to draw as there are for learning and doing cursive, fluidity of thought, using the right brain and left brain concurrently, cementing in learning and knowledge, etc...
  5. I have a similar situation with my introverted 6 year old and his extroverted 8 year old brother. It isn’t nearly as severe though, and he has grown out of it somewhat. i wouldn’t expect that in your case. Your son is getting worse, not better. To assure you that school probably wouldn’t help, these boys have gone to school since age three and getting him to school is a problem. He fakes being sick a lot. Boredom with school is a part of it, in his case. My 6 year old learned the F word last year in our highly rated public school kindergarten too, just to make you feel even better about homeschooling. There is definitely an anxiety issue, but this scenario is the only place I see it in him. My extreme extrovert husband and his family are prone to anxiety, but I didn’t actually see it in him until I was married for over 20 years. It was always there but I missed it. I’m having some similar issues with his three year old brother, who isn’t an introvert at all, and I don’t see anxiety either. He just doesn’t want to participate in anything that isn’t his idea. It is reminding me of his 6 year old brother’s lack of participation at the same age. None of these things have stopped us from getting out of the house, they just refuse to participate when we are there.
  6. i tried to use an old 5s and the audible app had never been downloaded to it before and when I tried to download it recently, I got a “the audible app was not available for this phone” message.
  7. Brillkids Little Reader, Little Musician, and Little Math, all of the Preschool Prep videos and books, all of the leapfrog videos, Memoflix by Monkisee, and Monster Math Squad for all four of my children. I used for three of the four. I’m not sure Brillkids Little Math was worth it. Little Reader and Little Musician were definitely worth it, and we’re my favorite two resources I’ve used. Sounds like a lot of screen time, but I’m a pretty strict screen time limiter. I did all three Brillkids programs in 5 minutes twice per day total. The rest were done after the age of two in the two 1/2 hour slots I let the kids have screen time when I cooked or cleaned.
  8. My 6 year old likes Adventure Academy, which I think is the advanced version of ABC Mouse. It just came out on May 1st. I think it is his favorite app, and he has a lot of apps (only educational apps though). It is new though and the newness wears off of things and he’s not as interested eventually, but I let him have an hour a day of IPad time so that makes newness wear off quicker too.
  9. We love it, but mainly only use the videos and bells. I also really like the book that came with the program that has the typical little kid songs in solfege, because I want my kids to learn to sing them in solfege. I like what that does for pitch training. I’ve been meaning to use that book more than I have though.
  10. I love the science supplement package from Memoria Press. It is just science books but my kids love, love, love them, and I love reading them to them.
  11. We use olive leaf extract. It has worked for flu, shingles, stomach viruses and 4 cases of chicken pox. It takes a lot of it. For adults, 3 caps three times per day with food. Weight adjust for a child. It is truly miraculous. It made extremely painful shingles painless, stomach viruses go away after one vomit, the flu not even develop, and the chicken pox dry up and scab over in three days in all 4 kids. It wasn’t verified flu. I had a lot of patients come in with the flu about 15 years ago and I started getting a achy all over, really a hallmark sign of the flu. I took 6 OLE pills right then and in an hour all the achy went away and I never got sick.
  12. In order to sell vitamins online from professional supplement companies, they require us to private label them (put our own brand on them). I don’t know of any health care practitioners who would sell anything less than professional brands of supplements because the quality is so low and ingredients unverifiable in anything else. Professional supplement companies sell mainly to health care practitioners, not to drugstores or big box stores. As a chiropractor, my malpractice insurance is $48 a month. I am only part time though. It was less than $100 a month when I was full time.
  13. I do a fair bit of input through video too, but ours is mostly DVDs and I think these are all at our library except the religious ones. I’ll include them in case some might be available to you. My kids love Rock n learn videos, 10 commandments, liberty’s kids, read n share bible DVDs, magic school bus, listening to magic tree house on cds, all leapfrog DVDs, preschool prep math facts and math drills, what’s in the Bible (They make a lot, lot, lot of these and I think my kids will be biblical scholars after absorbing them all. They are that in depth), Character builders. On YouTube, Peter Weatherall, make me genius, StoryBots, numberblocks (more for my three year old twins but my K and 2nd grader are mesmerized by it too). Numberblocks are like DragonBox nooms in a very engaging cartoon format. Character builders are on YouTube somewhere too, which is how we found them, but I bought the updated version on DVDs. Wildkratts on a channel I can’t remember. On pbs kids, fetch with ruff ruffman, odd squad, (Cyberchase which is only slightly educational), and Word girl. I have intended to watch some Bearenstain bears on YouTube and Roman Mysteries but we haven’t yet to say if those are good or not.
  14. I would not be afraid of lithium in nutritional doses. It is an essential nutrient. I find off the chart low lithium as the number one most common finding on hair analysis. It is very common in mercury toxicity. I would be afraid of it too in prescription level doses which are much, much higher. I use one DFH Lithium Synergy per day for adults for three months, then once per week. It helps with memory and mood swings.
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