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About AngelaVA

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  1. Mine is left handed also, she has an iPad I need to look at the app mentioned. I have another app that she was supposed to be able to do her math on but it only lets her type on a certain place and it way harder to navigate than writing on a paper would be. And then where she is only doing second grade math there is still some coloring in or drawing dots or whatnot that this app didn't do (snap something I think it was). There's also a lot of pictures which makes it really time consuming for me to copy to a white board, plus the left handed thing, she's erasing it while she's writing. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  2. I am ISO a large format math book at the second grade level for a child with a visual motor impairment. I have been modifying Math Mammoth on my own but it's very difficult and time consuming. I need something without tiny plastic manipulatives like Math U See has because that is also a source of extreme frustration and distracts from rather than enhancing math learning in this case. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  3. I really want to get my hands on a decent, relatively modern first- second grade level basal reader. I know it's old fashioned but I am dealing with some special learning needs and I feel like it would be really helpful for us. I want the uniformity and continuity and controlled word list they provide. I am currently using Rigby PM readers but there's not enough books at each level for us to get sufficient practice to move on.
  4. Maybe instead of buying another curriculum do the one you have at a slower pace and supplement with games of math to practice and solidify skills? That is what we are doing this year with my 10 year old. I'm not in a hurry for her to get to pre algebra. I would rather see really solid arithmetic skills first. In life you use arithmetic so much more. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  5. I'm not sure I am reading that the child is doing anything unsafe or that we can presume anything atypical is undiagnosed. Just because a child has a diagnosis doesn't mean that everyone is going to know about it or that they are going to suddenly act typically. The minor participating he is doing could be really good for him. I think it's up to the teachers to say if he's being disruptive. We finally gave up on PE at the Y with my physically disabled child even though the teachers were fine with it the kids and parents could not get over staring at her the entire class and the kids could not stop asking over and over why she couldn't run as far, why she couldn't do certain things etc. And yeah I probably looked tired and overwhelmed at times but it's not like anyone is going to come over and give me a pep talk that's going to help me make my child more typical (I'm not saying you think this but some people act that way). The best thing you can do is be friendly and teach your kids about differences. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  6. When we had our neuropsych exam one of the recommendations for memory issues was to study things in thematic units that integrated different subject areas. It has been helpful for us. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  7. I'm not sure about the skin changing color part but hallucinations that the world is tilting, spinning, getting bigger or smaller are often associated with partial seizures. Gaps in memory are also associated with seizures. There is a fair number of people who have both ASD and Epilepsy as well. I think it would be worth investigation from that standpoint as well. I would ask for a sleep deprived or 24 hour EEG vs a regular 20 minutes EEG which almost never picks anything up. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  8. I use unscented Dr Bronner's Castile soap on my dogs. I always thought for a dog with such an intense sense of smell it must be terrible to be covered with a perfume smell. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  9. My daughter has epilepsy. The main way we have dealt with memory issues is to work towards better long term seizure control. It sounds like both your kids are still having seizures. The partial seizures with the "just staring" may not seem like much to you but it's erasing their memory of a portion of their day and long term that causes cognitive damage. The modern treatment goal for epilepsy is "no seizures no side effects" which can be obtained for at least 75% of people. It sounds like you need to see a pediatric epileptologist to help guide you in treatment. If you check out the epilepsy foundations web site you should be able to find a level 4 epilepsy center near you. With such a strong family history of epilepsy you should definitely have a genetic epilepsy panel done. If there is a known syndrome present it will help guide you towards the most effective treatment. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  10. I'm not so sure about homeschool life at this point. It just seems like a really old fashioned web site. There's no way as an admin I could do any of that on my iPhone, with all the drop down boxes and stuff, it does have a lot of features but it seems like so much work. I do have people who help me, just none of them are very good at the technology piece.
  11. Thanks you all I talked to the folks at Homeschool Life today and we are going to do a 60 day trial with them. It sounds like they have some really exciting and helpful features.
  12. I think I figured this out, can you all see it? I put admin approval because I see a million spam posts here and I'm sure we don't want those.
  13. No sorry I'm on tappatalk right now, I will go an see what I can do on the actual computer.
  14. Specifically I need to figure out a way to be more organized and efficient with communication. Ours is a social/support group, not an academic coop. We do park days and a few field trips and things like show and tell and poetry tea and then we have seasonal get togethers like a Valentine's Day Party, an Easter party ect. There's about 50 families in the group, but really only 20 some that actually come to events, so that's another thing I should probably figure out at some point, do I let those people keep hanging out or cull them from the group? Right now we are using Facebook groups which isn't the most ideal way to communicate because posts get buried and people don't always see things and also because we live in a rural area where a portion of people do not have good internet access at home. So basically every event even though it's setup online I have a steady stream of posted questions and private messages about it. Even simple ones like the park I seem to be getting messages? "How do I get to this park?" (Address is posted but the person can't seem to see or access it) or "I have an 11 year old will any 11 year olds be there?" (I would have to go through the list of people coming and mentally count to know) I am constantly getting Facebook tech support questions I am trying to get others to post Facebook events instead of it always being me but the format isn't standardized across platforms and even on the computer it seems to look different depending on if you are an admin or a group member. So people get confused and then end up posting an event to their own Facebook wall instead of the group or they can't figure out how to invite people to the event and then I end up on the phone with them and on the computer helping them which is more work than if I would have just done it myself. For the bigger events it's worse, we make sign up posts for people to sign up to bring things or do things at the events but they get buried in chat and people that aren't online regularly don't see them and post elsewhere and then people get confused about who is bringing or doing what and I end up having to sort through weeks of posts to figure it out and make lists and then I post the lists and there is more chat about that...Then I have people who don't have regular internet access calling me asking questions and I am sometimes posting on their behalf. I am currently searching for somewhere other than Facebook groups to host my group, where we can have more organized sign ups and email information out to people who can only get online infrequently. But then it's going to be a new format for everyone and how much helping am I going to need to get everyone going with it? And honestly, it's hard to know sometimes when I need to be helpful and when to stop being so helpful and just kind of force people to figure it out. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  15. I use the third grade. The first half of the year we followed the schedule but it was too many things in one day for us when I included other activities we have going on, so in January we changed the schedule and we do reading and literature each day but then Monday we do all the art for that week, Tuesday all the History, Wednesday all the science and Thursday we work on a writing project (from Brave Writer). We also do math each day. I really like the program but there are books we have not finished because we just didn't like them (Mandy, The Ravenmaster's Secret) and the Eyewitness Chemistry book was just way above my child's head and we ended up just reading parts of it. I am of the opinion that there is never going to be a single perfect curriculum and I will modify anything I use to some degree though. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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