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    Coloring with the "Wrong" Colors

    She can color things specific colors when asked, but it brings a lot of resistance. Her vision has been checked and everything was normal there. I will hold out on dyslexia testing for now as she does seem to finally be progressing with reading (although slowly) and only recently began showing an interest in reading things on her own... Perhaps she just needs more time. Thank you for all of the replies!
  2. My daughter is seven and colors everything with the "wrong" colors. She refuses to use the "right" colors (blue for the sky, green for the grass, etc.). I've suggested using the correct colors for things a few times this school year (I let it go last year since it was her kindergarten year), but she does not want to. Is this okay? Is this a sign of something or is she just "creative"? I vaguely remember reading something somewhere about this, but can't remember where I read it or what it said. :) I do have some concerns about dyslexia as she has been slow to pick up reading (she's just now reading Dr. Seuss books) and she struggles to sound out words (she can remember words extremely well if they are taught as sight words, but will also read "on" as "no", etc.).
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    K5’er trouble with place value

    My daughter is in first grade and we count her days of school to 100 as part of our calendar time. This year, we made the number of school days each day with rods. You could start counting days or make the date each day with rods.
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    need math for this kid - help!

    You could try the games from Addition Facts That Stick and/or Subtraction Facts That Stick by Kate Snow. We did part of each book for kindergarten last year (addition and subtraction through ten) and have brought them back out for first grade this year. The games have been a huge hit with my daughter (you could skip the review sheets or do them orally). We also use and enjoy Daily Word Problems by Evan Moor. My daughter is constantly asking for word problems and it has addition, subtraction, simple factoring, etc.
  5. Also, when we have the ten frame out for solving math problems, she prefers to just look at it (without actually putting any manipulatives on it) which is another reason I believe her to be very visual.
  6. What is a good math curriculum to do after completing the Kate Snow addition and subtraction books? My daughter loves the card games from these books especially. A little background... For kindergarten, we did Miquon Orange and it was okay (we still use the rods each morning with a sticker chart to count what day of school we’re on and she enjoys that). We moved to the Kate Snow addition and subtraction books after Miquon Orange to really master the facts through ten and she declared she loved math - yay! We then went to Singapore 1A (Standards, I think) at the beginning of first grade and she wasn’t too fond of it. We switched back to the games from the Kate Snow books after that and we’re on track to finish the books by April. I tried her in CLE 100 the other day and she did not like it at all (she enjoyed the flash cards, but the workbook almost caused tears and she wanted to do card games instead). We also currently use Evan Moor Daily Word Problems Grade 1 and she really enjoys those problems, so we will most likely continue that. I’m just not sure where to go from here with a main curriculum for math and would like to stop jumping around from thing to thing. :) Also, I’m pretty sure she is a very “visual†learner. She struggles with phonics, but can memorize words by sight very quickly (colors, numbers, etc. were very easy for her), she enjoys flash cards (she loves me flashing the phonogram cards in LOE), she moves her eyes up when solving math problems, etc. And I apologize for all of the questions... I’m trying to plan second grade and am personally finding it more difficult than kindergarten and first were since our main focus for those grades was mostly to play. :)
  7. I am looking for simple history and geography books or curriculum for my daughter who will be in second grade in the fall. This school year, we are reading through Usborne's First Encyclopedia of History and DK's Children Just Like Me while using a globe. My daughter is a very visual learner, so this setup is working great. Is there something out there that is similar to these books, but only slightly more "advanced"? Everything that I have found so far seems leaps and bounds beyond what we're doing. I ordered and have looked through SOTW 1, but I don't think it will hold her attention. I'm open to doing American history, but haven't found anything that seems to fit her learning style... Any suggestions appreciated!
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    Logic of English Foundations Overwhelm

    My daughter did A and B her Kindergarten year and I purchased C and D for first grade (this year). I decided last minute to have her review A and B instead of starting C in August as she was struggling somewhat and not really enjoying reading. The review helped tremendously. Everything started to “click†and she’s reading great now (I do still help her with spelling). We just started C, so I’m not sure how it’s going to go (although so far so good), but we may review it at the beginning of second grade before going into D. We’ve just had to take it pretty slow!
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    2017-2018 1st Grade Plans!

    I think I've finally finalized my choices. :laugh: Calendar, then morning time that rotates through bible, memory work, music, logic puzzles and workbooks, read-alouds and yoga Language Arts: Logic of English Foundations C and D, journal entries with prompts Math: Singapore 1A and 1B (slightly possible we'll move into 2A as well, she LOVES math and I can't decide if 1A is going to be too easy for her) Science: Abeka's Discovering God's World, My Body by Patty Carratello, Mystery Doug videos History: Usborne's First Encyclopedia of History Geography: DK's Children Just Like Me Art: Usborne's Art Treasury Extras: Dance, tennis and softball (iffy on these since she'll be getting casts, then braces in the fall for toe walking) Looking forward to a good year!
  10. I'd give Addition Facts That Stick a try. I ran across it and ordered it on a whim just to change things up for my six-year-old daughter. We were using Miquon and while she could add, subtract and multiply easily with the rods, she couldn't answer simple equations (1+1) without them. The games in the book really helped her and she actually enjoys math now. We took a bit longer than six weeks to work through the book and still use the games for practice. We also did the practice pages orally (and with the ten-frame as needed). I've learned this school year that she's a very "right-brained"/"visual" child, though, so that may have helped her have success with it. She can add pretty much any two, one digit numbers mentally now whereas she couldn't do this when we were working only with Miquon and the rods. It's honestly worth a shot. :)
  11. My daughter turned six in January and we have been working through Logic of English Foundations this school year, beginning in A and now we are in B. She has struggled with reading, but we've continued with her lessons while slowing our pace and adding in extra practice-only days. She knows all of the sounds of each individual letter (the way Logic of English teaches it) and quite a few of the multiple letter phonograms so far, but she just can't seem to connect the phonogram sounds to sound out a word (she even struggles with some of the three letter words still). After speaking with a friend about this, I decided to try some sight words with my daughter. I printed off the Dolch primer flash cards (these: my daughter learned sixteen new words today (she possibly could have done more, but I felt like I was pushing her and she was getting tired). I just read a set of four words, had her repeat them a few times and then would flash them to her, adding four more words in each time. She knew them all, no problems (I let her have a snack break, then come back and try it again to see if she still knew the words and she did except for one). I am blown away. My daughter can read words like "blue" and "funny", but struggles with "bit" and "gas"?! So what do I do now? Should we take a complete break from Logic of English and just focus on sight words? Continue with both? Push forward with just Logic of English? I thought teaching by sight words wasn't "right" (this is our first year homeschooling). Anyone have a kid like this? :) I was actually able to teach her to "read" before she turned two with refrigerator magnets (just showing her words and having her repeat them), but I stopped once we got to about twenty unique words, thinking she needed a strong phonics foundation first... Maybe this is just the way she learns? Help!
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    Looking for a Supplement to Miquon

    I am a first year homeschool-er and am currently using Miquon for my five-year-old daughter. We are working through The Orange Book and I think she is getting it, but I'm not completely sure. I assist her with a lot of it because she won't really do much on her own. I am looking for a supplement as I really like Miquon, but feel maybe we could add to it to make it a little more engaging and fun for her. I'm looking at the RightStart Math Card Games Kit. Is this worth it? We play card games with Logic of English and things like Old Maid and Uno and she really likes those. I struggle with teaching her math, not because I don't understand it, but more because I am not sure I am really breaking things down and explaining them to her on her level. Anything else that I could look into? Thanks!
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    Handwriting issues

    Have you considered teaching her cursive? It may be a good fit since all of the lowercase letters begin on the baseline.
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