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  1. I think it's pretty flexible and can just be tossed in where ever, lol. We did the exercises verbally and then picked a couple to use as copywork each day. My DS 8 did a part of Killgallons Elementary Sentence Composing after MCT Island but before W&R Fable. He did most of the rest near the end of MCT Town and after W&R Narrative I. He's doing MCT Voyage and part-way through W&R Narrative II now and I'd be totally comfortable adding in the last little bit of Killgallons if I felt he needed more copywork. However, at this point it feels unnecessary. My DS 11 used the same
  2. BA is a complete curriculum and mostly has enough practice for a not-too-typical certain kind of kid... but almost every kid will need more practice than BA has built in at some point or another, some kids more or less than others. I think BA works best when each chapter is used to mastery and supplemented as necessary. I have some pretty mathy kids, and every one of them used some other program either before or in tandem with BA (Right Start, MEP, Algebra Lab Gear, etc.). Even my radically accelerated DS 8 (the kid who did BA 4 and 5 each in 10-11 weeks and completed AoPS Prealgebra at
  3. What about tracing instead of copying? At 7yo my dyslexic+dysgraphic DS 10 was dictating his responses and tracing what someone else carefully scribed for him (he was in public school). If he'd been homeschooling I would have let him trace his copywork. And I second drawing, if that's something your kids are interested in. It might be early for the 7yo, but you could still try. If either has perfectionist tendencies and are likely to get upset if they can't draw what they have in their mind, you might try to guide them toward more abstract or cartoony drawings or even an adult coloring bo
  4. This looks very cool. I wish they were a bit more transparent about pricing, though.
  5. Here's a link to a demo of a self-paced class. https://artofproblemsolving.com/school/handbook/prospective/selfpaceddemo?fbclid=IwAR3IF2LjE4xqS2-nF4GFWRZ43go1PxsX1P5ujE7R7LXL1Un2JmzVXDEVuKA When you do an AoPS Online class, you use the book and do Alcumus just like you would without the class, so the class is just *more*. My boys do the live classes, so no direct experience with self-paced classes, but one of the main advantages for my kids has been the writing/proof problems and the feedback given on those, which you get in either variety of AoPS Online class. Communicating mathemat
  6. My DS 10 recently came home from PS as well. I pulled him in January and we've been trying to figure out what to do since then. He's 2e with low motivation. History: This coming year I'm planning to go through History Quest Early Times (maybe also the beginning of Middle Times) with my DS 10 and DS 8, beefed up with a middle-school literature list, Crash Course world history and world mythology videos, and maybe/probably/possibly Human Odyssey Vol. 1 readings. HQ Early Times is supposed to be for grades 1-4, but it doesn't feel any different than reusing SOTW for a second run through i
  7. Anxiety in kids on the spectrum can look different than what you probably associate with anxiety, and it's extremely common. I originally took my DS 8 in to his pediatric psychiatrist begging for ADHD meds, but we walked out of that first appointment with an Rx for an SSRI instead. I filled out the anxiety/mood questionnaires and was like, "No. No. Nope. Sometimes. No..." and thought he for sure didn't have anxiety just looking at my own responses. The psychiatrist looked at the questionnaire and noticed patterns instead of degrees, interviewed me and DS 8, considered our family history,
  8. Dunno, but all my kids on meds are in therapy. That said, they all have anxiety in addition to ADHD (and two are on the spectrum). And, side note, getting anxiety under control had a huge impact on behaviors we thought were just ADHD in one kid.
  9. Just wanted to jump in and offer some encouragement. ADHD and mood medications have had a profoundly positive impact on the quality of our lives. It's great that you'll be working with a pediatric psychiatrist. They're the experts, after all, and kids on the spectrum often require more expertise than kids who "just" have ADHD. Also wanted to throw out there that you needn't favor or rule out a particular medication based on the experiences of others. Each kid responds individually. Just in my three older kids, we have one thriving with a first-line stimulant and one who trialed just about
  10. My older kids (8, 10, and 12) want to "do art" this year. This is a subject I would normally outsource, but because of Covid we'll need to figure it out at home. I have zero talent, experience, or knowledge about this subject, and aside from some pottery classes, we've done close to nothing as far as arts and crafts so far. I need a curriculum to hold my hand! I'd like something secular / religiously neutral. It'd be cool if it included some art history, but that shouldn't be the main focus since it's the "doing" that my boys are interested in. Any suggestions?
  11. My DS#3 will be a third grader this fall. He's an outlier, but since I shared on the grade level threads for all my other kids, I'd feel pretty weird excluding him. Math: AoPS Online class Science: Davidson Explore class ELA: Royal Fireworks Online MCT class Social Studies/History: Tagging along with DS 10 studying prehistory & ancients, probably using a mix of History Quest, Human Odyssey, and Big History Project, plus a side focus on world religions using the Usborne Encyclopedia of World Religions Other: KiwiCo Tinker Crate subscription, Code Combat, mindfulness and social/emotion
  12. So much has changed that I figured it'd be easier to just repost! Math: RightStart level H Science-ish: His picks from Athena's. Starting with Dragonology and the Yum! food class 1st semester, 2nd semester TBD ELA: Lightning Lit 7 through Online G3 (and then LL 8 second semester *if* he enjoys LL7 and is onboard with it), Sequential Spelling 2, Fix It 2, Night Zookeeper Social Studies: Prehistory & ancients, probably using a mix of History Quest, Human Odyssey, and Big History Project, plus a side focus on world religions using the Usborne Encyclopedia of World Religi
  13. My littlest has been in public school all along, but we've recently made the decision to homeschool him next year. He has special needs. Honestly, I'm pretty nervous about cutting him loose from the experts and learning specialists in PS. He'd technically be a rising 2nd grader by age, except that he was retained a year in PS and we're probably going to keep his grade aligned with that. I'm probably going to have to do a lot of adjusting along the way, but this is what I've got so far: -- Picture book read-aloud schedule and topically coordinated activities from Five Senses Literatur
  14. If your kiddo is a strong reader and loves language, I think it's worth trying. Island is cute and whimsical, definitely a cuddle-together-on-the-couch curriculum. If he doesn't respond well, shelve it and try again in a few months or a year. The Mud Trilogy was/is well loved by all of my kids. It's worth including that literature trilogy whenever you do Island level. We've only used the first three levels of MCT, so I can only speak to those. I'm curious about the upper levels, too. My oldest DS started Island as a third grader and it was really too easy for him by that point. We wo
  15. The audiologists seem to think his hearing loss shouldn't cause any problems. They say it's mild enough that it shouldn't impact speech development at all. He gets yearly follow ups because a form of progressive, juvenile-onset HL runs in my DH's family, but so far he seems not to have inherited that. The HL is most likely stable and related to his birth history. I'm sure that he still wouldn't pass the Barton screening because he's still struggling with segmenting sentences into separate words and words into syllables in Hearbuilder. He can't get past the very first exercise where it giv
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