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  1. http://www.empiricalzeal.com/2012/06/05/the-crayola-fication-of-the-world-how-we-gave-colors-names-and-it-messed-with-our-brains-part-i/ Sent from my A0001 using Tapatalk
  2. My 6yo dd has some similar issues and she loves using a small white board because it's less tiring. She does some of the beginning Waldorf form drawing and enjoys playing with different colors and patterns so it keeps her attention longer (she thinks of it as arts and crafts time so she's more interested than "let's do writing") but helps with tidying up her lines and loops which definitely has helped her handwriting this year.
  3. Thanks so much for the pointers, Anna's Mom. For my dd worksheets are less stressful because there is only one right answer. For her the overwhelm of more than one right answer causes more stress which is something we're slowly working on by doing lots of stories as you were talking about. I'll definitely try out Right Star to see if it fits her. Geodob and OhElizabeth, no fear. We are early on in the process but working with OT, psychologists, and psychiatrist now to get some course corrections now so she is better able to manage it as life goes on. Thanks OhElizabeth for the book recommendation. We have a few books we've been through but not that one so I'll pick it up on our next library day. I will also have her try the Ronit Bird program you mentioned. See what she likes better between that and the Right Star Anna's Mom mentioned. Next eval is on the 24th and then probably won't get the results until mid April (I loathe how long it takes to get results. If we were getting a blood test done to check for something physical it wouldn't be 2 months out for results! Oh well, a soap box for another day) I'm not opposed to meds but not excited to jump on them as a magic bullet. As mentioned in my first post some of these things are not foreign territory to me. Anxiety, depression, and ADD are more common in my family than not. Through the years I have found that diet and lifestyle (CBT and other therapies I consider lifestyle) can be very effective treatment modalities, sometimes in conjunction with pharmaceuticals and sometimes in lieu of them. Just a matter of trial and error to find what combo works best for the individual. Thanks again for the replies, I'm excited to work towards finding the best answer for her and hope it comes sooner than later.
  4. *big wide world Sent from my A0001 using Tapatalk
  5. My kids love Peeps bug wide world and Pokoyo. Sent from my A0001 using Tapatalk
  6. Hey all, We are in the process of having my dd tested for ADD, sensory processing disorder, and anxiety. I'm pretty sure ADD is an issue (I and 2 of my family members grew up with it and still have issues today, so I know a thing or two about what it looks like) but need to figure out the other things that are at play. Anyway, my 7yo dd is lagging behind in math. Her attention span only lasts about 5 minutes so getting through a concept can be a bit of a challenge. Another big issue that is contributing to her success is a highly perfectionist personality. She has a complete meltdown and flat out refuses to even try something new. She wants assurance that she is 100% capable of getting it all right on the first try or she won't even look at the game/worksheet/etc. I don't want to push it and cause further anxiety but wonder if anyone out there has been through a similar situation and what you were able to do. Any fun, fast paced games that aren't highly stressful/competitive to help her increase confidence? Thanks
  7. My heart goes out to you big time! I know it's so hard to see immediate issues and want to correct them before they become bigger. I commend you for recognizing what is happening and being willing to adjust as needed for everyone's best shot. I'll share with you my story in an attempt to maybe give you some comfort for long term: I started in the public school system. By 3rd grade my mother knew there was something more for our family. Much like you, she was a bit type A, all or nothing perfectionist. Half way through 4th grade everything came crashing down for our family. Financially we were barely hanging by a thread. Divorce seemed inevitable as fathers work had him home only every other weekend. My older brother was struggling socially (always an extrovert and now homeschool ed in a small town where there wasn't a Co op or other means of support) which was affecting his mental health. Turned out homeschool wasn't necessarily the greener grass my mom had been hoping for for our family. The mounting pressure culminated in me and my brother finishing the year living with my aunt and attending public school with our cousins while mom spent a few months in the hospital trying to recover her mental health. By 5th grade I was very "behind" in math, according to the school. I continued to do homeschool with a friend's family (we moved to a larger city that had a good homeschool community) and my brother went to private school. It was a couple of years of upset that took some time to figure out what would be best for everyone in our family. Lots of one on one conversations with mom helped her see what our individual needs and desires were and we were able to create what was needed. Fast forward many years and I have a bachelor's and am working on a masters degree in dietetics. My brother is a CFO by day and expert craftsman by night. If a 5th grader who is "behind" can eventually get a masters degree that heavily relies on chemistry, your 3rd grader can catch up over time, too. A couple of years that were "less than ideal" were hard, but in the end, didn't ruin our lives. You're doing your best which is the best thing for your kids. Take time to do what is right for you so you can do right for them too. Big hugs to you and your family.
  8. Thanks for the link! I appreciate you reaching out like that for me. That was one I requested to join a while back and they finally added me just yesterday. I needed to be patient for a while before they were able to get to my request. Patience is not one of my strong points. I'm excited to get together with one of the playgroups next week.
  9. Thanks for the link! I appreciate you reaching out like that for me. That was one I requested to join a while back and they finally added me just yesterday. I just needed to be patient for a while before they were able to get to my request. I'm excited to get together with one of the playgroups next week.
  10. Also... My husband has waffled back and forth on the schooling. A lot of it for him comes from fear of the unknown. I had been educated via public, private, and home settings because straight up public schools where I grew up weren't awesome. He grew up in an area that had some of the best schools in the country and his mom was a full time volunteer at the school so for him that's best. There plenty of time for you to find a great compromise. You know your fiance and your relationship better than anyone. Only you can decide what's best for your future family. Having fundamental disagreement is hard in a partnership, but if you know how to work with it early on then move forward with what you know to be right. Sent from my A0001 using Tapatalk
  11. Just get as involved as you can. It does depend quite a bit (I realize I'm echoing a lot that's already been said) on where you live. When I grew up, I got to enjoy a combined homeschool/private school experience. Where I live now there isn't a place that is cool with that so I get to make adjustments to my plan A. My sister in law sends her kids to the local public school and it's a great fit for their family. She was the pta president for 2 years and is now a substitute teacher for her kids' school so she gets to be very involved. Some communities have lots of charter schools that require heavy parental involvement and choice making for curriculum. Maybe your husband would be willing to compromise and move to a place that will have a school solution that works for both of your viewpoints. Good luck! Sent from my A0001 using Tapatalk
  12. Thanks for sponsoring a child in Ecuador! I did a mission trip there my first year of college so the kids in the Highland villages hold some of my heartstrings. We are learning Spanish as a family this year and are using duolingo to supplement Spanish classes we attend at the Y. The kids also play 1 Spanish game and watch 1 show (both of their choosing, typically via PBS kids. Com) every day after lunch. Sent from my A0001 using Tapatalk
  13. My daughter loves it. We've read it 3 times and she is only 6. While reading aloud I do share the sentiment of feeling uncomfortable with the name calling and disrespect. On the other side of that coin, it has opened up some good conversations with my daughter about respect and kindness and fairness that has contributed to her recent leveling up in emotional maturity. This book might be a great opportunity for thoughtful discussion with 8-9 yr olds, if their parents are comfortable with the exposure. Sent from my A0001 using Tapatalk
  14. There are groups on fb but they are private and I've not had my request to join the groups accepted yet. The BASH website right now only says "..No longer accepting new memberships" so I'm feeling stuck on those avenues which is why I turned here.
  15. Is anyone here tied in with BASH or a similar group in San Antonio? Do you have any idea when they'll be accepting new members? Thanks
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