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About LauraClark

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  1. Thank you-that was not something I had considered.
  2. Thank you thank you thank you! I'll look through those tonight.
  3. That is incredibly encouraging! I've been watching a few videos this afternoon on interactive metronome and, yep, he definitely has a tempo issue. I'm encouraged that it seems like a lot of this I could just incorporate into our daily routine: I do piano with him each day and a lot of our morning memory work is to song. I was both thinking nothing could be done and, if it could, it would be very time consuming. (I think he is not a severe case.) Thank you so much for this!
  4. Thank you! I have never heard of that and will look into it.
  5. Ds9 is very slow with everything (school work, chores, etc) and after searching online it seems like processing delay. And I also think dh has done processing delay after reading about it: even things like if we meet in the hallway he jumps out of the way a second later than seems "normal". I'm totally fine with working around this (although it can be extremely frustrating at times), but I would hate to not ask and later find out there was something I could have done to help. Anyone have experience and advice?
  6. This is a favorite and it has veggies so I count it as super healthy 😉 https://www.adayinthekitchen.com/flourless-double-chocolate-chip-zucchini-muffins/ I use peanut butter instead of almond butter and sometimes double the zucchini or use grated carrot instead of some zucchini.
  7. In case you're looking for some kind of benchmark: we started at lesson 150ish at the beginning of this 2nd grade and will finish the book sometime during this year. Not sure if that is average or not, but it gives you an idea of what someone else is doing.
  8. Somewhere on these boards Dictation Day by Day was mentioned and that's what we have been using for spelling. I dictate a couple sentences to DS8, I show him misspelled words, he corrects them and also rewrites them. I keep the misspelled words on a list on our wall where he can see them. When the list becomes pretty long I'll make up some funny sentences and take off any he spells correctly. When I switched to that curriculum I had read a few convincing articles about learning to spell via lists (which we were doing and he was not retaining) vs spell via sentences. He seems to be ret
  9. That is wise advice. This year our first two weeks were alternately great and frustrating and probably having a week off to retweek things would have been perfect. We do a 6 week on, 1 week off schedule with a short summer break. It is helpful to me to have multiple breaks during the year rather than one long break. I had planned to start Aug 3, but my boys were being way too wrestle-y ALL THE TIME (mixed in with a bunch of crying because they got hurt), so we started July 6. So far so good (now that we're done with week 3 😉). My husband's a ps teacher, but it's nice for him when the
  10. You're not alone. Especially with child #1-EVERYTHING was stressful. It still is to some extent. So don't think there's something wrong with you. 😊
  11. I've been thinking about this quite a bit too. My husband is a public school elementary teacher and he has definitely reached the "jaded" phase. This year he has been told students will not be able to go to the drinking fountain and should bring water bottles. The admin said, "it might be a good idea for you to have bottled water"...guess who pays for that-low income teachers. Grr...it makes me angry how much he is expected to pay. Anyway, that was a bit off topic. Because there are adults who are around kids a significant portion of the day I think it is absolutely their responsib
  12. The nice thing about people who go crazy with conspiracy theories is that they really aren't interested in hearing what you have to say/don't give you an opportunity to say anything. So you don't really have to worry about how you should respond.
  13. NC here as well. I grew up in MI so you would think I would be whining, but it gets this hot in MI sometimes and they don't have AC....so, I'll happily stay here :) Honestly, I've found that half my irritation with the heat is just that I don't want to be sweaty. Once I give in and stop caring about the sweat it's totally tolerable. Plus, I'm one of the weirdos that would rather be too hot than too cold.
  14. My kids only tell me they outgrew their shoes when we're running out the door to church. I'm the world's best mom when I respond: "Can't you just squeeze them in for today?"
  15. There are no specific readers suggested. We've just used whatever we had-bob books, progressive phonics (really short silly paragraphs we found online), hooked on phonics... Eventually we moved on to level 1/level 2 readers from the library. I think TWTM suggests waiting to start spelling until half way through OPG (which is about 1st grade for us). We start spelling and grammar (FLL) in 1st grade. We just start super easy spelling words-in fact, I take spelling words (or even sentences) from the first lessons of OPG. I found that spelling helped to reinforce the reading.
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