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  1. This has been our experience, although we used MEP and skipped the 5th days, which are review. We are not yet caught up, but dd has made great strides in math. It takes about an hour altogether, not an hour and forty minutes like it used to.
  2. There's Sinbad the Sailor illustrated by Qunetin Blake. I read it aloud to dd a few years ago, and remember it being quite readable.
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    Art? is free! We haven't used the whole program, just a few years. They have not required any outlandish materials. No videos, but they often show samples. They are the sort of projects I would expect to see in a ps.
  4. We used ETLT mostly for the copywork aspect.
  5. We are not far enough along for my voice to count much, but I'm thinking all my kids are going to be stuck with BFSU, because it is so thorough and presents topics more or less sequentially . And I can't foresee any reason for us to not continue with MEP for everybody.
  6. My experience has been that you are on your own for handwriting. My oldest graduated ps, and for a very long time, he held his pencil very weirdly until it was pointed out. His cursive writing looks like a 5th grader's, although he has practiced his signature so that looks a bit nicer.
  7. I bought him a set of his very own "special" triangular colored pencils that are his alone to use. His interest in coloring has greatly increased. Thank you so much for the suggestion!
  8. I am certain that if this child had been brought up in a typical American household with few books and lots of screen time, the public school would have been pressuring us to have him diagnosed as ADHD. He has lots of what I consider typical boy energy, but he can also sit and pore over Calvin & Hobbes for an hour at a time.
  9. DS6, who rarely picks up a pencil on his own, spent 20 minutes on ONE math problem today. He was supposed to color the same color the little pictures of a group of 8 toys that were the same. In the group there were 2 teddy bears, and he decided to color the left paws yellow and the bellies orange, each ear was a different color, etc....oh and he drew for each bear a quiver of arrows and "ice bombs". It should have taken about three minutes to complete, but...he was getting fine motor skills in, so that's good, too.
  10. We use, which is also free, and has a teacher component so you can check progress and make assignments. It also has fun graphics.
  11. I have worked in a public library, and painting objects is nearly always a hit. It doesn't matter if it's a pre-made plaster doo-hickey from Walmart or a rock. Kids just like painting stuff.
  12. I'm sure he would find the Marvel characters appealing. I think I would also have to put them in a special place where they only get used for school, otherwise they will wander off somewhere and we will never be able to find them when I want them for school. This is the reason I hide books from my children as well. 🙂 His issues are not as serious as what you have described. I think if I use some of the tips here that will nudge him into a good position (grips, triangular implements, etc.) that will help. I have to also wrap my brain around both having to, and how to teach this. I have some innate artistic ability, so for me, I see that a small "a" is a circle with a line next to it, and you just copy it. For my son, it is a challenge to draw a circle. He can do it. It can be identified as a circle, but it is hard work for him.
  13. So how would I know if he has a grip/dexterity/strength issue? Mostly his grip seems ok, but not always. When it's good, it definitely looks better than the weird grip my oldest has who went to ps. I might be able to get him to use small chalk, but golf pencils do not fly in this house. For some reason, my children have decided they are for "little kids" and will have nothing to do with them. In the beginning of the school year, we did a lot of play dough, but he hasn't been interested in it lately. I have also partnered doing Ed Emberley's faces with him on a white board to help with fine motor control.
  14. Huh. I didn't realize Barefoot Ragamuffins has a handwriting curriculum. You learn something new everyday. 🙂
  15. Thank you for such a detailed response. I knew ds would be different than his compliant, worksheet-loving sister. He definitely requires more explicit and extended instruction that she did. I kind of feel like I have to learn everything all over again in order to teach him. I don't have the feeling that he needs a lot of manipulatives; he hasn't been too interested in doing the cornmeal, although he requests doing chalk on the sidewalk. The ProgressivePhonics looks appealing right now. He is working on reading CVC words, so that seems to fit right in.
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