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  1. In our family we have two kids for whom school came easily and who were both in gifted programs at some point, and one child who has learning disabilities that made school continually hard...so hard that after a year of him crying through kindergarten and making no progress, we brought him home to homeschool. After four years homeschooling he attended school a year behind and in a special ed class (which was wonderful for him, frankly...he finally could compare himself to kids going through the same sort of struggles he was in stead of his older brothers.). Now he's homeschooling again thr
  2. So, I'm not in Texas anymore, but here's my top tips. First, if you don't have snow boots or anything else waterproof like rain boots, put on your socks and then wrap plastic wrap around them, sort of like a cast. I took a trip to the mountains recently and forgot one of my snow boots (oops)...so I stopped at a small store, got some plastic wrap, and wrapped my other foot over the sock, them put my thin canvas tennis shoe over it. We played for hours in 2 foot deep snow, and my foot never got wet. It was just as warm as my foot in the boot too. For gloves, try thick leather garden
  3. So, I'm looking for books for my son who struggles with reading at a lower reading level, but still really good stories AND something with some depth. I'm thinking something like Holes (such a good, complex story but very easy to read.) It wouldn't have to be in the same genre as holes but just an easier to read book at a higher literarary level...more "discussable" than the typical kids book at a lower reading level. (Updating to note, my son is age 12, 6th grade).
  4. The free readers and short phonics lessons at ProgressivePhonics.com might work well for him because they are SHORT and color coded so you read some parts and he reads others, which helps with fatique. You read the little lessons with him, and then there are color coded poems for readers. Since they are very short, you could have him read one after each meal or something like that, breaking it up into bight sized bits he can handle. Also, when kids are first learning to read, they may not be able to understand much of what they are reading themselves because initially it goes so slow and
  5. So, I tried to do what you were talking about, but I feel like I may have done my son a dis-service. Yes, AAS can be used sort of in a backwards way to teach reading, but there are things that are easier to learn in reading and easier to learn in spelling, and I think there is a different order to it as well. There are also things that are harder to spell if you haven't really learned to read them first. But I never ended up using AAR and I ended up using ProgressivePhonics (which is free) along with All About Spelling, which did work...but I think it would have helped to start with the
  6. Not necessarily, but I do feel like both would read slightly better as two sentences.
  7. Wow, this sounds like just about where we were 3 years ago. We had moved and were having trouble getting connected to a homeschool community, my son (who has some learning challenges), was getting to where he could do more but I was having trouble being consistent and keeping the workload at the right level. We were also looking into how a charter school could help with his special needs and my husband was worried about money and wanted me to get a job. But I also was afraid to put him back in school. He had a very bad PS kindergarten experience and I didn't want to loose ground with
  8. Absolutely. Honestly, I wanted to buy All About Reading but my husband flipped at the price (it's really not that expensive for a Reading program but he had just lost his job), so I got All About Spelling after flipping through it and seeing that it could be reverse engineered to cover a lot of reading skills (no, I do not suggest doing that...it is so much easier/better to buy a reading curriculum, but if your kids are already reading yeah, it would reinforce reading skills and even could help you catch some phonics skills they might be missing.
  9. The BEST place to sell though, I would say, is any live homeschool event. In both cities I lived in local homeschool groups organized yearly used homeschool materials sales...one charged a small amount for a table, but the other was completely free (you just had to bring your own table).
  10. If you get to the point of giving them away, I suggest seeing if you have a Buy Nothing group in your area first. Not only will it usually find it's way to homeschoolers, but you get to find out what homeschoolers live near you. Great for anything not quite worth selling (like half-used notebooks that someone might be interested in having for any extra pages, but wouldn't usually buy).
  11. Agree with all the comments about 13...I'm homeschooling my 12 year old for "just this year." Even though we had already homeschooled kindergarten through 3rd (something I enjoyed immensely), this, doing middle school, is a totally different experience. Yes, the complaining is HORRENDOUS. I have to keep reminding myself that that's about where he is, not what I'm doing (remembering my oldest two at this age, it's definitely the stage). And just doing a year has it's own difficulties added in. There's this pressure that "this is my one and only last chance to do all this stuff I wa
  12. Reread your original post, where you said... So, some of the discussions of Irish Myths before the introduction of Christianity did have some sexual content and I can't remember how explicit it was. You might want to preview that section. Sorry, I had just remembered that.
  13. ProgressivePhonics.com is something you can move through really fast if you want to...and it's free (you just print out the readers). I also suggest adding nonsense words that use the concept suggested to test whether your child really understands the concept. This is really important with a child who can already read many words by sight, because you want to see if she understands the concepts behind the worlds too. But you have to be careful when making nonsense words that you don't use any words that have other phonics rules your child hasn't covered yet that apply to it, or that are r
  14. So, first, just because she is progressing slower doesn't mean she would have progressed any faster in public school. I know this because my son who struggles like this wasn't progressing in public school either. He made the same pace at home as he was making at school but he was less miserable. He had been crying every day and making no progress. We meant to "catch him up" at first but learned that he really needed a gentle pace. It took two years to go from crying during nearly every lesson, and thinking he couldn't do it, to believing he could and actually being engaged in learni
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