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  1. Hello, everyone! I am new to Classical, though I've done Charlotte Mason when my oldest few were younger. Then we switched to more unschooling/relaxed, and the past few months we've been doing a little more trending toward traditional. I just got The Well-Trained Mind from the library and loved the first half so much, I bought it. LOL I'm just not sure how on earth to do this. I have 10 children, 17 down to 5. 5 of them are internationally adopted, so they are pretty far behind their typical grade levels plus some special needs going on (trying to figure all of those out). My 5 bio kid
  2. I’ve been reading The Well-Trained Mind and I’m wondering if anyone has been able to use this method with a child with Down Syndrome or another developmental delay. I know the 4th Edition has a chapter on learning difficulties but that seemed to be more about having your child tested if you suspect they have some sort of learning difficulty. What if I already know she has a developmental delay? Is The Well-Trained Mind achievable for someone like my daughter?
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  4. Every so often I hear people say that their state doesn't have county boards for developmental disabilities or other resources for their children with disabilities. I found some websites that have state by state information on supports, and I thought the links would be useful to some of you. http://www.parentcenterhub.org/stateagencies/ http://medicaidwaiver.org/ HTH
  5. Every so often I hear people say that their state doesn't have county boards for developmental disabilities or other resources for their children with disabilities. I found some websites that have state by state information on supports, and I thought the links would be useful to some of you. http://www.parentcenterhub.org/stateagencies/ http://medicaidwaiver.org/ HTH
  6. Does anyone know of a test that can tell me what level my child is for her written expression? I know she is behind. But I am needed a score to provide social security for her re-evaluation and I have no idea what test to use. She is currently in 3rd grade. Thanks in advance!
  7. Hi there My youngest son is special needs and almost 11. He's finally able to remember most sounds of the alphabet and is interested in reading. Now that we're at lesson 34, he's really struggling. Has anyone found any specific apps that really help with OPGTR? I'm really trying not to panic, but I feel like I'm running out of time with him.
  8. Hi all, I apologize if there's already a post about this, but I was wondering if there is a list somewhere, or some resource, that lists the essential math skills that kids absolutely need to know before adulthood. Let's say a kid is never going to be multiplying fractions, doing algebra, etc.. we just want enough math to survive in the world. So far I've got: Addition and subtraction, and knowing WHEN to add or subtract Words like bigger, smaller, wide, narrow, greater than, less than, half, double, triple.... Basic fractions for cooking, for when someone says "put half of these thi
  9. This week I found a new program online called "Gemiini". Here is the link: https://gemiini.org/ It is a subscription based program with videos (over 12,000) for children with autism or special needs to help with speech and language. It is research based (repetition, working memory, novel events, etc.) and so far my daughter loves it. It's hard to explain without watching one, but I would check it out. They have a $1 monthly trial to test it out. Jenn
  10. I could write 20 posts today with all the ?'s I have in my brain , but I decided to focus on the first priority:) Quick background, this is my 4th year homeschooling, but only 2nd with all 4 kids. They have all been in PS and pulled home gradually. All of my kids have learning issues.....mild to significant. My DD11 was in special education since age 4. She came home last year In 4th grade. She can read decode on a high 3rd grade level. She is finishing up AAR3 and is in AAS2. Her biggest issue is comprehension, plus she hates to read. She receives OT and PT and is on the waitin
  11. Cognitive disabilities often include a difficulty with memorization. For those of you who have children with cognitive disabilities do you change your expectations? Or do you just work on mastery longer? My son struggles with memory issues, and while we can work through a book/level, that doesn't mean he remembers everything by the time we reach the end. Should I go back to the beginning? How much mastery/memory is enough?
  12. (x-posted w/ K-8) I have a sweet 9 year old boy who is a fairly good reader. His comprehension is also ok, but a little below average simply because of attention difficulties. He has Autism and is very visual, but is also hyperlexic so he is able to decode and read words at a fairly high level. He is so sweet, and so eager to learn, but has a tremendous amount of difficulty focusing and I want to make his first full time year of homeschooling a very positive and engaging experience for him. This can set the tone for the years to come as he has had some very difficult experiences with many
  13. My friend has a daughter in public school (New York State) who has a 504 Plan. She receives some services like speech therapy, etc, through the school. My friend is considering homeschooling her daughter but she still wants to receive those services through the school. Is that possible?? She says her daughter does not have an IEP. I'm confused because everything I read about 504 is that it makes sure kids receive extra care they need like wheelchair assistance, nursing care like diabetes help, administering meds, etc. Of course, none of these would be an issue with homeschooling. So does a
  14. I'm finishing up my plans for high school for my son. We are in Ontario, Canada. This is the kid who we were told would never graduate, he would age out of high school. He can do the work, he just needs a slower path than most kids, so I've opted to extend highschool an extra year. He is not my college bound kid. He wants to stay home on the farm and farm with Dad. His loves are History and anything hands on tech. He is slow and steady with the Saxon math, so I'll keep going with it. So, knowing all that. Grade 8 Saxon 8/7 IEW Level C IEW - Grammar Fix it! Apologia Gener
  15. Is your husband a coach for this middle school? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0Ejh_hb15Fc ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- EDITED: I went back and found your post - NOT THE SAME STORY. Oops. Different situation, but still. this brought tears to my eyes.
  16. Please excuse the cross-post, I also posted to general board. We have homeschooled our son for a couple of years, and plan to homeschool our daughter who is going to start 1st grade. However, we have been working the past year to get independent evaluations related to her special needs. It's a long story, but if she remained in school, the evaluators would be able to come out in September and we think may be able to turn around reports within a month. The school has agreed to pay for the evaIs it a lot harder to pull after a month or two? Has anyone done this, and how has it worked?
  17. Hi All. You guys were a big help during our last adoptions as I panicked over curriculum and shared cores/grade levels, etc. We are at it again. This time she is 6 and has dwarfism and other special needs, and she will obviously come home speaking Mandarin. Because of her dwarfism she has been denied going to school. (Her story is on my blog, below.) My questions are basically from an age/esl/grade level perspective as we play catch up here. Our other kids are 5, 3, 2, and 1. We use Sonlight and Abeka. 5 year old will go with me to China and is learning functional Mandrin (
  18. We have homeschooled our son for a couple of years, and plan to homeschool our daughter who is going to start 1st grade. However, we have been working the past year to get independent evaluations related to her special needs. It's a long story, but if she remained in school, the evaluators would be able to come out in September. Is it a lot harder to pull after a month or two? Has anyone done this, and how has it worked? Am torn -- know it is easier to HS pulling before a school year starts. BUT...it would be very helpful to get evaluations and we have been requesting these for abou
  19. We have homeschooled our son for a couple of years, and plan to homeschool our daughter who is going to start 1st grade. However, we have been working the past year to get independent evaluations related to her special needs. It's a long story, but if she remained in school, the evaluators would be able to come out in September. Is it a lot harder to pull after a month or two? Has anyone done this, and how has it worked? Am torn -- know it is easier to HS pulling before a school year starts. BUT...it would be very helpful to get evaluations and we have been requesting these for abou
  20. I am homeschooling two 10yo children with FASD. I am looking for a math program that is very drill orientated, plenty of repetition, mastery not spirial and very little abstract problems. My daughter does not like using manipulatives and needs constant review so I don't think Math-U-See would work. Saxon's sprial method would not work with her either because it takes many lessons on the same topic for her to get it. I have been looking at Rod & Staff and think it would work except it doesn't have workbooks after second grade and they both hate writing down the problems. My son has fine m
  21. I am so completely livid right now. Chaos had a meltdown of MAMMOTH proportions. After everything calmed down, I figured out the trigger, and it was my fault, not his. Anyway.. I was in the local variety store that I am not fond of visiting (the shopkeeper there is rather dour and rude) to pick up a tote for my math stuff. DS ended up having a really, really big meltdown. Complete with screaming, kicking and was basically losing the plot. When he gets into that mode, he is STRONG. Like I think he could possibly lift a car (well not that strong, but ends up about twice as strong as me)
  22. I'm so confused. My son has Autism PDD. He is AWESOME! Very social and approriate. Things I've worked very hard to make happen. We start our 9th grade year Tues and I really want him to have a diploma when he graduates. My dilema... He is not learning at a 9th grade level. He hates certain subjects and I can not see teaching him English 9. He just doesnt get English. How do I get around this if 3 years of English is required for H.S. We have used Accellerated Christian Education and he seems to like that style of learning. Any suggestions would help. If you've been in this
  23. Hi. My ds11 has some physical delays, using a pencil is extremely time consuming and some days painful. What would take a typical 11 two minutes to write it can take hours. He has however become quicker at typing. I'm wondering about taking his workbooks for english/language arts and scanning them in and creating PDF versions that he could just type his answers into the blanks and then I could print them out to put into a binder afterwards. Has anyone ever did this? What are the pro's and con's with doing this. If the point of the lesson is to learn how to construct a sentence then no
  24. Ok, So this fall we'll have a special needs Kindergartner (most pronounced is that he has visuo-, somatodyspraxia which makes him sensory seeking), 2 ESL middle schoolers (with basically no functional English), a 2nd, and 4th grader. If you have any tips for scheduling, schooling, and all around managing a situation remotely similar to this, please share! We're generally a classically educating family and our youngest 3 will participate in a CC community. Thanks in advance!
  25. Anyone using the ABLLS to help them track and move forward on skills? DS is not autistic but my Parent-to-Parent mentor recently suggested it as being helpful for her daughter. Anyone BTDT? How does it work? Where would I get the evaluation done, or did you do it yourself? Does anyone do the web version? Any resources?
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