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  1. I have a 15 1/2 year old. We don't have "formal diagnosis", but I know most of what we're dealing with. Some dyslexia. She can read, but still skips words (tracking issues I know), flip flops letters and spelling sounds. Her processing is VERY slow whether it's in conversation or a math problem. Higher level thinking skills are a struggle. She doesn't articulate thoughts and feelings real well either. This year, we enrolled in Essentials with a new CC group. In my mind, it would be great for solidifying grammar, the math drills should help her "speed up" on basic operations (she is doing Algebra as a repeat this year), and while I'm not a huge fan of IEW, certainly that will be a good thing. Here's my dilemma: I may be interested in pursuing CC next year. At her current age, I can hold her back one year and call her 9th grade this year. That would give us 3 years to work in CC. We sat in on a Challenge 1 group last week. We liked it, but it would be pretty difficult for her to go in next year working at that level. I could go ahead & introduce Latin this year, and try it. I could also look at starting her in Challenge A or B. To do that, would mean doing some outside work in other subject areas, just to have her able to graduate at 19 1/2. CC is pretty intense. Would an additional workload on top of CC A or B, ultimately be too much? Have any of you with struggling learners attempted jumping into CC this late in the game? Just trying to find any input as to how this program works for you. This is my youngest daughter, and the last one to be homeschooled (the next one up will graduate this spring). I would appreciate any advice or input.
  2. How does one go about improving one's own thinking and writing? I realize this is a broad question and I will try to break it down. Years of running at full speed have diminished my thinking and writing skills. My writing seldom saw the light of day for ten years (no need, I'm home) until I started on the boards. It's disconcerting to see one's own scattered thoughts reflected on a public forum. Where do I start the improvement process? There are a handful of writers on this board whose posts I read not just for the content but the sheer pleasure in seeing how they put their words together in a gracious, thoughtful (mindful), clean (spare?), logical manner. I am an avid reader with a solid, but not elite, education; however, I have had no logic or debate training. I am fascinated by philosophy but have only an introductory college course under my belt. This summer I am doing the prep work and reading for the youngest's study of the middle ages, working through higher math and grammar with the teens and myself, reading Classical Rhetoric for the Modern Student, and hopefully working my way through Don Quixote in Spanish with another board member. This does not leave a lot of free time, but to say that this writing and thinking issue is bothering me is an understatement. I want to get to work on it. There isn't time for a writing course at our cc. I'm just not sure how you improve your writing without getting feedback from someone whose writing you respect. I would appreciate any ideas or resources that you care to share
  3. I am looking at several items from Timberdoodle to round out my dd's Pre-K year. Of course they all look wonderful! Has anyone used any of these products who can help me prioritize? Blast of Color science kit ColorKu Equilibrio building kit Lonpos 303 Magnetic Mighty Mind Wedgits My First Brain Box Thank you!
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