chris's girl Posted February 13, 2012 Share Posted February 13, 2012 I have been going over what my middles are missing and it is extensive. I have made sure my oldest was always doing about average (in math she is behind, but that's her) or above in everything, maybe because I know I can do that. She is a traditional learner and can do things independently and be fine. I have alluded to my problems for my next 2 kids in posts before, but I just don't know what to do. One might be dyslexic (we've never hard the money for a diagnosis and the school system in Nevada denied dyslexia exists. We are not residents of FL so they would not help us until and unless we become residents), and has the HARDEST time forming sentences on paper. We have never succeeded in any formal writing training for her and at 11 years old she cannot do it. Her handwriting is horrible. She'll technically be in 7th grade in the fall right after she turns 12. She is behind in math, but it's only because she's a slow worker. She is actually very good in math. I did not do any grammar with her this year because it doesn't stick. It just doesn't. She is reading her science book and likes it okay. She reads okay, but she will totally mess up some words and just throw something out there. I figured it wasn't a huge deal for now as long as she ca tell me what the book is about (in broken, halting speech. This is never an issue when it is her own thoughts she's expressing). It seems as though nothing I've tried with this child helps. My next child (DS10) has a diagnosis of Asperger's. Shall I just stop there? He can concentrate on nothing except Legos. He's a complete natural at math but I can't get him to just sit and do it. Grammar has not happened except for a brief trial of R&S 2 when I found just how much a boy can melt on a book. He likes his science book and is a good reader. But finding something that interests him is VERY difficult, and I have to keep checking on him every few minutes to find he is playing with some Bionicle. When I check on him too much he gets really frustrated and either has a meltdown or acts like he's reading but he could not tell me a thing about the book. As you can imagine, these two wonderful, awesome kids are all consuming when it comes time to do school. Either all the time is spent with them, or they just don't do their work. I have a DS8 that I SO want to do things right with, but he just hates school (influence from his brother, no doubt). He's such a bright, articulate boy, though, and has such great potential. I then have a 5 year old I want to teach to read and 2 toddlers running around. I KNOW we can do this. I just need a plan. Some direction. My tentative plans for this summer are to start DD11 on MCT Grammar Island, TT 7, and RS4K Level 1. DS10 will do TT 4 and RS4K and books if I can find something to interest him. DS8 will do books (once again, high quality but interest-led), RS4K, and, if I can get him up to that level, TT3. Does this plan seem realistic? Enough? Doable? Should I be pushing harder (I'm not sure I can, and I know how to push)? I think I just need some perspective. The lack of writing is bothering me, but I just don't see how we can do it. It's like one of those dreams where you can see what you want or what you need to do, but you can't quite reach it. Thanks for your advice. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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