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Oh, I got Barton yesterday. When I saw the very thin book and handful of tiles, I almost cried. Not bc this may be the program to help my girl read...no, I'm not an optimist like that. I almost cried bc I PAID $250 FOR IT!! It looks like nothing! 😫💰 Anyway, at least my husband doesn't mind the cost. 😂😂



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Kat, cleaning is HARD. I want to do morning chores with him, but like you're saying he just wanders off. I think he's going to need his tasks on cards on a ring or something. Can't involve waiting (waiting is bad) and not enough sense of group to go oh yeah that was fun to do that together! So you've just got a lot of social thinking stuff playing in there. I think the task cards on a ring is a pretty standard thing, or I've seen it for other things. But, you know, we could start a thread and see people's ideas. The trick is I want to be flexible, so I don't know how to do that with cards. And he's ok with words on a list now. I guess a little chore whiteboard? But then you'd be like check your list, are you done with the list...

I just saw this sorry.


Sigh, so far I've used what I used with my big kids, though I know , they aren't my big kids lol.


I've used d the chart in a page protected to check off. Posted it on the fridge.

Used the whiteboard so they could take it around with them.


Simple simple tasks, ugh.

Very challenging. It's a skill they need in life though.


I haven't tried the ring method for chores, because I've used it in the past ( for scripture memorization and such with big kids) the cards keep breaking loose at the hole punch.


I think starting a thread about that is a great idea. I need solid method that we can incorporate for cleaning and other things too.


The chore chart posted on fridge worked the best, gave rewards and consequence s for completing the tasks. But as I'm sure it's par for the course but, they need something to walk around with. I have to use pictures ( they can't read all the words):

I found myself again.....putting my hand over theirs to demonstrate, gelot them cement the flow of what is supposed to happen when performing the task....ah! Feel like screaming so I have to walk outside


I would REALLY love to know what others have done that has been successful.


Can you start the thread ? Lol.


Everything they take walking with them..ya know what happens to that! Ha-ha. They disappear and they have NO idea what happened to them.

They aren't lyin about it either ..the stuff that even the PS teachers observed, I've walked around with them..goofy stuff happens to them :/


Yea. A thread would be GREAT! :)

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I'm curious - is one of you dyslexic?  (I ask because your daughter is.)


And then I'm more curious - could it be your DH?  And I ask that because I'm curious where he is coming from.  I wonder if he struggled in the lower grades of school and he doesn't want to see her struggle.


My cousin's wife is a reading specialist.  She has her Masters and teaches at a private school.  I like her so much.  But she came here last week to see what we do to remediate Barton.  Because, so far, nothing has prepared her for dealing with dyslexia in the classroom - and she only got her Masters in Education recently.


I think at last count I heard that EIGHT universities in the US were preparing student teachers correctly to remediate dyslexia in the classroom.  The chances of your child getting one of those teachers isn't great.  I would suggest joining your state Decoding Dyslexia group on Facebook and seeing if you can get your DH to attend a few events.  Teachers often go to these events and it would be eye opening to hear them talk about trying to hodge podge things together because there is a lack of support or funding for dyslexia remediation at their schools.

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I can understand your frustration about the looks of the purchase you just made. It does look like so little for the amount you spent. But remember, there is a 100% satisfaction guarantee with the Barton system. That should ease your mind some.


I am concerned because your dd struggled with Part C of the assessment. Perhaps she is not ready just yet for Barton (but you could hang on to the set until she is).     See what Susan Barton has to say when children don't pass a portion of the screening:  https://bartonreading.com/student-result/#sf


There are other programs that should be used first to help her succeed in Barton.  If you ever have any questions, Susan Barton will gladly help you brainstorm if you contact her.


Games and things to do prereading that I have used with success:

-read plenty of books with rhymes and do plenty of nursery rhymes. Eventually, leave out the word that would rhyme with a previous one, so the child can have fun providing it, which reinforces listening.


-rhythmic fun, such as Kindermusik, Hap Palmer, do movement, dancing, marching to the beat


-play games with simple directions: put the blue block on top of the cupboard and the yellow one on the book...make it a game, increase the directions as needed


-lots of songs, fingerplays


-visual memory: place 3 or so objects on a tray, have her look at them, then she should look away while you take one away.  She then looks them over and tells you what is missing. Make it fun, do it for a short time before she tires of it. Increase the number of objects to 5-6 as she is successful.


These are just a few things that come to mind. I hope this helps. I would contact Susan with your concerns. It would be better to get expert advice first, especially if dh has issues with the homeschooling. You don't want to start with something that may not be right for you dd at this time, and then you may really be self-doubting yourself! 








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I didn't get to read all the responses, but check out this homeschooling fact sheet from the International Dyslexia Association.


And this one from HSLDA on what help is available.


Another...Homeschooling with Dyslexia by Marianne Sunderland.


There's lots of support and encouragement out there, and one on one interaction is something that's very difficult to get in the schools. 



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