CMH- I have pondered trying to obtain a diagnosis for dyslexia for ds as well. He has a lot of the symptoms, from what I can tell at his age(6) an actual diagnosis would be near impossible. Have you ruled out vision issues? I took him to a Vision Therapist last spring to check that out but all was fine. I notice his issues really seem compounded by stress as well. I am officially calling ds K as he had a late b-day as well and is at K level on reading for sure. He seems to be catching up on writing and I have kept an eye on our curriculums to line them up w/ choices that seem to work for kids that have learning issues. So, I will be interested in following your experiences.
Holiztic- Thanks for the rec- perhaps I will print it up and check it out- I am in love w/ CM as well, especially for these ages. I LOVE nature study, I think it is brilliant. I love the idea of short lessons, the habbit training(I need some myself), I find it all delightful.
I checked our library for Scranimals
but I didn't see it. I did look through the whole poetry section though and found several that looked good to check out. Checked out a few Mother Goose
as well to preview to see what we want to buy, we didn't have Monster Goose
either. I also seen that the library had a version of The Magician's Nephew
that was fabulous, it wasn't marked as read-aloud- but it was very big and had nice color pics so I got the ISBN so I could check Amazon and compare the price w/ the official read-aloud ones.
Speaking of books I requested ILL- Tin Tin
by Herge. Anyone familiar with that here? It was recommended in the Read-Aloud Handbook
. They are comics written like 50 yrs ago- Ds loves comics so I thought perhaps that finding good ones that are appropriate to his level and NOT totally inane would be nice- I am considering getting some for a Christmas gift.
We did the usual yesterday. We did our History and our project, Ds LOVED the sewing and did an awesome job. He made 3 more patches last night for fun. I told him I want to try and find some patterns online as I have seem little felt animals, puppets and food. I have to find something simple for dd as she isn't able to follow a line yet. Oh, and I checked out some circle looms at WM(the evil place)- knifty knitters. They seem well reviewed and easy. My mom was talking about how she would like to do something like that with them, so could be a good activity to start. Heck, I might be able to figure that out as well.
We had Shakespeare last night, read 12th night and watched the animated version. This was a little harder to keep up with, so not sure how much ds got out of it. I told dh though it is good exposure for him and it helps me to learn
Science at the library was a bust, it was cancelled last minute(supposed to be rescheduled soon). A local weatherman was coming in to do a bunch of cool experiments- things like exploding pumpkins and such, hopefully next week!
Jennifer- I haven't read Well-Trained Mind
- sounds interesting though.