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Forum: Learning at Home and Beyond   02-21-2013, 12:24 PM
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Posted By PGTlatte
I also have a dysgraphic child.  Handwriting is...

I also have a dysgraphic child.  Handwriting is part of the issue, but there are also issues with written expression.  But getting handwriting tolerable was a huge accomplishment.   I also had him...
Forum: Unschooling   08-31-2012, 02:33 PM
Replies: 73
Views: 7,676
Posted By PGTlatte
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http://files.mothering.com/images/smilies/grouphug.gif  I'm glad you have found a balance that is working for you and your son.  I am not an unschooler - I'm actually very structured and very much...
Forum: Learning at Home and Beyond   08-22-2012, 08:24 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 359
Posted By PGTlatte
Quote:Originally Posted by...

Quote:Originally Posted by craft_media_hero http://www.mothering.com/community/img/forum/go_quote.gif (http://www.mothering.com/community/t/1361302/hser-former-hser-remorse-help#post_17084657)...
Forum: Learning at Home and Beyond   08-16-2012, 03:52 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,339
Posted By PGTlatte
He's really young.  For our son who is almost...

He's really young.  For our son who is almost seven (but immature for his age), I keep his workload very light, with short work periods, with nice long breaks between each work period.  He has...
Forum: Learning at Home and Beyond   08-16-2012, 03:01 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 763
Posted By PGTlatte
Most HSers I know who are definitely "relaxed"...

Most HSers I know who are definitely "relaxed" consider what I do to be "school at home".    We do it at the kitchen table.   It is directed by me.  I use grade levels.   We start pretty early in...
Forum: Learning at Home and Beyond   07-08-2012, 04:33 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,704
Posted By PGTlatte
Quote:Originally Posted by...

Quote:Originally Posted by lady1297 http://www.mothering.com/community/img/forum/go_quote.gif (http://www.mothering.com/community/t/1357292/teaching-themselves-to-read-how#post_17034866)

This may...
Forum: Learning at Home and Beyond   07-08-2012, 01:51 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 292
Posted By PGTlatte
Visual perceptual problems can be treated...

Visual perceptual problems can be treated somewhat by an OT, but best by a COVD developmental optometrist.  But be sure to ask specifically before you start with a COVD doctor if he/she diagnoses...
Forum: Learning at Home and Beyond   07-08-2012, 01:43 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,704
Posted By PGTlatte
Some kids will figure out reading with little...

Some kids will figure out reading with little instruction.  Some (I am guessing most) will not.    You should start the ball rolling either way.   Offer as much help as the child needs to continue...
Forum: Learning at Home and Beyond   06-13-2012, 07:56 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,912
Posted By PGTlatte
For a child who is this young, I would watch a...

For a child who is this young, I would watch a lot of Magic Schoolbus and Bill Nye DVDs, go on nature walks and identify local plants and birds, fry ice, catch steam and watch it condense, read...
Forum: Learning at Home and Beyond   05-19-2012, 06:30 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 508
Posted By PGTlatte
Leave the TV off.  Deschooling doesn't mean you...

Leave the TV off.  Deschooling doesn't mean you give up being in charge.  Plan fun things to do and interesting places to visit.  Let the house be overrun with whatever they like to play with (here...
Forum: Unschooling   05-18-2012, 09:36 PM
Replies: 73
Views: 7,676
Posted By PGTlatte
I am not an unschooler and I am forum crashing. ...

I am not an unschooler and I am forum crashing.  OP, you sound miserable.  http://files.mothering.com/images/smilies/grouphug.gif  You do not have to keep on with a philosophy/practice that is not...
Forum: Learning at Home and Beyond   05-16-2012, 09:49 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 533
Posted By PGTlatte
I'm not non-coercive, and I don't "ask" my son...

I'm not non-coercive, and I don't "ask" my son to work.  I stack up what he is to do.  I get him started and I am no further than seven feet from him until it's done.  I keep up a dialog with him...
Forum: Learning at Home and Beyond   05-16-2012, 09:40 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,223
Posted By PGTlatte
Starfall has a nice set of readers.   They match...

Starfall has a nice set of readers.   They match the "books" that you can read at the website, animated, so the child has the option to read along in their book while using the computer, or read the...
Forum: Learning at Home and Beyond   05-15-2012, 03:18 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 795
Posted By PGTlatte
I am not knowledgeable about literature or...

I am not knowledgeable about literature or history.   In the past I have had difficulty with things that are abstract and to me, these are very abstract.  So I am learning alongside our oldest.  I...
Forum: Learning at Home and Beyond   04-23-2012, 02:08 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 632
Posted By PGTlatte
To expect people to agree with and support the...

To expect people to agree with and support the decision to homeschool, or to desire their approval, is a setup for disappointment.   When we accept that most will not approve and make our peace with...
Forum: Learning at Home and Beyond   04-23-2012, 12:25 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 707
Posted By PGTlatte
If I was working an 8-5 job, I would not have...

If I was working an 8-5 job, I would not have time to myself during the day....and I don't expect much of it while homeschooling either, since I treat homeschooling as my full-time day job.  I do my...
Forum: Learning at Home and Beyond   04-23-2012, 12:16 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 632
Posted By PGTlatte
I would not expect her, or anyone else, to ever...

I would not expect her, or anyone else, to ever get it.  Most people are never going to be comfortable with homeschooling, period.  Being related to you does not make them any different.  Wanting...
Forum: Learning at Home and Beyond   04-21-2012, 07:07 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 760
Posted By PGTlatte
Eye teaming and visual processing problems can...

Eye teaming and visual processing problems can contribute.  I would have her checked out by a COVD optometrist (that is a developmental optometrist - not a normal optometrist)...
Forum: Learning at Home and Beyond   04-12-2012, 08:02 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 730
Posted By PGTlatte
 Quote:Originally Posted by...



Quote:Originally Posted by Seana http://www.mothering.com/community/img/forum/go_quote.gif (http://www.mothering.com/community/t/1350213/arithmetic-facts/20#post_16944980)

Ack!, Learning is...
Forum: Learning at Home and Beyond   04-11-2012, 12:55 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 730
Posted By PGTlatte
 Quote:Originally Posted by...



Quote:Originally Posted by Seana http://www.mothering.com/community/img/forum/go_quote.gif (http://www.mothering.com/community/t/1350213/arithmetic-facts#post_16943530)

thank you so much for...
Forum: Learning at Home and Beyond   04-11-2012, 12:38 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 730
Posted By PGTlatte
Yes, and it is also possible for a kid to have a...

Yes, and it is also possible for a kid to have a great grasp of the concepts - they do understand numbers and the meaning of addition - but cannot efficiently move further into their math materials ...
Forum: Learning at Home and Beyond   04-11-2012, 10:20 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 730
Posted By PGTlatte
Our son was not able to learn the addition facts...

Our son was not able to learn the addition facts when they were "jumped around" too much.  He needed to learn them in a methodical order.  Begin with only what you can do with 0, 1 and 2.  When that...
Forum: Learning at Home and Beyond   04-11-2012, 09:35 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 836
Posted By PGTlatte
Structured work at the kitchen table using lots...

Structured work at the kitchen table using lots of open-and-go materials.  But until age 8, not a lot of time doing this.  Our 6 yo K student does Reading Eggs, Horizons Math, D'Nealian handwriting,...
Forum: Learning at Home and Beyond   04-11-2012, 09:25 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 787
Posted By PGTlatte
DS1 used to think he wanted to go to school. ...

DS1 used to think he wanted to go to school.  Our neighbors' kids helped.  I pointed out to him how happy and excited the other kids were on the last day of school. Why ?  Because they don't like it...
Forum: Learning at Home and Beyond   03-15-2012, 02:58 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,730
Posted By PGTlatte
A few ideas:   Listen to classical music -...

A few ideas:
 
Listen to classical music - the Beethoven's Wig CDs are great, and the 2-CD set from classicsforkids: http://www.cinradio.org/store/   (http://www.cinradio.org/store/%C2%A0%C2%A0)...
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