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Sometimes my brother sounds like he's from the east coast and his "accent" is very strong. He doesn't enunciate properly and there are many times I don't understand what he's saying. LOL
btw, he was born and raised on the west coast, so I lovingly tease him. I did a lot of his raising when he was a baby until about age 6.

Yes, that woman that does the cruel teasing will have an eye opener and hopefully it will make her a better person for it.

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I speak very clearly, my children have each learned to speak closer to 2 1/2. I know one niece who spoke in sentence by age 1. That's just weird to me. lol

But this son, has more trouble.

I'm wondering if pacifiers were my culprit, though I don't think I used them past age 1. I forget. Maybe a bit later.

I also have an adult daughter who speaks very FAST. It's hard to keep up with her!

And I have a nephew who spoke very poorly. I still struggle with his and he's an adult. I just found out that his wife, used to make fun of my son for his speech. I don't think she's aware that all her four sons and husband do/did the same thing. Maybe that will be an eye opener for her. lol


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CROUCHINGFLEA, those are great suggestions.

I was going to also suggest doing mock debates in front of a mirror and also recording. It might be eye opening to hear his voice differently. The mirror helps to see how he's enunciating. In speech it helps to over exaggerate to get the proper sounds. (not so embarrassing in your own home). Also, you can try different dialects; Boston, Irish, Southern drawl, etc. Those are fun.

Is he struggling with all speech or just certain words?

We all have our limitations and it is interesting that he struggles with speaking and you with hearing and you're mother and son. And you get to help each other. That's lovely actually. emoticon

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Thank you. :)

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Does he want to learn a foreign language? On Rosetta Stone you have to repeat back what they want you to say properly, that might help. We are going to start on Japanese this year because my girls have decided they love all things Japanese.

Maybe have him do a weekly report that he has to give to the family, to practice speaking in front of people he is comfortable with will help him to gain the confidence he needs? Perhaps talking about subjects he loves will help too. I have a student in my crochet class that is VERY shy and has a hard time speaking in front of new people (she hid in the bathroom on the first day of class), but get her talking about horses and it's like she gains a new confidence, because she loves the subject and knows about it.

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I have a son who has trouble speaking clearly. He is 14 now and still struggles, though not so badly. Does anyone know of any websites that he can use to practice with, without embarrassing him? Or other suggestions, without going to a speech therapist.

I will continue to take turn reading chapters books aloud with him, taking turns.
I am hard of hearing and often struggle to understand some people anyway, so it's kinda funny...we both struggle.

Sometimes I close my eyes, and tell him to say something. I try to HEAR him clearly and repeat back what he says. So actually, he kinda helps ME as I kinda help HIM! :)
The more I dwell on that idea, the more I like it!

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Thank you. And you are so right, I always buy more than we can use!! I'm trying to cut that back this year and plan on things we can do, like they want to learn Japanese, but I'm pretty sure we won't be able to fit it in every day, but maybe we can like twice a week. Same with Art, they want to do it every day, but maybe I can at least alternate it with the Japanese.

And I agree, on the spelling. Math is something that we need to learn, I think I just have not found her learning style for it yet, plus she thinks she can't so she doesn't.


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It's been my personal experience and I've heard other mom's say this, we tend to buy more than the kids will ever use. emoticon

You have a good attitude about the placement level. Public school kids fall through the crack all the time and there' s no way the teachers teach everything they are supposed to. I have experience with ps from my own education, my older two children, (so as a parent), as a volunteer, and as a para-educator. All kids learn differently and have a joy for different topics and will be at different levels on thoses subjects.

My son's spelling sucks, but he reads at a college level, his sciences are at a college level and his math is right on target. There are many successful engineers who can't spell to save their lives. I can't worry about it, we can only work through it and continue moving forward. And even though he doesn't spell well, he's writing a book. LOL

It's a challenge for ps parents to get out of the education mode we are familiar with and allow children to flourish in their strengths while homeschooling, because we tend to focus on the areas that need building up. Sometimes those areas aren't as important.

You're dh will get on board with you when he starts to seeing the other progress your children make. emoticon

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I keep adding 'just one more thing' to the school budget, lol. This is the first year I'm actually writing everything down and coming up with how much we are spending, normally I just buy it as I find what I want to do, but with CC it wasn't much till it came time to pay for classes. Yikes. We are saving hard core for buying our own home right now, so it's going to be difficult to set that money aside for curriculum, but a must.

On multiplication, I had them doing CTC math and that is how they taught it too. I'll leave it up to the kiddos, whichever way they want to do it, as long as they get it correct, I'm cool with however they get it.

Thank you for the tip, My youngest can skip count and get the answer, but it takes her time, my oldest... she has a mental block when it comes to math. She thinks she can't do it because she was bullied in PS when she went. Even the teacher was rude to her and called her dumb because she took longer than others to get her math done. Took me forever to get that out of her, and it hurt her a lot because she loved that teacher. Love your ideas for math, will definitely use them!!

DH is almost in a panic saying they are behind and all that. I'm taking more the approach tht they are where they are and that is not behind, we homeschool so we don't have to be where PS is. We can set our own pace as needed. Thank you for the encouragement. Sometimes I do doubt that my working at their pace instead of 'catching them up' is going to keep them 'behind'. But I think it will be like a toddler with walking. Once she catches on, she'll be zooming all over the place!

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ummmmm I'm NOT a good person to ask about curriculum budget. I don't have one.
1. Hubby had been off work for 5 yrs straight and we just fudged our way through, using previously purchased curriculum. Or we could borrow some things from my oldest sister.
2. My husband began giving me our state tax return to commit to school. THAT was fun, when, to our surprise I got about $300 MORE dollars than expected. lol
3. I am babysitting the children of new neighbors, and I am able to use that money toward paying down our outstanding property taxes.....and toward CURRICULUM!!!!
LOVE IT! Try to do little things like that. Find ways to save, and set those CENTS OR DOLLARS aside just for YOU to shop with. I think you'll enjoy having 'guilt-free money' to spend on the things you NEED but are awful fun to shop for.

About Math-u-see. If you don't like the way Mr. Demme teaches the mulitplication, just teach it the way WE learned it.
His way is unique and I find it hard to grade. Sometimes he puts the SMALLER number on top. He also doesn't 'carry numbers over' the same way WE had learned. He puts the carrying BELOW the line. He thinks this causes less confusion for those of us who forget to multiply AND add the carry-overs. With his way...all the multiplying is done ABOVE the line, and all the ADDING is done BELOW the line. It makes good sense, but I was trained differently and it's hard for me to break the habit.

NUMBER ONE THING: Play multiplying games (or flash cards) REGULARLY so the math facts are a BREEZE. It will make such a difference in stress level.
Or don't even be afraid to stick to ONE math fact set for a whole MONTH if need be. Say, work on memorizing the 3 Tables up through 12's. YES, for a whole month or until they find it fun and easy. You can even award them for going up PAST 12! If you could do this, esp in the summer time, it will be easy to get the book done by end of the year.
I regret always feeling pressured to push ahead when my kids aren't comfortable enough.

Games:
1. flash cards and flash card competitions with each other. Or let THEM ask YOU the questions and YOU answer as fast as you can.
2. Cardio Through the Country (a spark game I invented but changed for this). Every 10 answers they get right, they move to another state. Try to travel the whole U.S.A. (or where ever)
3. Promise a cool treat for every 10 times they practiced or picked up speed. Go out for a cone or something.


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You're right on all accounts. DH was not happy with the amount we'll need to spend on books for this year, but it's a whole lot cheaper than if we were still doing CC. Plus we can spread out what we get over the next few months. We are moving to we are trying to save money like crazy, but school supplies are a must!



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Hooray that your dh is on board with you and the curriculum choice. That's great.

Every family has a different budget and that budget can change annually. I have bought boxed curriculum for my child and it was very expensive. I've also bought Math that was half the price of the entire boxed curriculm.

I've noticed too that the older he gets the more expensive the books become. I try not to put a price on his education, but I do try to keep things in moderation. I like Rainbow Resource for selections at reasonable prices. I don't regret spending more money on good selections. What I don't like is spending $15 or whatever on junk books, because to me that's more of a waste and all of those quickly add up to a LOT of money. I suppose the only one that can tell you you're spending too much would be your husband. :D

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Thank you for telling me, I was trying to find a 2nd block kit to have for my other DD. I'm starting them both out on Gamma b/c oldest DD just has not caught on to some things and that is what the test said to do.

But if they can share it between them, yay!

The more I look at it and look at all of the other videos, the more I like it. DH has finally agreed with me!

Just an off the wall question, how much do you usually spend on curriculum? I'm doing a budget sheet and I've already got a few of the things, though I put down their price just to give me an idea of how much I'm spending on it... it's not as much as it would have cost to be in CC by any means, but I've still got a few things to add and I'm already at $500! Probably take off $100 or so of that for the ones I already have, but I really want a microscope this year as well. I have time to save for it, I'm not buying most of it till after we move in August, but that just seems like a lot...Am I spending too much?

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Just to let you know...I've got one whole set of blocks (remember to mention that you also want the box they go in!!!!!) to be shared among all 9 of my kids. They are mostly used for counting and adding and multiplying and dividing.
then you move on and buy the fraction kit. there's also a algebra kit, but although we own it, I've never actually used it, because my hubby can guide that.


But you don't have to buy one for each child. In fact, you want to be careful to NOT LOSE the pieces. If you have more than one set, they will seem LESS IMPORTANT and the kids might start forgetting to put them away properly.

The VERY COOL thing about the block kit is that they are similar to Legos and are fun to build with and make designs. They are just plain fun. In fact, I think I'll get them out just for fun the next time it's too yucky outside.

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I have been wanting to get MUS for a while now, I think DH forgot what it was. I sent him the description "The Gamma level focuses on the multiplication of single and multiple-digit numbers along with solving for an unknown factor, measuring & computing area, using strategies based on place value and properties of operations to multiply, and more." And somehow from that he got that it was like Common Core. I tried to get him to watch the video, but I'm feeling so awful I ended up falling asleep yesterday evening.

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I used MUS when my ds was in multiplication. The book had more than enough pages that I didn't need any extra. I'd guess that even with two kids there would still be enough pages in the workbook.
I'm really curious to know why your dh thought MUS was like common core.
My ds and I really liked the videos and how he engaged the kids to figure out the propblems.

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Thank you so much. I need to be taught too, I never caught on to the basics, and so never fully 'got' the higher stuff either. My math teacher was a mathematical genius, so he just couldn't understand when we didn't catch on to his droning.

Thank you for your response, I love that there are extra pages on the website too. I'm actually going to buy some extra blocks so that both my kiddos have blocks of their own to use. I'm starting both DD's on the Gamma, they are only a year apart but older DD is behind because of her mental block. Math U See seems to add some fun and I'm hoping that will help ODD to get over her block.

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It is in absolutely NO WAY like common core. Not sure why he thinks that.
Mr. Demme tries really hard to make the children understand WHY they need to add, subtract, multiple, divide. Instead of automatically just doing the formula. He wants the kids to do BOTH.

Now, my husband is a 'formula' type guy, but his brain works differently from mine. I NEEDED this style of teaching, therefore it helped me. NOT ALL my children love it. They like how I explain it better than how the teacher explains it in the video. But the fact is, I would not be able to explain it, if 'I" had not watched the video. So it's still a bonus.

And the video is actually MEANT for the parents to watch, before teaching. so the kids don't actually have to watch it.

They also do not have to complete each page. It's up to how much the child understands. If they need more pages, they can get some on Math.u.see's website.

Secondly, Mr. Demme says not to move on, until your kid can master each stage. Good idea. (though we, as parents,often feel pressured to finish a whole book by the end of the school year).
If you do it his way, you should be really blessed by it.

The blocks are a must. they are what makes math fun!

This is my favorite, so far. And my kids are ages 23-11.

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I really need something to help my oldest with math and Math U See has been recommended a lot. DH read the descriptions and says it sounds like common core. I told him it's been around a lot longer than common core and it's nothing like it... am I right? I'm horrible at math and have a really hard time teaching it, Oldest DD has had a really hard time with math because of bullying when she was at Public School. I need something that will teach us both.

What do you think of Math U See? Or is there another product that will do what I need?

Thanks!

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