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    #16
    Re: Transition guide for SC2 to MP2

    Originally posted by Colomama View Post
    I will also say that the reason we did MP2 lit was that my son is ahead of the SC publication schedule. If your child is finishing SC more Storytime, I would just continue to SC4. I was forced to tweak MP2, but Cheryl has already done that for you with SC4. If I could've used SC4, I would have.

    As far as completing SC4 and then switching to 4th for new users, I think that would be a jump. 4NU completes states and capitals, Latina Christiana and Christian Studies 1 in a one year pace. So you would take the second semester of those courses and stretch them to a year long. But, you would need to start at the beginning of Latina and Christian Studies because neither is started in SC4. Even for this devoted tweaker of schedules, that sounds like too much work for me.

    I think the better bet would be to decide one year at a time which courses fit your student. Don't plan too far ahead (you're planning over 2 years away). Then, you can purchase a smorgasbord of PDF schedules for the classes and pace that fit your student at the time.

    Remember, the overall goal is not to 'catch up'. The goal is to have a child that reaches THEIR personal peak. That peak is different for each child. With our different learners we need to also consider that they may need schooling past grade 12.

    I know I have caught myself counting years up in math and lamenting that he'll only get to 9th o 10th grade math by his senior year. (And that's if we don't repeat anything or slow down). But, that's me looking way too far ahead; I think we all catch ourselves doing it. I need to remind myself, one year at a time.

    Do what's right for your child right now, not where you want them to be in the future.
    I've never been a "grade level is important" type person but it does concern me that, at his current pace, he'll be 20 when he graduates high school. Especially since ADHD/working memory/sensory are his "only" challenges. My husband's concern is that he will feel more and more left behind, especially when his younger sister starts using all the books that he's been dying to use (Astronomy, D'Aulaire's, etc.). One of his older brothers did 4NU last year and C was very intrigued by his content subjects.

    But, I know, one year at a time. I wouldn't have even brought it up except I'm not sure how to include C and E at cottage school. All of their friends/siblings will be learning together while they sit there doing busywork/waiting for Enrichment time for 3-4 hours. Or they have to stay home and do school with Daddy for yet another year. Either way, they're left out in the cold.
    Jennifer


    2018-2019
    DS-14 & DS-15 (MP9 Literature, Novare Intro to Physics, Light to the Nations I (CTP), MPOA for: Latin, Pre-Algebra, Ref/Con
    DS-12 (6M)
    DS-10 (SC3)
    DD-8 (MP2)
    DD-6 (SC2)
    DD-3 (NT using SCB for gradual intro to JrK)

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      #17
      Re: Transition guide for SC2 to MP2

      Originally posted by Colomama View Post
      I will also say that the reason we did MP2 lit was that my son is ahead of the SC publication schedule. If your child is finishing SC more Storytime, I would just continue to SC4. I was forced to tweak MP2, but Cheryl has already done that for you with SC4. If I could've used SC4, I would have.

      As far as completing SC4 and then switching to 4th for new users, I think that would be a jump. 4NU completes states and capitals, Latina Christiana and Christian Studies 1 in a one year pace. So you would take the second semester of those courses and stretch them to a year long. But, you would need to start at the beginning of Latina and Christian Studies because neither is started in SC4. Even for this devoted tweaker of schedules, that sounds like too much work for me.

      I think the better bet would be to decide one year at a time which courses fit your student. Don't plan too far ahead (you're planning over 2 years away). Then, you can purchase a smorgasbord of PDF schedules for the classes and pace that fit your student at the time.

      Remember, the overall goal is not to 'catch up'. The goal is to have a child that reaches THEIR personal peak. That peak is different for each child. With our different learners we need to also consider that they may need schooling past grade 12.

      I know I have caught myself counting years up in math and lamenting that he'll only get to 9th o 10th grade math by his senior year. (And that's if we don't repeat anything or slow down). But, that's me looking way too far ahead; I think we all catch ourselves doing it. I need to remind myself, one year at a time.

      Do what's right for your child right now, not where you want them to be in the future.
      I get very upset about Clara being behind grade level, too. She is 9 with a September birthday, and I think that she is probably around the level of Jen's son. She could actually be the youngest 4th grader in Colorado schools with her birthday as it is, but fortunately we did not push her into school the moment she could go. She started kindergarten with the kids who are now 3rd graders, and she would have been the oldest 3rd grader in her class, but her writing and spelling are so atrocious that she could never go into 3rd grade now. I also thought that she was doing great with math, and it turns out that she has been adding and subtracting using her fingers all of this time and cannot understand the concept of multiple digit addition and subtraction. At least now I know why it has been taking her so long to do her math work. I am doubting that she will ever get to calculus. I am actually doubting that with my older, non-special needs daughter, too! You have very good advice, here, though. I also might add that when I took my oldest out of school after 2nd grade we tried doing MP Accelerated 3rd, which is kind of like 4th for new users. It was a lot of work, especially if they have to write out all the answers for Greek Myths, the literature guides, Christian Studies, English Grammar recitation, Astronomy and States and Capitals. My older daughter could not handle that much writing and she has no difficulties with dyslexia or dysgraphia.
      JeJe Greer
      Mom to:
      Stella (6M in 2018-2019)
      Clara (SC3 in 2018-2019)

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        #18
        Re: Transition guide for SC2 to MP2

        Originally posted by Colomama View Post
        I switched Beatrix Potter and Little House. Looking back, I might even put Beatrix Potter before Courage of Sarah Noble.

        There was debate whether the Beatrix Potter books would be too young for an older student, but my son really likes them.

        That's the only switch we made. We answered all of the lit guide questions orally. I wrote the answers and then he copied 2 or 3 of the answers on his own.

        Not sure what my plan is yet for Little House. I scored it cheap on CD so he may listen to it first independently and then we'll read it together. I'm expecting that one to take us longer than scheduled.
        We’re going to do this kind of shuffle as well.

        There was some lamenting awhile back on the K-8 Board from a cottage school teacher about how challenging Little House (... In The Big Woods by Laura Ingalls Wilder — not to be confused with The Little House by Virginia Lee Burton) was for her second grade class. She practically demanded it be dropped from the MP2 course guides because she felt it was far too difficult for a Second Grader in the context of a once-per-week cottage school (which always reminds me of cheese...? Cottage school/ cottage cheese. My brain is fascinating labrynth of synonyms).

        Agree or disagree: my point is that Little House may be read alone, read aloud, team read, listened to on Audible, delayed for another grade, or (IMO) skipped altogether for an SC student. My daughter will devour it; my son will need some hand-holding. Both approaches are valid.
        Boy Wonder: 10, MP2/SC4 (Special Needs)
        Joy Bubble: 8, MP2 (Special Needs)
        Snuggly Cowboy: 6, MPK
        Sweet Lightness: 2, Reverse-Engineering Specialist

        “Have no fear of moving into the unknown. Simply step out fearlessly knowing that I am with you, therefore no harm can befall you; all is very, very well. Do this in complete faith and confidence.”
        ~Pope St John Paul II

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          #19
          Re: Transition guide for SC2 to MP2

          Originally posted by jejegreer View Post
          I get very upset about Clara being behind grade level, too. She is 9 with a September birthday, and I think that she is probably around the level of Jen's son. She could actually be the youngest 4th grader in Colorado schools with her birthday as it is, but fortunately we did not push her into school the moment she could go. She started kindergarten with the kids who are now 3rd graders, and she would have been the oldest 3rd grader in her class, but her writing and spelling are so atrocious that she could never go into 3rd grade now. I also thought that she was doing great with math, and it turns out that she has been adding and subtracting using her fingers all of this time and cannot understand the concept of multiple digit addition and subtraction. At least now I know why it has been taking her so long to do her math work. I am doubting that she will ever get to calculus. I am actually doubting that with my older, non-special needs daughter, too! You have very good advice, here, though. I also might add that when I took my oldest out of school after 2nd grade we tried doing MP Accelerated 3rd, which is kind of like 4th for new users. It was a lot of work, especially if they have to write out all the answers for Greek Myths, the literature guides, Christian Studies, English Grammar recitation, Astronomy and States and Capitals. My older daughter could not handle that much writing and she has no difficulties with dyslexia or dysgraphia.
          I never got to Calculus and my life turned out pretty great I was also the oldest, tallest and fattest child in every grade I showed up for. I balanced all that — ahem — “advantage” by getting straight A’s, being precociously gifted in Literature and audaciously slow and uncoordinated (read: “excessively sweaty”) in sports. (Wow, beautiful AND popular! good times, good times) I barely got into a minor league college, managed to graduate with honors (in five years instead of four) and was so broke my first five years out of school that I had to eat canned vegetables for dinner. But at least I had the support of my family! (I didn’t.)

          Yet, here I am, four kids and a fantastic husband later, giving (completely unsolicited) advice to perfect strangers on the internet. A few people have even thanked me for it.

          Don’t worry. Clara’s going to be fine. You love her. That’s what matters in the end.
          Boy Wonder: 10, MP2/SC4 (Special Needs)
          Joy Bubble: 8, MP2 (Special Needs)
          Snuggly Cowboy: 6, MPK
          Sweet Lightness: 2, Reverse-Engineering Specialist

          “Have no fear of moving into the unknown. Simply step out fearlessly knowing that I am with you, therefore no harm can befall you; all is very, very well. Do this in complete faith and confidence.”
          ~Pope St John Paul II

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            #20
            Re: Transition guide for SC2 to MP2

            Originally posted by jen1134 View Post
            I've never been a "grade level is important" type person but it does concern me that, at his current pace, he'll be 20 when he graduates high school. Especially since ADHD/working memory/sensory are his "only" challenges. My husband's concern is that he will feel more and more left behind, especially when his younger sister starts using all the books that he's been dying to use (Astronomy, D'Aulaire's, etc.). One of his older brothers did 4NU last year and C was very intrigued by his content subjects.

            But, I know, one year at a time. I wouldn't have even brought it up except I'm not sure how to include C and E at cottage school. All of their friends/siblings will be learning together while they sit there doing busywork/waiting for Enrichment time for 3-4 hours. Or they have to stay home and do school with Daddy for yet another year. Either way, they're left out in the cold.
            Hey Jen! Are you talking about your now 5 year old? Hmmmm .....well, my now 9th grader will be 19.5 when he graduates. He has a local (super smart) classically educated peer who will be 19 when he graduates, as well. These boys have, at times, become discouraged when some in the local homeschool community graduate their teens early at (say) 17 and move them along to the local junior college. But those same kids never came close to having all this rich Latin, history, and advanced study that my son and his peer/friend will have had. I am actually THRILLED my son will be older. Then again, when we decided to add a year between his 8th grade and 9th grade years (although he did 9th grade work during that time) we sat down and talked about it. I was really surprised he didn't care that much to be older. Maybe deep down inside he knew he needed that gift of another year. (In the same way he's not chomping at the bit to get behind the wheel even though he's now 16. Ha!)

            Well, you know a lot about executive function and I'm sure you have read all the research about the prefrontal cortex development and maturity.

            It's okay to be smart AND older when one graduates. I guess that's the gist of what I'm saying. It's a double whammy plus!

            SusanP

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              #21
              Re: Transition guide for SC2 to MP2

              Originally posted by Anita View Post
              We’re going to do this kind of shuffle as well.

              There was some lamenting awhile back on the K-8 Board from a cottage school teacher about how challenging Little House (... In The Big Woods by Laura Ingalls Wilder — not to be confused with The Little House by Virginia Lee Burton) was for her second grade class. She practically demanded it be dropped from the MP2 course guides because she felt it was far too difficult for a Second Grader in the context of a once-per-week cottage school (which always reminds me of cheese...? Cottage school/ cottage cheese. My brain is fascinating labrynth of synonyms).

              Agree or disagree: my point is that Little House may be read alone, read aloud, team read, listened to on Audible, delayed for another grade, or (IMO) skipped altogether for an SC student. My daughter will devour it; my son will need some hand-holding. Both approaches are valid.
              Good thoughts and advice here, Anita! Thanks! (Did you notice I thanked you?) LOL

              All joking aside....I am really glad all this has come up (thanks Michelle!) because I actually bought the first part of MP2 Lit and left off the Beatrix Potter books and lit guide, knowing we'd probably not get to all that by summer. That maybe we wouldn't do them at all. I'm going to see how these first few selections go and then make an assessment on Little House in the Big Woods. Perhaps that will be part of 3rd grade lit for my son. Speaking of 3rd grade lit.....I'm sure there are some of those lit selections that will be too hard for hime....and so on and so on...repeat pattern.

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                #22
                Re: Transition guide for SC2 to MP2

                Originally posted by SPearson View Post
                Good thoughts and advice here, Anita! Thanks! (Did you notice I thanked you?) LOL

                All joking aside....I am really glad all this has come up (thanks Michelle!) because I actually bought the first part of MP2 Lit and left off the Beatrix Potter books and lit guide, knowing we'd probably not get to all that by summer. That maybe we wouldn't do them at all. I'm going to see how these first few selections go and then make an assessment on Little House in the Big Woods. Perhaps that will be part of 3rd grade lit for my son. Speaking of 3rd grade lit.....I'm sure there are some of those lit selections that will be too hard for hime....and so on and so on...repeat pattern.
                SC is not even scheduling the Potter books, so I would not worry about doing those. I remember asking Tanya at Sodalitas 2016 if you did not do all the lit guides in a year, if you could move on up to the next grade and she said “yes!l. You do not have to do them all!
                Christine

                (2018-2019)
                DD1 8/23/09 - SC4
                DS2 9/1/11 - SC2
                DD3 2/9/13 - MPK

                Previous Years
                DD 1 (MPK, SC2 (with AAR), SC3)
                DS2 (SCB, SCC, MPK)
                DD3 (SCA, SCB, Jr. K workbooks, soaking up from the others!)

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                  #23
                  Re: Transition guide for SC2 to MP2

                  Originally posted by SPearson View Post
                  Hey Jen! Are you talking about your now 5 year old? Hmmmm .....well, my now 9th grader will be 19.5 when he graduates. He has a local (super smart) classically educated peer who will be 19 when he graduates, as well. These boys have, at times, become discouraged when some in the local homeschool community graduate their teens early at (say) 17 and move them along to the local junior college. But those same kids never came close to having all this rich Latin, history, and advanced study that my son and his peer/friend will have had. I am actually THRILLED my son will be older. Then again, when we decided to add a year between his 8th grade and 9th grade years (although he did 9th grade work during that time) we sat down and talked about it. I was really surprised he didn't care that much to be older. Maybe deep down inside he knew he needed that gift of another year. (In the same way he's not chomping at the bit to get behind the wheel even though he's now 16. Ha!)

                  Well, you know a lot about executive function and I'm sure you have read all the research about the prefrontal cortex development and maturity.

                  It's okay to be smart AND older when one graduates. I guess that's the gist of what I'm saying. It's a double whammy plus!

                  SusanP

                  It's my 9yo.

                  My now 14yo will graduate high school 3 weeks after his 19th birthday (we held him back a year when we started MP), but I'm perfectly fine with that. My now 9yo, though, is an October birthday so, at his current pace, he will be 20 years old for almost all of his senior year of high school.

                  But you know, your post made me realize that I'm wondering about nothing..."12th grade" doesn't have to mean MP's core package. For one thing, MP tends to be a year advanced so doing the 11th grade core (when he's 18/19) would be perfectly fine to end with, PLUS high school always ends up being a mix/match type thing anyway!

                  *feeling very grateful for your post. also feeling very sheepish*
                  Jennifer


                  2018-2019
                  DS-14 & DS-15 (MP9 Literature, Novare Intro to Physics, Light to the Nations I (CTP), MPOA for: Latin, Pre-Algebra, Ref/Con
                  DS-12 (6M)
                  DS-10 (SC3)
                  DD-8 (MP2)
                  DD-6 (SC2)
                  DD-3 (NT using SCB for gradual intro to JrK)

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                    #24
                    Re: Transition guide for SC2 to MP2

                    Originally posted by jen1134 View Post
                    It's my 9yo.

                    My now 14yo will graduate high school 3 weeks after his 19th birthday (we held him back a year when we started MP), but I'm perfectly fine with that. My now 9yo, though, is an October birthday so, at his current pace, he will be 20 years old for almost all of his senior year of high school.

                    But you know, your post made me realize that I'm wondering about nothing..."12th grade" doesn't have to mean MP's core package. For one thing, MP tends to be a year advanced so doing the 11th grade core (when he's 18/19) would be perfectly fine to end with, PLUS high school always ends up being a mix/match type thing anyway!

                    *feeling very grateful for your post. also feeling very sheepish*
                    Another wisdom from Tanya.....if you only complete grade 10 core with MP, your education will be superior!
                    Christine

                    (2018-2019)
                    DD1 8/23/09 - SC4
                    DS2 9/1/11 - SC2
                    DD3 2/9/13 - MPK

                    Previous Years
                    DD 1 (MPK, SC2 (with AAR), SC3)
                    DS2 (SCB, SCC, MPK)
                    DD3 (SCA, SCB, Jr. K workbooks, soaking up from the others!)

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                      #25
                      Re: Transition guide for SC2 to MP2

                      I think this is a great discussion. As I sprawl on the couch recuperating from abdominal surgery #2 (let's hope this one works), I have lots of time to thumb through the catalog and ponder next year (and years and years after that, ha).

                      I have gone round and round with literature. What to do with Little House? Will he be ready to start lit 3 next year? What to do for writing next year? Should he do Core Skills LA 1 &2 as scheduled in SC4 or do LA 3 as scheduled in MP3?

                      And Jen, I mention planning one year at a time as I have 3A and 4NU guides open on my lap. Sometimes I post something more as a reminder to myself than anything else.

                      My son too loves the looks of Greek myths and some of those higher level classes. I wonder if he will get the same out of them by my tweaking them to his current ability as adverse to just waiting until he can do them more completely. That's why I lean towards just sticking with the SC schedule, the writing required in grade 3 would just be too much.
                      Married to DH for 13 years. Living the rural life in the Colorado mountains

                      DS10- Simply Classical 4 / Grade 3 Classic Core,
                      DD8- Grade 2 Classic Core,
                      DD 6- Classic Core Kindergarten

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                        #26
                        Re: Transition guide for SC2 to MP2

                        Originally posted by howiecram View Post
                        SC is not even scheduling the Potter books, so I would not worry about doing those. I remember asking Tanya at Sodalitas 2016 if you did not do all the lit guides in a year, if you could move on up to the next grade and she said “yes!l. You do not have to do them all!
                        Thanks for sharing that, Christine!

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                          #27
                          Re: Transition guide for SC2 to MP2

                          Originally posted by jen1134 View Post
                          It's my 9yo.

                          My now 14yo will graduate high school 3 weeks after his 19th birthday (we held him back a year when we started MP), but I'm perfectly fine with that. My now 9yo, though, is an October birthday so, at his current pace, he will be 20 years old for almost all of his senior year of high school.

                          But you know, your post made me realize that I'm wondering about nothing..."12th grade" doesn't have to mean MP's core package. For one thing, MP tends to be a year advanced so doing the 11th grade core (when he's 18/19) would be perfectly fine to end with, PLUS high school always ends up being a mix/match type thing anyway!

                          *feeling very grateful for your post. also feeling very sheepish*
                          Oh, and Jen, I didn't even tell you about my other son and HOW OLD he'll be! (Mostly because I think there are more similarities between my teen and what you are facing in the future with older h.s. grads.) The little guy (12! Yes, 12. Did I say '12'?) is currently in MP2. So you do the math, girl. LOL! Still, I'm so very thankful. If it weren't for MP I'd be influenced by the naysayers that Latin study is too hard for special needs kiddos. And I'm redeeming my own education right alongside him. How cool is that? (I never learned any Latin with my older son, he's 100% self-studied up until recently.)

                          Are we all going to stay (at minimum) loosely connected enough to share success stories when our kiddos are in the 20s and experiencing major success in their lives? Are we going to gather with a good bottle of wine and share laughs over "those days" we stressed about their futures? I hope so.

                          SusanP

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                            #28
                            Re: Transition guide for SC2 to MP2

                            Of COURSE we are all “preaching to the choir” (and to ourselves) as we give encouragement to others. Amen and amen.

                            Another pearl of Wisdom from MP (I think, attributable to Mrs Lowe herself?):
                            You cannot accomplish half of what you think you can in a day; you can achieve twice what you think you can in a year. (I’m paraphrasing.)

                            I’ll thief yet another slogan from MP mentor, Jessica (pickandgrin):
                            Festina lente — “make haste, slowly”.

                            We would do well to remember both.

                            Seriously, for those of you who have been schooling for a few years already: did you ever think your children would have accomplished half as much as they already have? I know I am taken aback every day at how well my children are doing and at the superior education they are getting. (I announced to them just this week that they now — in First Grade — can recognize more works of art than most adults!)

                            We tend to buy that this whole “forming a child” business is all about achievement and how well our kids will do in their careers, as determined by how much education we can stuff in their little minds and souls while they are under our care. That is important, to be sure, but it is not the whole picture. I’ve learned more since I graduated from formal learning than I ever imagined. My schooling prepared me (passably) for life, but LIVING MY LIFE is what gave me wisdom (such as it is).

                            Our children are their own people. They have to be given the same opportunities to fail, struggle, be disillusioned, told “no”, and find their own place as every other child. I think we stunt some beautiful growth patterns when we hold too tightly to OUR dreams for them or try to shield them from every trial. We expect to be pruned by our Good Master; we should expect the same pruning from Him for our children. It is the only way they can bear the fruit He intends.

                            “Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not depart from it.” This is my guiding philosophy. I leave the rest to grace.
                            Boy Wonder: 10, MP2/SC4 (Special Needs)
                            Joy Bubble: 8, MP2 (Special Needs)
                            Snuggly Cowboy: 6, MPK
                            Sweet Lightness: 2, Reverse-Engineering Specialist

                            “Have no fear of moving into the unknown. Simply step out fearlessly knowing that I am with you, therefore no harm can befall you; all is very, very well. Do this in complete faith and confidence.”
                            ~Pope St John Paul II

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                              #29
                              Re: Transition guide for SC2 to MP2

                              Originally posted by Colomama View Post
                              I think this is a great discussion. As I sprawl on the couch recuperating from abdominal surgery #2 (let's hope this one works), I have lots of time to thumb through the catalog and ponder next year (and years and years after that, ha).

                              I have gone round and round with literature. What to do with Little House? Will he be ready to start lit 3 next year? What to do for writing next year? Should he do Core Skills LA 1 &2 as scheduled in SC4 or do LA 3 as scheduled in MP3?

                              And Jen, I mention planning one year at a time as I have 3A and 4NU guides open on my lap. Sometimes I post something more as a reminder to myself than anything else.

                              My son too loves the looks of Greek myths and some of those higher level classes. I wonder if he will get the same out of them by my tweaking them to his current ability as adverse to just waiting until he can do them more completely. That's why I lean towards just sticking with the SC schedule, the writing required in grade 3 would just be too much.
                              Hmmm.....gosh, Michelle, you keep bringing up things I haven't considered. So about this Core Skills LA book. I guess I didn't notice that shows up in MP3 for the first time. (But already used in SC). So perhaps that's something I should add in for the remainder of this year (however long it takes). Given how much of a weakness the language arts are, in general, are for my son. Well....I say that....BUT, he reads fluently, is a strong (intuitive) speller but struggles with the comprehension. So, to that end, I ended up buying the Core Skills Reading Comprehension books (just to add to our already full load! LOL) So we worked through Book 1 and are now on Book 2. I suppose I could add the LA books, as well, just to see how they help remediate things. I will say that there's been a pretty good improvement back from the days of "Story Time Treasures". And I also now know more fully how I need to really give him time to respond.....some times a LONG time. Sometimes I have to just keep calmly asking the same question over and over.

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                                #30
                                Re: Transition guide for SC2 to MP2

                                Originally posted by SPearson View Post
                                Hmmm.....gosh, Michelle, you keep bringing up things I haven't considered. So about this Core Skills LA book. I guess I didn't notice that shows up in MP3 for the first time. (But already used in SC). So perhaps that's something I should add in for the remainder of this year (however long it takes). Given how much of a weakness the language arts are, in general, are for my son. Well....I say that....BUT, he reads fluently, is a strong (intuitive) speller but struggles with the comprehension. So, to that end, I ended up buying the Core Skills Reading Comprehension books (just to add to our already full load! LOL) So we worked through Book 1 and are now on Book 2. I suppose I could add the LA books, as well, just to see how they help remediate things. I will say that there's been a pretty good improvement back from the days of "Story Time Treasures". And I also now know more fully how I need to really give him time to respond.....some times a LONG time. Sometimes I have to just keep calmly asking the same question over and over.
                                My son has the same challenges. He’s excellent at following grammar and punctuation rules and he missed about two spelling words (from Spelling Workout B) all year. But his reading comprehension (cause and effect, subtext, inference, character motivations, predicting what will happen next) is sloooooow to come online. Some effective things we’ve done to boost this area are to read more often, read in the first hour of school (when he’s fresh), read in round-robin style (he reads, I read, my daughter reads, he reads again) and read before bed. We read MP assignments and books but we also read for Catechism, Science, geography and health. I have also supplemented his course load with leveled readers that he enjoys (I Can Read Levels 2-3). This has helped!

                                As for formal reading assignments: we pre-read, read, re-read and read again when answering comprehension questions. Overteach, overteach, overteach. He’ll get it.

                                (Meanwhile, my daughter — two years younger than my older son — writes three-page stories for fun. She illustrates her stories and is forever reading for pleasure. I never thought she would catch on to Language. But when she did, she took off! But she still has some comprehension challenges — subtext, in particular. So don’t feel as if you’re alone!)
                                Last edited by Anita; 01-25-2018, 05:54 PM.
                                Boy Wonder: 10, MP2/SC4 (Special Needs)
                                Joy Bubble: 8, MP2 (Special Needs)
                                Snuggly Cowboy: 6, MPK
                                Sweet Lightness: 2, Reverse-Engineering Specialist

                                “Have no fear of moving into the unknown. Simply step out fearlessly knowing that I am with you, therefore no harm can befall you; all is very, very well. Do this in complete faith and confidence.”
                                ~Pope St John Paul II

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