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Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Schooling Progress

Ugh. I can't seem to get into an effective pattern of predictable lessons that my boys can count on. They are pretty much enjoying that "mom has other priorities" right now. My school room is better off left with the door shut and the unpacked boxes hidden.

William is dragging through Virtual Math. I was helpful to him in previous math, but I can't concentrate on it AT ALL NOW. I haven't picked up a Math book for Scott since I packed it before our move. David is doing a lot of adding and subtraction in his head and in real life. He's progressing naturally and with my conscientious push.

William and Scott are strong solid readers. William will do Virtual English next year. For Scott I intend to progress him through BartonReading and follow her advice for writing, but since he is actually doing a lot of independent reading and research it is hard for me to get motivated. Barton keeps him dependant on me to explain everything. I am thinking of putting both boys in the same Virtual Social Studies class. They won't be so dependant on me to teach each lesson because it is designed for them to do without mommy. I think Scott is ready. Then maybe I won't feel so guilty about not having daily learning time with him. David is not a natural reader. He's a genius in other ways, but can't get d and b and t and f straight ((pulling my hair)) let alone the rest of the sounds.

We are definitely in Bar Mitzvah training mode. William and Scott both have weekly tutoring. Scott and David will be going to camp for 1-2 weeks at Chabad coming up soon. My boys are enjoying this far more than they will admit.


We knew our house would be a great place for boys. Between the great outdoors, construction and decorating diversions, animals and native wild life, water sports, my boys have every reason not to want to open their curriculum.

At one of the beaches near us it is common to see dolphin, hermit(?) and rock crabs and other marine life. We are fortunate to have friends with horses, chickens, and all sorts of pets to entertain us. The boys love all animals. Scott actually did some research on lizards and skinks after I accidentally dug up eggs in the garden.

My mango trees are producing and we have or had herbs, lettuce, tea grass, aloe and other edibles growing in our garden and have helped our friends and family with their edible and ornamental gardens.

There is karate which they are going to for the rest of their lives. :)

There is plenty of opportunity for learning through our experiences. I just wish I could get on track. But I'd rather be on David's Jet Rider.

6 comments:

ScienceGeek said...

We decided to have JD officially tested this spring to start a paper trail for future accomodations. His evaluator noted he still has significant auditory discrimination problems. She feels that this is why, though making tremendous progress in Barton, he is still not reading "where he should be" at the end of book 6. So this summer we are doing the LiPS program with him. Twice a week he goes to a speech therapist and then I work with him the rest of the week at home (even weekends!) using the techniques she has taught us. He is also doing Earobics on the computer to help improve his auditory discrimination and memory. It's been hard taking what feels like a step backward, but I am hopeful that once he gains this foundational skill (which truly should have been remediated BEFORE we started Barton) the Barton will fall in place. I mention this b/c David might benefit from LiPS or Earobics. They really are great programs...ones I wish I could have found sooner!

Permission to Mother said...

You are 100% right about David. He needs some speech and auditory training. I have been wondering what services to ask for.

Yeah, for something else to do... :)

Permission to Mother said...

I saw the earobics website. Did your evaluator or therapist provide you with a prescription or the program. Or did you purchase it.

LiPS is something the therapist does and teaches you?

ScienceGeek said...

I have to say that the therapist we have chosen is awesome. She realizes that I have so much time at home to work with him so she teaches him the new things in her sessions, then gives me training sheets (and sometimes a mini lesson in her office) so that I will know how to conduct our lessons at home. Not every speech therapist does that. I'm thankful for her teaching the LiPS methodolgies b/c I think it will really benefit JD. When he mispronounces, misreads or misspells a word, I can use the LiPS techniques to have him figure out what he's doing wrong. And as far as Earobics, she has JD work on it in her office but has also ordered a CD for us to use at home. When we're done with it we will give it back. (He is using the adult/adolescent program...I think on the website you can see demos of the level David would be in).

Becky R said...

My kids are so far behind as well. But they know how to relax and love to read, so that has to be good enough for now for us.
Plus they play outside most of the days.

Permission to Mother said...

Becky, Sometimes I dwell on if they are behind. Other times, I think how far they are ahead socially. For example, they do not need to know how to wait for, look for and load up on a school bus. They are not consumed with peer pressure. I still overall have control who they are around and majority of influence comes from home. Like your boys all the academics many not be coming from structured academics, but we know there is so many more ways to learn.

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