Friday, September 19, 2014

Kids' Update

Things are moving along nicely.  Now that we've gotten into some kind of rhythm that is working, I'm moving toward W becoming even more independent with his work.  I'd say that at this point we do about half the subjects together and he does about half the subjects independently.  His reading is now as close to perfect as can be with hardly any hint of dyslexia and processing issues.  I'm shocked at how he's improved over the last 2 years since his diagnosis.  So I feel he's finally ready for a lot of academic independence.  He's definitely more independent than he'd be at school.  I still read most of the literature aloud and we do math and geography together, but he does grammar, history, poetry, copywork, Spanish, and science independently - I just ask some questions, check it over, and/or he'll narrate when he's done.

As far as our curriculum this year - we love it.  Ambleside Online, Saxon Math, Holt Science, Painless Grammar, GSW Spanish ... we love it all.  I hope it stays nice like this, lol.  

J has had an incredibly busy summer.  She has been assisting her choreographer at numerous top competition-team studios.  She demonstrates his hip-hop choreo for everyone and the best part is that she gets paid!  It's so great that she gets to get paid for something she loves doing.  She's grateful that she can continue dancing all summer and not be out of practice for when college starts.  There is only one more month before college move-in day.  She got her housing assignment already and cannot wait to be living on the Upper West Side of Manhattan in her own single dorm room.  B and J went to a get-together at the school and J already made some friends. We started dorm shopping already and we're about 1/3 of the way done.  Her room is their standard 84 square feet and has a bed, dresser, desk, mini-fridge, big window, big closet, a/c, and vanity sink.  Most rooms have a semi-private bathroom (toilet & shower) that is between 2 rooms (ala Brady Bunch) - that would be nice to have.  We won't know her final placement until move-in day.  

K graduated The Aveda Institue last week.  The whole family went out to dinner at this amazing Greek restaurant in Astoria called Taverna Kycledes.  I can't rave enough about this place - best food I've had anywhere in years.  K enjoyed the school so much and is ready for a salon career.  She already landed an interview next week at a very swanky, posh salon in Manhattan.  Fingers crossed!

And I just realized that this is my...   1000th POST!!!!  


MrsH said...

What kinds of help have you gotten for the dyslexia? If any...I've only been reading a little while. Just started homeschooling my 10 year old daughter who also has dyslexia.

NYCitymomx3 said...

I haven't gotten any help. I researched a LOT and changed the way we approach the academic subjects. We built up the reading and writing slowly, no pressure, no demands using multi-sensorial techniques. We focused mainly on auditory and tactile activities since that's where his strengths lie (according to his test results): music, reading out loud, rhythmic memorization, fun poems, large whiteboards, keyboarding, small engineering projects, etc. I teach (and tailor and tweak) the way he learns. That's it.

Do you have test results and evaluation for your dd?

MrsH said...

Thanks, no specific test results yet. She was eval'd are school prior to starting homeschool. Like you, I'm using items that are multi sensory and slowing down on the reading. I do a lot of reading aloud with her for most subjects.

MrsH said...

No test results yet. But it's clear she has dyslexua. We are starting over with earlier grade materials. Lots of interactive things, me reading out loud most reading materials.

Kristi said...

Hi! I just discovered your blog and wondered if you might give me a few minutes of your time? We are heading to NYC for 2.5 days next week (spur of the moment, although with a week's notice technically not, but hardly well planned! Ha, ha!) We will go to the Met to see the Mary Cassatt works on display, as she is our artist this term. I would like to make this trip be a bit more Charlotte Mason-y than our last, although ultimately that probably was more CM than I give myself credit for. Anyway, we have done a lot of the big/toury things and would like to get off the beaten path or not...just not sure of the 8,965,453 things to do how to narrow it down and make it feel CM. My daughter is in Year 1 of AO (with a few tweaks). Thanks for any ideas or thoughts!!

NYCitymomx3 said...

Hi Kristi. In addition to the Met, you could go to: Central Park for a great nature study (call ahead and see if the park rangers will assist!), see a big statue of Ben Franklin a few blocks away from Ground Zero, the Museum of the American Indian, the South Street Seaport piers, the Children's Museum of the Arts, the NY Botanical Garden, the New York Hall of Science, the Dimenna Children's History Museum (NY History for kids), and the McNally Jackson bookstore - there's a big kids (up to age 10) storytime every Saturday at 11:30 followed by an art project), plus they have a ton of kids' books. I think these go well with AO Year 1!

Kristi said...

Oh wow! Thank you! This is FABULOUS!! I really appreciate it. All these ideas will be copied and pasted into my NYC file!! We are coming back in November so I will use these ideas both times!

Any recommendations on where to go up to High Line Park, i.e., which entrance?

Thank you!!!

NYCitymomx3 said...

You're very welcome! I like getting on the High Line right at W 16th Street (& 10th Ave). And you HAVE to visit the Chelsea Market which is right there as well! I would love to hear about your visit when you get back.