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    Well, we are starting to encounter lessons that the kids find hard and I am having the worst time explaining things. We have made it to the "think aloud" or think it through section in LA.

    How in the world do I explain these things? They come easy to me, as I love LA. I end up frustrated, the child in tears...

    Take summarizing for example. The student is supposed to take notes on each paragraph. Well after a disaster w/ one son, I decided not to push it w/ dd. I didn't say anything when she didn't take any notes.

    Well, she was not able to answer the questions, so I made her go back and summarize each paragraph. Let's just say she is playing outside now with a tearstained face and I am here on the parent forum!!

    I just don't have anything helpful to add to the explanations they are given. The child gets all teary and says "it's hard!" Then I get frustrated w/ myself because I can't explain it.

    Any advice would be appreciated!

    Sincerely, Jennifer
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    3 kids using T4L: DD7, DS11 and the neighbor's grandson age 12

    T4L helps me homeschool while dealing w/ ADD, ADHD, SPD, dyslexia,dysgraphia, low comprehension,LD

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    Sometimes it helps to have a little practice first. Can you read her short passages from "easy" books that she is already familiar with and summarize them yourself (aloud)? Then, read her a passage and help her summarize it verbally.

    Has she done okay on the rest of her language arts?

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    Last night in the middle of the night, it came to me. I have used a "who what when where why" form to help them remember what they read and I should tell them to do it w/ summarizing too. Just answer the "5 Ws" for each paragraph.

    Yes, every child is in the level they belong in, I am sure of that. If I lowered her level, she'd be in 2nd and that is too low. They are just finding it hard. I am afraid they take after their mother sometimes and balk at the hard stuff.
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    T4L helps me homeschool while dealing w/ ADD, ADHD, SPD, dyslexia,dysgraphia, low comprehension,LD

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    Last night in the middle of the night, it came to me.

    It's funny how often that happens when parenting, isn't it?

    Mom of six . . . current students and homeschool graduates. Enjoying using Time4Learning since 2006!

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