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    I have been homeschooling for almost 3 years. We adopted our son and he has fetal alcohol syndrome. He was falling through the cracks at school and I thought I could do a better job teaching him. He has improved some but in most subjects, he is working at second to third grade level. He should be in the fifth grade. I do not know what I am doing wrong. I try to keep him on task and plan our lessons but am having great difficulty getting him to advance. He was tested while in ps and he did not qualify for special education however he has great difficulty with math and reasoning abilities. He also has problems with fine motor skills in his hands. I do not know what else to try with him but I know that I cannot put him back in ps. I do not want to do that. Please help with any suggestions. Not only am I dealing with him but my husband has also retired due to severe medical problems so my life has drastically changed. I am really burned out!!!! Thanks

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    My son is also below average in Math, we just try to work at his pace. Besides T4L we also use brainpop to help exlain some of the math to him.
    My best advice is just continue working at his pace, this may be a subject he will struggle in all his life. Mine was spelling, I still at 39 years old can not spell very well.

    We also used learning computer games like jumpstart and cluefinder that helped to make math fun and build skills. You can find them cheap on ebay and sometimes vegsource.com. I also taped a show called Cyberchase, it is a show that teaches kids about Math and how to use it in your everyday life. My kids love it and it helps to give a break from paperwork.

    Take an extra break to if you feel you need one, a snow day you might say, I do this when I feel really stressed and take a 3-4 day weekend, and recollect myself. Or I cancel the harder classes and throw in an educational video. Then I pour myself a cup of coffee, check out anythign on the computer or read a book in the next room.

    Hope that helps you out even a little

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    Is there any possibility of hiring a tutor or looking into getting a specialist to come out for a short term period? There may be learning disability intervention programs through your county that you may qualify for even if he doesn't through the school.

    Do you know what he favors as far as learning style goes? If he likes workbooks, there are always those, but he may need something more hands on to work with. Depending on the area you're wanting to focus on, there are many things you could try to help him understand the concepts. If there's any specific topic you want to study maybe we could think of some ideas to supplement the lesson.

    Still, this may be something that he will struggle with no matter what you do. I think it's important that you don't label him as having poor math skills or similar. I would be sure to tell him that he is a hard worker and is making improvements, especially when he is getting frustrated.

    If he was falling through before, it seems likely that he may again if you send him back to ps. It sounds like you have a lot going on right now and maybe it's best if you take a break or go a little more low key for a while. When you're ready to jump back in, you'll both feel more refreshed.
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    Several years ago a PS teacher shared a tip with me that I will share with you. She said that she had read a research paper that mentioned that some kids who have difficulty with math, spelling etc. will learn better if information was written on circles versus regtangles or squares.

    She tried this with math facts and spelling words with her students that had special needs. They made substantial progress shortly after starting this simple approach. Paper plates or having your child practice cutting circles for math facts might just help with some of the frustration. Paper plates of all sizes would be easy to start with as well. Make it fun and add lots of colors.

    Researching what colors are helpful in retaining information might be an area to explore. Please let me know if you give this a try and if it helps.
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    Thanks so much for the suggestions from all. Right now we are just playing educational games on the computer and it seems to be helping. He does not like workbooks at all. I have decided that maybe I need to deschool myself and just let him work more at his own pace. In Arkansas, we have to test yearly and I seem to stress more about it than him. We always just tell him to do the best he can, that it is not a pass or fail test so he does not get stressed about it. We are very postive and excited about all of his work regardless of how he is doing. We give him tons of praise. We work with flashcards but I will try using the round cards and see if that helps. He struggles with all of his subjects, not just his math. This week, I have had my husband work with him. They have been putting model cars together, learning to follow direction and using fine motor skills. They both seem to enjoy the time spent together and this gives me a break. Schooling is looking better. thanks, Cindy

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    Quote Originally Posted by ABK
    Several years ago a PS teacher shared a tip with me that I will share with you. She said that she had read a research paper that mentioned that some kids who have difficulty with math, spelling etc. will learn better if information was written on circles versus regtangles or squares.

    She tried this with math facts and spelling words with her students that had special needs. They made substantial progress shortly after starting this simple approach. Paper plates or having your child practice cutting circles for math facts might just help with some of the frustration. Paper plates of all sizes would be easy to start with as well. Make it fun and add lots of colors.

    Researching what colors are helpful in retaining information might be an area to explore. Please let me know if you give this a try and if it helps.

    i'm new here; very interesting. taylor my 14 yo DS granddaughter cannot write her name or write anything, but she does draw circles constantly; when she is writing it is always a circle.

    btw, does anyone know how to put a signature block in a post for each and every time i want it attached to an email?


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    btw, does anyone know how to put a signature block in a post for each and every time i want it attached to an email?

    Hi There,

    To have a permanent signature just go to the top and click on "User Control Panel" then "Profile," (left hand side) then "Edit Signature". (left hand side)

    Hope That Helps,
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