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A Different-Learning Daughter

By Heather Idoni

Added Thursday, January 07, 2010


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                The Homeschooler's Notebook
     Encouragement and Advice for Homeschool Families
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   Vol. 11 No 2                           January 7, 2010
                      ISSN: 1536-2035                              
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   Copyright (c) 2010 - Heather Idoni, FamilyClassroom.net
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      IN THIS ISSUE:
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  Notes from Heather
  -- Reader Feedback
  Winning Website
  -- Spanish Grammar
  Reader Question
  -- Different Daughter
  Additional Notes
  -- Newsletter Archives
  -- Sponsorship Information
  -- Reprint Information
  -- Subscriber Information

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       Notes from Heather
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  Feedback from Our Readers
 
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  Margie wrote in with a late answer for the mom who was asking
  about animation programs...

  "I just wanted to share a website I found just before Christmas.
  It is:
 
  http://www.nr-productions.com/catalog/index.php

  My son is also interested in stop motion animation.  He watches
  all the videos made with Lego characters, etc.  I purchased their
  kit for him for Christmas and he absolutely loves it.  It comes
  with a special web cam for stop motion, software for animation,
  and an instruction book that is very straightforward.  My son is 12
  and has no problem understanding it.  The instruction book explains
  everything you need to know about animation such as story, set,
  lighting, etc.  He had made his first movie (a few seconds long)
  within just a few minutes." -- Margie

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  And in reference to the tip in a recent issue about writing/drawing
  skills, Nicole writes...

  "The binder for pictures is a GREAT idea!  Thanks.  My 5 year old
  son has recently started creating stories and I wrote one down
  while on vacation.  I plan to suggest that he draw a picture to
  go with the story.  I love the whole idea of encouraging him to
  write the story with the drawing.
 
  Thanks for the suggestions." -- Nicole J.

  *Note:  The archived issue with the tip mentioned above can be
  found here:  http://familyclassroom.net/Articles20094/20091231.html

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  Do you have comments to share?  Please do!
  Send your emails to:  mailto:heather@familyclassroom.net


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      Winning Website
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  Spanish Grammar Games

  This site features games in the form of question/answer quizzes to
  reinforce grammar and specific, often confused terms.  Since it is
  a question/answer, immersion format, the site is best for upper
  elementary and higher students.  In addition to grammar review,
  Spanish students will also find the lists and vocabulary games perfect
  for extra practice!

  -- Cindy, www.HomeschoolingFromTheHeart.com


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      Last Issue's Reader Question
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  "I have twin 7-year-old girls who are just like me - quick to pick up
  new things and are far above their grade level.  It is easy for me to
  homeschool them.  I also have an 8 1/2 year old daughter who is not
  like me.  We believe she takes after her father who doesn't remember
  reading until he was in 5th grade.  My older daughter has great
  difficulty reading, doesn't remember new info very well, and does not
  like to sit still at all.  I'm trying different methods with her, but I
  find I get very impatient with her and that doesn't help either of us. 

  I have all three girls doing '3rd grade' level work.  My question is,
  how do I learn how to help her learn?  My husband is no help because
  he's not the teacher type - he can't break things down - he just finds
  it easier to do something himself rather than teach it (he's a computer
  programmer).  I'm worried that my oldest may think school is too much
  work and I know she would not do well in school since she can't be
  still.  Any help would be appreciated."

  -- Laura in Missouri


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      Our Readers' Responses 
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  "First -- I am a computer programmer and find it difficult to
  hear you say that your husband can't break things down.  While
  it is possible that it is easier for him to just do it himself,
  it is more that his logical step-by-step process that he uses
  for programming is too difficult for most people to understand,
  and this may be true for your oldest daughter as well.  The
  mental thinking that is needed to properly put an entire code
  module in proper sequence is actually much more than most people
  understand, and cannot be simply explained.  This same thought
  process, however, is probably how your husband thinks about most
  life activities, which is why your husband finds it easier to
  do a task himself than explain it to someone else.  Check your
  daughter's learning style.  Note there are actually now nine
  recognized styles, one of which is logical.  While most people
  will have a combination of these nine, one or two will be stronger
  than the others.  For a logical learner they want sequenced,
  ordered learning with a logical pattern of rules to follow, which
  we know not all of the English language has.  That is why these
  learners might be later readers.  Try seeing if you husband
  doesn't actually have a different take on some of the curriculum
  that might give you a different perspective to see it from for
  your daughter.  Then focus on oral learning and some mental math
  activities that might help her learn to retain more information
  mentally.  Please note: this is not memorization, but mental
  computation.  One such mental math example would be for you to
  slowly read aloud the following and see if your student can stay
  with you to the end where they give the answer - without paper -
  all mental:  Start with the value of a dime, multiply it by a
  nickel and divide it by a pair, add the number of corners on a
  parallelogram and subtract the number of toes on one foot and add
  a penny.  What US coin do you have?  (Answer: a quarter)

  For the programming/logical side please note how you have to
  remember the number you have while also stopping to think about
  not only the math 'task' (ie. add, subtract, multiply, etc.),
  but also what that number is before you can do the task.  This
  'stop and start' thinking is what makes it difficult to explain
  a task to someone and easier just to do it yourself.
 
  Hope this might help you see if not your daughter's, at least
  your husband's thought process, and possible ways to help work
  with it." -- JenniLyn


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     Answer our NEW Question
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  "We have FINALLY decided to homeschool my son.  He will be 5 in
  May and we will start Kindergarten at home.
 
  My question is this...

  We, of course, keep hearing from everyone that we should reconsider,
  that homeschooled kids are 'odd', and a guy that my husband works with
  has even gone so far as to say that I'm just wanting to continue to
  be a stay-at-home mom for longer and that's why I want to homeschool! 
 
  How do we respond to these people?  Also, I feel funny saying that we
  just don't like the public school system when I'm talking to a mom
  that sends her kids there! Thanks!!" -- M.

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  Would you like to respond to new homeschool mom, M.? 

  Please send your answer to:  mailto:HN-answers@familyclassroom.net


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