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    I'm Bethany. I am a Seattle native and I work from home as a photographer and retoucher. I'm married to a Scottish National who I met 13 years ago while living abroad and brought him back for a souvenir..He's a chef by trade. We'll be married 13 years this year.

    We have two amazing kiddos. Liam, is our 12 year old son who is why I'm here. He's been bullied every year at school, by both children and teachers/staff, last year was so bad he's dealing with PTSD now, and last week he was assaulted while playing soccer at school. He has some special needs, (Dyspraxia, Dysgraphia, Tourettes and Anxiety) So school has always been a little harder for him, but he's always loved going, and he loves to learn... but the last year he's hated it most of the time because he's just over the bullying.

    Our daughter Kayleigh is 6, and VERY feisty, she's just started half day kindergarten this year, and she is reading 2nd grade materials and is ahead with all her other stuff too, she's been complaining about being bored at school. So, I'm not sure if we'll home school her, she LOVES school, but, it's definitely not off the table esp. if she's not able to really learn enough at school.

    I'm looking for the best curriculums and programs to really work with my 6th grader to help him really thrive and learn. Specifically math is his hardest one. And while he reads well, he has a hard time reading context and between the lines etc..

    Can't wait to learn more and help my son's anxiety and my momma bear drive to both get a break.

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    Welcome to the forum! I'm not sure about 6th grade curriculum yet, but I'm sure others will chime in. I'm sorry to hear about your son's struggles in school. Good for you to take him out. I hope you see some positive changes soon
    I'm a work-at-home mom to three, homeschool enthusiast, and avid planner fueled by lattes and Florida sunshine. My oldest is 6 and is a fircond grader (that's somewhere between first and second, naturally), my preschooler just told me she wants to learn how to read, and my toddler is a force of nature.

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    Welcome to SHS, Bethany. I'm so incredibly sorry to hear of your young man's struggles. That's so discouraging. My oldest (now graduated) has Tourette's, and he was homeschooled most of the way through. His only in-school time was in middle school, and although he wasn't bullied (the school had strong anti-bullying stances), he was usually either pitied or avoided, which was also really tough. The good news is that homeschooling took off most of the stress he faced in school and he thrived with it. He adored being able to learn at his own pace, to not have to follow a standardized curriculum, and to be able to pursue his own interests. By the time he was 15 he had taught himself two computer languages and was running his own computer repair business. Homeschooling gave him back the confidence to be himself and to follow his own compass. It doesn't get better than that!

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    Hi and welcome! NOt sure what to recommend, so much depends on how your student learns. I use different curriculum depending on the kid- for math we are using Math Mammoth, Beast Academy, Miquon, Saxon, and Arbor School books- just depends on the kid and the needs/strengths/weaknesses. I guess I will recommend really studying how your son (and daughter) learn- do they learn better with hands-on, seeing math happening? Do they pick up on auditory learning? Visual components? Do they hae holes in knowledge that make higher math harder do figure? Is the problem simply the way problems are presented? Some COmmon COre math programs are so wordy that mathy kids just don't follow them. THey make kids write out explanations- and that's hard to do for a kid who has comprehension problems, even if they understand the math. Sometimes it's hard to understand what a problem is even asking for- so that means problems in reading comprehension follow into math, making it even more frustrating. Same for wordy explanations. So- my advice- try to figure out how they learn, and then we can help you find a program that will fit them

    Oh, and you will make some bad choices the first few years- be willing to change if something just isn't working. Also be willing to tweak programs to fit your kid
    Mom to 5 great kids~

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    His problem is short term memory and the Dysgraphia... or it has been, so he forgets what he was supposed to do really easily, and the more he has to use his hands to write the harder it is, so he can't even really just do rote work...I used Saxon math when I was in school and really liked it, but I liked the busy work pages. My son would pull his hair out...He's more visual, and better at learning by doing. Luckily, my husband is a chef, so he's thinking of starting to teach him math through cooking more... and I'm looking into some online coding classes thinking that will help him really find an application for the math he's learning which will help him remember it more.

    Thank you though.. this is really daunting, I have some of his issues, and while I know he and I work way better with a strict structure, I have a hard time implementing it, so we'll see how this goes.

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    I'm hoping for something like this outcome.. My son is sweet, and wants to help, he's been asking how he can volunteer now that he's not in school. He helps with his sister and is currently cooking dinner, which is his new favorite thing to do.. Race was a large factor, more than his disabilities, for the bullying, he's one of the only white kids in a high immigrant population school, the kids who attacked him, have been attacking him since October, are all 1st and 2nd generation immigrants, it started by calling him "trump"... in spite of him being as much a second generation immigrant as they are, the only difference is the color of his skin. It's really just so stupid. But, we can't keep asking him to deal with it when homes schooling him is a viable option.

    I'm hoping that him getting a chance to go at his own pace, and not have to worry about asking for help when he needs it and looking "dumb" he will thrive and really find what he loves to do.

    Fingers crossed.

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    Just wanted to say hi. We used to live in Seattle but are now in Bellingham. We homeschool our 12 year old son who has some anxiety issues but our 6 year old son is happy and thriving in public kindergarten. Our 12 yo takes a few classes in a local public family partnership program. For math we use Khan academy online and the "keys to math" series. It is very straightforward and visual, similar to the Singapore math he used when in public school.

    We started homeschooling mid-5th grade because we moved to a new town where our kid knows no one, and because our son has always been invisible and quiet in school -- he was just drifting through without finding his voice or enjoying anything about it. Homeschooling has really helped him open up a bit and have less anxiety. I'm very sorry your son had to deal with so much trauma -- the traditional school environment can be akin to Lord of the Flies.
    Last edited by Bham Gal; 03-29-2017 at 12:35 AM.

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    Just wondering, does he like Minecraft? Our son enjoys coding and plays on a server with other homeschoolers. Maybe Liam would be interested?

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    Last thing, I saw you are in Snohomish. Not sure if you are near Monroe (this may be a long shot), but I just heard an impressive presentation tonight by the principal of Sky Valley. This is probably an awesome partnership program! She homeschooled her own kids and they are both very succesful college students:
    Monroe Public Schools: Sky Valley Education Center

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