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Marco turned 8 yesterday & celebrated at the beach near his hime w/4 other little guys. Dwt picked up the cup-cakes at the bakery his mom had ordered & when Dwt went to get them he saw this little maltese & could not resist. We put it up high so M would not see it & forgot about it---only to remember tonight! Too bad it is not gluten-free! I love the little tongue hanging out best of all!
 

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Sandi, That cake is ADORABLEY CUTE!
I'm saving the picture and plan on making one for my granddaughters next birthday! I'm wondering if a pink Necco Wafer could be used for the tongue? Are things going better there and falling into a working routine? Continued prayers sent your way.
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Thank you Paulann---My DD is unregistering him (it takes 2 wks) & will homeschool for now. I can't see how she will manage it w/all that is on her plate, but it is better than what he is getting & since she teaches college online she can make it fit better w/her schedule. (She is also applying for jobs, and practicing for the LSATS). We have a reading specialist that I found in my neighborhood in TX. scheduled for 4 days a wk. & hopefully that will be good. He is very good w/math, and science & extremely creative. If he could just learn to sit still & focus.
 

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That is adorable. I hope Marco thrives in a home school environment.
 

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Walter, you & I both! There have been more than a few melt-downs & it seems the teachers are as frustrated as the kids (though I really like his current teacher). She will use an umbrella organization to make sure he is getting the proper content & testing. Part of the frustration has to do w/such a large class online & learning to use the google chrome notebook along w/the material. The other part has to do w/his not being proficient enough w/reading. I think it is a "learning disorder" so hopefully the reading specialist can help. He writes some of his numbers & letters backwards still.
 

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Walter, you & I both! There have been more than a few melt-downs & it seems the teachers are as frustrated as the kids (though I really like his current teacher). She will use an umbrella organization to make sure he is getting the proper content & testing. Part of the frustration has to do w/such a large class online & learning to use the google chrome notebook along w/the material. The other part has to do w/his not being proficient enough w/reading. I think it is a "learning disorder" so hopefully the reading specialist can help. He writes some of his numbers & letters backwards still.
It is hard, some students can thrive in a home school environment, for others the lack of socialization leads to problems. Some school systems are doing better than others in terms of organizing online learning and that is leading to issues, also. A really talented online teacher knows how to better chunk the materials for online learning and how to read facial cues on screen. When you are teaching in person, you can rely on a whole of non-verbal cues as you scan the classroom and better identify people who may be having problems. I have done a few sessions with students but they have been in very small groups; it has been OK. I recently did a conference presentation as part of a panel and it was difficult, because the audience was large and I could not see anyone. I tend to have a very interactive teaching style.
 

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His mom has "officially" w/drawn him but he will attend this week still until it is official & at the same time she has organized some stuff that hopefully will help. Also a neighbor has asked if they can work together in a few of the subjects since my DD has a good grasp on what is out there. The neighbor kid is a year older, but w/boys it does not seem to matter so much. Both are "only" kids to nerd parents so it should work ok for a while. My daughter does not mind teaching online but her understanding of tech stuff is good. The big job will be corralling him enough to help him to focus on matters at hand. She has her work cut out.
We are officially at home as of this afternoon---lots of catch up work for me having been gone 3 wks.
 
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