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  1. https://lexile.com/ I make reading lists based on lexile level instead of grade level for one of my kids. If you Google "lexile grade level chart" you can see how they correspond to grade levels.
  2. May I ask how it went with CLE Woodworking? I'm thinking of using it for my rising 9th grader. I asked the hubs to teach the shop skills.
  3. I think FSR moves slower but requires a lot of writing. I'm using it right now with my 6-year-old girl. I think the last book (Book D) moves faster so I may take longer on it and/or use other phonics materials for a while (probably Explode the Code). It's actually good that you have two different curriculums. If one doesn't work, you can always try the other.
  4. Have you looked into udemy.com? My 13ds just completed Hello! Programming for kids & Beginners and starts Python for Beginners next week. It's self-paced with learning videos and no teacher.
  5. I eat first and read while they eat. We all have assigned seats at the table. We also listen to audiobooks in the car.
  6. I really like Spectrum Geometry. I've only used the grade 5 workbook so far since I just use it as a supplement. https://smile.amazon.com/dp/1483804798/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_apa_i_8uoBFb58DFBCY
  7. I made a few updates. I actually didn't realize how many changes I had to make until I wrote this out.
  8. My ds13 uses an over-the-door basketball hoop (with a rubber ball) and a magnetic dart board in his room. ETA: We invested in a 3D printer this summer so he's been making gifts for friends and extended family members
  9. I don't think there's a sleeping problem. He goes to bed late normally (11:30-12:00) and is now sleeping 12-13 hours. I used to have him wake up at 9:45 but he was hardly growing and we were concerned there was a problem (fortunately his medical test results were normal). He has blackout curtains and exercises every day. We limit screens and his wifi goes off at 9:00. I could always increase his activity though since he is getting older and is finally taller than me. I'm tiny...hence the worry about his not growing. I just figured somebody on here has probably BTDT with a teen boy like
  10. He can hear through the noise-cancelling headphones. I can see about adding in some physical activity.
  11. He wouldn't get anything done in the living room because my girls are LOUD and my 5 y/o will bother him. He's easily disturbed by noise so that's why his room is the best option for him. That's why we got him a desk for his room and all his books are in there.😀
  12. I am standing in his room while he is at his desk with his work. I either go over answers or have him answer orally or sometimes I just wait for him to finish since it's a short subject and it would take more time to leave and come back.
  13. I have three kids and can't nap and he doesn't even nap in the car so I don't think so, LOL! Yes, the 3:00pm time is when I check in to go over things but he is taking longer and sometimes hasn't even finished answering comprehension questions by 3:00. I don't know if I will need to make some subjects "night subjects" that I check the next day. I may need to experiment a bit with that as I was hoping to ramp up his work load a little for 8th. I could give him the option of doing work on the weekend which I know will motivate him to finish his work during the week.😉
  14. OK. We aren't worrying about extracurriculars currently so that's not an issue. If we have an outing, I change his schedule for the day and make it lighter. We school year-round so that's easy to do. I don't expect him to finish in 2 hours but I do need to go over some work with him and there is also work that he does with me (it's actually faster that way). So, I'm trying to figure out which subjects to have him do and in what order. Part of the time shift is that he's sleeping more and part is that his work is getting harder. He will start 8th grade next month. We're doing summer schoo
  15. How do you manage your time and schedule your day? My 13ds has recently started sleeping more. I guess puberty is on the horizon. I am up by 8 to take care of my 5dd. I do her work with her after breakfast. Late morning and sometimes early afternoon are reserved to work with my 11dd. We are usually done by 1:00 when my ds13 wakes up. We all eat together and I do read alouds and then he has to do his work. I check in with him at 3:00 but he's not always done by then. Lately, he's taking longer to do his reading comprehension (literature guides) and sometimes isn't done with his work un
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