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  1. I look for specific book titles on Amazon with the words "Kindle whispersync". I don't use this much for my kid still learning to read though (but more for my 12 y/o dyslexic) since our library has read along books on the Overdrive app.
  2. I make a weekly schedule using a table on Google Docs, then print it out the week before for my son. I preplan some of his work in another document (similar to the MP digital subject lesson plans) so I can just cut and paste from that. If I need to make a change, I can either edit and reprint or just cross out with pencil and write in the change on the page. I keep the page on a clipboard on his desk and change it every Sunday. The old ones go in a folder (in order) in case I want to check what he did on previous weeks.
  3. I had the adult and children's books. I found Laying Down the Rails for Children to be more user friendly (it's for the parent). I used it for a while but some of the "lessons" were just stories that my kids didn't really relate to. I ended up gifting the books to someone in a Facebook group.
  4. This year I used Power Basics American Government with a 6th and 8th grader. I just read it at lunch once per week and they would either answer the questions orally or narrate back what they understood.
  5. Last year, I paired The Bible Project with Christian Studies IV from Memoria Press. It's like a Bible outline in workbook format. I think we spent a couple days per week reading the reader, a few days reading scripture and a day at the end of the week filling out the book. https://www.memoriapress.com/curriculum/christian-studies/christian-studies-iv/
  6. Grade 1 Language Arts: Explode the Code (with teacher’s guide), American Language Phonics Workbooks, various readers (mostly from Sonlight and Memoria Press booklists), copywork Math: Math Mammoth 1 Bible: The Beginner’s Bible, Beginner’s Bible Workbook History: SOTW 1 with Activity Book, tagging along with older siblings (History Revealed) and doing some activities with another family Science: tagging along with older sister (Apologia Swimming Creatures & Botany with Junior Notebook) Enrichment: MP Kindergarten Enrichment, MP Kindergarten Book of Crafts, Home Art Studio Kindergarten, Artistic Pursuits K-3 (only the projects to to go with Ancient History)
  7. My first highschooler. I'm so excited, LOL! Grade 9 History: History Revealed (Ancient Civilizations & the Bible) I picked this since it’s a unit study style curriculum that I can use with my middle and high schooler (and tag along 1st grader). Foreign Language: Henle Latin I (Units 1-5) MPOA Science: Physics I (Honors) WHA Literature & Composition: Memoria Press Guides: Poetry and Short Stories, Tom Sawyer, The Book of the Ancient Greeks, The Book of the Ancient World, The Iliad & The Odyssey (with Vita Beata Discussion Group), Elements of Style, Jensen’s Format Writing (first half), Vocabulary From Classical Roots B&C, Spelling Power Math: Algebra II (Foerster's/Prentice Hall Classics with Math Without Borders videos) Electives: Health (Life Pac), Intro to Python (udemy) Bible: Long Story Short, Training Hearts and Teaching Minds karate
  8. Grade 7 Language Arts: Wilson Reading System (for Dyslexia), Memoria Press Literature (with guides)-5th grade lit. with Vita Beata Discussion Group-she read these already so she will review before her group meetings (Lassie Come Home, The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, Heidi) and also do The Bronze Bow and Anne of Green Gables, also some historical fiction related to history that she will just read and narrate, Rod & Staff English 5, Pentime Cursive 6, 180 Days of Social Studies for 6th grade (this is more for reading comprehension practice), Wilson Workbooks (to review previous phonics/spelling lessons), Touch Type Read and Spell Math: Key to Series (Measurement, Decimals, Algebra-she already started these), LOF Decimals, Patty Paper Geometry, Math Mosaics, Khan Academy for review History: History Revealed (Ancient Civilizations & the Bible) We may also be doing SOTW 1 with Activity Book with another family, I will pick out just a few activities per month as I also have the Elementary Activity Book from History Revealed Foreign Language: She’s interested in Spanish but has learning disabilities so we’re just working slowly through a basic Spanish workbook (Complete Book of Spanish Workbook For Kids grades 1-3), I will have her make her own flashcards for this, maybe we will add Mango or something like that Science: Apologia Swimming Creatures & Botany (with notebooking journals and audio download) Art: She just picks projects she finds online and does them with a friend via video chat Bible: Long Story Short, Training Hearts and Teaching Minds
  9. Can you have them look at the samples and ask them? I think the supplies were mostly typical art supplies so it won't hurt to have more supplies on hand. If they are creative they could alter the projects a bit. I've done almost all of them and not always for the grade suggested but usually within a couple of grades difference.
  10. We also tried it and dropped it about 10 lessons in. We were coming from Math Mammoth which is laid out completely differently (mastery based). My kid is not independent enough to do math on his own. I think one of the chapters introduced about 20 new vocabulary words and kids were told to memorize them. It was just too fast moving for my son. If there was a problem he didn't understand, he was supposed to watch the video again. But, sometimes that wasn't enough. There's only 20 problems to do and there's no extra problems to have your child work on if it's not clicking. We switched to Foerster's with Math Without Borders videos.
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. 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.
  14. 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.
  15. I eat first and read while they eat. We all have assigned seats at the table. We also listen to audiobooks in the car.
  16. 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
  17. I made a few updates. I actually didn't realize how many changes I had to make until I wrote this out.
  18. 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
  19. 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 this.😀
  20. He can hear through the noise-cancelling headphones. I can see about adding in some physical activity.
  21. 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.😀
  22. 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.
  23. 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.😉
  24. 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 school right now. We're all night owls as it's the only way we get to spend time with my husband so I'm not willing to change that right now.
  25. 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 until after dinner. Sometimes I walk in and he's just staring at the wall bouncing his basketball. I feel like my day is getting longer. How do you parents manage this stage? ETA: Telling me to just have him wake up earlier isn't helpful hence the title of my post. TIA!
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