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  1. If you don't care for Beast Academy but like their puzzles, they have separate puzzle books for levels 2 and 3 (and eventually the others). You could add those to your arsenal for variety.
  2. I am rather done needing to check on the (one month away from) 17 year old's progress every single day. She could have graduated early (even if just by a semester) but she seems content to do the very minimum each day, if that, which is why I have to double check. With my older two I didn't have to confirm they did their work even if they weren't super motivated their last year. It probably wouldn't bother me as much except that I know she goes to work each afternoon (only a couple of hours) and does over and above for her boss. I guess I am jealous.
  3. Ask your kids. If they want them, they can store them. Otherwise let them go if you have other copies of the same print.
  4. I can't handle lots of things in the common areas. So my kids have all their stuff in their rooms. Each have shelves to hold books and toys and art/craft materials. We declutter often and take lots of photos of art/papers/etc so as to keep that stuff to a minimum. Although each have a drawer or box for that sort of thing. Some of the kids are more receptive to my assistance in keeping their rooms tidy, but I require a basic level of cleanliness so as to not encourage rodents.
  5. Why isn't it fair for them to take responsibility for their own things? Unless they are moving overseas I think it is fine to ask them to remove their own items or at least pack them efficiently so they won't take up as much space within your living space. They may decide they don't want it after all. As an aside, my mom kept my things until I was out of college and had a place. She gave me all "my" things when we visited after settling in another state. Turns out she had kept a good deal of toys and stuffies (that I thought I had gotten rid of years ago) and Tupperware unbeknownst to
  6. I would love to tackle the 16 yo room, but it has been a bone of contention before (I removed something from her room without permission when she was like 8 and I am not sure she has forgiven me yet) so I won't. I have told my in-laws that they can't die until they have moved. They have been in the same farm house for 30ish years! It's not just the house, there is also the barn and the garage. My mom's 3 bedroom place was bad enough. I'm a minimalist, but try not to go too overboard in the main areas of the house. No one wants it bare. Hubby coming home to work via Covid was a bles
  7. My oldest pretty much did this throughout her homeschool career for history. She loves history, so she devoured many books, a few textbooks and encyclopedias,. It is pretty much our MO for elementary school for all my kids. I didn't make a plan, we just read interesting things and watch interesting videos. Although 2 years ago we did read all the American history books I had on my shelves in roughly chronological order. My oldest is getting a bachelor's in early education right now and doing just fine in all her classes. You have my permission to homeschool using "only" good b
  8. My daughter could do this with basic sewing skills (the trick is to cut one leg and then use that leg as a pattern for the other leg). You could use hem tape to make it even easier. I'd let her try.
  9. My oldest did the bare minimum in high school. Except for literature and creative writing, she did a considerable amount of those. Never even took the SAT. After high school she taught piano and then started working at a daycare. After teaching the four year olds she decided to pursue working for the district. She was never interested in taking a bunch of random classes to get a bachelors, but she took a couple of free Sophia courses last year and decided she could do online schooling. So she is now getting a bachelors in early elementary education with a for profit online school. She w
  10. My daughter (21) has been using it. Not as consistently as suggested, but we have seen improvements. Well, along with using more disposable masks (and only using them once). She works with elder care so wears masks daily. She cancelled after the first paid month since she wasn't using them fast enough to need more for a while.
  11. I buy less and less. I used to find something I liked and would buy multiple years worth. Now I know that even if it works for a kid this year it may not work at the next level. So I don't even try to buy for next year until we are closer to it. I buy shorter materials too. Things we can get done in months rather than taking all year long to finish. I finally accepted the fact that we like accomplishing things (ie finishing books) and get bored doing the same thing for more than a few months. I also accepted that if it is in ebook format I am much less likely to make good use of
  12. I think she was talking about these: Mini Posters | Institute for Excellence in Writing (iew.com)
  13. You could do Learn Math Fast to cover elementary to geometry in 7 volumes. Just start at the beginning to make sure there aren't fundamental gaps. If you want to just fill in elementary knowledge, you could read the Big Fat Notebook series. There is English, World History, US History, and Science for middle school. If you are looking for a traditional high school transcript I would just start right now as 9th grade. Do a year on the high school essay and notetaking. Read some classics. Take general science and world history. If he can read fine then jumping in there shouldn't
  14. This is for highschoolers. 501 Writing Prompts. Some of the prompts have example essays at three levels - bad, ok, and good 501 Writing Prompts (501 Series) PDF (bookslibland.net)
  15. If you just want to supplement I would do the Guide Books and the new puzzle books. There is grade 2 and 3 out right now. All the teaching is in the guide books.
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