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  1. Thanks, 8, that's super helpful because ds14 is also a super-slow reader. Not dyslexic, as far as I can tell, just really slow, and audiobooks do speed him up (he hates it passionately). That is good to think about. Emily
  2. Thanks everyone for the replies. Thanks, Lewelma. I had hoped you'd reply. I feel like we're bumping along a path right now where everything is unsatisfying because he can't do anything to the level he wants to. I need to chew over these ideas and talk with him some about the path forward. Emily
  3. Hi everyone, I'm sort of struggling right now with my (barely) 14-year-old. He's into math and would spend 6+ hours per day on it if I'd let him. He's into music. Last year at the point he was practicing 2 hours per day for an upcoming audition; now he splits his time between piano and trombone with a local school band. He's also spending an hour per day on Spanish, which is a combo of tutor and self-taught. BUT, we also currently have a "broad" curriculum with a ton of heavy reading and writing. He's so frustrated. If I ask "Do you want to drop this?" he always says no, but then he's in tears because he "doesn't have enough time for math" (a quote from today). What should I do? He's a slow reader, unlike me, so he can't just scan through a bunch of pages. Also, he reads everything deeply, which is somewhat good, but also means that he is frustrated (in tears, sometimes) if he recognizes he doesn't have time to get all the meat out of his material. Thanks in advance for the help, Emily
  4. I don't have a choice; I'm allergic to normal deodorant. They give me really painful nodules under my arms. First, your body cycles through hormones and you'll find that two weeks or so per month you need nothing and two weeks per month you stink like crazy. During those two stinky weeks, use deodorant soap on your pits (if you are OK with that) and then swab with rubbing alcohol each time before you go out. I do think the first year is the worst (when your body is adjusting to no longer having to fight the chemicals it makes a ton of sweat). Then the sweat really decreases and it gets a lot better. Are you OK with the non-aluminum crystal sticks? I use that on days I will be out all day and am concerned that I might be hormonally stinky. I use it maybe 2-3 days per month. So this minimizes deodorant use without completely eliminating it. Emily
  5. Dittoing the fruit. I eat mine with a banana and a cup of berries. I buy berries in the big 10-lb frozen bags and then defrost a cup of them before dumping on the yogurt. I also like yogurt with garlic and salt. I dip cucumbers in it. Emily
  6. These are really great resources and I'll be using them throughout the year. We've decided that DS13 will go to school next year, so he'll miss out on this class, but I'll still get to do some of the reading. Thanks again! Emily
  7. We came up with a plan - he's doing the AOPS Geometry online class starting tomorrow and he'll be studying up with a self-study geometry guide to prep for the test throughout the summer. He reminded me that the summer math camp he did last year for four weeks focused on Geometry (though in a more creative and less systematic way), so he has more background with it than most kids. Also, he finds his current AOPS class not that hard, so I think it should be OK to have two going at the same time for a bit. It'll be interesting to see what he thinks of school math next year... Thanks, everyone. Emily
  8. I'd do read chapter + alcumus + 7-8 challenge problems at the end of the chapter. Emily
  9. That's a good point. We have five weeks left and one kid in public school (where it is clear they are winding down!). Basically, when I actually went to minimize the schedule, I realized I'm just cutting out the things he hates and I feel we get the least return on. He's really not visual at all, so all his "draw a map" stuff is going away, as is illustration of books he's read, learning to draw birds, and such, and dictation. These were battles I was willing to fight when I saw them as long-term scaffolding of increased visualization ability, but not when I see them as a series of fights for five weeks, KWIM. We've got some amazing books across all subjects that we're finishing, though, and a long format essay, as well as AOPS Algebra II and AOPS Geometry (just added and going over the summer). Emily
  10. I'm going to follow this thread because I want to do something similar with ds13, who is going to public school next year and really needs to just work on reading speed beforehand. Emily
  11. I have also had a bad experience with Singapore (my dd9 used it for a semester at home this year). She sort of "figured it out" - she could do the problems and demonstrate understanding because she didn't have to change her way of thinking frequently. But there was no recall at all. She's doing *so much butter* now that she's using MEP, though at first she was in tears every day because she had to think in different ways throughout the lesson. I also really hated the way the TM was set up and found it completely non-intuitive. She liked Singapore because it was comfortable to her - she never had to switch gears. But it didn't stick or lead to a deeper understanding. I used a placement test from a different math curriculum as her semester exam and found she was way behind where she'd been before the beginning of the year. That was when we jumped ship. Emily
  12. Thanks for the encouragement to follow my gut with this. Emily
  13. I encourage my kids to take pictures of things they like but have no space for. I also say, "I think you don't love this any more. But if you think you do, you need to designate a space for it." Often that leads them to realizing they don't love the thing enough to give it a home. Obviously there are kids that this won't work for, but it works fairly well with my run-of-the-mill packrat. Whereas before it was too much work to declutter, it becomes too much work to keep. Emily
  14. How does he pay for the music lessons? I don't think there's any way my DH would be willing to pay for lessons on three instruments. I could see him requiring a 16-year-old to pay for lessons on one or two of the instruments. That would then give DS16 incentive to work but the freedom to work in areas he chooses. Emily
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