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  1. Try comics and graphic novels. Also Captain Underpants.
  2. My 4 year old DD is obsessed with Ramona as read by Stockard Changing. She says she is going to listen to it every day until she goes to college. My 8 yo DS loves How to Train Your Dragon series and I do too. Two words: David Tennant. Yes please.
  3. Could it be worse than Top Gear US? Probably not, but I'm not tuning in to find out. Even for David Tennant.
  4. My 4 yo DD just can't let go of Ramona. We have listened to Stockard Channing read the books over and over and over again (she's fantastic, BTW). She refuses to even consider Henry Huggins or Socks or The Mouse and the Motorcycle.
  5. My 3rd grader has the following homework Monday-Thursday: 1 math worksheet, spelling list practice, read for 20 minutes. About once a week he has a reading comprehension assignment. It's probably 15 minutes of work + the reading.
  6. Thanks to all of you for telling your stories! I was feeling really alone in struggling wih this decision and it really helps to hear all of your experiences.
  7. ...Why did you do it? Was it one thing or many different things? Was there a "last straw"? Are you happy with your decision? Do your kids miss PS? We have been afterschooling for the past few years, but we are thinking of taking the plunge and homeschooling. My son has struggled for the past 3 years and 3rd grade is not off to a good start. He is bored and frustrated and lonely. He loves parts of PS but seems to now hate more than he loves. I feel like my smart, funny, creative kid is wilting. He's started having behavior problems at school and seems more sullen and almost defeated at home. I want to make it better for him but it's such a hard decision to make. I'd love to hear some "been there, done that" stories if anyone is willing to share! Thanks!
  8. Another vote for post-its. I never leave home without them :).
  9. Another vote for Mental Floss. My favorite magazine! I also get: Atlantic Monthly New Yorker History Today The Strand Archaeology
  10. I have the Flex and I really like it. I got a set of extra bands in cuter colors. That way I can switch based on my mood or clothes :).
  11. My 7 yo is a huge HH fan. He likes the books, the British TV series, and the magazine.
  12. My 7 yo loves Horrible Histories (they have a USA one), You Wouldn't Want to Be, and the Nathan Hale's Hazardous Tales series.
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