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  1. I have used HomeArt Studio. It's good and doesn't require much from me which is key to art actually getting done here cause it's just not my thing. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  2. These look great! Thanks Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  3. He had read most of those and did really love them. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  4. Thank you! And yeah, not necessarily looking for great literature at this point, just more hoping to broaden his reading choices and have him enjoy it! Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  5. I would like to make a list of books for DS to choose from for assigned reading next year. Just something to get him reading anything other than Yu Gi Oh graphic novels, lol. My main goals are to expose him to different genres, but I also really want them to be really good, interesting books. This kid is not one to pick up a book for fun. He won't read unless I require it, even if it is a book he is enjoying. So, I want to keep it fun for him. Can anyone share their booklist for a 9 year old boy? Thanks! Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  6. I think it really depends on the kid. DS completed all four levels. He definitely needed the additional year of practice and intentional phonics lessons. He was not the type of kid that just took off with reading. He needed a lot of practice and specific instruction for each rule and set of words. For him that year with level four really cemented his reading ability, helped with his fluency, and gave him a lot of confidence in himself. So, worth it for him for sure. For my DD, we are about a forth of the way through level three right now and I am less sure she will need level four. She pic
  7. DD will be in second grade next year... Phonics: AAR3 Reading- Pick books from a mommy made list Spelling: Apples & Pears Writing-??? Math- Singapore History-SOTW3 tag along with older brother Science- Book Shark Art- Home Art Studio P.E.-Soccer and Gymnastics Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  8. DS will be in 5th grade next year... Spelling- Apples & Pears Writing- W&R Narrative 1 and 2 if we get there Grammar-???? Reading- he chooses books from a mama made booklist (need to start making this) Math- Singapore History- SOTW3 Science-BookShark Art- I need to do something for this. DS isn't into it at all so I tend to let it slide, but I would like to at least work on some basic drawing skills next year with him. Book suggestions? P.E.-Soccer and tennis Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  9. Monday and Wednesday we are out of the house for activities from 3:45-7:15ish. Tuesday and Thursday we are out from 2:15-6:45. Friday its 3:45-7:00. So yeah, I feel your pain. We always eat a big snack before we leave the house. Sometimes I bring little snacks for the kids to eat in between activities in the car (pretty much everyday we are going to more than one activity back to back or one kid is stuck hanging out and waiting for the other one to do their thing.) We eat when we get home. The kids shower and get pajamas on while I prep dinner. I usually try to have all the Oreo work
  10. My son has a really hard time with spelling as well. Mid year last year we switched to Apples and Pears Spelling. We are finishing up book A this week and I have seen a dramatic improvement that actually does translate to his writing. It isn't independent (you have to sit and read the words and sentences to your child) but we just do a page a day and it doesn't take a lot of time at all (maybe 10 minutes on average). Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  11. I live in Hawaii and never used a cover with either of my kids. I did tend to be discrete, using my clothing to cover up what I could, but that was my personal comfort level, not because of any pressure I felt from anyone else. I never had anyone say anything negative to me. I would just nurse where ever and however you and your baby are most comfortable. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  12. My son never needed either of those. We just use the text book, work book, and home instructor's guide. We are on level 4 this year and have used Singapore since level 1. However. I am doing level 1 with my daughter right now and I think she is going to need the extra practice book. (I still have the level o e extra practice book from when I bought it for ds and never even opened it, that that's convenient for me.) So I guess it depends on the kid. I have never used the test books, but I have a friend who uses them, not as tests but as review and she likes them a lot. Again though, no
  13. We have to return all non consumables, but I can recheck out anything I want to keep for the next school year. I can also check our resource room and borrow things for the year if they have them, and they have a lot. This is all for free, so I always check the resource room before I buy them out of my allotment. That way I can save the allotment for consumables and extra curricular classes. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  14. About 3 hours a day on weekdays and then Soccer games on the weekends during the season. Yes it busy, and probably not for everyone but we really enjoy it. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  15. I feel your pain. I am a box checker too and I really don't like stopping things in the middle, it's just not me. But I did have to eventually recognize that my kids reach a point where me pushing them to finish is counter productive. What I ended up doing is making a spread sheet for each subject and in each box I put a lesson number, page number, or what ever was appropriate for that subject...but no dates or timelines associated with it. Whenever we finish whatever is in one box I get to check it off. I sit down once a week or so to check off boxes. It makes me feel happy to see progr
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