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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 picks up reading skills quickly and on her own. For example, she will read a lot on her own and ask me words she doesn't know, then she will just figure out the phonics rule based on words she has come across and apply it to new words. When I ask her, she is usually even able to articulate the rule and explain why she sounded out a word the way she did. She also usually remembers a word and can read it fluently after reading it once or twice. My son needed much more practice than than. My DS was not able to do that nearly as well or as frequently. So we will see with DD. I have level four and she likes AAR lessons, so we may just do it for fun and to go over some of the other skills like literary terms and words from other languages that Mary mentioned above. But she would likely be a kid that wouldn't necessarily need it. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  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 done so I am just throwing it together or hearing it up. Something that won't take more than 15-20 minutes. Sometimes we crock pot. Sometimes we eat a big lunch and then eat lunch stuff for dinner (sandwiches, quesadillas, etc). Some days we do breakfast for dinner. Honestly it's a constant struggle for me to figure out he meal situation. I should probably try to have more of a routine and do less flying by the seat of my pants from day to day. After dinner it's brush teeth and get to bed. I don't read to them at night any more. It's just too late and we are all cranky by then. I read to them in the morning and often during lunch. They often will read a little silently in bed before they fall asleep. Or sometimes my 8 year old will read to my 6 year old (they share a room). If they choose to do this on their own that's fine. Once they are in bed I am free to clean up and do whatever I need to do for the night, so I am not strict about what time they actually fall asleep as long as they are quiet and in bed. Especially since we just wake up when we wake up and start school whenever we are up and going. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  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, not required, she just felt her kid needed the extra review. I would start with the minimum and if you feel like your child needs the extra help then add in one of the other components. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  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 progress, and I can see at a glance about how far we are in any given subject. On a daily basis my kids work for a certain amount of time per subject, though I try to be flexible with that too. When they seem like no more math is going to go in to heir brain for the day I try to remember to let them stop and pick it up the next day. And I try to remind myself that is a perk of homeschooling. Though it is not always easy for me. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  16. We like the "Stated Clearly" videos for science. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  17. My son uses AAR and we switched to Apples and Pears spelling. I LOVE AAR. It has helped him to become a great reader. AAS just wasn't working for him. His spelling has dramatically improved with Apples and Pears. He still struggles and I don't think spelling g will ever be something that comes easy to him, but at least now I feel like we are making tangible progress. IMHO they are two separate skills that your kid may learn better in different way and there is nothing wrong with choosing two separate programs. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  18. We just do the next thing. We do math every day for a certain amount of time. Usually we will get through on new concept in the text book and the corresponding workbook pages, but sometimes it takes longer or we move faster depending on the topic. To keep us "on track" to finish in a year I divide the total number of lessons in each book, A and B by 2. This gives me 4 sections of lessons, since I divide our school year into 4 quarters. Then I can check toward the end of each quarter if we have finished about a forth of the lessons. This allows me to easily see if we are ahead or behind in terms of finishing in one year. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  19. My kids love "mommy lunchables". This came about since I won't let them eat a store bought lunchables. It's just some sort of deli meat cut into bit size pieces, sliced cheese, whatever crackers I have in the house, either cherry tomatoes or some other veggie, and a fruit. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  20. Ds took 2 1/2 years. Dd has been at it for a year so far and is looking like she is picking it up a bit faster. I am thinking another few months and she will be able to read chapter book type stuff. She is way more motivated to practice than ds was so that has helped tremendously. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  21. I live in Hawaii so even with prime thugs seems to take at least 2 weeks to get here...which I am sort of used to by now, but the frustrating thing for me is when the thing sits in my cart saying it "preparing for shipment" for 2 weeks before it even gets mailed. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  22. Nope. I couldn't cook anything that didn't come in a box with very specific directions. I had a roommate in collage who was a great baker. She taught me a ton the year we lived together and everyone on our floor loved us because we were constantly baking and passing around our treats. So since then I have been great at baking but I still can't really cook well. I keep us fed, but that's about all I can say for it. I figure if I am going to spend 2 hours in the kitchen I would rather end up with cookies than dinner when I am done. [emoji23][emoji23] Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  23. With our charter you just aren't supposed to leave the state for more than 4 weeks at a time and you have to fit on your 2 web cam classes a month around your vacation. So, this year we took a 3 week trip to DC during the last 3 weeks of March. So, I just scheduled their 2 web cam classes for the month during the first week of March and we were good to go. I think that sort of thing is going to vary widely by the school though. So I second calling to talk to a counselor or someone at the school as well as other parents in your area that use the specific charter you are looking at. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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