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  1. My 16yo son is not a massive reader but he loved Going Solo, autobiography of Roald Dahl. Loved it!! He also really enjoys the Ranger's Apprentice series by John Flanagan. He reads these for fun over and over.
  2. I was 44 and 46 when I had our last two. They are now 8 and 10 and it's so good. Wouldn't change it for the world.
  3. I know!!! I just discovered this last night and I'm going to start my youngest two on it on Monday. They already do Duolingo French so they are used to the format. What a great resource 😊👍.
  4. Sonlight Story of the World. The way I use these resources has changed but I still love them and they still work.
  5. I highly highly highly recommend Layers of Learning. Each unit includes a history, geography, science and arts topic with activities for all ages. So....if the science topic was planets, for example, there would be book suggestions, info and activities to apply to the different ages. One topic = different levels of work. https://layers-of-learning.com
  6. Follow your heart and instinct. Choose the book or method that you want to use and go your hardest. You and your kids will learn heaps.
  7. The Green Ember series Ranger's Apprentice series (strong female leads develop during the series).
  8. I had my last two at 44 and 46 - no intervention, both healthy. I had high blood pressure during my pregnancy with the '46' baby but it wasn't age related because I had high bp in a number of my other pregnancies - including the first two.
  9. We are Australian and I have had my kids do Sonlight's Core 300 (20th century history) sometime during the last 2 years of school. This has been a good broad coverage of major world events/issues (ie: not a specifically American focus) for them. They have also done 'Understanding the Times' which is a Christian worldview course including sociology, psychology, etc. They have found it really good.
  10. My dd was in hospital with pneumonia 2-3 weeks ago. She is now out and has finished her antibiotics but has still been struggling with fatigue and some breathlessness etc. She's been back to the doc (he did check her iron levels - all good) and he told her that it can take up to 6 weeks to really recover. Bronchitis would be similar...not a whole lot of difference between them. So...take it easy...rest lots. Hope you are feeling better soon.
  11. This. Totally this. I have 7 girls...but my one 13yo boy 'takes the cake'. I agree with everything Denise has said above (including not accepting rude/whiny etc) and I'd add one more to the list. Hugs. Plenty of them. My ds practically melts if I just give him a good strong understanding hug.
  12. Oh wow. Thankyou for actually saying this. You described just how my place is right now and I didn't know anyone felt like I do when looking around their house. And I agree....doing what needs to be done would never work for me because there is just TOO MUCH. A system is seriously required!!
  13. I just request that my kids let me know when they come home - even if it means tapping on my door and waking me enough to just let me know that they are home. That way I'm not constantly waking up wondering.... This is what my parents asked of me too. Always seemed to work.
  14. SL Science H is brand new so no-one would have done it yet. I don't know if it had already been available with Bookshark or not but it is new to SL. My ds, who is already doing Apologia General, is interested in Science H too so I might have to figure out a way to fit it in....
  15. I 'third' setting the time limit. Also, with 80+ on the tests I definitely wouldn't repeat 87. If you really think that your dd is not ready for Algebra 1 then maybe do Algebra 1/2 instead. You could start Algebra 1/2 by working through the tests until she starts getting less than 80 then pick up the text from there.
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