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  1. Paddington is just not good. I can't wrap my head around Pippi Longstocking, either.
  2. We got ours from amazon. It was from Owl Brand Discovery. Perfectly adequate owl barf.
  3. Personally, I couldn't find anything that was just right, so I concocted something on a spreadsheet. Momstoolbelt.com has a bajillion different options to choose from.
  4. I guess I would limit it if she's experiencing Netflix syndrome (spending almost half as much time clicking around to find something "good" as it is to watch a movie). On a personal note, I think I would have DIED in Jr. high if my access to music was limited to an hour.
  5. One firm rule in our house is NO READING WHILE WALKING! Also, reading becomes an issue when it is time to do chores, get ready for bed, do school....um, yeah. So it's not just your kids.
  6. Just packed up all the how-to-read books and phonics materials and games, because everybody in the house knows how to read now. It all happened so fast...
  7. This is SO true. I only sporadically use their products, but they have the most amazing customer service. There is nothing like it anywhere else. Period.
  8. Dd11 really liked GSWL in 5th grade. Too late, I learned he has also come out with Get Going with Latin. After she was about half way through, I beefed it up a little by giving her the English answers from the previous lessons and having her translate them to Latin. I liked it better than SSL2, which we also did.
  9. You are lucky. Our school district punishes us in lots of little ways. We used to be able to put out kids in Red Cross swimming lessons at the school. Now we can't because the school has reclassified swimming lessons as part of their athletics program, (they've also cited "insurance reasons") and NYS law says homeschoolers can't participate in a district's athletics. Moms who pull their kids from school aren't allowed to bring their kid's half used workbooks home. They are as punitive as possible, while remaining within the constraints of the law.
  10. I see your point. Standardized tests have not always been as high stakes as they are now. I took standardized tests when I was in school, there were maybe two of them at the end of the year. They were not stressful, and I don't recall any preparation for them. I have no idea how many tests they have to take now, more than one or two, which go on for days. And they are politicized and stressful. In NY, we have to test every other year after between 4th and 8th grade, and every year for high school. Your kid has to score above the 33rd percentile. That's a pretty low bar. I don't think it's that big a deal. I can understand not wanting it, though, if it's introduced in a place where there's been practically no oversight by the state.
  11. Based on what I've seen on the boards here, I am going to guess folks will probably recommend Apples & Pears, as this is often suggested for kids who have difficulty with spelling. I have not used it, but it might give you something to look at until somebody who knows more than me chimes in.
  12. You certainly don't need a separate book for each kid. I would say it's helpful for the kids to see how it's laid out, and would not be as effective if you just did it orally. From there, I think whether you buy just the TM or the TM+how many student books would be a matter of personal choice.
  13. I completely agree with this. I purchased this, and we started it and never finished it. Nice idea, but tedious.
  14. That's what we have. Something has to be really good for me to look at a lot of color.... That's interesting about the comic sans. I did not know it was dyslexic friendly.
  15. Of course, the Activity Guide is the first place to go. However, this site might have some useful things as well, in terms of both book and video suggestions. https://www.besthomeschoolresources.com/world-history-essentials
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