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    We're switching from FLVS to Easy Peasy High school. One of the reason is that it takes my son ALL day (9-9) for one assignment regularly. So when we switch to EP do I finish our day based on time (5 hrs.) or based on completing assignments? I'm worried that if I have a set time he'll just sit there and not do anything all day. I don't want to spend all day doing work if I go by number of assignments. How long does your child takes a day for work?
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    I give my eighth grader a list on a whiteboard of all the stuff she has to do on her own and usually give her some sort of timeline. Some days she can take her time, as long as everything is finished before she goes to bed. Other days we have plans, so I'll tell her she has to have her stuff done before we leave or whatever.

    I generally like to avoid punishments, but if we're having an issue, I will tell her that if her phone is preventing her from getting her assignments done, then I'll need to hold onto it until she's finished. Sometimes I have to tell her no Skyping with her friends until something is done.

    But in general, she likes the autonomy of working at her own pace and the comfort of mostly knowing what to expect.


    Edited because I failed to answer the titular question: It takes her anywhere from 2-5 hours (cumulative) to get all her stuff done, depending on how heavy a day it is. Some of our days are lighter because of her extracurriculars, so those days might only take her 2 hours, spread out. Days we don't have to be anywhere are used for regularly planned stuff and make-ups, and those can take much longer. But again, she takes a lot of breaks. She might do her literature and poetry reading, then eat lunch and watch an episode of Smallville for an hour. Then do her math and copywork, followed by a break to play a game online with her friends. And on and on it goes. As long as she is finishing her stuff and not phoning it in, I'm okay with her setting her own pace.
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    How long is your day?
    Im not sure switching to easy peasy is a good idea for your sons transcript... did you see the course descriptions?
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    Heres the quote:
    Note: As always, this course supports a literal interpretation of the Bible that the earth was created in six days. I bring this up with the students and make notes in the curriculum about it as it comes up. I also included links to Answers in Genesis and 4th Day Alliance.
    I know you were interested in your sons transcript from previous threads... not sure this is the direction you want to go in.
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    Well, besides the point that Alexsmom made regarding the content of the source you are choosing...Easy Peasy...I have a more basic point to make.

    If your signature is accurate, you have a 13 year old son doing 10th grade work and it is taking him a very long time. Maybe you are trying to accelerate him when you needn't? See how he does with age appropriate 8th grade work maybe?

    And, yeah, Easy Peasy....
    "Notes: I believe in a literal six-day creation of the world by our holy, loving, almighty, creative God. This will be discussed in the beginning of the course to give the framework for how evolution will be approached. Natural selection is taught as it corresponds with Biblical truth but not beyond that. Students will gain some understanding of secular evolutionary thought and come away strengthened in their faith. Many of the materials mention millions of years, and I can’t get away from that, but the students will not be required to take any of that as fact. There is no test on evolution; instead, students finish that chapter by presenting their beliefs about creation and evolution."

    Not a program I would trust to secularize themselves. KWIM?

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    First, I also agree with others that Easy Peasy is definitely not secular.

    More importantly, I think the issue you are having with your son is not dependent upon the curriculum you are using. Unless there are major learning issues, it shouldn't take a 13 yo 12 hours to complete one assignment. It sounds like he either has procrastination issues or is just being defiant. I get it--my kids would be at times as well. But not to that extent.

    To answer your original question, when my kids were 13, on average they would do schoolwork about 4-5 hours per day on a 5 day week.
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    He's 14 now and in tenth grade. We plan to just use the literature part and US history for now. Math we're sticking to FLVS and science we haven't figured out yet. We're using Easy Peasy because it is free. I don't have the money for fancy new curriculum. I'm hoping if we get away from the computer things will speed up.

    Currently he's getting A's-B's but we have discovered he doesn't understand when he asked a question. He can't figure out exactly what's being asked. He'll throw all the information he has about the subject at a person to answer a question. So he gets stuck on how to answer the question. He types only a paragraph a half hour and writes even slower. Then it also takes forever for him to think of the responses.

    So we're starting 2 30 min hand written prompts and a new touch typing program. Hopefully he'll be able to catch up by the time he has to take the ACT. We don't know how to address his particular issue of understanding what is being asked but speeding up the time it takes to get things on to paper will help.
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    What if you let him be an 8th grade middle schooler with those expectations? He might not be developmentally ready for the work of a 16yr old. If you ask him a question ,and he cant come up with a response, that means hes not internalizing the information. Slow down. Rethink what youre doing ,for his sake.

    And there are plenty of free secular resources that have some rigor to them. No reason to go with a lackluster religious program just because its free.

    Khan / Kahn (however its spelled) is a free, reputable source for online math education, and can be at whatever level he is at.
    For english and writing, think about where he is, find something according to that. Same with sciences.
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    I'm not holding him to a high standard. It's not about that. He can't parse out what a question is asking. So he throws everything he knows at it. The fact is he can't write a simple essay in a day. He's legally in 10th grade and if held "back" may loose his scholarship. It's not about the grade he's in I'd expect more from a Third grader. My nephew who is in first grade completes more work daily than he does. My son would struggle with trying to understand what they're asking also.

    If you were to say:
    Tom, and Sue went to the store. Then Jan went to the store. Who went last? He'd say Tom, Sue and then Jan. When the answer is Jan went last.

    Because he doesn't understand questions he can't expand on his answers making his days trying to do his work long. I'm furious and sad we didn't discover this sooner. I'm really not giving him tons of work. His current work load is suppose to take him 15 hr a week. However 1 assignment takes him forever.

    I can't find free secular curriculum that is offline. We are going to use daily grams but I want him to get away from the computer. So we can monitor his comprehension and writing ability.
    DS- 17 12 grade Dual enrollment, and 1 co-op.

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    Im just trying to understand where you are coming from.
    Tell me if Im correct, please.
    Your son, age 14, is currently doing a free Florida Virtual Academy (a public charter school) with 10th grade work. You are switching to Easy Peasy, which is an unregulated, unaccredited home school curriculum.
    Your son is unable to provide comprehension related answers, and is struggling 12 hours a day to complete one single of the several assignments given by FLVA.

    Is that right?

    If you are switching to something unaccredited, what scholarship money are you speaking of?

    Im just trying to understand.
    Homeschooling DS13, DS6.

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    Right but he's already registered as a traditional home schooler not through FLVA.

    He's home schooled currently doing 10th grade flvs through the home school option. So he's not required to do end of the year tests or anything the FLVA is required. He just gets his grades from the teachers and that's it.When we do the portfolio review at the end of the year says he's promoted to x grade. I was using Flvs so I didn't have to "prove " my curriculum when he graduates. However that doesn't matter at this point.

    If he continues home schooling through senior year he's eligible for Florida bright futures scholarship. So he's traditionally home schooled through the county.

    He is having trouble with comprehending questions and completing the work Flvs gives even with 12 hr days. Today one assignment only took 4 hrs. The weird thing is he's getting A's and B's on the stuff he turns in. Except for US History.

    His comprehension issue came to our attention because the math teacher asked if he was being effected by hurricane Mathew. He went into telling her all about hurricanes and how we were going to get hit. We weren't we are on the opposite coast.
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