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    My daughter was not a writer at that age. As in hated it. If you want something to "work" on writing with him, but it requires parent involvement, we really liked Jot It Down from Bravewriter. Its a program with monthly writing projects in it and is set up to do once a week, with each project split over about 4 weeks. If you only have afterschool time though, you could do it more than once a week and just do a little bit of each of that weeks task per day. Some of the projects you may have to target more to your child's interests. For example, it has a fairy tales project, but you could change this to Greek Myths or whatever your child may be interested in. The main thing is that they do the composing and you do the writing. So that you separate out the writing skills that are difficult for them (letter formation, spelling, etc.) and let have free creative time to compose without all the stress about the skills. Following on from that, there is Partnership Writing, which we have also liked.

    Sorry I cannot think of any science audiobooks right now.

    One thing my youngest is liking doing right now is just a random grade-level homework workbook that I picked up for her in a book store. It has a mix of math, science, social studies, writing, and languages in it, and she can work on it independently and pick and choose what pages she wants to do.

    For stories to read to him, there are some good books out there. I asked a while back on one of the books subforums about short, good chapter books and got some good recommendations. I will see if I can find the thread to link. The ones my daughter really liked were the My Fathers Dragon trilogy and The Catwings series. Not sure if they would suit your child, but if you ask a question on one of those subforums there are lots of experienced members on here that have great book recommendations for all sorts of reading interests.

    The other thing I highly recommend is trying to make friends with a librarian at your local library. We have managed to do this in the past year and its so good. They know all the books in their catalogs, and they can recommend books for both my children from the adult and children's sections based on their interests.
    New Zealand-based. DD 10 (year 6 [NZ system]) homeschooled, and DD 5 (year 1 [NZ system]) who is currently trying out public school.

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    Also, I totally understand the screen time thing. My oldest is like that with the melt downs. My youngest is completely the opposite and it does not affect her moods at all.

    For reading (to himself not reading aloud for you), does he like graphic novels? Both my kids love them. We have just found some simpler, easy to read ones that my learner reader can cope with on her own. Narwhal and Jelly (she can read this one on her own) and Hilda and the Trolls (which she needs a little help with to read but still enjoys looking at it on her own). Not that these are really learning things for you, but he may like having them to practice his reading in a fun way.
    New Zealand-based. DD 10 (year 6 [NZ system]) homeschooled, and DD 5 (year 1 [NZ system]) who is currently trying out public school.

    Freelance copyeditor, specializing in scientific text, who will make mistakes in my posts (I don't self-edit).

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