Day 163

Today went so smoothly! Of course, it was followed by hours of fighting between S and H, but school itself went really well. And now the older two are playing with neighbor kids, and the youngers are dog-sitting in between bouts of fighting and giving me “hairstyles.”

N (age 12):

Math: N warmed up with mental math. She started off motivated, but that dwindled pretty quickly. Her lesson was on volume, which took her longer to master than I expected. I think and anti-math attitude today had something to do with that. She finished quickly, if not happily.

Bible: N and C reviewed their memory verses (2 Timothy 3:16-17, Exodus 20:1-17, Psalm 1, Psalm 23, Isaiah 53, and Isaiah 9:7) and the books of the Bible. They learned about John the Baptist and Jesus’ baptism. They were particularly impressed with what a “weird guy” John the Baptist was, and how he wasn’t inclined to make friends among the religious leaders of the day.

Reading: N read a chapter of her library book and a chapter of Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. I read a chapter of The Case of the Left-Handed Lady to N and C last night.

Spelling: N continued her new lesson on three-syllable words.

Geography: N and C filled in the countries they know in Europe. The former Soviet States are giving them a bit of trouble, but they’ll continue to review them as we move on to the continent of Africa next week. Today, they learned about Moldova from the National Geographic website.

Science: N and C continued reading The Mystery of the Periodic Table. They learned about Dobereiner, Newlands, and Mendeleev. They learned about elemental octads, triads, and the transition of the Periodic Table toward our modern table with organizational methods of groups and periods.

Writing: N and C wrote descriptive metaphors for the concept of “never.”

Music: N continued practicing her scales and her new lesson. I introduced musical notation flash cards today. She was not happy with that. But, I think it’s important to bolster her sight reading.

C (age 10):

Math: C warmed up with mental math (a bit tear-inducing today). Her lesson was on decimal place value to the thousandths. Like N, she completed quickly and with a decidedly bad attitude.

Reading: C read a chapter of her library book. I read a chapter of The Case of the Left-Handed Lady to N and C last night.

Spelling: C practiced her words with consonant clusters containing “s,” “ch,” and “th.”

Bible: Combined class with N.

Geography: Combined class with N.

Science: Combined class with N.

Writing: Combined class with N.

Music: C continued her drumming lessons and played the piano a bit.

S (age 7):

Math: S warmed up with counting to 100 by 1s, 5s, and 10s. She recited the days of the week and the months of the year. She did a worksheet on addition. Her lesson was a review of adding doubles and adding one to a number in preparation for an assessment tomorrow.

Reading: S continued her unit of All About Reading. She warmed up by reading some flashcards (including the sight words “the” and “a”). S began reading the phrases she will need to know in order to read her story later. She was frustrated, but read quite quickly and quite well. She’s still having a bit of trouble with her b, d, and p recognition. I use thumb positions to try to help her remember. I began reading Coraline to S and H. I like it much better than the movie, but it’s trippy! N and C are listening in.

Writing: S copied some of the words she’s been learning to read on a worksheet that I made from the Writing Wizard website.

Day 162

Mondays are usually soccer game days (all day PE class), but the fields were super soggy from the stationary front we had over the weekend that dumped buckets of rain on our area and gave me a horrible barometric pressure headache. So, Monday was school.

N (age 12):

Math: N warmed up with mental math. Her lesson continued her work with standard notation. She was tired and frustrated throughout math. She had wanted to try two lessons today so that she could go out tomorrow, but her emotional state wouldn’t allow it.

Bible: N and C reviewed their memory verses (2 Timothy 3:16-17, Exodus 20:1-17, Psalm 1, Psalm 23, Isaiah 53, and Isaiah 9:7) and the books of the Bible. They learned about Jesus’ family fleeing to Egypt to avoid Herod’s rage, and then returning to Israel after Herod’s death and settling in Galilee.

Reading: N read a chapter of her library book (she’s on a dog book kick right now) and a chapter of Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. I read a chapter of The Case of the Left-Handed Lady to N and C last night.

Spelling: N began her new lesson

History: N and C learned about the Mayans and the Aztecs. They located their empires on a map, and learned about the floating city of Tenochtitlan.

Science: N and C continued reading The Mystery of the Periodic Table. They learned about Davy, Gay-Lussac, and Avogadro. They learned about the discovery of molecules that travel in pairs and how that revolutionized the understanding of atomic weights.

Writing: N and C practiced descriptive writing by describing a distinctive smell to a person who can’t smell.

Music: N continued practicing her scales and her new lesson.

C (age 10):

Math: C had an investigation today using manipulatives to demonstrate naming equivalent fractions, comparing fractions, and adding and subtracting fractions in a concrete way.

Reading: C read a chapter of her library book. I read a chapter of The Case of the Left-Handed Lady to N and C last night.

Spelling: C practiced her words with consonant clusters containing “s,” “ch,” and “th.”

Bible: Combined class with N.

History: Combined class with N.

Science: Combined class with N.

Writing: Combined class with N.

Music: C cut her strumming thumb pretty badly over the weekend, so she’ll be taking the week off from ukulele. She continued her drumming lessons.

S (age 7):

Math: S warmed up with counting to 100 by 1s, 5s, and 10s. She recited the days of the week and the months of the year. She did a worksheet on addition. She learned how to write the number 36. She practiced measurements using non-standard units. The kids always love using the balance in math class.

Reading: S continued her unit of All About Reading. She warmed up by reading some flashcards (including the sight words “the” and “a”). S finished the list of words she needs to know in order to read her next story. After this, she will spend a few days on phrases and a few days on sentences. Then, she will read her next story. I finished reading The Case of the Bizarre Bouquets to S and H.

Writing: S copied some of the words she’s been learning to read on a worksheet that I made from the Writing Wizard website.

Day 161

Homeschool gym class at the rec center! Only a few families showed up, because the rain was pretty torrential. But there were enough kids to play some variations of tag. I’m so glad we found this group! There are so many resources available for homeschooling now.

Day 159

So, technically, we’re on spring break. But, really we’re only taking a break from the books. Today was soccer games (PE class!). It was all very iffy with the weather, but the rain held off until the final game was over. Two teams won, and one team lost by a point. I tell the girls that losing is important because playing a better team forces them to hone their own skills.

Day 157

We had soccer practice this morning. My age group was not feeling it. It was like herding cats. I ended it a few minutes early. School went better than practice did, thankfully.

N (age 12):

Math: N warmed up with mental math. Her lesson was on algebraic addition. It seemed tough at first, but she caught on by the end of the lesson. I’ll continue reviewing it for a while to cement the concept in her brain.

Bible: N and C reviewed their memory verses (2 Timothy 3:16-17, Exodus 20:1-17, Psalm 1, Psalm 23, and Isaiah 53) and the books of the Bible. They learned about the birth of Jesus and the visit from the wise men.

Reading: N read a chapter of her library book and a chapter of Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. I read a chapter of The Case of the Left-Handed Lady to N and C last night.

Spelling: N had her spelling assessment.

History: N and C learned about Amerigo Vespucci and Ferdinand Magellan. We found the Straits of Magellan on a map.  We talked about why America is named after Amerigo Vespucci rather than Christopher Columbus.

Science: N and C continued reading The Mystery of the Periodic Table. They learned about Berthollet, Proust, Richter, Dalton, and Berzelius; they learned about the Table of Equivalents, chemical compounds, chemical symbols, and atomic weight.

Writing: N and C practiced descriptive writing (about a nice person) without using the word “nice.”

Music: N continued practicing her scales and her new lesson.

C (age 10):

Math: C and I reviewed the concepts she missed on her assessment yesterday.

Reading: C read a chapter of her library book. I read a chapter of The Case of the Left-Handed Lady to N and C last night.

Spelling: C practiced her words with consonant clusters containing “s,” “ch,” and “th.”

Bible: Combined class with N.

History: Combined class with N.

Science: Combined class with N.

Writing: Combined class with N.

Music: C continued working on her chord transitions, playing individual notes, and reading music. She’s almost done her ukulele book. I’ll have to see what book comes next. She continued her drumming lessons.

S (age 7):

Math: S warmed up with counting to 100 by 1s, 5s, and 10s. She recited the days of the week and the months of the year. She did a worksheet on addition. She learned how to write the number 35. Her lesson was on sorting and graphing her pattern blocks. She completed a review worksheet.

Reading: S continued her unit of All About Reading. She warmed up by reading some flashcards (including the sight words “the” and “a”). S continued reading the long list of words she will find in the next story she reads. I go slowly with her so as to avoid too much frustration. I certainly don’t want her to view reading with resentment. If it takes longer now, I hope it will pay off in the future with a love of reading. I read a few chapters of The Case of the Bizarre Bouquets to S and H.

Writing: S copied some of the words she’s been learning to read on a worksheet that I made from the Writing Wizard website.