The weather is beautiful! The sun is out. It’s a balmy 57 degrees. The kids were all wired to the utmost. “Loud mom” made an appearance early; not because the kids were disobeying, but because their exuberance and energy made it hard for anyone to hear what I was saying. There was a lot of motivation to get done in order to frolic in the great outdoors. The kids were reading and typing and practicing the piano before breakfast hit the table, and were crossing subjects off of their weekly lists and independent work lists with relish.
N (age 11):
- Math: After a quick 30-problem sheet of fraction simplification, N took an assessment. She made two careless mistakes because she was in a hurry, but demonstrated understanding on review of them.
- Spelling: N reviewed the words for the lesson (with “gn,” “kn,” “rr,” and “wr”). She will probably be ready for an assessment in a day or two.
- Reading: N read a chapter of Nothing’s Fair in Fifth Grade, pointing out the allusion to the Fourth Amendment that she found while she was reading.
- Applied Grammar: N narrowed her topic and wrote four supporting sentences for it.
- Science: The kids copied definitions for words related to clouds, smog, fog, and humidity, along with their Latin derivatives. They also occasionally shouted out the name of a cloud that they saw float by the window. I’ve always loved the study of clouds, so I’m happy to see them being so enthusiastic.
- History: The kids learned about ancient China and the Yellow River Valley. They learned about silk and the Shang dynasty. They learned about the pictographs that allow us to know some of the history of ancient China. And they learned about the bronze tools and weapons that archaeologists discovered. They located the Yellow River Valley, the Yellow and Yangtze Rivers, and the South China Sea on a map. N did supplemental reading on the above and took notes.
- Spanish: N did some work in her workbook for Lesson 5.
- Filmmaking: N learned about different lighting effects. Her project will be to take photos using various lighting techniques.
- Music: The usual.
C (age 9):
- Math: C practiced her times tables for 3, 4, 6, and 8. Then, she learned how to divide by fours and eights. She’s still a bit iffy on her 8 times tables, so it was a little tricky for her. She got through it, and completed a division worksheet of 30 problems and a worksheet of lesson practice.
- Spelling: C took an assessment for her “aw” sound words and got them all correct. I’ve noticed a marked improvement with her spelling since she has been reading more difficult books.
- Reading: C finished Heidi (abridged).
- Applied Grammar: C began writing an introduction for her friend.
- Science: Combined class, so see N.
- History: Combined class, so see N. C didn’t do the supplemental reading that N did.
- Latin: C continued her vocabulary review.
- Typing: C continued building her speed and accuracy.
- Music: The usual. I had to give her a bit of help with sharping the F again. She’ll get it.
S (age 6):
- Math: Flashcard work to review her numbers. We also counted to sixty together.
- Reading: We reviewed all the flashcards for the lesson, and continued to read three-letter words with the short vowel sound A.
- Writing: S copied her name and the words from her reading lesson.