Day 104

The kids started off highly motivated again today, but the energy was diverted to digesting their lunch this afternoon and the energy level has petered off somewhat. They are all currently procrastinating instead of doing the last couple of items on their independent work lists today.

N (age 11):

  • Math: N had an investigation today.  She loves investigations, because there is no mental math, problem sheet, or lesson practice involved on investigation days. She learned about finding coordinates on a graph using an x-axis and a y-axis.  It started off rocky, because she paid more attention to brushing her hair than the lesson at first.  But she got more involved as the lesson morphed into a sort of mathematical connect-the-dots.
  • Spelling: C gave N her spelling assessment today while I was preparing breakfast.  N got all of her words correct.
  • Reading: N read a chapter of Nothing’s Fair in Fifth Grade.
  • Applied Grammar: N wrote a topic sentence, organized her information, and completed her paragraph.
  • Science: The kids researched Ferdinand II and Luke Howard, and wrote about their contributions to science. They continue to take readings on temperature and barometric pressure daily, and they continue to make observations on atmospheric conditions.
  • Geography: The kids filled out the countries they already know on their Middle Eastern maps.  Then, they learned about the country of Oman and read an article about a blogger from Detroit who now lives in Oman.
  • Spanish: N decided to review each of her first five lessons and write a short story in Spanish using the vocabulary found therein.  She also watched the lesson on DVD once more.
  • Music: The usual.

C (age 9):

  • Math: N wanted to teach C her lesson.  After I reviewed the 3, 6, 8, and 12 times tables with C, I let N teach her about perpendicular lines while I supervised.  N did fairly well and correctly used a Venn Diagram, and my intervention was minimal.  The class went a little longer than necessary, but they had fun.  I told N that any other lessons she wants to teach C in math will need to be a little less detailed and involved than this lesson was. C completed a division worksheet and did a lesson review worksheet.
  • Spelling: C did her workbook activities for her new lesson.  The lesson addresses words with the prefixes un- and re-.
  • Reading: C began reading an abridged version of Moby Dick.
  • Applied Grammar: C began the body of her written introduction of her friend.  She wrote two creative sentences about her friend’s height.
  • Science: Combined class and all independent today.  See N’s description.
  • Geography: Another combined class, so see N.
  • Latin: C continued her vocabulary review.  She will probably review for the next week and then begin her lessons again.
  • Music: The usual.

S (age 6):

  • Math: After counting to sixty with me, S began to learn how to tell time to the hour and how to tell ordinal position to the fourth.
  • Reading: S reviewed her letter flashcards and the word “the.” Then, she read words ending in -ad and read some short sentences containing short-vowel “a” words.
  • Writing: S practiced writing her name and then wrote the short sentences she read in reading class.

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I was an education major in college, but I hated teaching. And then I started homeschooling. Good days, bad days, I love them all! It's a great adventure with my favorite people in the whole world.

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