Aside from a projectile vomiting incident in the classroom causing a slight disruption, school went smoothly today. We kept it fun and short.
N (age 11):
- Reading: N read a chapter of Nothing’s Fair in Fifth Grade to C, who enjoyed it immensely.
- Science: N and C completed their notes on Ferdinand II di Medici and Luke Howard. Then, they learned how to measure relative humidity using a wet/dry bulb. We discussed why a wet bulb worked the way it did, comparing it to our bodies sweating, and I explained how it helped measure the moisture that’s already in the air.
- Geography: The girls filled in maps of South America and Central America, and they filled in all the countries they know so far on their Middle Eastern maps as a review. We were going to make Shish Taouk in honor of our Oman study, but the stomach issues going through the house have put that on hold for now.
- Spanish: N continued writing her own stories in Spanish. She also reviewed all of the vocabulary she’s learned so far.
- Art: N and C finished up their lesson in intermediate density by drawing a banner fluttering from a flagpole and a levitating pencil.
- Music: N began learning a song in 2/4 time in the key of C Major that uses the octave above middle C and the octave below middle C. I’m a little concerned that their sight reading is not really developing as well as it should be, so I printed up some charts from http://www.fastpianolessons.com to hang by the piano. I may also come up with some sort of review game or musical flashcards as a way to increase their fluency.
C (age 9):
- Math: C had to complete her lesson review sheet from yesterday. She had finished most of it, but I wanted to make sure she finished the entire thing so I could gauge how well she learned yesterday’s concept.
- Reading: C read another chapter of Moby Dick (abridged).
- Science: Combined class, see N’s description.
- Geography: Combined class again.
- Latin: C continued her vocabulary review.
- Art: Another combined class.
- Music: C began learning a song in 3/4 time in the key of G Major. Both C and N struggle a bit at first with anything written in 3/4 time. I worked with her a bit and then encouraged her to practice on her own. I’ll work with her a bit more every day until I feel confident that she’s got it down.
S (age 6):
- Math: S worked on counting to sixty and number recognition today.
- Reading: S added the letter J to her letter recognition, read words ending in -am, and read several sentences reviewing sounds that she has already practiced reading.
- Writing: S began learning to write the letter J.