Day 106

The weekend was rough.  Five kids with the stomach bug equals lots of laundry and lots of tired, recovering people.  We took it easy yesterday, and will probably take it easy today as well.  We skipped N’s Spanish and C’s Latin and Manga, and tried to focus on just the basics.  S didn’t have school at all yesterday, but will make it up on Saturday.  Here is yesterday’s school:

N (age 11):

  • Math: After doing a worksheet of 100 simple multiplication and division problems, and some mental math, N finished her lesson on parallelograms.  This included finding the degrees of all the angles of a parallelogram when only being given the degrees of one angle, calculating the perimeter and area of different parallelograms, and finding the height of a parallelogram when given the length and area. This, of course, included reviews of perpendicular lines and supplementary/complementary angles. She fought through tears to complete her 30-problem lesson practice, because the emotional state of homeschool wasn’t good yesterday after a weekend of illness.
  • Spelling: N practiced her “kn,” “gn,” “rr,” and “wr” words.
  • Writing: N completed her final draft of the descriptive paragraph and topic sentence she’d been composing.
  • Reading: She read a very long chapter of Nothing’s Fair in Fifth Grade.
  • History: N and C studied ancient Africa and the history of the Sahara Desert, and we talked about why not much is known about ancient Africans.  We read some stories of Anansi the Spider and made guesses as to what they could tell us about life in ancient Africa. They did mapwork of Africa in relation to the Middle East, India, and China.  N did supplemental reading on ancient Africa and some of the archaeological clues as to what life was like.
  • Logic: N learned about the Whole-to-Part fallacy and compared it to the Parts-to-Whole fallacy.  We reviewed previous fallacies she’s learned.
  • Music: Scales and lesson, as usual.

C (age 9):

  • Math: C completed a 30-problem worksheet on dividing by 4 and 8.  She is continuing to work on her 8 times tables. She occasionally multiplies instead of dividing, but she’s getting the hang of things. She learned about estimating weight and about using the appropriate units of weight (ounce, pound, ton) for different objects.
  • Spelling: C continued practicing her words using the prefixes un- and re-.
  • Writing: C continued writing a descriptive introduction to her friend.
  • Reading: C read another chapter of Moby Dick (abridged).
  • History: Combined class.  C did the same as N, but didn’t do the supplemental reading.
  • Typing: C continued her exercises building speed and accuracy.
  • Music: Same old, same old.  She’s still having a hard time with the 3/4 time signature, but we’re working on that.
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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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