Everyone is still trying to get back to 100% after the Great Stomach Bug of 2016, and R (the youngest) had a slight relapse. On my bed. Yuck. However, the girls were still highly motivated to get through school.
N (age 11):
- Math: N completed her mental math on her own and left the answers on the white board for me to check over. She completed her 30-problem worksheet on simplifying fractions and mixed numbers. Then, she completed her lesson on changing fractions to decimals. She was also introduced to using the calculator to do some figuring. I’ve put a lot of emphasis on being able to do mental math, so a calculator is not something I’ve had her use before; but, she does need to have a basic understanding of how one works. She completed her lesson practice with only slight complaints.
- Spelling: I was going to give N an assessment, but was informed that C had given her the assessment the night before. So, N moved on to the workbook introduction to her new lesson, which is the “l” sound at the end of words using the spelling “-le,” “-el,” and “-al.”
- Reading: N finished up the last four chapters of Nothing’s Fair in Fifth Grade.
- Science: There were no significant scientists to research this week, so N and C worked on memorizing the nine types of clouds.
- History: I got my schedules mixed up and accidentally had a history lesson today. A little extra knowledge never hurt anyone, right? N and C learned about the New Kingdom of Egypt, and the pharaohs Amenhotep, Hatshepsut, Ahmenaten, and Tut. They located the Valley of the Kings on their maps. We discussed the alleged “curse of King Tut’s tomb.” N did supplemental reading on the New Kingdom of Egypt.
- Geography: N and C filled in the countries they already know on their Middle East maps, and then they learned about the island country of Bahrain.
- Music: The usual.
C (age 9):
- Math: C practice her 6, 8, and 12 times tables. Then, she learned how to divide with a remainder in a quotient. She used manipulatives for the first half of the lesson, and then moved on to doing the problems with just pencil and paper. This lesson seemed to help her get a better handle on the concept of division in general. She’s a right-brained learner, so the manipulatives probably helped a lot. She completed a 30-problem division worksheet and a lesson practice worksheet.
- Spelling: C completed the workbook introduction to her new lesson, which is words that are homophones.
- Reading: C read a chapter of Moby Dick (abridged).
- Science: Combined class with N.
- History: Combined class with N.
- Geography: Combined class with N. C also filled in her South America and Central America maps.
- Typing: C continued building her speed and accuracy.
- Music: The usual.
S (age 6):
- Math: S and I did some casual counting and telling time to the hour, but I tried to keep it low key for the time being to help keep her anxiety at bay.
- Reading: S and I took turns saying words that had the short vowel sound of “e” in them.
- Writing: S practiced her name and did some copy work.