Day 117

Like all Wednesdays, today was pretty heavy on the independent work.  And like most Wednesday, the kids were pretty heavy on procrastination – ha ha!  The oldest two have been picking away at their work periodically.  Most likely, they’ll end up finishing tonight after the younger three go to bed or in addition to school tomorrow.

N (age 11):

  • Math: N worked on mental math and a problem sheet about converting measurements.  Her lesson was on finding the area of a triangle.  It was quick and easy, and she was able to finish her 30-problem lesson review with ease.
  • Spelling: N did her workbook exercises for her new lesson on words containing the vowel pairs ai, ay, oa, and ow.
  • Writing: N began the body of her paragraph about her house.  She described the layout of the house, but she had to do it in a way that sounded descriptive rather than like a tour of the house.
  • Reading: N read another chapter of I am Malala. She’s been reading it aloud to C, and C wants it to be the next book she reads for class.
  • Science: N and C copied the definitions of words related to the ocean, along with their Latin and Greek derivatives.
  • History: N and C learned about the rise of Babylon after the death of Ashurbanipal, the madness of King Nebuchadnezzar, and the Hanging Gardens of Babylon. They located Babylon on a map and found the cities that were destroyed when Babylon conquered other empires. N did supplemental reading on Babylon and took notes.
  • Spanish: N watched her new DVD lesson about a noisy cat.  She practiced the new vocabulary and answered some comprehension questions about the readings on the DVD.
  • Music: The usual.

C (age 9):

  • Math: C began her lesson by solving a story problem, practicing her 6, 8, and 12 times tables, and completing two worksheets (one on subtraction and one on division).  Her lesson introduced her to exponents.  She’s having a little trouble with the concept, but some reviews through the next few lessons should solidify it in her mind.  She completed a lesson review sheet.
  • Spelling: C practiced her words with one and two syllables.  She’ll take an assessment tomorrow.
  • Writing: C wrote a short story about a child playing a practical joke, but she made sure not to let the reader know what any of the characters were thinking.
  • Reading: C read another chapter of Moby Dick (abridged).
  • Science: Combined class.
  • History: Combined class.
  • Music: The usual.

S (age 6):

  • Math: S and I counted to 100 together.  Then, she learned how to create and read an AABB color pattern using her linking cubes.  She does very well with patterns.
  • Reading: S reviewed the letter E using one of her printables from The Measured Mom. We sang the alphabet song together, and she identified the letter F.  I read her a short poem about fat frogs, and she identified all the capital Fs in the poem.  She colored a picture of a capital F draped in frogs.  We played the rhyming game where I show here three pictures, two of which rhyme, and she has to pick out the non-rhyming picture. I read her a chapter of Charlotte’s Web.  The girl loves bugs and she’s really enjoying the story.
  • Writing: S copied a custom worksheet of capital Fs.

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