It was a pretty standard day. It wasn’t spectacular and it wasn’t horrible. It was a day. And if it’s not a bad day, it’s a good day!
N (age 11):
- Math: N did some mental math and completed a worksheet on fraction simplification. Then, she learned how to us a scale factor to solve a ratio problem. It’s basically a real-world application of fraction concepts that she’s been working on for weeks now, so it was an easy lesson that she completed quickly. It was followed by the standard 30-problem lesson review.
- Spelling: N practiced her words with the vowel pairs “ai,” “ay,” “oa,” and “ow.”
- Writing: The second paragraph of the body of N’s descriptive paper about our house describes the functions of the rooms (who spends time in them and what’s done in them).
- Reading: N read another chapter of I am Malala.
- Science: N and C researched Jacques Cousteau’s contributions to science and wrote a paragraph or two about him.
- Geography: N and C filled in all the countries they know so far on their Middle East maps. Then, they learned about the country of Georgia. They loved looking up pictures of the rustic villages that were such a contrast to the futuristic looking cities in places like Bahrain and Kuwait.
- Spanish: N read a selection in Spanish, translated it into English, and answered comprehension questions about it. She also completed her workbook activities for the current lesson.
- Music: The usual. This lesson introduced eighth notes, which are still a bit tricky for her. I’m going to have her continue the same lesson for at least another week to ensure mastery.
C (age 9):
- Math: C figured out a story problem and a function, she practiced her 7 and 9 times tables, and reviewed the perfect squares to 100. Then, she learned how to identify lines of symmetry. It involved a lot of cutting and folding and drawing, so my right-brained girl really enjoyed the lesson. She completed a lesson review worksheet and a division problem worksheet.
- Spelling: C had an assessment. She misspelled a word that she’d gotten correct every time we practiced. I had her write the misspelled word five times correctly.
- Writing: C rewrote her story about a child playing a practical joke, but this time she included the characters’ thoughts and feelings.
- Reading: C read another chapter of Moby Dick (abridged).
- Science: Combined class with N.
- Geography: Combined class with N.
- Music: The usual practice routine.
S (age 6):
- Math: S practiced sorting. I gave her four construction paper shapes (squares, triangles, circles, and rectangles) in three colors each (red, yellow, and blue). I told her to sort them any way she wished. She sorted them by shape. Then, I had her explain to me how she sorted them.
- Reading: We did a flashcard review of A-F. Then, I read S a chapter of Charlotte’s Web.
- Handwriting: I made S a custom worksheet of the letters she’s learned so far to copy.