Day 139

A typical short teaching time today.  The kids mostly had independent work.  That’s why I can get this blog out so early!

N (age 11):

  • Math: N completed a worksheet on linear measurement conversions and a worksheet on fraction simplification. Then, she had an assessment.
  • Spelling: N practiced her words using vowel digraphs “au” and “aw.”
  • Writing: N picked a topic for a paragraph teaching a simple action that is written in the third (not second) person.  In preparation for writing the paragraph, she wrote a list of steps to teaching the simple action.
  • Reading: N read another chapter of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone.
  • Bible: N and C learned about Abram and Lot going their separate ways.  We discussed how the story gave us insight into both Abram’s and Lot’s characters. They practiced this week’s memory verse and recited the books of the Bible through Song of Solomon.
  • Science: N and C copied definitions of words related to seismology.
  • History: N and C learned about the Battle of Marathon, the Battle of Salamis, and the Peloponnesian War. They learned about the Parthenon, which I think calls for a field trip to the Parthenon in Nashville. They mapped out the Greek wars on a map of Ancient Greece. N did more supplemental reading on Ancient Greece and took notes.
  • Spanish: N read a selection in Spanish, translated it into English, and then answer comprehension questions in Spanish.
  • Music: The usual.

C (age 9):

  • Math: C had an assessment.  She aced it. That right-brained girl sure is good at math!
  • Spelling: C completed her workbook activities introducing her new spelling lesson, which is on the different ways to spell the long “a” sound.
  • Writing: C finished up her composition on the perspective from the window at her desk.
  • Reading: C read another chapter of Moby Dick (abridged).
  • Bible: Combined class with N.
  • Science: Combined class with N.
  • History: Combined class with N. C didn’t do the supplemental reading or note-taking.
  • Latin: C practiced her vocabulary.
  • Music: C practiced songs using all the chords she knows so far.

S (age 6):

  • Math: S and I counted to 100 by 1s and 10s using the 100-number chart. Then, S used manipulatives to practice copying and extending AB patterns and ABB patterns.
  • Reading: S wanted to practice reading some words. So, I used her flashcards to make short words that she sounded out. It boosted her confidence and made her feel like learning the letters and their sounds had a purpose. I read her another chapter of My Side of the Mountain.
  • Writing: S practiced copying her name on a custom worksheet.
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Day 138

If I ever feel like what I do as a mom doesn’t matter, I just need to remember how my house was transformed from a relatively clean dwelling to a frat house in the course of one evening in bed after my brutal dental appointment. School went quickly and smoothly, and then I spent the remainder of my day cleaning the disaster area that was my home.

N (age 11):

  • Math: N completed her mental math and a worksheet on converting linear measurements.  She’s starting to memorize the measurements, making the worksheets less unpalatable to her.  Her lesson was on measuring turns by degrees.  She remembered learning it last year, so she got through the lesson pretty quickly.  She did her lesson review.
  • Spelling: N did her workbook activities introducing the next spelling lesson about the vowel digraphs “au” and “aw.”
  • Reading: N was very excited to begin reading Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone. She went to the reading nook to begin the first chapter. After about 20 minutes, I went to check on her, and she was fast asleep with the open book in front of her. I read the remainder of the chapter to her while she woke up fully.
  • Bible: N and C learned about the famine that sent Abram and Sarai to live in Egypt, and about Abram lying (and asking Sarai to lie as well) to Pharaoh about his relationship with Sarai because he feared for his life.  We talked about how beautiful Sarai must have been to be so attractive to the Pharaoh at the age of 75! The girls continued to practice this week’s memory verse and recite the books of the Bible through Song of Solomon.
  • Science: N and C learned about earthquakes and watched several YouTube videos about earthquakes.
  • Geography: N and C filled in all the countries they’ve learned on their Middle East maps, and then they learned about the country of Kyrgystan.  We were all very surprised at the things we learned about their marriage and family culture. We looked at pictures of yurts online and talked about the yurt we saw in the movie “Babies.”
  • Social Studies: N and C reviewed the Bill of Rights. Since it’s an election year, N and C began to learn about elections. We talked about the difference between and democracy and a republic and, because it’s a huge pet peeve of mine, I emphasized the fact that the United States is a republic and not a democracy.
  • Spanish: N watched her next lesson on DVD.
  • Music: The usual.

C (age 9):

  • Math: C absolutely loves Saxon Math Homeschool 5/4!  The format makes her, I think, feel very grown up.  She began with mental math and an addition worksheet.  Her lesson was on the months of the year and ordinal numbers. She completed her lesson practice.
  • Spelling: C had an assessment. She aced it.
  • Reading: C continued reading Moby Dick (abridged).
  • Writing: C continued writing her descriptive composition of the perspective from her window.
  • Bible: Combined class with N.
  • Science: Combined class with N.
  • Geography: Combined class with N.
  • Social Studies: Combined class with N.
  • Latin: C continued learning vocabulary.
  • Music: C learned to play G7 chord and can now play “Yankee Doodle.” She’s thrilled!

S (age 6):

  • Math: S and I counted to 100 by 1s and 10s using the 100-number chart to help with number recognition. Then, we played store again, this time using dimes and paying for items whose cost ranged from 10 cents to 50 cents.
  • Reading: S completed a review sheet for the letter P, courtesy of The Measured Mom. We sang the alphabet song together, and S pointed out the letter Q on our alphabet poster. I read S a short poem about ducks quacking. S colored a picture of the letter Q in a pond with a duck. I introduced the concept of syllables to S. We clapped the syllables of names of family members and friends. Finally, I read S another chapter of My Side of the Mountain.
  • Writing: S practiced copying the letter Q on a custom worksheet.

Day 137

School went quickly and the girls were very motivated. I love days that go so smoothly!  And then, I was off to the dentist and out of commission for the rest of the day.  I don’t do the dentist well.

N (age 11):

  • Math: N did a worksheet converting liquid measurements and then tackled some mental math.  Her lesson was about estimating square roots.  She enjoyed it and finished pretty quickly.  But, of course, she put off doing her lesson review because I wasn’t there to enforce its completion.
  • Spelling: C gave N her spelling assessment while I got ready to go to the dentist.
  • Writing: N and I discussed using the first, second, and third person narrative voices, and I stressed the importance of using the same voice throughout any compositions.
  • Reading: N finished up I am Malala.
  • Bible: N and C were introduced to Abram and Sarai.  We discussed the social environments of that time.  They began to learn this week’s memory verse (Exodus 20:4) and discussed its meaning.  They also continued learning the books of the Bible through Song of Solomon.
  • History: N and C filled in portions of their map of Ancient Greece from memory.  I read them a myth of Zeus and how his actions led to the Trojan War. N did supplemental reading about Ancient Greece and took notes.
  • Logic: N learned how to differentiate between an weak analogy, a strong analogy, and a poetic analogy. She practiced identifying analogies.
  • Spanish: We reviewed all the vocabulary N has learned so far in Spanish.
  • Music: N did the usual practice.

C (age 9):

  • Math: C did mental math to start off class. For her lesson, she used money manipulatives to identify place value through the 100’s place. She finished a lesson review.
  • Spelling: C didn’t want N to give her an assessment, so I quizzed her on her words while she loaded the dishwasher.
  • Reading: C continued reading Moby Dick (abridged).
  • Bible: Combined class with N.
  • History: Combined class with N. C didn’t do the supplemental reading or notes.
  • Latin: C reviewed the vocabulary for this week.
  • Music: C practiced her chords and worked on her strumming technique.

S (age 6): The recovery from the dentist made it impossible for me to get to S’s school today, so she’ll make it up on Saturday.

Day 136

Another field trip! The kids learned how to start a fire using the teepee structure, identified insects around the campsite, and tried to build a dam out of materials they found around the river, where they also collected rocks and shells. They stargazed and identified some constellations. We discussed Good Friday.

  
   
Disclaimer: This homeschool mom is a less-than-enthusiastic camper. As such, this trip was followed up by a hot shower and a pedicure.

Day 135

“Fun Friday”! N had a little make-up math to do, but the rest of the day is dedicated to fun!

N (age 11):

  • Math: N warmed up with mental math and a multiplication worksheet. Her lesson was on using proportions to solve ratio problems.  Again, it’s the same concept that she’s been performing for a while now, but new applications for the concept are being added.  She finished the lesson in fewer than five minutes.  She needs to finish her lesson practice before she can come camping with us tonight.
  • Bible: N and C learned about the tower of Babel.  They located Babylonia on a map. Then we discussed the continental drift in relation to the Tower of Babel. They practiced their memory verse for the week and recited the books of the Bible through Esther.
  • Science: Plate tectonics gave us a great excuse to make more chocolate covered earth balls!
  • Art: N has been wanting to experiment with oil pastels, but we keep running out of time after our regular work during the week and have been unable to squeeze it in. Today, N and C studied Monet’s Water Lilies. We then copied Monet’s style and did an oil pastel/watercolor resist of Water Lilies.

  

  • Camping skills: Camping trip tonight! Today and tomorrow, the kids will focus on tent erection and tear down, fire starting, campfire cooking, and other things.

C (age 9):

  • Bible: Combined class with N.
  • Science: Combined class with N.
  • Art: Combined class with N.

  

  • Camping skills: Combined class with N and S.

S (age 6):

  • Camping Skills: Combined class with N and C. She will practice her reading, writing, and math skills on the camping trip using flashcards and dirt writing.

 

Day 134

I canceled school for Wednesday. N and I both had dentist appointments, and it was too much running around to try to get school done as well.  I’m glad we had a field day on Saturday so that we’re not behind!

N (age 11):

  • Math: N is still trying to play catch up with her math paperwork.  We don’t usually do math on “Fun Friday,” so we’ll make up today’s lesson tomorrow.  She spent today very begrudgingly finishing all her undone work.
  • Spelling: N did much better on her spelling words today.  She must’ve been having a brain fog on Tuesday.
  • Writing: N did a great job coming up with scenarios in which life being “fair” is not as great as it sounds.  She wrote about people cheating off of the test she studied for, about getting the same small breakfast portion as her baby sister, about her older brother getting the extra dollar she earned doing chores because he hadn’t done as many chores.
  • Reading: N read another chapter of I am Malala.
  • Bible: N and C finished the story of Noah and located Mt. Ararat on the map. They reviewed their memory verse and the books of the Bible through Esther.
  • Science: N and C learned about plate tectonics and continental drift. They examined our world map and noted how the continents may have fit together before drifting apart.  They copied definitions related to what they’d learned.
  • Geography: N and C filled out their Middle East maps in review.
  • Spanish: N practiced all the vocabulary she has learned so far.
  • Music: The usual.

C (age 9):

  • Math: After mental math exercises and a worksheet of addition problems, C learned a lesson about number sequencing.  She found missing numbers in a sequence and determined the rule for a sequence. She completed a lesson review worksheet.
  • Spelling: C did much better on her spelling words as well.  There must’ve been something in the water on Tuesday.
  • Writing: C used her list of what she sees out of the window in front of her desk to right a descriptive paragraph of what is immediately outside the window.
  • Reading: C read another chapter of Moby Dick (abridged).
  • Bible: Combined class with N.
  • Science: Combined class with N.
  • Geography: Combined class with N.
  • Latin: C reviewed her vocabulary.
  • Music: C learned G7 on the ukulele. She continues to write her own ukulele notation and play and sing.  She’s doing well learning her ukulele theory.

S (age 6): I did another flashcard review day. I spelled some small words with the flashcards using letters she’s learned, and she read them. She has an easier time understanding concepts than recognizing words and letters, so I really want to overteach letter and number recognition.  I also spend a lot of time giving her short words to rhyme.

Day 133

The procrastination continues, but I’m determined to get the kids caught up today in spite of the interruption for C’s dental appointment (no cavities!).  The weather has turned unexpectedly chilly, so I’m hoping that works in my favor.

N (age 11):

  • Math: After mental math and completing a worksheet on simplifying fractions, N completed a lesson on finding a missing multiple that is a mixed number or a decimal.  She’s been working on finding missing multiples for the past three or four months, so this lesson was a piece of cake for her.  Getting the lesson review done … well, that’s another story.  She has to do this lesson review and the lesson review from yesterday.  And she’s currently occupied with creating Greek paper dolls so she and C can create their own Greek tragedy.
  • Spelling: N still needs a bit more practice on her words with vowel pairs “ea” and “ee,” and the vowel digraph “ea.”
  • Writing: N began writing a story about solving an imagined problem. My children often hear that “life’s not fair.” So, she began to write a story about what would happen if life suddenly became “fair.” We spent some time discussing how a “fair” society often looks good in theory, but has not yet successfully been put into practice.
  • Reading: N read another chapter of I am Malala.
  • Bible: N and C reviewed last week’s and this week’s verse, and the books of the Bible through Esther. We read about Noah’s ark. We talked about how long it must have taken to build the ark, and speculated about why God waited 150 days before He let the waters recede.
  • Geography: N and C filled out the countries they know on their Middle East maps.  Only two countries to go! Today, they learned about Tajikistan and looked at pictures depicting rural and urban life there.
  • Social Studies: N and C concluded their study of the Bill of Rights with a discussion on the 10th Amendment and a comparison and contrast to the Greek city-states we studied this week. I will continue to drill them on their rights until they have committed them to memory.
  • Spanish: N is still working on her workbook activities. I reminded her that she also needs to watch her next Spanish lesson on DVD today.
  • Music: N continued to work on last week’s lesson because she’s not yet caught up.

C (age 9):

  • Math: C began today’s lesson with some mental math and a review of her two and five times tables. For her lesson, she learned how to find a missing addend in an additional problem with three or more addends. She finished her lesson review quickly and happily.
  • Spelling: C spelled just about every word wrong today in her spelling review. Her mind must be elsewhere.  We’ll continue to review.
  • Reading: C read another chapter of Moby Dick (abridged).
  • Writing: C and I discussed how everyone sees things just a bit differently based on angles, height, etc. Then, she sat at her desk and made a list of what she saw, starting from far away and ending close to the house.
  • Bible: Combined class with N.
  • Geography: Combined class with N.
  • Social Studies: Combined class with N.
  • Music: C learned how to read, write, and play the repeat sign. She used charts to read and play “Merrily We Roll Along.” The ukulele is working out so much better than piano did for her!

S (age 6):

  • Math: S and I counted to 100 together by 1s and 10s using the 100-number chart. Then, we played store again, this time paying for items up to 50 cents using dimes. Oh, I hate playing store.  She loves it, though, and it’s very effective.
  • Reading: S reviewed the letter O using a worksheet from The Measured Mom. We sang the alphabet song together, and she pointed out the letter P on our alphabet chart. S colored a picture of the letter P with porcupines on it. I read her a poem about porcupines, and she pointed out all the letter Ps in the poem.  We played “Count the Words” again.  I said a sentence to her slowly, and she repeated the sentence back to me, setting a block in front of her for each word.  Then, she counted the words in the sentence. Finally, I read her another chapter of My Side of the Mountain.
  • Handwriting: S did copywork of the letter P from a custom worksheet.
  • Bible: S reviewed her new memory verse (Exodus 20:3) and the books of the Bible through Esther. She listened to the story of Noah while coloring a picture about it.