Day 129

We’re starting to get back into the swing of things with Daylight Savings Time.  The new chore schedule is working well, but the kids are still figuring out how to best schedule their list into their daily routine.  The novelty of chores is wearing off, but they’re all very excited about their first payday on Saturday.

N (age 11):

  • Math: N had an assessment today after she finished up her much despised linear measurement conversions worksheet.
  • Spelling: N practiced her words containing the vowel pairs “ea” and “ee,” and the vowel digraph “ea.” I think she’ll be ready for an assessment on Tuesday.  I try to avoid assessments on Mondays because I like them to be able to review the day before the assessment.
  • Writing: N’s friend read her descriptive paper and used it to make a blueprint of our house.  It was pretty close, but the parts where N was apparently unclear made for some pretty funny artistic interpretations.  I love having a community (both physical and online around the country) of homeschoolers who are always willing to help out with school projects.  If the girls are making graphs depicting favorite ice cream flavors, for example, I just post the question on Facebook and we receive dozens of responses within minutes.
  • Reading: N read another chapter of I am Malala.
  • Bible: I read N and C the account of the original sin. We discussed why God put a tree in the middle of the Garden of Eden that He then told them not to eat.  We talked about good and bad choices, and about people’s tendency to blame others rather than taking responsibility.  N and C reviewed this week’s memory verse and the first five books of the Bible.
  • Science: N and C researched and wrote about the lives and scientific contributions of Andrija Mohorovicic, William Gilbert, Henry Cavendish, and Eratosthenes.  They also researched and wrote about when compasses were first used for navigation.
  • Geography: N and C filled in all the countries they already know on their Middle East maps.  Then, they learned about Uzbekistan.
  • Spanish: N continued to work on this week’s workbook activities.
  • Music: The usual.

C (age 9):

  • Math: C had an assessment.  She got a little confused about division problems, but we reviewed them all and I’m assured that she understands the concept. She’ll have plenty of opportunities to practice.  Then, C used coordinates to make a connect-the-dots of sorts on a coordinated plane.  This lesson and assessment concluded third grade math.  She’ll begin fourth grade math on Monday.
  • Spelling: C practiced her words identifying vowels in one- and two-syllable words.  I think she’ll also be ready for an assessment on Tuesday.
  • Writing: C went through the living room and added decorations (pictures, rugs, curtains, etc.) to her list of living room descriptors.
  • Reading: C read another chapter of Moby Dick (abridged).
  • Bible: Combined class with N.
  • Science: Combined class with N.
  • Geography: Combined class with N.
  • Music: C’s ukulele workbook was delivered on Wednesday night, so we started her lessons.  She reviewed the staff, the treble clef, and the 4/4 time signature.  She learned how to write her own ukulele music by drawing the staff with the proper notations and using quarter note slashes. Then, she learned how to play and sing “Three Blind Mice” using the C chord. She’s absolutely thrilled, and I’m happy to see she’s still getting the basics of music theory.

S (age 6): Flashcard Day for S! She practiced her letters and numbers, and read several B.O.B. Books.



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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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