“Fun Friday” has not been very fun so far for the kids. They’ve started using Fridays to play catch-up with the odds and ends that they put off during the week. I don’t like it because it makes them a bit surly and it eats into time we would otherwise have to make Fridays fun. Changes are going to need to be made. There are three dental appointments next week, so I’m going to have to plan ahead to figure out how to work them into our schedule while still avoiding what has become “Procrastination Friday.”
N (age 11):
- Math: N doesn’t have math scheduled for today, but she put off some review problems and parts of the loathsome (to her) linear measurement conversion worksheet. All she wants to do is play at the neighbors’, and all I want her to do is finish her math.
- Reading: N read a chapter of I am Malala.
- Bible: N and C reviewed their memory verse and the first five books of the Bible. I read them the story of Cain and Abel. We talked again about making good choices, and about how we are in control of our own behavior. We talked about God having mercy on Cain even in the midst of punishing him.
- Science: Nomad Press makes some wonderful science books with very doable experiments and projects. I use them a lot to supplement our science units. Explore! Rocks and Minerals has a fantastic project for learning about the structure of the earth. The kids made edible earths out of peanut butter, jelly, and chocolate. We talked about each part of the earth’s structure while the girls constructed their little earth candies.
- History: More food projects! We made Greek Pilaf for lunch. While I thought it was fantastic, it was not well-received by the kids. At least they all tasted it. I’ll be making Greek Ekmek when my husband gets back with the ingredients I need. I’m hoping they like it, because it’s a dessert.
- Geography: N and C filled in their South America and Central America maps from memory. Then, they filled in all the countries they’ve learned so far on their Middle East maps.
- Music: N started her next piano lesson.
C (age 9):
- Reading: C read a chapter of Moby Dick (abridged).
- Bible: Combined class with N.
- Science: Combined class with N. C also continued her research on this week’s spotlighted scientists.
- History: Combined class with N.
- Geography: Combined class with N.
- Music: C learned how to play and write the notation for a C7 chord, and she learned how to play and write the musical notation for a quarter rest. She continued to practice and sing along with “Three Blind Mice,” and to write her own ukulele sheet music.
S (age 6):
- Math: S and I practiced counting to 100 by 1s and 10s using the 100-number chart. Then, she copied lines, shapes, and designs onto her geoboard. Then, we practiced counting dimes up to 50 cents, and she practiced writing 10, 20, 30, 40, and 50.
- Reading: S reviewed the letter N with a worksheet from The Measured Mom. We sang the alphabet song together and she pointed out the letter O on our alphabet chart. I read her a poem about an octopus, and she located all the Os in the poem. Next, she colored a picture of the letter O with an octopus wrapped around it. Then, I recited alliterated sentences and she identified the dominant starting sound for each sentence. We finished Charlotte’s Web, so I read her the first chapter of our next book, My Side of the Mountain.
- Writing: S practiced writing the letter O on a custom worksheet.
- Bible: S sat in on Bible class with N and C today.