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.