The plan was to be two days ahead by now. The reality is that Friday turned into “Spring Cleaning Day” instead of “Fun Friday,” and Saturday was full of sick kids instead of a field trip to the Parthenon. Tomorrow, I have oral surgery in the morning. I’ll leave an itinerary, but the productivity level is not guaranteed. I’m shooting for the Parthenon field trip next Saturday.
N (age 11):
- Math: N’s assessment showed that she needs work on geometric formulas. And lo and behold, after mental math and a worksheet on division and multiplication, she had a lesson on geometric formulas! The makers of these textbooks clearly have a great deal of practical teaching experience. N reviewed formulas for finding the area and perimeter of squares, rectangles, parallelograms, and triangles. She finished up with a lesson review.
- Spelling: N reviewed her words using the vowel digraphs “au” and “aw.”
- Writing: N wrote her topic sentence and began writing her third person narration giving instructions on redecorating a bedroom.
- Reading: N read a chapter of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone.
- Bible: I doubled up on the lessons because Friday didn’t end up as planned. N and C learned about God’s specific promises to Abraham about the nation of Israel. They learned about Hagar and Ishmael, and we discussed how the prophecy of Ishmael’s descendants is still apparent geopolitically in the Middle East. We also discussed the significance of names. They reviewed their previous memory verses and began learning this week’s memory verses (Exodus 20:5-6). They recited the books of the Bible through Daniel.
- Geography: As happens occasionally, I accidentally taught geography today instead of the scheduled history lesson, so we will do history tomorrow. The girls filled in their Middle East maps as review. Then, we began their mapwork of eastern Asia with a lesson on Russia. The girls labeled Russia on their Eastern Asia maps. N came to the realization that she will be learning every country in the world, and complained that filling out the maps would take forever every Friday. That got me thinking about coming up with a review schedule for filling in the maps so that they’re not overwhelmed by review on Fridays.
- Logic: N learned about the fallacy of post hoc ergo propter hoc (Latin sure does come in handy!). She was presented with several post hoc ergo propter hoc fallacies and determined other possible causes of the effect than the one stated in the fallacy. Then, she practiced identifying various fallacies that she’s already learned.
- Spanish: N continued her review of previous lessons in order to master the material before moving on.
- Music: The usual.
C (age 9):
- Math: C began with mental math and a worksheet on addition and subtraction. Her lesson was on writing the numbers through 999 using words and digits. She completed a lesson review.
- Spelling: C practiced her words using different ways to spell the long “a” sound. She still needs work on it.
- Writing: C began prep work for a short children’s story. She provided a description of a character, a problem for the character, and a solution for the problem.
- Reading: C finished reading Moby Dick (abridged).
- Bible: Combined class with N.
- Geography: Combined class with N.
- Latin: C began a new Latin vocabulary lesson, learning five more words and beginning to memorize The Sanctus.
- Music: C learned how to identify and play the note A on the ukulele, and how to find A on the musical staff.
S (age 6):
- Math: S and I counted to 100 by 1s and 10s using the 100-number chart for number recognition. We did some more work on identifying and ordering numbers 0-20. Using number cards, she put the numbers 0-20 in order. Then, while she closed her eyes, I took a number away. She opened her eyes and guessed the missing number. We did that several times.
- Reading: S reviewed the letter R using a worksheet from The Measured Mom. We sang the alphabet song together. S located the letter “S” on our alphabet poster. I read a short poem about a skunk to S, and then she colored a picture of the letter “S” with a skunk on it. We played “Clap the Syllables” again, this time using three- and four-syllable words. I read S another chapter of My Side of the Mountain.
- Writing: S did copywork of the letter “S” on a custom worksheet.