The fridge is still broken. But, we’re now organized and able to move on while we wait for our parts to come in the mail. The girls got a bit behind during the chaos, and my housework definitely suffered. We’re getting things back to normal and playing catch up.
N (age 11):
- Math: N reluctantly did her mental math. There are some days when she decides she’s not going to have a good attitude about math, and she will feign incompetence on even the easiest problems. At that point, it becomes a battle of wills. Since I can go about my day while I wait for her to solve the problem, but she has to remain seated in the classroom with nothing to do and nowhere to go until she cooperates, I am always the winner of those battles. Her attitude cleared up in about fifteen minutes, during which time I got some instructional time with C completed. With her attitude much improved, we tackled the lesson about categorizing triangles by sides (equilateral, Isosceles, and scalene) and by angles (obtuse, acute, and right). She completed the worksheets that have been piling up for the past couple of days, and she did her lesson review.
- Spelling: N and C, unbeknownst to me until this morning, gave each other spelling assessments yesterday. So today, N completed the workbook activities introducing her next lesson.
- Writing: N took the instructional composition that she wrote earlier in the week in the third person, and she rewrote it in the second person.
- Reading: N read a chapter of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone.
- Bible: N and C practiced their memory verses and recited the books of the Bible through Daniel. We doubled up on the lesson, covering Lot’s family and the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah.
- Science: N and C looked up the contribution of Pliny the Younger to the field of volcanology. We watched archival footage of the 1980 eruption of Mt. St. Helen’s and its aftermath.
- Social Studies: N and C reviewed the Bill of Rights. Then, they learned about the requirements for becoming President and about the Constitutional Amendment assigning Presidential terms limits after FDR’s time in office. They learned about the electoral college and the reasons it was put in place.
- Geography: N and C filled out their Middle East maps for review. Then, they filled out the country (Russia) they’ve already studied on their Southeast Asia maps. Next, they learned about the country of Mongolia. We discussed the part of the movie “Babies” that took place in Mongolia and looked at pictures of Mongolia and Ulaanbaatar online.
- Spanish: With this week’s upheaval, starting a new lesson wasn’t practical. We continued to review vocabulary words from the lessons she’s already completed.
- Music: The usual.
C (age 9):
- Math: C did her mental math, learning a trick to adding 19 to a number mentally. She completed worksheets on addition and subtraction. Her lesson was a review on adding using regrouping (or as I grew up calling it, “borrowing”). She completed her lesson review.
- Spelling: N gave C her assessment yesterday, so she completed the workbook activities introducing her next lesson, which is on different ways to spell the long “i” sound.
- Writing: I reviewed C’s descriptions that she wrote in preparation for writing her short story and had her add some more information to the descriptions.
- Reading: C read some Goddess Girls: Pheme the Gossip. The chapters are rather long for her, so I let her read half a chapter in a sitting if she shows signs of being tired of reading. I want her to enjoy reading and not feel as though it’s a chore.
- Bible: Combined class with N.
- Science: Combined class with N.
- Social Studies: Combined class with N.
- Geography: Combined class with N.
- Latin: C reviewed her vocabulary words.
- Music: The usual.
S (age 6):
- Math: S and I practiced counting to 100 by 1s and 10s using the 100-number chart. S counted backwards from 10 to 0. Then, we moved into the kitchen for another one of those math activities that I hate but that the children love: following a recipe. The lesson was on identifying a one-cup measure using a recipe. The recipe involved mixing two cups of blue water with two cups of yellow water to get green water. It’s not as bad as those recipes that involve making cookies and whatnot. Still not my favorite thing to do.
- Reading: S reviewed the letter “S” using a worksheet from The Measured Mom. S and I sang the alphabet song together, and S pointed out the letter T. I read S a short poem about toads. S colored a picture of the letter T surrounded by toads. S and I played “Which Word is Longer?” I said two words of varying lengths, and S identified the longer word. Then, I read a chapter of My Side of the Mountain.
- Writing: S practiced copying the letter T on a custom worksheet.