Day 148

Even with unexpected company, we managed to get things done. The attitudes were quite good, chores were done enthusiastically, and the kids all got along for most of the day.

N (age 11):

  • Math: N warmed up with some mental math and a worksheet on simplifying fractions. Her lesson was on reducing units before multiplying (miles per gallon, kilowatts per hour, etc.). Since it was a continuation of a previously learned skill, she finished the lesson quickly and didn’t procrastinate with her lesson review.
  • Spelling: N practiced her words using “ei” and “ie” as vowel pairs and vowel digraphs.
  • Writing: N’s still procrastinating on her assignment, so I’m going to have to hover over her today in order to get her to finish it. The good news is that she’s currently doing creative writing on her own about “the tween experience thus far.”
  • Reading: N read a chapter of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone.
  • Bible: N and C recited their memory verses and the books of the Old Testament. I read them the story of Jacob stealing Esau’s blessing. We talked about dishonesty and about the results of unresolved anger.
  • Science: N and C learned about rocks, minerals, and gems. I have to rethink the way we do the book portion of science. The girls are often very distracted and I wonder if they’re listening to anything that’s being read. Maybe I should split up the reading into two days. Right now, we don’t have science scheduled for Monday, instead using that day as a “make-up” day for any science overflow from the previous week.  I may need to change that, however, and do half the reading on Monday and half the reading on Tuesday. I’ll try it next week and see how it works. But, I digress. The girls began an experiment to see if minerals will create “flowering rock gardens” better with water or with vinegar.
  • History: N and C learned the legend of Remus and Romulus. We talked about the significance of legends surrounding ancient leaders. We talked about the history of the world repeating itself (i.e. strong nation conquers weak nation, strong nation eventually weakens, another strong nation conquers that nation, and so on). They located Rome and the Etruscan Empire on a map. N did supplemental reading and took notes.
  • Music: The usual.

C (age 9):

  • Math: C did an investigation (a section of the Saxon Math Homeschool book with a focus on a particular skill and its application) about negative numbers. She learned about comparison symbols, and comparing positive and negative numbers with and without a number line. There was no mental math, no worksheet, and no lesson review.
  • Spelling: C practiced her words using different ways to spell the long “i” sound.
  • Writing: C finished her children’s story about a duck who couldn’t swim.
  • Reading: C read Goddess Girls: Pheme the Gossip for 20 minutes.
  • Bible: Combined class with N.
  • Science: Combined class with N.
  • History: Combined class with N. C didn’t do the supplemental reading or notes.
  • Music: C practiced her chord transitions on the ukulele.

S (age 6):

  • Math: S and I counted to 100 by 1s and 10s using our hundred-number chart. She practiced counting backwards from 10 to 1. She learned how to fill in predrawn shapes using her pattern blocks.
  • Reading: S reviewed the letter T using a printout from The Measured Mom. We sang the alphabet song together, and S located the letter U on the alphabet chart. I read her a short poem about penguins sliding down snowy hills in upside-down umbrellas. She colored a picture of the letter U with a penguin in an umbrella. We played a game segmenting the first sound of a word. I said, “Ffff …. unny” and she replied, “Funny,” and so on. I read her a chapter of My Side of the Mountain.
  • Writing: S practiced writing the letter U on a custom worksheet.

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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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