I bribed the girls into doing school quickly so we could have some time at the park in the afternoon. N ended up doing some of her work at the park, but it was a pretty effective bribe overall.
N (age 11):
- Math: N and I spent some time reviewing concepts that are a bit sticky for her. She still needs some work on memorizing geometric formulas.
- Spelling: C gave N her spelling assessment. She got one word wrong, and copied it correctly five times.
- Reading: N read a chapter of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone.
- Bible: N and C learned recited their memory verses and the books of the Old Testament. They sang the song about the twelve tribes of Israel. The lesson was on Joseph’s fancy coat and on Joseph being sold into slavery. We talked more about sibling relationships and about Reuben being the voice of reason. We talked about how they would feel about having Joseph as a brother.
- History: N and C learned about the Punic Wars and Hannibal. They located Carthage and Rome on a map, and traced Hannibal’s path over the Alps on elephants. N did supplement reading on the Punic Wars and took notes.
- Science: N and C copied definitions for words related to sedimentary rock.
- Music: The usual.
C (age 9):
- Math: C warmed up with mental math and a worksheet on addition. Her lesson was on two concepts. The first was subtracting two-digit and three-digit numbers. The second was finding missing two-digit addends in a problem. She finished her lesson review.
- Spelling: N gave C her spelling assessment. C aced it.
- Reading: C read Goddess Girls: Pheme the Gossip until her Kindle ran out of batteries (a little longer than 20 minutes).
- Bible: Combined class with N.
- History: Combined class with N. C didn’t do the supplement reading or notes.
- Science: Combined class with N.
- Music: C practiced chord transitions.
S (age 6):
- Math: S and I did the usual counting exercises to warm up. We used the hundred-number chart for number recognition. Her lesson continued what she learned yesterday by teaching her to arrange objects by length (from shortest to longest).
- Reading: S did her review sheet on the letter X from The Measured Mom. She and I sang the alphabet song, and she located the letter Y on the alphabet chart. I read her a short poem about yaks knitting sweaters. She colored a picture of the letter Y with a knitting yak. I read a short story to S and left off the beginning sounds of some words so she could correct me (e.g. I said, “Last night, I couldn’t -leep” and S said, “Sleep!”). I read her some more of My Side of the Mountain.
- Writing: S practiced writing the letter Y on a custom worksheet. Y is notoriously tricky for my kids. Like K.