T-Minus five weeks and counting until summer vacation. I’m going to try to take another field trip or two to see if we can shorten the time a bit. My goals are to finish up the geology unit in science and the ancients unit in history. I only have three geology lessons left, but I have 12 history lessons to go. I’ll probably do an extra history lesson in the place of science for the last two weeks. That ought to cover it.
N (age 11):
- Math: N did some mental math and practiced her 7 times table to warm up. Her lesson was on figuring the sum of the angle measures of triangles and quadrilaterals. She also practiced finding the missing angle in a triangle and quadrilateral, and estimating the angles for other regular polygons with more than four sides. She reluctantly began work on her lesson review.
- Spelling: N practiced her words with the vowel digraphs “ou,” “ow,” “oi,” and “oy.”
- Reading: N read another chapter of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone.
- Bible: N and C are using this week to review all their previously memorized verses and to continue reciting the books of the Old Testament. The lesson was on Joseph reuniting with his brothers. We talked about his reaction to seeing his brothers, the guilt that the brothers obviously felt, Joseph’s generosity with his family, and Joseph’s test to see if his brother’s had truly changed.
- Science: N and C began to learn about igneous rocks. We talked in particular about granite (the countertops) and pumice (the only stone that floats in water).
- History: N and C learned about the Aryans in India. They read the myth of Ganga and the Ganges River. They read the myth about the creation of the castes in India. We talked about the different castes, and compared the mobility of the classes in the United States with the rigidity of the class structure in India. N did supplemental reading and took notes.
- Logic:N and C studied propaganda in the fall, but N is going to delve deeper. In today’s lesson, N was introduced to her more in-depth propaganda study by learning what propaganda is.
C (age 9):
- Math: C warmed up with mental math and worksheets on addition and subtraction. Her lesson was two-fold. First, she learned how to write numbers in expanded notation. Then, she learned how to find missing numbers in subtraction problems with two digits. She finished up with a lesson review.
- Spelling: C did the workbook activities for her new lesson on different ways to spell the long “o” and long “u” sounds.
- 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.
- Latin: C reviewed her vocabulary words.
- Music: C learned about quarter notes. She learned how to recognize them, how to count along with them, and how to write them on a staff. Then, she learned how to play the A note on the ukulele.
S (age 6): Flashcard day!