I actually finished all my instructional time by 11:22 a.m. Seriously. This is a record. N and C still have some independent work to do, but my part is done! Looks like I’ll finally catch up on the laundry … maybe. And we located the missing textbooks. In our zealous, pre-Pampered Chef Party cleaning on Saturday, N’s textbooks were collected from their various hidey holes throughout the house and unceremoniously dumped into a reusable grocery bag with sundry other items. The grocery bag was then hung on a hook outside her bedroom door to await sorting. Good news all around today! See all the exclamation points?
N (age 11):
- Math: N did mental math and a worksheet on division. Her lesson was on solving ratio problems involving totals (e.g., The ratio of men to women at the party was 5 to 8; if there were 64 people at the party, how many of them were men?). N had a great time doing this lesson and actually requested some additional problems to solve! What?! Unheard of! At any rate, we’ll see if that enthusiasm carries over into her lesson review.
- Spelling: N practiced her words using the vowel digraphs “oi,” “oy,” “ou,” and “ow.”
- Reading: Okay, she’s got barely any outstanding work left. Unless she spends the entire day staring out the classroom window, there’s no reason she shouldn’t be able to finish the book and watch the movie today.
- Bible: N and C reviewed their verse, recited the books of the Old Testament, recited the books of the New Testament through John, and sang the song about the twelve tribes of Israel. In the lesson, they learned about Job’s friends (and I use that term loosely) “comforting” him in his time of loss by spending thirty chapters criticizing him and blaming him for everything that had happened.
- Science: N and C copied definitions relating to metamorphic rock, along with their Greek and Latin roots. N finally finished up her research on the scientists of the week.
- History: N and C learned about the rise of Julius Caesar, and the fears of the Senate regarding the possibility of him centralizing power and becoming a tyrant. They mapped his possible route from Italy to Spain. N did supplemental reading and took notes.
- Music: N practiced her G and C scales. She moved on to the next section of the song she’s learning. She’s as frustrated as she was when she began the first section (which she eventually mastered). I reminded her that she’s always frustrated at the beginning, but that she always has it learned after a few days of practice.
C (age 9):
- Math: It was C’s turn to have an investigation today. Her focus was on units of length (standard and metric) and finding the perimeter of a polygon. No independent work for C in math today.
- Spelling: C practiced her words using the various spellings of the long “o” and long “u” sound.
- Reading: C read Goddess Girls: Pheme the Gossip for about 30 minutes. The timer went off after 20 minutes, but I was in the middle of something and didn’t alert her until a few minutes later. A little extra knowledge never hurt anybody, right?
- 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 and the A note. And she got her first ukulele blister, for which I gave her a big high five. It’s her first musician battle scar.
S (age 6):
- Math: S counted to 100 by 1s and 10s using the 100-number chart. She counted backward from 10 to 1. I introduced S to a deck of playing cards, minus the Jacks, Queens, Kings, and Jokers. I told her the names of all the suits, and explained that the Ace also stood for the number 1. She arranged the Hearts from Ace to 10. This is all in preparation for teaching her how to play War eventually as a way to practice number recognition and to learn number values (greater and less than).
- Reading: S reviewed the letter “e” with a worksheet from The Measured Mom. We sang the alphabet song together and S located the letter “f” on our alphabet poster. I read her three short poems, emphasizing the “f” sound as I read. She colored a picture of the letter “f” surrounded by fish. The game today focused on identifying the individual sounds that make up words. I showed her a picture on a card (e.g. a leaf), said the word with a pause between each sound (e.g. “L … ea … f”), and then S said the word (e.g. “Leaf!”). She occasionally added an additional syllable (e.g. instead of saying “Leaf,” she said “Lee .. Eaf”), but she didn’t get frustrated. We read some more Anne of Green Gables.
- Writing: S practiced writing the letter “f” on a custom worksheet. Handwriting is her least favorite thing right now.