It was another relatively quick day. Not quite as quick as yesterday, mind you, but definitely still a treat. There were sporadic downpours that distracted everyone a bit, and the sound of “Teen Beach 2” wafting in from the living room also took some focus away from work periodically. A good, productive day in all.
N (age 11):
- Math: N did mental math and a worksheet on finding percent, fraction, and decimal equivalents. Her lesson was on finding mass and weight. She also learned how to add and subtract measurements in pounds and ounces. It was reminiscent of learning to add and subtract hours and minutes. She finished up with a lesson review.
- Spelling: N practiced her words with vowel digraphs “oi,” “oy,” “ou,” and “ow.”
- Reading: N finished Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone last night (“It was the best book I’ve ever read!”) and was treated to staying up late to watch the movie (“It was the best movie I’ve ever seen!”). I’m happy to say she preferred the book to the movie. Today, she started on Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets.
- Bible: N and C practiced their verses, the books of the Old Testament, the books of the New Testament through John, and the twelve tribes of Israel. I was going to spread the remaining lessons on Job out over the next few days, but the girls wanted to finish it up today. We talked about what the end of Job told us about God and about Job. We talked about bad things happening to us sometimes without our ever knowing why.
- Science: N and C are always excited when we don’t have a scientist of the week and they get a day off from science class.
- Geography: N and C filled in their Middle East maps for review. They filled in all the countries they’ve learned on their Southeast Asia maps, and then they learned about Thailand. N’s friend recently spent some time in Thailand, so it was an especially applicable lesson. And it was on the Time for Kids website, which is always a plus. We watched a couple videos of elephants painting. Later, the girls are going to watch “Anna and the King” to learn some history of the country.
- Music: N practiced her scales and her new song section. She’s still challenged by it, but she’s getting better with practice.
C (age 9):
- Math: C warmed up with mental math and a worksheet on subtraction. Today was the first time she performed mental calculations on two- and three-digit addition problems containing three numbers. The first one was a little tough, but we changed the way she visualized it and she got the concept right away. Her lesson was on drawing triangles, rectangles, squares, and circles. She also learned how to locate the radius and the diameter of a circle, and how to calculate the length of the diameter when she knew the length of the radius.
- Spelling: C practiced her words with different spellings of the long “o” and long “u” sounds. She keeps getting stuck on “owner,” spelling it “o-n-w-e-r.”
- Reading: C read Goddess Girls: Pheme the Gossip for 20 minutes.
- Bible: Combined class with N.
- Science: No class today.
- Geography: Combined class with N.
- Music: C practiced her chord transitions and the A note. She’s very proud of her first callous, which just appeared today at the site of her blister.
S (age 6):
- Math: S counted to 100 by 1s and 10s using the 100-number chart for letter recognition. She counted backwards from 10 to 1. For her lesson today, we played War. The first game was rigged for her to win, but she went on to win the next game. She’s very close to recognizing all the numbers through ten, only occasionally needing to count the pictures on the playing cards to find the correct number. She has a firm grasp on the concept of number value.
- Reading: S reviewed the letter “f” with a printout from The Measured Mom. She sang the alphabet song and located “g” on the lowercase alphabet poster. I read her three short poems, emphasizing the hard “g” sound whenever I read it. She colored a picture of a lowercase “g” surrounded by a goose and her goslings. She picked out three forms of lowercase “g” on a paper from among some other letters. Using ten picture cards, we pretended I was going on a trip and needed to pack items that began with the /s/ sound. She picked out all the correct picture cards. We read some more Anne of Green Gables. I found “My Side of the Mountain” on Netflix, so we’ll be watching that today to reinforce the reading of the book. She still wants to live in the woods, by the way.
- Writing: S practiced writing the lowercase “g” on a custom worksheet.