Computer issues gave us a late start today. We got going about two hours later than usual. It’s 3:05 now, and N and C still have some independent work to finish. They had relatively good attitudes in spite of the lateness of the day. I think their morale was bolstered by the fact that there are only three weeks left before summer break!
N (age 11):
- Math: N did some mental math, practiced Roman numerals, and counted by 3s. She also did a worksheet on fraction/decimal/percentage conversions. Her lesson was short and easy. She found the perimeters of complex polygons, including some instances when the measurements of one or more sides was missing. She tried for about ten minutes to get me to let her do her lesson review in her bedroom. The answer was a resounding no. She gets too distracted when she does her work anywhere but in the classroom.
- Spelling: N practiced her words with the vowel digraphs “oi,” “oy,” “ou,” and “ow.”
- Writing: N and I discussed how appearances of things change over time. N then learned how to write an introduction using three parts (experience of change, a decision to examine change, and a changing object to observe).
- Reading: N read a chapter of Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets.
- Science: N and C began to learn about the formation of mountains due to shifts in the earth’s plates. We watched a video on YouTube demonstrating mountain formation using colored sand.
- History: N and C learned about the political rise of Julius Caesar and his death at the hands of the Senate and Brutus. They located Britain, Egypt, Rome, and the Rubicon River on a map, and traced Caesar’s journey from Britain to Rome to Egypt. N did supplemental reading on Julius Caesar and took notes.
- Logic: N learned about propaganda that appeals to pity. She then identified scenarios in which there was an appeal to fear, an appeal to pity, or no propaganda use.
- Music: N practiced her scales and continued to work on the most recent section of the song that’s been giving her difficulty.
C (age 9):
- Math: C did mental math and a worksheet on addition. Her lesson was two-fold. The first part of the lesson covered fractions. C defined and identified the numerator and the denominator of a fraction. She then identified fractions from pictures and correctly read the name of each fraction. The second part of the lesson was about adding money. She completed a lesson review.
- Spelling: I thought C was ready for an assessment, but she wanted one more day or so to practice her words with different spellings of the long “o” and long “u” sounds.
- Writing: C and I talked about how stories are a series of actions organized in a logical sequence. I gave her the book Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day to read. After she read it, she summarized the series of actions in the book (not feelings, desires, thoughts of the character, etc.) in a sequential list.
- Reading: C read Goddess Girls: Pheme the Gossip for 20 minutes.
- Science: Combined class with N.
- History: Combined class with N.
- Music: C practiced chord transitions and the A note.
S (age 6): Flashcard Day!