# Day 168

The heating pad and stretches are starting to do the trick. My back muscles are not spasming as much as they did yesterday. Today, being a Wednesday, was a historically easy instructional day for me. The older two had a lot of independent work, and I only had a little bit to teach. N no sooner got caught up on her work than she started asking to “take a break,” “run to the neighbors for a few minutes,” etc. I forbade it, telling her that I didn’t want to see her work pile up again as soon as she got it down to a manageable amount.

N (age 11):

• Math: N warmed up with mental math and a worksheet on decimal/fraction/percent conversions. Her lesson was on using proportions to solve percent problems (e.g. “Thirty percent of the paintings were portraits. If there were twelve portraits, how many paintings were there in all?”). N enjoys doing proportion problems and was able to figure out most of them using mental math. She completed a lesson review.
• Spelling: N practiced her words using the vowel digraphs “oi,” “oy,” “ou,” and “ow.” I think I’ll give her an assessment tomorrow.
• Writing: N finished the introduction to her paper on change and jotted down some observations on her rotting strawberry.
• Reading: N read a chapter of Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets.
• Bible: N and C started learning the week’s verse (Exodus 20:11). They recited the books of the Old Testament and the books of the New Testament through 2 Corinthians. We sang the song about the twelve tribes of Israel. The lesson introduced the Israelites’ enslavement in Egypt. We discussed civil disobedience, and the potential consequences and rewards of engaging in it.
• Science: N and C copied science definitions related to the formation of mountains.
• History: N and C learned about Caesar Augustus and how he became the first emperor of the Roman Empire. They mapped out the boundaries of the Roman Empire. N did supplemental reading and took notes.
• Music: N practiced her scales and continued practicing the song that introduced sixteenth notes.

C (age 9):

• Math: C warmed up with mental math and a worksheet on subtraction. Her lesson was on finding a missing number in an addition or subtraction problem by forming fact families. She likes to streamline the process of things, and she needed some help streamlining the forming of fact families. Encouraging her to take her time seemed to fall on deaf ears, so I instead helped her find shortcuts to forming fact families (making sure that she understood the concept). She completed a lesson review.
• Spelling: C practiced her words with different spellings of the long “o” and long “u” sounds.
• Writing: C finalized her list of sequential actions from Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day.
• Bible: Combined class with N.
• Science: Combined class with N.
• History: Combined class with N.
• Music: C practiced her chord transitions and the A note.

S (age 6):

• Math: S used the 100-number chart to count to 100 by 1s and 10s. She counted backwards from 10 to 1. Her lesson today introduced her to tangrams.I showed her how to use her tangram pieces to make a square, and she copied it. Then, she used the tangram pieces to make her own shapes. She named each of the pieces (e.g. triangle, square, parallelogram).
• Reading: S reviewed the lowercase “i” using a printout from The Measured Mom. We sang the alphabet song and she located the lowercase “j” on our alphabet poster. While she colored a picture of the letter “j” and a jar of jam, I read her three short poems, being sure to emphasize the /j/ sound when it came up. We played “Get Out of the Wagon” again (same game we played yesterday). I read her some more Anne of Green Gables. Her listening comprehension is improving.
• Writing: S practiced writing lowercase “j” on a custom worksheet.