N didn’t want to sit in the classroom to finish all her independent work. I encourage my kids to think outside the box when looking for solutions, and to try to problem-solve. N came up with a schedule for getting her independent work done. She set start times and break times and deadlines for herself. And then she started mowing the lawn. Until she decided to visit the kids across the street. Until she decided to visit the retired couple a few doors down. And while I appreciate her well-rounded social life, she didn’t get her independent work done. So, it’s back to the classroom until she’s finished with her independent work for the day. Failure is a good teacher. And N is always one to get back on the horse.
N (age 11):
- Math: N warmed up with a worksheet on fraction/decimal/percent conversions, and moved on to an assessment (which she didn’t finish yet, because it was scheduled for a time when she was visiting one of our neighbors. She’ll have to finish that up tomorrow.
- Spelling: N practiced her words using vowel digraphs “oi,” “oy,” “ou,” and “ow.”
- Writing: N finished her introductory paragraph and continued to write observations on her rotting strawberry.
- Reading: N read a chapter of Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets.
- Bible: N and C reviewed their memory verses, the books of the Old Testament, the books of the New Testament through 2 Corinthians, and the twelve tribes of Israel. The lesson was on the birth of Moses, his adoption by an Egyptian princess, the murder he committed and attempted to cover up, and his marriage to the daughter of the priest of Midian.
- Science: N and C researched this week’s scientists, James Hutton and G. B. Airy.
- Geography: N and C filled in their Middle East maps. Then, they filled in all the countries they’ve learned so far in their Southeast Asia maps. Today’s country was Vietnam, which we found on Time for Kids. We talked about Communism and the concept of fairness versus the reality of human nature.
- Music: N practiced her song for the last time before we move on to the next song in her lesson book tomorrow.
C (age 9):
- Math: C also had an assessment today, along with a worksheet on addition. She completed it, and I’ll review it with her on Monday to insure that she doesn’t need a refresher of any of the concepts we’ve learned so far.
- Spelling: N gave C an assessment. She got one word wrong.
- Writing: C made corrections on yesterday’s writing assignment. She’d written the sentences in past tense, so I gave her some examples of present tense sentences and had her re-write them.
- Reading: C read Goddess Girls: Pheme the Gossip for 2o minutes
- Bible: Combined class with N.
- Science: Combined class with N.
- Geography: 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 was on measuring length using nonstandard units. We used linking cubes to measure various objects lying around the classroom.
- Reading: S reviewed lowercase “j” using a worksheet from The Measured Mom. She sang the alphabet song and located lowercase “k” on the alphabet poster. While she colored a picture of a “k” with kids flying a kite, I read her three short poems, being sure to emphasize the /k/ sound when it came up. We played a game called “Silly Sentences.” I said an alliterated sentence, and S identified the prominent sound in each sentence. She’s gotten to where she does pretty well with identifying beginning sounds when she hears them. I read her a chapter of Anne of Green Gables. I think I’m enjoying the book more than she is, but her comprehension is increasing. She just doesn’t like Anne. She calls her a “blabbermouth.”
- Writing: S practiced writing lowercase “k” on a custom worksheet.