Day 173

We were so excited to get our Pampered Chef delivery today. There were individual-sized pizza stones, and the kids had to have pizza for supper. So, instead of blogging about our school day, I made pizza dough and pizza sauce and toppings. A good portion of the day was spent catching up on all the independent work that N and C had put off for the past week.

N (age 11):

  • Math: N played catch-up and then reviewed finding the areas of complicated polygons. As I suspected, she didn’t retain much from the day before.
  • Spelling: N completed the workbook introduction to her next lesso, which is words using the prefixes “trans-,” “un-,” and “dis-.” She also learned the meaning of each prefix.
  • Reading: N read a chapter of Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets.
  • Bible: N and C recited their memory verses, the books of the Old Testament, the books of the New Testament through Colossians, and the twelve tribes of Israel. They learned about the exodus of the Israelites from Egypt. Some of the Egyptians left with them, the rest gave them all manner of wealth just to get rid of them.
  • Science: N and C copied definitions related to weathering and erosion.
  • History: N and C learned about the end of the ancient kingdom of Israel and the destruction of the temple in Jerusalem. They located Jerusalem, Bethlehem, and Haran on a map. N did supplemental reading and took notes.
  • Music: N practiced her scales. She’s already mastered the song for her newest lesson, so I’ll start her on the next song next week. I also purchased the BlueNote app for her so she could practice reading music daily.

C (age 9):

  • Math: C played catch-up on some of her independent work as well. She warmed up with mental math and a worksheet on addition. In her lesson, she learned the three properties of multiplication (commutative, zero, and identity properties) and learned how to use a multiplication table. The multiplication table was not a hit. She found it distracting and cumbersome.
  • Spelling: C practiced her words with different spellings of the long “e” sound.
  • Reading: C read Little House in the Big Woods for 20 minutes.
  • Bible: Combined class with N.
  • Science: Combined class with N.
  • History: Combined class with N. C didn’t do any supplemental reading or notes.
  • Music: C practiced her chord transitions from G7 and the A note.

S (age 6):

  • Math: S practiced counting to 100 by 1s, 5s, and 10s using the 100-number chart. We also recited the Presidents, because I’m not going to say “no” when a child asks if she can recite the Presidents. The lesson was on identifying the largest and smallest shape, and on covering half a shape.
  • Reading: S reviewed the letter “m” with a printout from The Measured Mom. We sang the alphabet song together, and she located the lowercase letter “n” on the alphabet poster. While she colored a picture of the letter “n” and a nest full of baby birds, I read her three short poems and emphasized the /n/ sound in them. We played “Get Out of the Wagon.” I gave her sets of three picture cards, with two cards having the same beginning sound. She identified the picture card with a different beginning sound. I read her a chapter of Anne of Green Gables.
  • Writing: S practiced writing lowercase “n” on a custom worksheet.

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I was an education major in college, but I hated teaching. And then I started homeschooling. Good days, bad days, I love them all! It's a great adventure with my favorite people in the whole world.

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