Summer Day 2

Company is coming this afternoon. This motivated the kids to get through their chores and their lessons quickly.

N (age 11):

  • Bible: N and C were introduced to their new memory verse (Exodus 20:17). They reviewed all their memory verses, all the books of the Bible, and the twelve tribes of Israel. The lesson gave the specs for building the tabernacle. We looked up images of the tabernacle online. We talked about the Israelites being so generous that Moses had to tell them to stop donating items for the tabernacle because they had enough already. We talked about ways that we could be generous.
  • Reading: N read a chapter of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone.
  • Music: N practiced her scales and her lesson.

C (age 9):

  • Bible: Combined class with N.
  • Reading: C read a chapter of Little House in the Big Woods.
  • Music: C practiced her chord transitions and the A note.

S (age 6):

  • Math: S and I counted to 100 by 1s, 5s, and 10s using the 100-number chart. We reviewed pennies, dimes, and nickels. We practiced counting by nickels through 50 cents. She’s recently started getting her teens confused with her tens (e.g. 15 and 50, 13 and 30), so this made today’s lesson a little rough. I’ll stop moving ahead in the textbook and review if I feel she needs it.
  • Reading: S reviewed the letter “r” with a worksheet from The Measured Mom. She and I sang the alphabet song together. She located the letter “s” on the alphabet chart. While she colored a picture of the sun shining on a flower garden, I read her poems about scorpions and squirrels and snakes. I read some sentences to S, leaving off the last sound of the last word (e.g. “Let’s sit down and read a good boo …”). S is having a very hard time isolating the final sound. For example, in the above sentence, she keeps saying “ook” instead of the /k/ sound. I coached her to say the /oo/ sound in her head and the /k/ sound out loud. This helped a bit, but there were still a lot of tears and writing about on the floor and exclamations of, “I can’t do this!” We got through seven sentences. Clearly, this is an area that needs more work. I read her a chapter of Anne of Green Gables. We’ll finish the book tonight and she will watch the movie tomorrow.
  • Writing: S copied lowercase “s” on a custom worksheet.

H (age 4):

  • Math: H and I counted to 10 using the 100-number chart. She made a pictograph to illustrate how many boys and girls are in our family. Then, I asked questions that helped her interpret her pictograph.
  • Reading: H and I sang the alphabet song together. She identified the letter “A” and we reviewed the short /a/ sound. Then, I introduced her to the letter “E.” We said words that contained the short /e/ sound. We recited the first and second part of the “Vowel Poem” contained in the textbook.
  • Writing: H practiced writing capital “E” on the white board. Then, she copied “E” on a custom worksheet.

Summer Day 1

After a week off, I’ve started up summer school with the kids. I want to get farther along in our Bible curriculum than I did this past year, I want to make sure the older two continue reading and practicing their instruments, I want to keep moving forward with S in her reading (I think going until August without any reading lessons will undo everything she’s learned so far), and I wanted to start lessons with H (age 4). H will be five in September. Our state laws don’t require formal schooling to begin until age 6, but she has shown readiness and eagerness to begin now.

N (age 11):

  • Bible: Review of all memory verses, books of the Bible, and the twelve tribes of Israel. We read a short, seemingly insignificant passage in Exodus about the Israelites donating materials for the building of the tabernacle. I pointed out that they donated only their best. We compared this to always giving our best to God as well.
  • Reading: N read a chapter of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone.
  • Music: N practiced her scales and her lesson.

C (age 9):

  • Bible: Combined class with N. We conduct the class over the breakfast table.
  • Reading: C read a chapter of Little House in the Big Woods.
  • Music: C practiced ukulele with her cousin (who also plays the uke) over FaceTime today.

S (age 6):

  • Flashcard Day!

H (age 4):

  • Reading: H and I sang the alphabet song together. Then, she learned about the letter “A.” I’m using The Ordinary Parent’s Guide to Teaching Reading with her for now. For now, it looks like a good fit for her learning style. We talked about words with the short /a/ sound in them and learned the first part of the “Vowel Poem” laid out in the textbook.
  • Math: H compared and contrasted pattern blocks. She talked about the differences in color and shape, and she sorted the shapes by shape and color. Then, she made some designs with the shapes and told me about them.
  • Writing: H practiced writing capital “A” on the whiteboard, and then she copied capital “A” on a custom worksheet.

Days 179 and 180

Yesterday and today weren’t terribly organized. I had a list of work that I wanted to complete with each of the girls, and so we haphazardly worked our way through it. I gave S a couple of days off, because I’m going to continue her schooling throughout the summer. Since I suspect she’s dyslexic, I want to make sure that a significant amount of time doesn’t elapse without continuing to work on her letter and number recognition. N and C will also continue to review geography once a week throughout the summer and will be expected to read every day during the summer. I’ll continue their Bible lessons as well, but we’ll do them around the breakfast table as family devotions. Since I started Bible class in the middle of the year, I want to get as much done over the summer as possible so that I can move up in the curriculum shortly after school starts on August 1. Oh, and N and C will continue with their music lessons (piano and ukulele). So, I’ll continue blogging over the summer, but it won’t be quite as detailed.

N (age 11):

  • Math: Over the past two days, N has learned how to convert measurements using unit multipliers, how to write percents as fractions, how to calculate interest that is compounded annually, how to find a whole when a fraction is known, how to find a whole when a percentage is known, and how to calculate the volume of a cylinder. And she’s done with seventh grade math. Pre-algebra begins in August.
  • Reading: N is continuing to read 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 James, and the twelve tribes of Israel. The lesson was on Aaron making a golden calf for the Israelites to worship while Moses was on Mt. Sinai getting the Ten Commandments. We talked about peer pressure, about Aaron’s lame excuse for making the golden calf, and about Moses’ short temper.
  • History: N and C learned about the fall of the Western Roman Empire to the Huns and Visigoths and other barbarian tribes. They learned about the transition of the Eastern Roman Empire to the Byzantine Empire. They learned about the many ways that people all around the world and in the United States in particular are still influenced by the Roman Empire.
  • Music: The usual.

C (age 9):

  • Math: C is still in the beginning of her fifth grade math book, so I didn’t push her as hard as N. The lessons are still mostly review of what she learned in fourth grade math, and it won’t be difficult to hop right back into things on August 1. Over the past two days, she learned how to solve word problems using comparison, and reviewed some tricks for memorizing the 9 times table.
  • Reading: C is continuing to read Little House in the Big Woods. I found a documentary on Amazon Prime Video yesterday about two couples who spend a year living as 1870s pioneers in the wilderness of Winnipeg. C is going to watch it to give her a better understanding of life for Laura Ingalls Wilder and her family, and S is going to watch it because it reminds her of My Side of the Mountain, which remains her favorite book.
  • Bible: Combined class with N.
  • History: Combined class with N.
  • Music: The usual.

Day 178

More bare bones schooling to finish out the year. My main goals are to finish up the history unit on the ancients, and to finish up this year’s math curriculum with N. I had to combined some lessons for N, and we’re having history every day.

N (age 11):

  • Math: N did an investigation into scale drawings and models. She learned how to use a legend to interpret the scale drawings. She learned how to find the scale factor. She learned how to use proportions and scale factors to find actual and scale sizes. She used long division in real-life applications, sometimes rounding the answer up, sometimes rounding the answer down, and sometimes using decimals. She used a number line to demonstrate multiplying and dividing integers. She reviewed adding and subtracting mixed measures, and learned how to multiply by powers of ten.
  • Spelling: N practiced her words with prefixes “trans-,” “dis-,” and “un-.”
  • 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 James, and the twelve tribes of Israel. Their lesson was on Moses receiving the Ten Commandments. We discussed the significance of God revealing Himself to Israel as fire. We also discussed the significance of Mount Sinai (where Moses found the burning bush and where he received the Ten Commandments).
  • Science: We’ll be studying astronomy in the fall, so N, C, S, and I went outside last night to use the telescope to see Mars (at its closest point to earth for about 100 years), Saturn (we could clearly see the rings), and Jupiter (we saw four moons). It made for a late night for all of us, but it was worth it!
  • Geography: N and C filled in their Middle East maps and the countries they know in their Southeast Asia maps. We’ll review our four maps throughout the summer and start geography again in the fall.
  • Music: The usual.

C (age 9):

  • Math: C had an investigation today. She identified multiplication patterns. She learned how to find the area of a rectangle or square. She found squares and square roots, first by using manipulatives and then mentally.
  • Spelling: C practiced her words with the long “e” sound.
  • Reading: C read a chapter of Little House in the Big Woods.
  • Bible: Combined class with N.
  • Science: Combined class with N and S.
  • Geography: Combined class with N.
  • Music: The usual.

S (age 6):

  • Math: S and I counted to 100 by 1s, 5s, and 10s using the 100-number chart. For the lesson, S used tangram pieces to cover up pre-printed shapes that were a bit more complex than they were the last time she used tangrams. She expressed some minor frustration, but did well overall.
  • Reading: S reviewed the letter “q” using a printout from The Measured Mom. We sang the alphabet song and she located lowercase “r” on the alphabet poster. S colored a picture of a lowercase “r” and a rabbit raking leaves while I read her three short poems, being sure to emphasize the /r/ sounds. The game was finding the end sounds to words. She was very frustrated again. I encouraged her by reminding her how difficult it used to be for her to separate the beginning sounds at first, but that it’s easy for her now. I read her a chapter of Anne of Green Gables.
  • Writing: S copied lowercase “r” on a custom worksheet.

Day 177

Yes, we had school quickly on Memorial Day. My husband took care of the Memorial Day preparations while I whizzed through school with the girls. I’m cutting back to the bare bones of school right now to reach our subject goals for the year.

N (age 11):

  • Math: N warmed up with mental math. Her lesson was a review of symmetry and lines of symmetry. She’s studied this before, so she got done quickly. I’ve decided to forego lesson review for N, because she’ll be starting the next year’s math curriculum in the fall, and the first thirty or so lessons are focused on review.
  • Spelling: N practiced her words with the prefixes “trans-,” “dis-,” and “un-.”
  • Reading: N read a chapter of Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets.
  • Bible: N and C recited their verses, the books of the Old Testament, the books of the New Testament through James, and the twelve tribes of Israel. The lesson was on the Israelites complaining once again because they had no water. We talked about the misplaced object of their complaints (they complained against Moses, but were actually complaining against God).
  • History: N and C learned about the weakening of the Roman Empire, and the division of the Roman Empire into two separate empires. We speculated on the reasons that one of the empires became rich while the other became poor, and talked about the resentment that may have resulted from that disparity. They located the ancient Roman Empire on their maps and drew the dividing line.
  • Music: The usual.

C (age 9):

  • Math: C had an assessment today. I’m trying to teach her to skip a problem if she doesn’t understand it and to come back to it after she’s completed the rest of the assessment. She’s very resistant to doing so because she likes to go in order. I had to explain the wording of a few of the story problems, but she was able to solve them after I worded them a bit differently.
  • Spelling: C practiced her words with the long “e” sound.
  • Reading: C read a chapter of Little House in the Big Woods.
  • Bible: Combined class with N.
  • History: Combined class with N.
  • Music: The usual.

S (age 6): Flashcard Day!

Day 176

“Fun Saturday”! The girls have company coming on Wednesday, so school today means they can take Wednesday off and not eat into their summer vacation. We basically played end-of-the-year scramble to catch up on procrastinated math independent work and a couple other things. Science is done, so there was no experiment.

N (age 11):

  • Math: N got caught up on her independent math work.
  • Reading: N read a chapter of Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets.
  • Bible: N and C were introduced to their new memory verses (Exodus 20:13-16). They recited the verses they already know, the books of the Old Testament, the books of the New Testament through James, and the twelve tribes of Israel. The lesson was on the introduction of manna. We discussed why God would only provide enough manna for one day at a time, rather than allowing the Israelites to save up a little extra. We talked about the Israelites’ propensity to complain, even after seeing miracles. We compared it to our own tendencies to complain, and talked about how easy it is to overlook our own faults while judging the Israelites’ behavior.
  • Geography: N and C filled in their South and Central America maps for review.
  • Music: The usual.

C (age 9):

  • Math: C also got caught up on her independent math work.
  • Reading: C read a chapter of Little House in the Big Woods.
  • Bible: Combined class with N.
  • Geography: Combined class with N.
  • Music: The usual.

S (age 6):

  • Math: S and I counted to 100 by 1s, 5s, and 10s using the 100-number chart. For her lesson, she reviewed counting pennies, dimes, and nickels. Then, she practiced counting nickels through 25 cents.
  • Reading: S reviewed the letter “p” with a printout from The Measured Mom. She sang the alphabet song and located lowercase “q” on the alphabet poster. I read her three poems with the /qu/ sound in them while S colored a picture of a lowercase “q” and a queen. H (age 4) joined in by coloring a printout of a queen. For extra practice, S located lowercase “q”s on a page with many letters printed on it. Today’s game involved S picking out the ending sound of words. She was extremely frustrated (she kept repeating the entire word instead of separating out the end sound of the word) and needed a lot of encouragement to get through the game. I read her a chapter of Anne of Green Gables.
  • Writing: S was allowed to color some printouts of sharks (she loves sharks) once she finished copying lowercase “q” on a custom worksheet.

Day 175

Pushing “Fun Friday” to the weekend means that the kids were less than enthusiastic today. But the prospect of the pool opening on Saturday gave them some impetus to finish their work so they could clean up their rooms in anticipation of swimming.

N (age 11):

  • Math: N warmed up with mental math. The lesson was on corresponding parts of congruent triangles, and on the difference between similar triangles and congruent triangles. Lesson practice was assigned.
  • Spelling: N practiced her words with the prefixes “trans-,” “dis-,” and “un-.”
  • 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. Their lesson was on the parting of the Red Sea.
  • History: N and C studied about Emperors Nero and Constantine. They learned about the persecution of the Roman Christians and their subsequent meetings in the catacombs. We talked about why the catacombs were a safe place for the Roman Christians to meet. And we watched a YouTube video of They Might Be Giants singing “Istanbul, not Constantinople.” Just because.
  • Logic: N learned about exigency. She identified instances of exigency in the book and in my parenting methods.
  • Music: The usual.

C (age 9):

  • Math: C warmed up with mental math and a worksheet on addition. Her lesson was on subtracting three-digit numbers with regrouping (or borrowing, as I always called it). She was assigned lesson practice.
  • Spelling: C practiced her words with different spellings of the long “e” sound.
  • Reading: C read a chapter of Little House in the Big Woods.
  • Bible: Combined class with N.
  • History: Combined class with N.
  • Music: C practiced her chord transitions with G7 and the A note.

S (age 6):

  • Math: S and I counted to 100 by 1s, 5s, and 10s using the 100-number chart. Her lesson was using tangrams to cover pre-printed shapes. I’m hoping the spatial exercises will translate over to her reading.
  • Reading: S reviewed the letter “o” with a printout from The Measured Mom. She sang the alphabet song and located the lowercase “p” on the alphabet poster. While she colored a picture of a “p” with a pig on it, I read her three short poems, emphasizing the /p/ sound whenever it appeared. We played “Silly Sentences” (the alliteration game) and she identified the beginning sounds of the sentences. I read her a chapter of Anne of Green Gables.
  • Writing: S practiced writing lowercase “p” on a custom worksheet.