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.