Day 5

Today was a Thursday class schedule due to “Fun Friday” being yesterday. It was relatively light on the instruction side of things, but heavy on independent work. N and C had until today to finish their geography group project, which means C finished her part on Tuesday (when it was assigned) and N finished her part today at the last possible minute. The energy level is low and the oldest two are requiring quite a bit of supervision to finish up their independent work. Attitudes abound.

N (age 11):

Math: N warmed up with a multiplication worksheet and some mental math. Her lesson was a review of using a number line. She completed a lesson review.

Spelling: N did the workbook activities introducing her next lesson, which is on words with the prefixes en-, im-, and mis-.

Reading: N read a chapter of Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, and I read a chapter of The Witch of Blackbird Pond  last night.

Bible: N and C reviewed all the memory verses they learned last year (2 Timothy 3:16-17, Exodus 20:1-17) and recited the books of the Bible. They learned about the final assembly of the Tabernacle, the anointing of the priests, and the presence of God entering the Tabernacle.

Science: N and C researched Stonehenge, the Big Horn Medicine Wheel, and the Caracol Temple; they wrote about Tyco Brahe’s contribution to astronomy.

Geography: N and C filled in their maps of South America and Central America for review.

Spanish: N and C did workbook activities pertaining to this week’s lesson and quizzed each other on vocabulary. They will watch the video again tonight.

Music: N practiced her scales (G major and C major) and the last lesson she learned this past spring.

C (age 9):

Math: C warmed up with mental math and a worksheet on multiplication. Her lesson was on identifying place value through 100 million. She struggled a little bit, but the concept is covered again tomorrow, so I’m not too terribly concerned yet. She completed a lesson review.

Spelling: C continued to review words with different spellings of the long /e/ sound.

Reading: C read a chapter of Little House in the Big Woods , and I read a chapter of The Witch of Blackbird Pond  last night.

Bible: Combined class with N.

Science: Combined class with N.

Geography: Combined class with N.

Spanish: Combined class with N. I did some extra vocabulary review with C.

Music: C practiced chord transitions and reading music that she already learned. She played some songs requested by H, which was fun for both of them. She still needs work transitioning from C to G7.

S (age 7):

Math: S warmed up by counting to 100 by 1s, 5s, and 10s, and by counting backward from 20 to 1. She had an assessment today on copying designs onto a geoboard. No problem!

Grammar: S continued to work on memorizing “The Caterpillar.” She reviewed the definition of a noun, and identified common nouns naming persons. We compared and contrasted common and proper nouns, and listed the proper names of the members of our immediate family. She identified the capital letter at the start of each name.

Reading: S reviewed lower case “w” using a printout from The Measured Mom. We sang the alphabet song and S located lower case “x” on the alphabet poster. While she colored a picture of the letter “x” and an ax near a pile of wood, I read her poems containing the /x/ sound. We played Listen for the Sound again. I said a series of words, some containing the long /e/ sound this time. Every time S heard the long /e/ sound, she clapped her hands. H joined in, which made it a little more difficult for S to concentrate, but they both got the majority of the words correct. We finished up reading Beezus and Ramona. They watched the movie “Ramona and Beezus” afterwards, but said they liked the book much more.

Writing: S did copywork of lower case “x” on a custom worksheet I made at HandwritingPractice.Net.

Bible: S and H learned about the final assembly of the Tabernacle, the anointing of the priests, and the presence of God entering the Tabernacle.

H (age 4):

Math: H warmed up by counting to 10 with me. Her lesson today was on creating and interpreting a real graph. She sorted a handful of counting bears by color, and then placed them on a piece of graph paper. She identified the greatest amount, the least amount, and the colors with the same amount. She counted the bears in each color group.

Reading: H reviewed the first three parts of the vowel poem found in The Ordinary Parent’s Guide to Teaching Reading. Then, she began to learn the fourth part of the poem, introducing the vowel “O”. We took turns saying words that contained the short /o/ sound. She colored a picture of the letter “O” and a girl eating olives from Reading with Kids. She didn’t feel like coloring today, and basically scribbled on the paper for a while before putting it into her paperwork cubby. She was with S for the completion of Beezus and Ramona and the movie.

Writing: H did copywork of upper case “O” on a custom worksheet I made at HandwritingPractice.Net. Again, she wasn’t in the mood for paperwork and scribbled on her paper. I reprinted it and had her work carefully, motivating her by telling we could each pick out the best “O” when she was done copying them.

Bible: Combined class with S.

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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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