The day started out a bit chaotically (crying baby, fighting youngers, attitude-y olders), and I’m sad to say that “Loud Mom” made a relatively early appearance. There were morning chores that were resisted, interruptions, and physical altercations. After getting everyone separated and busy with her own task, I was able to calm down baby R and work on instructional time. Things actually ended on a good note, despite the rocky start.
N (age 11):
Math: N warmed up with an equation worksheet and some mental math. Her lesson was a review of adding, subtracting, and multiplying fractions. She also reviewed reciprocals. She completed a lesson review.
Spelling: N completed the workbook activities introducing this week’s words, which use the prefixes pre-, pro-, re-, and ex-.
Writing: N began a lesson on organizing a paragraph. The skills introduced were 1) ideas in sentences can be connected, 2) ideas can flow from one sentence to the next, and 3) you can make ideas in your writing flow from one point to another. N read a sample paragraph and charted the flow of ideas in it.
Bible: N and C reviewed all their memory verses (2 Timothy 3:16-17, Exodus 20:1-17, Psalm 1:1) and recited the books of the Bible. They began memorizing this week’s memory verse (Psalm 1:2). They learned about how God led the Jews through the desert after they left Egypt. We talked about how the Jews didn’t get any advance notice, but knew to break camp as soon as the cloud or pillar of fire over the Tabernacle began to move.
Science: N and C wanted to do a little extra in science today to make up for missing their class due to the field trip yesterday. So, we combined yesterday’s and today’s readings into one day. It was a lot of information, but they were being well-behaved at that point and listened well. They learned about the different types of galaxies, open star clusters, nebulae, local galaxy clusters, galaxy superclusters, and the formation of stars and galaxies.
History: N, C, S, and H learned about St. Augustine and the spread of Christianity to Britain following the fall of the Roman Empire. They learned about a day in the life of a monk in Ireland during the Middle Ages. N and C mapped St. Augustine’s journey from Rome to Canterbury. N did supplemental reading in The Kingfisher History Encyclopedia and took notes.
Spanish: N and C finished their worksheets, watched the second DVD lesson once more for review, and completed la lectura with me (i.e. read a short story in Spanish, translated it into English, and answered comprehension questions about the story).
Logic: N learned about the “snob appeal” technique of propaganda and identified examples of it in examples.
Music: N practiced her scales (G major and C major) and practiced her lesson.
C (age 9):
Math: C warmed up with mental math and a worksheet on multiplication. Her lesson was on solving multiplication problems that didn’t fit any set pattern. She completed a lesson review.
Spelling: C completed the workbook activities introducing this week’s words.
Writing: C began a lesson on the importance of showing physical movement when writing dialogue. She began character development in anticipation of writing a short dialogue.
Bible: Combined class with N.
Science: Combined class with N.
History: Combined class with N.
Spanish: Combined class with N. C decidedly dislikes la lectura.
Music: C learned how to read and write the note E in musical notation. She practiced A, B, C, E, and all her chord transitions. She played while reading music.
S (age 7):
Math: S warmed up by counting to 100 by 1s, 5s, and 10s, and by counting backward from 20 to 1. Today, we used counting bears to act out “some, some went away stories.” She was much more focused today and the lesson went smoothly.
Grammar: S continued to work on memorizing “The Caterpillar.” She answered comprehension questions after observing a picture. She enjoyed the activity.
Reading: S and I sang the alphabet song. I showed S a card with the letter “d” and a cow on it. We practiced the /c/ sound. Then, I showed S a picture of cats eating candy and cookies out of canisters. S picked out all the pictures that started with the /c/ sound. Then, I gave her four cards, three of which had pictures that started with the /c/ sound. She glued the three /c/ cards to a paper with the letter “c” and a cow on it. I read S three “What Am I” riddles whose answers started with the /c/ sound. I read S and H a chapter of Ramona the Pest.
Writing: S did copywork of upper and lower case “c,” and practiced writing her full name on a custom worksheet I made at HandwritingPractice.Net.
Bible: S and H learned about how God led the Jews through the desert after they left Egypt.
Science: S and H got an abridged version of N and C’s lesson on the types of galaxies, open star clusters, nebulae, local galaxy clusters, galaxy superclusters, and the formation of stars and galaxies.
History: Combined class with N, C, and H.
H (age 4):
Math: H warmed up by counting to 20 with me. She practiced sorting pattern blocks by color. Then, she picked her two favorite pattern block colors and made designs with them. She enjoyed this lesson immensely, so I gave her some extra time.
Reading: H reviewed the vowels and their sounds using flashcards. First, we went through each card and said the name of the letter and its short sound (e.g., “A says /a/,” etc.). Then, I laid the cards on the desk and made a short vowel sound. She had to identify the letter based on the sound I made. I read S and H a chapter of Ramona the Pest.
Writing: H did copywork of her name and all the vowels (all upper case) on a custom worksheet I made at HandwritingPractice.Net. This is her least favorite school activity.
Bible: Combined class with S.
Science: Combined class with S.
History: Combined class with N, C, and S.