Day 14

With two unexpected field trips this week, the book work is a bit behind, but spirits are definitely up. And tomorrow is “Fun Friday.” N has created an independent work schedule to try to conquer her tendency toward procrastination. We’ll see how that works. She doesn’t like doing without electronics for the majority of her day.

N (age 11):

Math: N warmed up with a multiplication worksheet and some mental math. Her lesson was a review of simplifying improper fractions and mixed numbers, and of writing division answers as mixed numbers. She was more interested in staring at the monk she drew on her knee (during history class, when she studied monks) than in listening to the lesson, so I had to teach the whole thing to her again during her supervised lesson practice. She paid more attention the second time around. She completed a lesson review.

Spelling: N practiced her the prefixes pre-, pro-, re-, and ex-.

Writing: N continued her lesson on organizing a paragraph. N was given six ideas, and she used them to write six sentences that flowed together to make a coherent story.

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 their memory verses (2 Timothy 3:16-17, Exodus 20:1-17, Psalm 1:1-2) and recited the books of the Bible. They learned about the time the Israelites complained because they didn’t have any meat, so God gave them meat but was pretty angry about it. They learned that sometimes getting what you complain for is not a good thing.

Science: N and C didn’t have a scientist to research this week, so they copied definitions relating to galaxies (and the roots of those words in Latin and Greek).

History: N, C, S, and H learned about book-making in the days before paper and printing presses. N did supplemental reading in The Kingfisher History Encyclopedia and took notes.

Spanish: Since we lost two days of Spanish class this week due to field trips, N and C just continued to review vocabulary they’ve learned. They had a chance to practice the little Spanish they do know when we went to the local Mexican restaurant.

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 measuring to the nearest quarter of an inch. Despite working extensively with number lines recently, she still had a bit of trouble with the concept once it was applied to tick marks on an actual ruler. She completed a lesson review.

Spelling: C practiced her with with S, L, and R consonant blends.

Writing: C continued character development and setting the scene for her dialogue.

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.

History: Combined class with N, S, and H.

Spanish: Continued vocabulary review.

Music: C 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, she created a pictograph of indoor and outdoor summer activities that she enjoys. She interpreted the graph.

Grammar: S continued to work on memorizing “The Caterpillar.” She continued to learn about the difference between common and proper nouns as they apply to persons.

Reading: S and I sang the alphabet song. I showed S a card with the letter “d” and a deer on it. We practiced the short /d/ sound. Then, I showed S a picture of dogs eating donuts and wearing dresses. S picked out all the pictures that started with the /d/ sound. Then, I gave her four cards, three of which had pictures that started with the /d/ sound. She glued the three /d/ cards to a paper with the letter “d” and a deer on it. I read S three “What Am I” riddles whose answers started with the /d/ sound. I read S and H a chapter of Ramona the Brave.

Writing: S did copywork of upper and lower case “d,” and practiced writing her full name on a custom worksheet I made at HandwritingPractice.Net.

Bible: S and H learned about the time the Israelites complained because they didn’t have any meat, so God gave them meat but was pretty angry about it. They learned that sometimes getting what you complain for is not a good thing.

History: Combined class with N, C, and H.

H (age 4):

Math: H warmed up by counting to 20 with me. She practiced sorting counting bears by color. Then, she put her sorted counting bears on a graph and interpreted the graph.

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 Brave.

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.

History: Combined class with N, C, and 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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