Day 17

Today is H’s last sick day. She got over the chicken pox and broke out in her customary post-viral rash. But, I think she’s back to herself again. There was a lot of excitement today, as we gathered gear for our first local homeschool league soccer practice tomorrow. S spent the majority of her day cleaning her disastrous bedroom with H to find her elusive shinguard, which she found on her bed under a pile of stuff. Right next to her visible shinguard. At least the room is clean now. S didn’t have class today, so she’ll have to make it up on Saturday. I spent my time between instructional time with N and C looking up how to referee soccer. Because I’m a referee. With absolutely no idea how to referee. I hope the other parents are merciful.

N (age 11):

Math: N and I reviewed her math test. She had a couple mistakes in performing some operations, but no confusion over concepts. She asked that she be allowed to teach herself the investigation on fractions. She said it was easy. I’ll review it tomorrow with her to be sure she understood. One of my goals is for the kids to be self-taught by the time they enter high school, so I’m always happy to let them try to work more independently.

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

Writing: N continued her lesson on organizing a paragraph. N wrote a paragraph using the sentences she wrote yesterday. She will have her final draft completed by Thursday.

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 Moses losing his temper, costing him the chance to enter the Promised Land.

Science: N and C continued learning about the universe and how it is expanding. We talked about light years.

Geography: N and C learned about North Korea. We talked about socialism versus the free market, and about political indoctrination.

Social Studies: N and C continued to research Massachusetts for their group project.

Spanish: N and C watched the third lesson on DVD.

Music: N practiced her scales (G major and C major) and learned a new song. As always, she was very frustrated. She’ll get over that relatively quickly in the next few days.

C (age 9):

Math: C had an assessment today. There were a couple concepts on which she was a bit fuzzy, so we will spend the next few days reviewing previous lessons to be sure she has the material mastered. I love being able to do that in homeschool.

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

Writing: C wrote the dialogue between her characters.

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.

Social Studies: Group work with N.

Spanish: Combined class with N.

Music: C practiced A, B, C, E, and all her chord transitions. She played while reading music.

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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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