# Day 18

We took an unscheduled break for the remainder of last week. Wednesday’s soccer practice threw us off our schedules a bit, and Friday was C’s birthday (we always take off for birthdays). So, we took Thursday off as well for good measure. We’ll subtract this from their scheduled break. So, instead of taking a five-day break starting at Day 30, we’ll take a two-day break starting at Day 33.

N (age 11):

Math: N and I reviewed the investigation on fractions that she did independently last week, and I helped her find strategies to do some of the more difficult problems that she’d skipped. Talk about bad attitude. I mean, she came into the class with a bad attitude and then wallowed in it. That provided us with a teachable moment about how attitude affects work.

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

Writing: N continued her lesson on organizing a paragraph. She worked on the draft of her paragraph.

Reading: N read a chapter of Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, and I read a chapter of The Witch of Blackbird Pond  every night, even though we didn’t have school. We have two chapters left.

Bible: N and C reviewed all their memory verses (2 Timothy 3:16-17, Exodus 20:1-17, Psalm 1:1-3) and recited the books of the Bible. They learned about the Israelites complaining about manna until God finally sent poisonous snakes to the camp as a disciplinary measure. We talked about the bronze snake being a foreshadow of Christ.

Science: N and C learned about the types of stars and the typical life cycle of a star.

History: N and C learned about the Hagia Sofia and Saint Nicholas of Constantinople.

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

Music: N practiced her scales (G major and C major) and learned a new song. She’s doing better with her new song and the frustration is wearing off.

C (age 10):

Math: C warmed up with some mental math. Then, she reviewed her lesson on rounding numbers to the nearest ten and rounding money to the nearest dollar.

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

Writing: C continued writing 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 .

Bible: Combined class with N.

Science: Combined class with N.

History: Combined class with N.

Spanish: Combined class with N.

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. She had an oral assessment today. She named the days of the week, counted by 10s to 100, and identified a penny, a nickel, and a dime.

Grammar: S continued to work on memorizing “The Caterpillar.” She continued learning about proper nouns as they apply to persons. Today, we talked about middle names. I wrote the middle names of family members on the board, and S identified the capital letters at the beginning of each name.

Reading: S took a break from the alphabet to read some of her Dick and Jane books. I read S and H a chapter of Ramona and Her Father.

Bible: S and H learned about the Israelites complaining about manna until God finally sent poisonous snakes to the camp as a disciplinary measure. We talked about the bronze snake being a foreshadow of Christ.

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

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

H (age 4):

Math: H warmed up by counting to 20 with me. We also sang our “Days of the Week” song. S used counting bears to act out addition and subtraction problems. I love that the lessons are short enough to keep her interest.

Reading: H continued to review the vowels for letter recognition and short vowel sounds. I read S and H a chapter of Ramona and Her Father.

Writing: H practiced writing her name and the vowels, all in capital letters, using a custom worksheet I made at HandwritingPractice.Net.

Bible: S and H learned about the Israelites complaining about manna until God finally sent poisonous snakes to the camp as a disciplinary measure. We talked about the bronze snake being a foreshadow of Christ.

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

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