Day 20

It was a very full day. N, S, and H had their first full soccer practice in the morning (C had declined to play, but changed her mind today; she’ll start next week). It was terribly hot and muggy, but the girls had a great time. When we got back to the house, I gave them all twenty minutes in the pool to cool off and freshen up a bit before school. When they finished swimming, they delivered a hand-written manifesto of why they should have the rest of today off and make it up on Saturday. Normally, I would work with them to hammer out some sort of compromise, but we have weekend plans that I don’t want to interrupt with a make-up day. So, they put on their best faces and did school.

N (age 11):

Math: N warmed up with mental math and a worksheet on equations (solving addition and subtraction problems with missing numbers). Her lesson introduced writing and solving equations from story problems using comparison and elapsed time. It was another easy lesson. Her attitude was great until she got to the dreaded lesson review.

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

Reading: N read a chapter of Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban. Since she and C watched the movie last night (which they didn’t like as much as the book), I didn’t read them The Witch of Blackbird Pond .

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.

Science: N and C copied definitions relating to the classification and life cycle of stars.

Social Studies: N and C completed their group project on Massachusetts.

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

Community Sports: N, S, and H had soccer practice.

C (age 10):

Math: C completed the first part of a three-part investigation on decimal numbers. No mental math, worksheets, or lesson review on investigation days.

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

Reading: C finished up Little House in the Big Woods  and started Little House on the Prairie.

Bible: Combined class with N.

Science: Combined class with N.

Social Studies: Group project 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. Then, since we’re still awaiting workbooks , we worked on number recognition and writing through 10.

Grammar: S continued working on memorizing “Work.” She continued to learn about common and proper nouns naming persons. She learned about surnames.

Reading: S and I sang the alphabet song. I showed S a card with the letter “g” and a goose on it. We practiced the hard /g/ sound. Then, I showed S a picture of a meadow scene. S picked out all the pictures that started with the hard /g/ sound. Then, I gave her four cards, three of which had pictures that started with the hard /g/ sound. She glued the three /g/ cards to a paper with the letter “g” and a goose on it. I read S three riddles whose answers began with the hard /g/ sound. I’m very encouraged about how well S is progressing with her letter recognition. All the repetition appears to be paying off, and she is getting much better at recognizing the names and sounds of the letters. She is also getting quite a collection of sight words under her belt, thanks to the Dick and Jane books. I read S and H a chapter of Ramona and Her Father.

Community Sports: N, S, and H had soccer practice.

H (age 4):

Math: H warmed up by counting to 20 and singing the “Days of the Week” song. H practiced sorting her pattern blocks by shape and color. Then, she arranged them on a graph and interpreted the graph.

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.

Community Sports: N, S, and H had soccer practice.

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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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