Day 37

For being a soccer practice day, things went surprisingly smoothly academically. There’s usually a rough patch during morning preparations on soccer practice days, with girls looking for shin guards and soccer balls and water bottles, and trying to eat breakfast. Also, the kids don’t have a set wake-up time on other days (I let them follow their own body rhythms), so it’s a little disconcerting for them to be wrenched out of bed and thrown into high gear right away.

N (age 11):

Math: N warmed up with mental math and a worksheet on fraction simplification. Her lesson was on defining and identifying prime and composite numbers, and the different methods for finding prime factorizations of numbers. It was a longer lesson than usual, but it went quickly because it was mostly review. N completed a lesson review.

Spelling: N practiced her words with the prefixes sub-, mid-, bi-, and tri-.

Reading: N read a chapter of Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban. I read N and C a chapter of The Last of the Really Great Whangdoodles last night.

Bible: N and C reviewed all their memory verses (2 Timothy 3:16-17, Exodus 20:1-17, Psalm 1:1-6) and recited the books of the Bible. Today, they learned about Hannah and the birth of Samuel. We talked about how hard it must have been for Hannah to keep her promise, but how important it was that she did.

Science: N and C looked into the Greek and Roman origins of the planet Mercury and the asteroid Hermes. They researched Johannes Kepler and the Mariner 10 flybys.

Geography: N and C filled out all the countries they know so far on their maps of Europe. Then, they learned about Ireland from the Time for Kids website.

Music: N practiced her scales (G major and C major) and her current lesson.

Physical Education: Soccer practice!

C (age 10):

Math: C warmed up with mental math. Her lesson was on solving “equal group” word problems using multiplication. She was anxious to play with her sisters, so she hurried through the lesson and completed a lesson review. I’m hoping the concept stuck long-term. Otherwise, she’ll have to go back and review later.

Spelling: C practiced her words with the consonant blends sp, tr, pl, and nd.

Reading: C read a chapter of Little House on the Prairie. I read N and C a chapter of The Last of the Really Great Whangdoodles last night.

Bible: Combined class with N.

Science: Combined class with N.

Geography: Combined class with N.

Music: C practiced A, B, C, E, and all her chord transitions. She played while reading music. She’s continuing to learn to play songs that coming strumming with playing individual notes.

Physical Education: Soccer practice!

S (age 7):

Math: S warmed up by counting to 100 by 1s, 5s, and 10s, and by counting backward from 30 to 1. We played a quick round of left/right Simon Says. Her lesson was on writing the number 12, identifying triangles, and sorting objects by similarities. We sorted flannelgraph animals by things such as “hair v. scales,” “water-dwelling v. land-dwelling,” and “cold-weather v. warm-weather.” She completed a lesson review sheet. She makes most of her letters backwards, which has been normal for all my kids at this stage, but she gets very frustrated with it. We’ll keep plugging away at it.

Grammar: S reviewed “The Caterpillar” and continued working on memorizing “Work.” She began to memorize another poem, called “Hearts are Like Doors.”

Reading: S wanted to learn two letters today. She’s anxious to move onto the next unit. We sang the alphabet song. I showed S cards with the letters “s” and the sun, and “t” and a tent on it. We practiced the /s/ and /t/ sounds. Then, I gave her four cards, three of which had pictures that started with the /s/ sound. She glued the three /s/ cards to a paper with the letter “s” and the sun on it. I gave her four cards, three of which had pictures that started with the /t/ sound. She glued the three /t/ cards to a paper with the letter “t” and a tent on it. S solved three riddles whose answers began with the /s/ sound, and three riddles whose answers began with the /t/ sound. I read a chapter of The Seven Wonders of Sassafras Springs and a chapter of Ramona Quimby Age 8 to S and H.

Writing: S worked on her name, lower case “s” and capital “S,” and lower case “t” and capital “T” using a custom worksheet from HandwritingPractice.Net.

Physical Education: Soccer practice!

H (age 5):

Math: H warmed up by counting to 20 and singing the “Days of the Week”. She asked if she could use the pattern blocks today, so I gave her some Thanksgiving printouts from This Reading Mama, and she happily put pattern blocks on the corresponding shapes.

Reading: H continued to review the vowels for letter recognition and short vowel sounds. She practiced the B, C, D, and F portion of the phonics poem. I read a chapter of The Seven Wonders of Sassafras Springs and a chapter of Ramona Quimby Age 8 to S and H.

Writing: H practiced writing her name, and the letters B, C, D, F, and the vowels using a custom worksheet I made at HandwritingPractice.Net.

Physical Education: Soccer practice!

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Day 37

It was a relatively quiet and normal day today. Attitudes were good, chores were done, lunch was at a reasonable time, and independent work was put off until after dinner so that the girls could play with the neighbor kids.

N (age 11):

Math: N had an investigation today. She learned how to use two kinds of compasses and practiced using a protractor. She learned about the parts of a circle (e.g. circumference, diameter, radius, arc, chord, etc.). She learned how to draw inscribed polygons, how to measure the angles of inscribed and central vertices, and how to divide a circle into sections. Since it was an investigation, there was no warm-up and no lesson review.

Spelling: N practiced her words with the prefixes sub-, mid-, bi-, and tri-.

Reading: N read a chapter of Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban. I read N and C a chapter of The Last of the Really Great Whangdoodles last night.

Bible: N and C reviewed all their memory verses (2 Timothy 3:16-17, Exodus 20:1-17, Psalm 1:1-6) and recited the books of the Bible.

Science: N and C learned continued to learn about the planet Mercury. They completed a Planet Information Sheet on Mercury from the Discovery Channel School website. They also completed a coloring page of the planet from 123Homeschool4Me (which, although a bit juvenile for them, gave them something to do with their hands while they listened to the lesson).

Music: N practiced her scales (G major and C major) and her current lesson.

C (age 10):

Math: I noticed C was having a bit of trouble with rounding a number to the nearest 100 (from two lessons ago). We reviewed the lesson and did some extra practice to make sure that she had mastered the concept before moving on. I need to continue reviewing liquid measurement conversions in the U.S. Customary System with her daily.

Spelling: C practiced her words with the consonant blends sp, tr, pl, and nd.

Reading: C read a chapter of Little House on the Prairie. I read N and C a chapter of The Last of the Really Great Whangdoodles last night.

Bible: Combined class with N.

Science: Combined class with N.

Music: C practiced A, B, C, E, and all her chord transitions. She played while reading music. She’s continuing to learn to play songs that coming strumming with playing individual notes.

S (age 7):

Math: S warmed up by counting to 100 by 1s, 5s, and 10s, and by counting backward from 30 to 1. We played a quick round of left/right Simon Says. Her lesson was on writing the number 11, and on acting out subtraction and addition story problems. She completed a lesson review sheet.

Grammar: S reviewed “The Caterpillar” and continued working on memorizing “Work.” She learned about what makes a person a cousin.

Reading: S and I sang the alphabet song. I showed S a card with the letter “r” and a rake on it. We practiced the /r/ sound. Then, I gave her four cards, three of which had pictures that started with the /r/ sound. She glued the three /r/ cards to a paper with the letter “r” and a rake on it. S solved three riddles whose answers began with the /r/ sound. I read a chapter of The Seven Wonders of Sassafras Springs to S and H.

Writing: S worked on her name, lower case “r,” and capital “R” using a custom worksheet from HandwritingPractice.Net.

H (age 5):

Math: H warmed up by counting to 20 and singing the “Days of the Week”. Today, she learned how to create and read an ABB pattern using counting bears.

Reading: H continued to review the vowels for letter recognition and short vowel sounds. She practiced the B, C, D, and F portion of the phonics poem. I read a chapter of The Seven Wonders of Sassafras Springs to S and H.

Writing: H practiced writing her name, and the letters B, C, D, and F using a custom worksheet I made at HandwritingPractice.Net.

Day 36

It’s another soccer game day, so Monday and Tuesday classes were divided up to take our interrupted afternoon schedule into consideration. The girls all enjoy soccer, even though they all seem to be on losing teams at the moment. I’m proud of how aggressively they go after the ball and how hard they play.

N (age 11):

Math: N had an assessment today. She did great. She needed a little review on finding the factors of a number. She finds the first four factors or so, and then doesn’t complete the factor list. I had her write some complete factor lists for some numbers by way of review.

Spelling: N practiced her words with the prefixes sub-, mid-, bi-, and tri-.

Reading: N read a chapter of Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban. I read N and C a chapter of The Last of the Really Great Whangdoodles last night.

Bible: N and C reviewed all their memory verses (2 Timothy 3:16-17, Exodus 20:1-17, Psalm 1:1-6) and recited the books of the Bible. They learned about Ruth proposing to Boaz. We talked about the three imperfect women (Tamar, Rahab, and Ruth) who were named in the lineage of Jesus, two of whom were converts to Judaism, and what we can learn about God through them.

History: N and C learned about the unification of Japan under the Yamato dynasty and the reasons they began to isolate themselves and their culture from China and Korea. They learned the mythology behind the Yamato dynasty. They located China, the Korean Peninsula, and Japan on a map. N did additional reading on Japan and took notes.

Geography: N and C filled in maps of South and Central America for review.

Science: N and C learned about the planet Mercury (its origin, its physical characteristics, etc.).

Music: N practiced her scales (G major and C major) and her current lesson.

Physical Education: Soccer games!

C (age 10):

Math: C warmed up with mental math and a worksheet on multiplication. The lesson was a review on multiplying two-digit numbers, with and without carrying. She completed a lesson review.

Spelling: C practiced her words with the consonant blends sp, tr, pl, and nd.

Reading: C read a chapter of Little House on the Prairie. I read N and C a chapter of The Last of the Really Great Whangdoodles last night.

Bible: Combined class with N.

History: Combined class with N.

Geography: Combined class with N.

Science: Combined class with N.

Music: C practiced A, B, C, E, and all her chord transitions. She played while reading music. She’s continuing to learn to play songs that coming strumming with playing individual notes.

Physical Education: Soccer games!

S (age 7):

Math: S warmed up by counting to 100 by 1s, 5s, and 10s, and by counting backward from 30 to 1. We played a quick round of left/right Simon Says. The lesson was on writing the number 10; identifying morning and afternoon; identifying first, last, and between; and identifying first, second, and third. She completed a lesson review sheet.

Grammar: S reviewed “The Caterpillar” and continued working on memorizing “Work.” She learned about what makes a person an aunt or an uncle. She practiced avoiding use of the word “ain’t” by correctly using “am not,” “are not,” “has not,” and “have not.”

Reading: S and I sang the alphabet song. I showed S a card with the letters “qu” and a queen bee on it. We practiced the /kw/ sound. Then, I gave her four cards, three of which had pictures that started with the /kw/ sound. She glued the three /kw/ cards to a paper with the letters “qu” and a queen bee on it. S completed a color-by-letter picture, coloring all the sections with either a lower case or capital “Q” in them. I read a chapter of The Seven Wonders of Sassafras Springs to S and H.

Writing: S worked on her name, lower case “q,” and capital “Q” using a custom worksheet from HandwritingPractice.Net.

Bible: S and H learned about Ruth and Boaz.

Physical Education: Soccer games!

H (age 5):

Math: H warmed up by counting to 20 and singing the “Days of the Week”. Today, she made a pictograph of the hair color of different people in our family, and she interpreted the graph.

Reading: H continued to review the vowels for letter recognition and short vowel sounds. She practiced the B and C portion of a phonics poem. She began to learn the D and
F portion of a phonics poem. I read a chapter of The Seven Wonders of Sassafras Springs to S and H.

Writing: H practiced writing her name, and the letters B, C, D, and F using a custom worksheet I made at HandwritingPractice.Net.

Bible: Combined class with S.

Physical Education: Soccer games!

Day 35

The day before we left for Gatlinburg was not very organized, but we did manage to get everything done. Departure time was pushed back a few hours, so I didn’t have to get the car loaded the night before. That made things a bit less hectic. And you’ll notice H had a birthday! She’s “one whole hand” now. And I’m totally teacher-nerding out, because I received the next unit from All About Reading for S. Of course, I had to assign all independent work to N and C so I could unpack and peruse and set up all the materials for the new unit. I’m sorely tempted to skip that last few lessons in this current unit, but I won’t.

N (age 11):

Math: N warmed up with mental math and a worksheet on multiplication. The lesson was a review of exponents, calculating rectangular areas, and finding square roots. It was another pretty quick one, since it was mostly review. She completed a lesson review.

Spelling: N did the workbook introduction to her lesson on words with the prefixes sub-, mid-, bi-, and tri-.

Reading: N read a chapter of Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban.

Bible: N and C reviewed all their memory verses (2 Timothy 3:16-17, Exodus 20:1-17, Psalm 1:1-4) and recited the books of the Bible. They learned about Ruth’s decision to leave Moab with Naomi, and about Ruth meeting Boaz. We talked about how difficult Ruth’s decision must have been.

Geography: N and C filled in the countries of Europe that they know so far. Then, we studied the UK. They learned the difference between the UK and Great Britain. The did an overview of each of the countries that make up the UK, with a particular focus on England on the Time for Kids website.

Music: N practiced her scales (G major and C major) and her current lesson.

C (age 10):

Math: C warmed up with mental math and a worksheet on multiplication. The lesson continued to cover division. She learned the three ways to write division problems, and she had a lot of practice solving them. She completed a lesson review.

Spelling: C practiced her words with the consonant blends sp, tr, pl, and nd.

Reading: C read a chapter of Little House on the Prairie.

Bible: Combined class with N.

Geography: Combined class with N.

Music: C practiced A, B, C, E, and all her chord transitions. She played while reading music. She’s continuing to learn to play songs that coming strumming with playing individual notes.

S (age 7):

Math: S warmed up by counting to 100 by 1s, 5s, and 10s, and by counting backward from 30 to 1. We played a quick round of left/right Simon Says. S had her first written assessment. She was in too much of a hurry to listen properly to the directions and, as a result, got an entire section incorrect. The teachable moment was to listen to directions before rushing headlong into error.

Grammar: S reviewed “The Caterpillar” and continued working on memorizing “Work.” She learned more about common and proper nouns naming things.

Reading: S and I sang the alphabet song. She explored her new materials today and we did flashcards for letter recognition. I began reading The Seven Wonders of Sassafras Springs to S and H.

Writing: S worked on her name using a custom worksheet from HandwritingPractice.Net.

Bible: S and H learned about Ruth and Naomi.

H (age 5):

Math: H warmed up by counting to 20 and singing the “Days of the Week”. H practiced

Reading: H continued to review the vowels for letter recognition and short vowel sounds. We practiced the B and C portion of a phonics poem. I began reading The Seven Wonders of Sassafras Springs to S and H.

Writing: H practiced writing her name using a custom worksheet I made at HandwritingPractice.Net.

Bible: Combined class with S.

Day 33

This week has been even busier than the last few. In addition to the soccer league, we had a surprise trip to Gatlinburg, TN for the weekend. So, we had cleaning and laundry and packing added to our already full plates.

N (age 11):

Math: N warmed up with mental math and a worksheet on simplifying fractions. The lesson was a review of finding perimeters of polygons. She’s been doing this for years, so she breezed through the lesson. She completed a lesson review.

Spelling: N had an assessment.

Reading: N read a chapter of Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban.

Bible: N and C reviewed all their memory verses (2 Timothy 3:16-17, Exodus 20:1-17, Psalm 1:1-4) and recited the books of the Bible. They learned about Samson’s demise and had an impromptu lesson about Ehud, the lefty.

Science: N and C copied definitions, researched Anaxagoras, and watched a YouTube video of the moon landing.

History: N and C learned about the Golden Age of China, and Chinese inventions and discoveries (e.g. gun powder, lacquer, etc.).

Music: N practiced her scales (G major and C major) and her current lesson.

Physical Education: Soccer practice!

C (age 10):

Math: C warmed up with mental math and a worksheet on multiplication. The lesson was a review of the concept of division compared with multiplication. She made division/multiplication fact families and solved division problems that were missing either the dividend, the divisor, or the quotient. She completed a lesson review.

Spelling: C practiced her words with the consonant blends sp, tr, pl, and nd.

Reading: C read a chapter of Little House on the Prairie.

Bible: Combined class with N.

Science: Combined class with N.

History: Combined class with N.

Music: C practiced A, B, C, E, and all her chord transitions. She played while reading music. She’s continuing to learn to play songs that coming strumming with playing individual notes. Her chord transitions are really improving.

Physical Education: Soccer practice!

S (age 7):

Math: S warmed up by counting to 100 by 1s, 5s, and 10s, and by counting backward from 30 to 1. We played a quick round of left/right Simon Says. S, H, and I played a few rounds of dominoes.

She learned more about common and proper nouns naming things.

Reading: S and I sang the alphabet song. She practiced sight words and sounding out some easy words today by reading B.O.B. books to me. I finished reading Ramona and Her Mother to S and H.

Writing: S got a new notebook just for writing class. She  worked on her name using a custom worksheet from HandwritingPractice.Net.

Bible: S and H learned about Samson’s death.

Physical Education: Soccer practice!

H (age 4):

Math: H warmed up by counting to 20 and singing the “Days of the Week”. S, H, and I played dominoes as a combined class for S and H.

Reading: H continued to review the vowels for letter recognition and short vowel sounds. We practiced the B and C portion of a phonics poem. I finished readingRamona and Her Mother to S and H.

Writing: H practiced writing her name using a custom worksheet I made at HandwritingPractice.Net.

Bible: Combined class with S.

Physical Education: Soccer practice!

Day 32

We kind of mushed Tuesday in with Wednesday. The games and the practices are throwing us a little off our game. We’re getting everything done, though, but we’re definitely not as organized this fall as usual.

N (age 11):

Math: N warmed up with mental math and a worksheet on equations. The lesson was a review of polygons, and of identifying similar and congruent shapes. But, apparently, her fingernails and a cardboard box were far more interesting than geometry and it took several repetitions to finally cement the concept. She completed a lesson review.

Spelling: N practiced her words with the prefixes fore-, post-, over-, co-, com-, and con-.

Reading: N read a chapter of Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban. I read N and C The Last of the Really Great Whangdoodles last night.

Bible: N and C reviewed all their memory verses (2 Timothy 3:16-17, Exodus 20:1-17, Psalm 1:1-4) and recited the books of the Bible. They learned about Samson and Delilah. In their words, “Samson was kind of a jerk.” Well, we all can be sometimes. God can use anybody, even a jerk.

Science: N and C began to learn about the moon, its physical characteristics, its origins, and its orbit.

Geography: N and C filled in the countries they know on their Europe maps. Then, they completed their study of Scandinavia by learning about Denmark.

Music: N practiced her scales (G major and C major) and her current lesson.

C (age 10):

Math: C and I reviewed the concepts with which she struggled on her assessment. As I said yesterday, the concepts weren’t as much a problem for her as was the wording of the problems.

Spelling: C practiced her words with the consonant blends sp, tr, pl, and nd.

Reading: C read a chapter of Little House on the Prairie. I read N and C The Last of the Really Great Whangdoodles last night.

Bible: Combined class with N.

Science: Combined class with N.

Geography: Combined class with N.

Music: C practiced A, B, C, E, and all her chord transitions. She played while reading music. She’s continuing to learn to play songs that coming strumming with playing individual notes.

S (age 7):

Math: S warmed up by counting to 100 by 1s, 5s, and 10s, and by counting backward from 30 to 1. We played a quick round of left/right Simon Says. S learned about fewer and more, and about how to organize objects from smaller to larger. She also learned how to organize number cards from least to greatest. She completed a lesson review.

Grammar: S reviewed “The Caterpillar” and continued working on memorizing “Work.” She did one of her favorite grammar activities today, which is answering questions about a picture.

Reading: S and I sang the alphabet song. I showed S a card with the letter “p” and a pig on it. We practiced the /p/ sound. Then, I gave her four cards, three of which had pictures that started with the /p/ sound. She glued the three /p/ cards to a paper with the letter “p” and a pig on it. S solved three riddles whose answers began with the /p/ sound. I read a chapter of Ramona and Her Mother to S and H.

Writing: S got a new notebook just for writing class. She  worked on her name, and on capital and lower case “P” using a custom worksheet from HandwritingPractice.Net.

Bible: S and H learned about Samson and Delilah.

Science: S and H learned about the physical characteristics of the moon.

H (age 4):

Math: H warmed up by counting to 20 and singing the “Days of the Week”. We played a game of dominoes, because she loves it so much.

Reading: H continued to review the vowels for letter recognition and short vowel sounds. We practiced the B and C portion of a phonics poem. I read a chapter of Ramona and Her Mother to S and H.

Writing: H practiced writing her name using a custom worksheet I made at HandwritingPractice.Net.

Bible: Combined class with S.

Science: Combined class with S.