Day 27

I’m not going to lie, today was a rough one. “Loud Mom” appeared early and stayed for quite a while. I tell the kids often that we get loud when we feel like we’re not being heard. I also tell them that it’s not very effective. And it’s not. But it still happens. At least it can become a teachable, mom-isn’t-perfect-but-she-loves-you moment.

N (age 11):

Math: N warmed up with some mental math and a worksheet on equations (solving for X). Her lesson was on simplifying fractions and mixed numbers. The lesson was easy, but very long. It really hammered home the point, but also made N a bit “number weary.” 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 the Gibeonites’ deception. We discussed the importance of getting all the information and talking things over with God before making any decisions or promises.

Science: N and C began learning about the planets today. We started with Earth. They reviewed the parts of Earth and the atmosphere, tectonic plates, the orbit of Earth around the sun, and the orbit of the moon around Earth.

History: N and C learned about the writing of the Koran and the growth of the Islamic Empire under Mohammad. They located the Islamic Empire on a map. N did supplemental reading and took notes.

Music: N practiced her scales (G major and C major) and her new song.

C (age 10):

Math: C warmed up with mental math and a multiplication worksheet. Her lesson was on adding and subtracting numbers with decimals, focusing on the importance of lining up the decimals in addition and subtraction problems. 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 The Last of the Really Great Whangdoodles last night.

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.

S (age 7):

Math: S warmed up by counting to 100 by 1s, 5s, and 10s, and by counting backward from 30 to 1. S practiced ordering numbers from 0-9. She practiced counting from 1-9 with one-on-one correspondence using linking cubes. She completed a lesson review.

Grammar: S reviewed “The Caterpillar” and continued working on memorizing “Work.” She learned about her town and state as proper place nouns.

Reading: S and I sang the alphabet song. I showed S a card with the letter “k” and a kite on it. We practiced the /k/ sound. Then, I showed S a picture of a kangaroo jumping through a field with a joey in her pouch. S picked out all the pictures that started with the /k/ sound. Then, I gave her four cards, three of which had pictures that started with the /k/ sound. She glued the three /k/ cards to a paper with the letter “k” and a kite on it. S solved three riddles whose answers began with the /k/ sound. I read a chapter of Ramona and Her Mother to S and H.

Bible: S and H learned about the fall of Jericho.

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

H (age 4):

Math: H warmed up by counting to 20 and singing the “Days of the Week” song. Her lesson was on creating and reading an AB pattern using linking cubes. Afterward, we played two quick games of dominoes, because H loves playing dominoes.

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 reading  Ramona and Her Father to S and H.

Writing: H practiced writing B and C, all in capital letters, using a custom worksheet I made at HandwritingPractice.Net.

Bible: Combined class with S.

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