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-.
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.
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.