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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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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