We spent Monday recovering from our time out in nature, doing laundry, and attending the last soccer games of the season. So, we started up school again on Tuesday.
N (age 11):
Math: N caught up on her math homework, because time got away from us and we weren’t able to squeeze math class in.I toyed with the idea of doubling up math lessons on Wednesday, but I ended up deciding that would be counterproductive.
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.
Bible: N and C reviewed all their memory verses (2 Timothy 3:16-17, Exodus 20:1-17, Psalm 1:1-6, and Psalm 23:1-2) and recited the books of the Bible. Today, they learned about God calling Samuel. We talked about how young Samuel was when he became renowned prophet. We also talked about Eli’s calm acceptance of the consequences of his bad parenting. We wondered whether we would be able to receive such bad news so well.
History: N and C learned about the history of the Australian aborigines. If my computer had been working, they would have completed some map work. That will have to wait.
Science: N and C learned about the planet Venus.
Music: N practiced her scales (G major and C major) and her current lesson.
C (age 10):
Math: C had an assessment. We’ll spend the next couple of days reviewing concepts she missed. I think she may just be a bad test-taker. She always understands the concepts, but putting pencil to paper, she gets a lot incorrect. I need to do some research on right-brained test-taking techniques.
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.
History: 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 14; acting out and drawing some, some more stories; and acting out and drawing some, some went away stories. We also played a sorting game: I sorted flannelgraph animals and she figured out my sorting “rule.” She’s not a fan of the sorting game. She completed a lesson review.
Grammar: S reviewed “The Caterpillar” and “Work.” She continued memorizing “Hearts are Like Doors.” Her lesson was on nouns. We talked about common nouns for locations. Then, we talked about the proper names for our address. She began to memorize our address.
Reading: S sang the alphabet song. She located the letter “x” on the alphabet chart. We practiced the /x/ sound. Then, I gave her four cards, three of which had pictures that ended with the /x/ sound. She glued the three /x/ cards to a paper with the letter “x” and an ax on it. S finished a color by letter with “x,” “X,” “m,” and “M” on it. 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 “x” and capital “X” on the board, since my computer was down and I couldn’t print out a worksheet.
H (age 5):
H got one more day off, because she was sick and quite miserable.