There was some reluctance to get going today. No one really feels like doing much of anything. We plodded through the day and managed to get everything done, even though it was a bit like pulling teeth.
N (age 11):
Math: N warmed up with mental math and a worksheet on angles. Her lesson was on multiplying and dividing mixed numbers. She gets a little confused with changing a fraction division problem to a multiplication problem by changing the second fraction to its reciprocal; she either changes both factors to their reciprocal or doesn’t change either. We’ll keep plugging away at it. She completed a 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 Psalm 23:1-2) and recited the books of the Bible. They were introduced to Saul. We talked about Israel being more concerned about being like other countries than about being led by God. We talked about negative peer pressure and staying true to our beliefs in the face of it.
History: N and C learned about Clovis and the unification of the Franks, Romans, Burgundians, and Allemani into one, united empire. We discussed Clovis’ discriminatory laws and how they affected the peace (or lack thereof) of the region. They located the Frankish Empire on a map.
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. In mental math, she’s been working on subtracting a multiple of ten from a multiple of one hundred. She was having a lot of trouble with it, so I began illustrating it for her using a number line. She was able to grasp the concept with that visualization. I try to keep her right brain in mind when teaching to her, and I use pictures and colors as often as possible. Her lesson was on subtracting numbers with more than three digits, and finding the missing factor in multiplication problems. She completed a lesson review.
Spelling: C practiced her words with the consonant blends sp, tr, pl, and nd.
Bible: 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. She learned how to write 18. She learned how to picture and combine sets. She completed a lesson review.
Grammar: S reviewed “The Caterpillar” and “Work.” She continued her memory work of “Hearts are Like Doors.” We talked about the proper names of the days of the week.
Reading: S began her next unit in All About Reading. I introduced the sounds of letters “n,” “t,” “b,” and “j.” She practiced reading two- and three-letter words using all the letters she’s learned so far. She was a bit frustrated by the end of this portion of the lesson. She completed an activity sheet involving matching a word to its picture. We began another worksheet, but she became frustrated again, so we stopped there and will continue on Wednesday. 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’s cut was pretty deep, so she got out of handwriting today, and probably will not do it tomorrow either. I’ll start her back on handwriting on Thursday.
H (age 5):
Math: H warmed up by counting to 20 and singing the “Days of the Week”. We played dominoes and worked on patterns.
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.