Okay, so the motivation may have inched up only ever so slightly, but attitudes were definitely better. Generally.
N (age 11):
Math: N did her mental math and a worksheet. Her lesson was on estimating answers to problems with whole and mixed numbers. She caught on quickly and sped through the lesson, coming to a screeching halt when I assigned her lesson review. She’s plodding through that.
Spelling: N practiced her words with the prefixes sub-, mid-, bi-, and tri-. I think she’ll have an assessment on Wednesday.
Bible: N and C reviewed all their memory verses (2 Timothy 3:16-17, Exodus 20:1-17, Psalm 1:1-6, and Psalm 23:1-3) and recited the books of the Bible. They learned about the strong friendship between David and Jonathan. We talked about Saul following the typical pattern of ancient and medieval rulers to go crazy and start killing any perceived threats to their power. We also talked about the importance of friendship.
Science: N and C learned about the planet Jupiter.
Geography: N and C filled in maps of South and Central America for review.
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. Her lesson was on finding multiples and factors. I worry that the wording of story problems might confuse her as to whether to find multiples or factors, so I’ll have to be sure to show her which clues to look for in order to find the correct answers.
Spelling: C practiced her words with the consonant blends sp, tr, pl, and nd. She’ll have an assessment on Wednesday as well.
Bible: Combined class with N.
Geography: 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. She learned how to write the number 19. Her lesson introduced writing addition number sentences. She did very well. She’s also doing much better at recognizing and writing numbers from memory. As with reading, the concepts stuck with her, but she had a hard time with number recognition. She completed a lesson review.
Grammar: S reviewed “The Caterpillar” and “Work.” She continued her memory work of “Hearts are Like Doors.” I read S the story she heard yesterday for listening comprehension. This time, she pointed out all the nouns she heard as I read the story.
Reading: S began her next unit in All About Reading. S had a much better attitude today about reading. She reviewed the letter sounds she’s learned so far. Then she read some words. Finally, she read a very short and simple story about a mischievous ferret. While she still stated that reading was hard and she didn’t like learning how to do it, she went through the lesson relatively quickly. 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 copied words and short sentences 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”. We played Dominoes and Memory.
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.