## Day 72-73

On the day before and the day of Thanksgiving, N and C learned how to plan and execute all the side dishes and desserts of a large family meal from start to finish. They decided which recipes could be made in advance. They cooked. They cleaned up from cooking. They decorated the house. They organized the layout of the food. They cleaned after the meal. I made a couple side dishes and desserts, but N’s and C’s side dishes were the hit of the holiday and mine were barely touched (which I jokingly informed them meant that they would be preparing all holiday meals in the future). They learned the importance of determining the number of guests in food planning and preparation. They learned the importance of accurate shopping lists (when we had to run out for grapes on Thanksgiving morning).

S (age 7):

Math: S counted to 100 by 1s, 5s, and 10s using her hundred number chart. She counted backwards from 30. She recited the days of the week and the months of the year. She learned how to write the number 23. Her lesson was on all things rectangle.

Grammar: S reviewed “The Caterpillar,” “Work,” “Hearts are Like Doors,” and “The Days of the Week.” She continued her memory work of the “Months of the Year” poem. She practiced the proper oral usage of “see”, “saw,” and “seen.”

Reading: S continued her unit in All About Reading. S continued going through her list of reading words, phrases, and sentences today. We’re continuing to work on our hand motions to help her distinguish between “p,” “b,” and “d.” I read a chapter of Ramona Forever to S and H.

Writing: S copied words and the days of the week using a custom worksheet from HandwritingPractice.Net.

H (age 5):

Math: H practiced her counting through 20. She practiced writing her numbers through 20.

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 Ramona Forever 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.

## Day 71

It’s the Tuesday before Thanksgiving. Preparations are in full swing for meal prep on Wednesday and Thursday. Classes went pretty quickly and attitudes were good.

N (age 11):

Math: N warmed up with mental math and a worksheet on multiplication. Her lesson was on reading decimal numbers on a number line. She seemed a bit stuck on converting between cm and mm, but eventually figured it out. She also needed a bit of extra practice on locating a number in the 100ths decimal place on a number line where she was given the whole number and the decimal number in the 10ths place. Again, she figured it out, but it was a bit complicated and abstract for her at first.

Reading: N  is still working on finishing up Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban.

Spelling: N is continuing to work on compound words and is ready for an assessment.

Bible: N and C continued practicing their memory verses (2 Timothy 3:16-17, Exodus 20:1-17, Psalm 1:1-6, and Psalm 23:1-5) and the books of the Bible. They learned about Solomon’s Temple construction and its opulence.

History: N, C, S, and H watched the Charlie Brown video of Thanksgiving.

Geography: N and C filled in all the European countries they know so far. They learned about Germany on the Time for Kids website.

Science: N and C copied definitions related to Uranus and researched William Herschel.

Social Studies: We all discussed party platforms and the Electoral College. N and C stayed up late to watch the election results.

Music: C continued practicing her scales. My husband found some musical flash cards at a yard sale, so we’ve been using that to practice reading musical notation.

C (age 10):

Math: C warmed up with mental math and a worksheet on division.

Reading: C read a chapter of On the Banks of Plum Creek.

Spelling: C continued to work on her words using “y” as a vowel.

Bible: Combined class with N.

History: Combined class with N.

Geography: Combined class with N.

Science: Combined class with N.

Music: C continued working on her chord transitions and started working with her ukulele-playing cousin on an original song.

S (age 7):

Math: S counted to 100 by 1s, 5s, and 10s using her hundred number chart. She counted backwards from 30. She recited the days of the week and the months of the year. She learned how to write the number 21. Her lesson was on addition facts of doubles up to 10.

Grammar: S reviewed “The Caterpillar,” “Work,” and “Hearts are Like Doors.” She began memorizing the Mother Goose rhyme “Months of the Year.” We reviewed the definition of a noun and began to talk about nouns that are ideas.

Reading: S continued her unit in All About Reading. S continued going through her list of reading words, phrases, and sentences today. We’re continuing to work on our hand motions to help her distinguish between “p,” “b,” and “d.” I read a chapter of Ramona Forever to S and H.

Writing: S copied words and the days of the week using a custom worksheet from HandwritingPractice.Net.

H (age 5):

Math: H practiced her counting through 20. She practiced writing her numbers through 20. She copied Thanksgiving-themed pictures using shape pattern blocks.

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 Ramona Forever to S and H.

Wriing: H practiced writing her name, and the letters B, C, D, F, and the vowels using a custom worksheet I made at HandwritingPractice.Net.

## Days 59-70

Yes, I haven’t blogged in eleven days. I kept telling myself that I needed to hurry up and get caught up before I was so far behind that I had to consolidate a bunch of days into one post. But, it is what it is. So, here’s my consolidated post

N (age 11):

Math: N did an investigation on coordinate planes. She learned about reading and writing decimal numbers (place value), the metric system, comparing decimals, and rounding decimals. She had an assessment and an assessment review.

Reading: N  is still working on finishing up Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban.

Spelling: N is continuing to work on compound words and is ready for an assessment.

Bible: N and C continued practicing their memory verses (2 Timothy 3:16-17, Exodus 20:1-17, Psalm 1:1-6, and Psalm 23:1-5) and the books of the Bible. They began learning about King Solomon (his anointing as king, his wisdom, and his fame).

History: N and C learned about the Viking invasions of the France and England. They read some ancient Norse mythology about Thor. They learned about Erik the Red and Leif Eriksson going to Iceland, Greenland, and Vineland (now known as Newfoundland), and about the possibility that Vikings traveled into what is now the USA long before Columbus. They located the sites of the Viking invasions on maps.

Geography: N and C learned about Luxembourg, and reviewed all the countries of North America, South America, the Middle East, and Asia.

Science: N and C giggled their way through the lesson on Uranus.

Social Studies: We all discussed party platforms and the Electoral College. N and C stayed up late to watch the election results.

Unschooling: N and C spent two days planning sides and desserts for this year’s Thanksgiving, including finding recipes, determining amounts based on the estimated number of guests, and creating shopping lists.

Field Trips: N, C, S, and H visiting a “beyond organic” local farm run by a family that legally immigrated to America from South Africa. They learned about farming techniques from the Serengeti. They learned about the political situations in southern African countries.

N, C, S, and H also went to the local library to hear a retired astronaut speak on the history of the space program, how rockets work, and what it’s like to be in space. They built their own phase rockets using recycled soda cans.

C (age 10):

Math: C had two assessments. She learned about multiplying three-digit numbers, estimating arithmetic answers, and solving rate problems with a given total.

Reading: C finished reading Little House on the Prairie. Since she expresses herself artistically, she drew me a picture that retold the events in the book. She began reading On the Banks of Plum Creek.

Spelling: C continued to work on her words using “y” as a vowel.

Bible: Combined class with N.

History: Combined class with N.

Geography: Combined class with N.

Science: Combined class with N.

Unschooling: Combined work with N.

Field Trips: Combined outings with N, S, and H.

## Day 58

While I took a couple mental health days, the kids had another camping field trip. It was probably the last camping trip of the year. The girls took nature hikes, made fires, and cooked camp food over an open fire and on a camping stove. They stayed with their dad the first night, while I sat at home with Baby R wishing that I hadn’t watched “The Pretty Thing that Lives in the House” on Netflix last week. I joined the family on Saturday evening, and we stayed until Sunday morning.

## Day 57

Wednesday. It was a typical short day. Attitudes were right on, scheduling was still off.

N (age 11):

Math: N reviewed her errors in her assessment. It didn’t take long and was mostly due to careless mistakes in computing.

Spelling: N practiced her lesson on compound words.

Reading: N  is still working on finishing up Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban as soon as possible so she can get her free Pizza Hut Book It pizza and watch the movie. I read a chapter of Number the Stars to N and C 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 Psalm 23:1-4) and recited the books of the Bible. They learned about the return of the Ark of the Covenant to Bethlehem and what that signified.

Geography: N and C filled out all the countries in Europe that they know so far. They learned about Belgium.

Music: N practiced her scales (G major and C major) and her current lesson.

C (age 10):

Spelling: C practiced her lesson on words using “y” as a vowel.

Reading: C is working hard to earn her pizza by finishing up Little House on the Prairie. She just has three chapters left. I read a chapter of Number the Stars to N and C last night.

Bible: 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.

S (age 7):

Math: S counted to 100 by 1s, 5s, and 10s using her hundred number chart. She counted backwards from 30. She recited the days of the week and the months of the year. She learned how to write the number 20. Her lesson was on identifying ordinal position to sixth. She had a hard time grasping the concept when we started identifying to fourth position, but she seems to be getting a firmer hold on it.

Grammar: S reviewed “The Caterpillar,” “Work,” and “Hearts are Like Doors.” She continued her memory work of the “Days of the Week” poem. We reviewed the days of the week and talked about how they are proper nouns.

Reading: S continued her unit in All About Reading. S continued going through her list of reading words, phrases, and sentences today. We’re continuing to work on our hand motions to help her distinguish between “p,” “b,” and “d.” I read a chapter of Ramona Forever to S and H.

Writing: S copied words and the days of the week using a custom worksheet from HandwritingPractice.Net.

H (age 5):

Math: H practiced her counting through 20. She practiced writing her numbers through 20. She copied pictures using shape pattern blocks.

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 Ramona Forever 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.

## Day 56

With the post-Halloween sugar rush in full swing, math was postponed until Fun Friday so the kids could run off some energy with the neighbor kids. And I could spend my day picking up candy wrappers and half-chewed Tootsie Rolls expelled from the mouth of Baby R. Fun times in my glamorous life. We also managed to actually eat my birthday cake today, only one day late!

N (age 11):

Spelling: N completed the workbook intro to her next lesson on compound words.

Reading: N  is working on finishing up Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban as soon as possible so she can get her free Pizza Hut Book It pizza and watch the movie. I read a chapter of Number the Stars to N and C 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 Psalm 23:1-4) and recited the books of the Bible. They learned about David being crowned king.

Science: N and C learned copied definitions and did research on Saturn and the various probes of Saturn.

History: N and C learned about Charlemagne. They located the Frankish Empire on a map. We talked about the significance of the pope declaring Charlemagne the Holy Roman Emperor in regards to the Pax Romana, etc. We talked about the role religion played in the Frankish Empire during Charlemagne’s reign, and about the benefit of the Bill of Rights’ banning the government from establishing a state religion.

Music: N practiced her scales (G major and C major) and her current lesson.

C (age 10):

Spelling: C practiced her lesson on words using “y” as a vowel.

Reading: C is working hard to earn her pizza by finishing up Little House on the Prairie. I read a chapter of Number the Stars to N and C last night.

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):

Grammar: S reviewed “The Caterpillar,” “Work,” and “Hearts are Like Doors.” She continued her memory work of the “Days of the Week” poem.

Reading: S continued her unit in All About Reading. S began going through her list of reading words, phrases, and sentences today. She usually hates it, but I bribed her by giving her a piece of Halloween candy after each line of text that she read. It worked remarkably well. We’re continuing to work on our hand motions to help her distinguish between “p,” “b,” and “d.” I read a chapter of Ramona Forever to S and H.

Writing: S copied words and short sentences using a custom worksheet from HandwritingPractice.Net. She then read the sentences.

H (age 5):

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’ll probably add G and H next week. I read a chapter of Ramona Forever 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.

## Day 55

Halloween! It’s also my birthday, which made the girls want to skip school. I told them, however, that school was what I wanted to do on my birthday. So, they were stuck. I did allow the older two to skip their math lesson reviews so they could get ready for trick-or-treating.

N (age 11):

Math: N did her mental math and a worksheet. She had an assessment. She always welcomes assessments because there’s no homework afterward.

Spelling: N completed a workbook review of the last five lessons.

Reading: N read a chapter of Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban. I read a chapter of Number the Stars to N and C 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 Psalm 23:1-5) and recited the books of the Bible. They learned about the death of Saul and Jonathan. They empathized with David’s sorrow at the death of his best friend.

Science: N and C learned about the planet Saturn.

History: N and C learned about the Islamic Empire’s defeat upon its attempt to take over the Frankish Empire. They learned about Charles Martel (aka Charles the Hammer).

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. Her lesson was on solving rate word problems. Since they follow the same pattern as multiplication word problems, she caught on easily.

Spelling: C completed the workbook introduction to her next lesson, which is on words using “y” as a vowel.

Reading: C read a chapter of Little House on the Prairie. I read a chapter of Number the Stars to N and C last night.

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. She practiced adding and subtracting with her candy after trick-or-treating.

Grammar: S reviewed “The Caterpillar,” “Work,” and “Hearts are Like Doors.” She continued her memory work of the “Days of the Week” poem.