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.

Reading: S continued her 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. I introduced the letter “d,” “g,” “c,” and “y.” We practiced some hand motions to help S recognize and remember the differences between “d,” “b,” and “p.” We played “Change the Word” by using magnetic tiles to change a letter of a word after each reading. Before I pointed it out, S noticed that all the words contained a vowel. We played “Feed the Monster.” S put paper bones with words printed on them into a monster’s mouth after she’d read the word on the bone. We played a matching game. S read a word and pasted it under a corresponding picture. 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.

H (age 5):

Math: H warmed up by counting to 20 and singing the “Days of the Week”. She practiced counting her candy.

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.

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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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