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.