Days 79-80

It’s the second day of double classes. I had to leave half-way through the day to participate in a meal train, so N finished her math at night, and S and H had their classes in the evening. They are maintaining good attitudes with school, despite being uncharacteristically “fighty” with one another lately. I think they’re all getting anxious for Christmas and for the holiday break. As much as I love my homeschool routine, I’m looking forward to having a couple weeks to finish up my personalized (aka homemade) gifts. I’d been doing a little shopping each weekend for the past couple months to get most of the Christmas shopping done before Christmas. It makes for a little less stress so that I can enjoy my family and the holiday.

N (age 11):

Math: N warmed up with mental math and a worksheets on multiplication and geometry. Her lessons were on writing ratios, finding probabilities, finding the area of a triangle, and finding the area of complex, right-angled shapes by breaking the shapes down into rectangles. Since her lessons took place during what I affectionately refer to as “Happy Hour,” things were a bit chaotic in the house. She heroically tuned out the noise and the squealing Baby R in her lap to complete the lesson. She finished a lesson review.

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

Spelling: N completed a review of her previous five lessons.

Writing: Tying in with our lesson on feudal Japan and the Samurai, N and C learned the structure of the haiku and wrote their own.

Bible: N and C continued practicing their memory verses (2 Timothy 3:16-17, Exodus 20:1-17, Psalm 1:1-6, and Psalm 23:1-6) and the books of the Bible. They doubled up their lessons, learning about the Queen of Sheba’s visit to Solomon, and about Solomon’s weakness for women and his eventual downfall as the King of Israel.

History: N and C learned about the origins of the codes of chivalry for knights. They learned about the process for becoming a knight. Then, they compared and contrasted feudal England and the knights to feudal Japan and the Samurai. They mapped out medieval Japan and identified the climates on the different islands of Japan. We discussed how echoes of the feudal system remain in British and Japanese society today. We talked about the Samurai’s “way of the warrior” and the suicide forest in Japan. We discussed the seeming dichotomy of the Samurai as warrior and poet/artist/gardener.

Geography: N and C filled in all the European countries they know so far. They learned about Switzerland on Time for Kids. Then, because we were looking at that area anyway, they learned about the principality of Liechtenstein, mostly from Wikipedia. Not surprisingly, there isn’t much information to be found on Liechtenstein.

Music: C continued practicing her scales and her lesson. We went over the musical notation flashcards.

C (age 10):

Math: C warmed up with mental math and a worksheet on division. She learned how to identify polygons with up to ten sides and how to determine whether a polygon is regular. She began learning division with a two-digit answer. She completed a lesson review.

Reading: C read two chapters of On the Banks of Plum Creek.

Spelling: C needs more practice on words with the “y” acting as a vowel, so we are practicing another lesson using that concept.

Writing: Combined class with N.

Bible: Combined class with N.

History: Combined class with N.

Geography: Combined class with N.

Music: C continued working on her chord transitions and continued 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. S completed her assessment. She was less than enthusiastic about having an assessment until N and C raved about assessments meaning that there are no new concepts to learn and no review worksheets. Then, she was more cooperative.

Grammar: S reviewed “The Caterpillar,” “Work,” “Hearts are Like Doors,” “The Days of the Week,” and “Months of the Year.” S learned about first names, middle names, and last names, and how all the members of our family have the same last name.

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.” We’re moving very slowly. I don’t mind, because I would rather she learn well than learn quickly. She is, in fact, doing well where she is, but she tends to psych herself out. I continue to explain to her that school will be hard every day, because every day we learn something new; but, the things she’s already learned will continue to get easier. I read a chapter of Ramona Forever to S and H.

Writing: S copied sentences about her full name and our family surname using a custom worksheet from HandwritingPractice.Net.

H (age 5):

Math: H practiced her counting through 20. She practiced writing her numbers through 22. She practiced adding different combinations up to a sum of ten.

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 77-78

With illness and camping trips and other unexpected happenings, we’ve fallen a bit behind. I want to reach 90 days before we take our winter break. So, N and C requested that they be allowed to double up on days until we reach 90 days.

N (age 11):

Math: N warmed up with mental math and a worksheets on metric conversions and angles. She had a lesson and an assessment. Her lesson was on adding, subtractiging, multiplying, and dividing decimal numbers. It was a bit of a long lesson, even though it was easy. I think she was a bit fatigued by the time she started her assessment, and she didn’t complete half of the problems. I made her take a break so she can finish it when she feels a bit more rested and has less “math brain.”

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

Spelling: N took her assessment on compound words.

Bible: N and C continued practicing their memory verses (2 Timothy 3:16-17, Exodus 20:1-17, Psalm 1:1-6, and Psalm 23:1-6) and the books of the Bible. They doubled up their lessons, learning about the arrival of the Ark of the Covenant in Solomon’s Temple and about the dedication ceremony of the Temple once the Ark was in its proper place and the glory of God had filled the Temple.

History: N and C learned about the origins of the feudal system in England. They learned about the evolution of the English language from the Old English of the Angles and Saxons to the modern English of today. They mapped the many influences on the English language.

Geography: N and C filled in all the European countries they know so far. They learned about the Netherlands on National Geographic Kids.

Science: N and C learned about the planet Neptune. They copied definitions related to Neptune and Poseidon, and researched Urbain Le Verrier, Johann Gottfried Galle, and John Couch Adams. They completed a planet fact sheet.

Music: C continued practicing her scales and her lesson. We went over the musical notation flashcards.

C (age 10):

Math: C warmed up with mental math and a worksheet on multiplication. She learned how to find the remaining fraction of a whole when one fraction is given. She learned how to perform two-step equations. She learned how to multiply three or more factors. She learned about exponents (solving problems using exponents and converting multiplication problems into exponents). It’s always tricky with the kids getting the concept that 5 squared isn’t 5×2 but 5×5, etc., but there will be plenty of review and it’s starting to sink in. She completed a lesson review.

Reading: C read two chapters of On the Banks of Plum Creek.

Spelling: C had an assessment.

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 continued 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. We reviewed the last few lessons in preparation for an assessment tomorrow.

Grammar: S reviewed “The Caterpillar,” “Work,” “Hearts are Like Doors,” “The Days of the Week,” and “Months of the Year.” We reviewed the definition of a noun and elaborated on idea nouns. She wants to name tangible attributes of an idea rather than recognizing the actual idea. When I say “love,” for example, she talks about hugging and kissing. When I say “energy,” she talks about running around and jumping. She began to recognize them, but it’s still iffy at this point. It’s a bit of an abstract concept for her.

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 some simple sentences with recognizable words using a custom worksheet from HandwritingPractice.Net.

H (age 5):

Math: H practiced her counting through 20. She practiced writing her numbers through 22. She practiced adding different combinations up to a sum of ten.

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.

Day 74

And, a post-Thanksgiving stomach virus has taken hold of the family. Sick children spent school today in the living room watching documentaries on life on the homefront during WWII, followed by the American Girl video Molly: An American Girl on the Homefront. We discussed the changing role of women during that time. We talked about children in Europe being sent away from their homes to live with relatives and strangers for their own safety, such as happened in The Chronicles of Narnia.