The novelty of starting back at school has already worn off. Actually, it wore off yesterday after math class. At first, the girls were excited to get back into a routine; they’d grown tired of the lack of structure and were anxious to get back to learning. Now, they’re already begging for a day off. No luck for them!
N (age 12):
Math: N warmed up with mental math. Her lesson was on ratios and simple probability. She learned how to find the missing number in a ratio and how to calculate simple probability using ratios. No lesson review for homework! She was shocked at how quickly math class was completed.
Spelling: N continued working on words with the prefixes “sub-,” “mid-“, “bi-,” and “tri-.” Biceps and bisect are giving her trouble. I tried to help by pointing out that, in bisect, “bi” means “two” and “sect” means “sections.” Since she knows how to spell “sections,” I’m hoping that will help.
Bible: N and C reviewed 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 Isaiah 53:1-2. They learned about King Jeroboam’s idolatry.
History: N and C continued learning about the (unsuccessful) Crusades and about Saladin. they located the ancient Islamic Empire on a map.
Science: N and C learned about meteoroids. They learned the difference between meteors and meteorites. They talked about the meteor showers they had seen, and looked at pictures of famous craters left by meteorites.
Music: C continued practicing her scales. She continued her new lesson.
C (age 10):
Math: C warmed up with mental math. Today’s lesson was on similar and congruent figures. She learned the definition of “congruent,” and she learned how to recognized both similar and congruent figures. For C, I’ve decided to only practice the story problems listed in her lesson review. She does quite well with her calculations, but has difficulty interpreting the story problems. I point out “clues” in the story problems that let her know the operations that need to be performed to find the answer to the questions.
Spelling: C continued to work on her words using “y” as a vowel.
Bible: Combined class with N.
History: Combined class with N.
Science: Combined class with N.
Music: C continued working on her chord transitions , playing individual notes, and reading music. She continued her drumming lessons.
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. S practiced writing numbers from 1-20 to aid in number recognition. I pointed out the patterns to her, but I think she will need more exposure to the numbers before she masters the pattern recognition.
Reading: S continued her unit in All About Reading. S learned about words that can have more than one meaning (such as tag, cap, and bat). S began reading a list of words that will be used in the story she reads later in the week. I read S and H a chapter of Amelia Bedelia Means Business.
Writing: S copied words and the days of the week using a custom worksheet from HandwritingPractice.Net.