Day 97

We’ve adjusted the the new sleeping schedules that the girls’ body clocks decided to adopt. S usually does school in the morning before the others wake up. While the older two make breakfast, I get some chores done. The older two do their math and some independent work before lunch, eat lunch, do their afternoon chores, and then do their combined classes in the afternoon. I was telling my husband how much better the attitudes have been this year. Even when they’re not thrilled to do school, they’ve cooperated and finished relatively quickly.

N (age 12):

Math: N warmed up with mental math. She had an investigation today. She learned how to read and create stem-and-leaf plots and box-and-whisker plots. To say she disliked it is a bit of an understatement. But, the lesson was short and she understood the concepts in the investigation.

Reading: N  finished reading Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban. After I read a chapter of  Shiloh to N and C last night, I let them stay up late to watch “Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban.” C thought it was a bit boring compared to the first two, and N was frustrated at all the parts that the movie left out. They still enjoyed the movie.

Spelling: N continued working on words with the prefixes “sub-,” “mid-“, “bi-,” and “tri-.” I think she’ll have an assessment tomorrow.

Bible: N and C reviewed their memory verses (2 Timothy 3:16-17, Exodus 20:1-17, Psalm 1:1-6, Psalm 23:1-5, and Isaiah 53:1-2) and the books of the Bible. They learned about the character of Ahab and Jezebel from the story of Naboth’s vineyard.

Science: N and C copied definitions about various space debris, along with their Greek and Latin roots.

History: N and C listened to a legend about Robin Hood. We talked about the misconception that Robin Hood robbed from the rich and gave to the poor. In actuality, the peasants were overtaxed, so Robin Hood stole those taxes from the government officials and returned them to the peasants. He leaned more libertarian/anarchist than socialist. We talked about where the legend may have originated and why it was an important hero story at the time. Then, N and C watched Disney’s “Robin Hood.”

Music: C continued practicing her scales. She continued her new lesson.

C (age 10):

Math: C warmed up with mental math. Today, she learned about millimeters, and how to convert millimeters to centimeters and meters (and vice versa). The introduction of the decimal point in that setting threw her a little bit, and I’m still not positive that she mastered the concept. We’ll keep reviewing it. She also learned how to solve story problems about a fraction of a group. I accommodated her right-braininess by drawing a picture to show how to divide the groups into fractions. This helped her to visualize the division problem before she solved it using the usual division box, paper-and-pencil method. She was able to solve some of the problems mentally.

Reading: C read a chapter of On the Banks of Plum Creek. After I read a chapter of  Shiloh to N and C last night, I let them stay up late to watch “Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban.”

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

Bible: Combined class with N.

Science: Combined class with N.

History: 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 learned how to write the number 25. Then, she used the balance that came in the math manipulatives kit to identify heavy and light.

Reading: S continued her unit of All About Reading. She warmed up by reading some flashcards (including the sight word “the). She continued working on the sounds /h/, /k/, and /r/. She read words that we made using letter tiles. 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.

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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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