The older two overslept a bit after staying up late to watch “Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban.” S spent her morning at the neighbors’ house helping them with their equestrian chores. This allowed me to catch up on all my 2017 blog posts to date.
N (age 12):
Math: N warmed up with mental math. Her lesson was on repeating decimals (how to write repetends), converting fractions and mixed numbers to decimals, converting percents to decimals, and converting decimals to fractions and mixed numbers. It was a lot of information, so I’ll probably do a quick review of it tomorrow to make sure it stuck.
Spelling: N had a spelling assessment.
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.
Geography: N and C filled in all the European countries they learned so far on their maps. Then, they learned about Austria on the Time for Kids website. I think I’ll have them watch “The Sound of Music” on Fun Friday.
Writing: I enjoy the bite-sized and information lessons of Writing Strands, but I was starting to find them a bit dry. I don’t think the kids were terribly enthusiastic about it, either. So, I purchased some new writing curriculum that will be more fun for the girls, and that I can use to teach different styles of writing. After some research, I landed on Unjournaling. It has 200 fun and challenging writing prompts that teach a variety of writing styles. The prompts aren’t personal or introspective, so the girls don’t feel like they have to do deep soul-searching just to write a paragraph, essay, story, or letter. N and C did their first assignment today, which was to write a paragraph about a girl named Dot without using the “dot letters” (i and j). It was harder than they thought, but they had a great time doing it. They wanted to turn it into a competition, with the winner being the one who followed the rules while making the least mistakes (grammar, spelling, capitalization, punctuation). They ended up in a tie, with three mistakes each, and rewrote their paragraphs with corrections. I think this book will work out really well and I recommend it!
Music: C continued practicing her scales. She continued her new lesson.
C (age 10):
Math: C had an assessment today. She’ll finish it for independent work, letting me know what to review for her tomorrow. Everyone is a little “vacation rusty,” so I expect to have to do some review of the newest concepts we covered before break.
Spelling: C completed her book work introduction to her next lesson, which continued words using “y” as a vowel.
Bible: Combined class with N.
Geography: Combined class with N.
Writing: 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 26. Then, she was introduced to the doubles addition facts through the sum of 18. She completed a worksheet.
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.