Day 99

So, the plan was to move “Fun Friday” to “Fun Thursday” in order to accommodate eye doctor appointments. When we finally got home six hours later, I decided that school was a bust for the day. Friday was a regular day, with “Fun Weekend” to replace “Fun Friday.”

N (age 12):

Math: N warmed up with mental math. Her lesson was on the three ways to write quotients with remainders (as a remainder, as a mixed number, and as a decimal). This lesson also reinforced the concept of repetends.

Reading: I discovered that N should be reading Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, so we traded books and she started reading the next chronological book in the series. She also used her allowance to purchase dowels and other materials to fashion her own “wands.”  I read a chapter of  Shiloh to N and C last night. And then was mocked for saying goodnight to them in the same dialect used in the book.

Spelling: N began work on her next lesson on compound words. She skipped the workbook this time, because she already knew how to spell the majority of the words.

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 Elisha’s first miracles.

Geography: N and C filled in all the European countries they learned so far on their maps. Then, they learned about the Czech Republic. There was nothing on either Time for Kids or National Geographic Kids websites on the Czech Republic, so we used the National Geographic website.

Writing: I can’t overstate how much I love Unjournaling. Today’s lesson was on writing three descriptive sentences to define a word without saying “This word means …” The sentences were fun and silly. Again, I compared them based on spelling, punctuation, and capitalization, rather than on content. I don’t want them to compare themselves to each other based on something so subjective.

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

C (age 10):

Math: C and I began to review her mistakes on her assessment. She didn’t answer a lot of the questions. I strongly suspect, based on the pushback I received for suggesting review, that she just didn’t feel like answering some of the problems. In the name of thoroughness, however, I’ll spend the next few days reviewing key concepts before moving on to new ones. Today, she reviewed how to find the missing factor in a multiplication problem.

Reading: C read a chapter of On the Banks of Plum Creek. I read a chapter of  Shiloh to N and C last night.

Spelling: C practiced her 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. S reviewed writing digits 1-26 on a custom worksheet to help her with her “mirroring” of the numbers.

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. Her frustration with the newly learned sounds is lessening. 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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