Yes, we had school on MLK, Jr. Day. We listened to his iconic “I Have a Dream Speech” and discussed his courage and lasting legacy. We talked about how to personally continue his vision of an equal society. We had class in the morning and in the evening, with the kids playing with the neighbors in the afternoon (who were shocked that we had school on a federal holiday).
N (age 12):
Math: N warmed up with mental math. Her lesson was on dividing decimals. It was a continuation of the concept of dividing decimals and money.
Spelling: N continued practicing her compound words. I think she’ll be ready for an assessment in the next day or two.
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 were introduced to this week’s memory verses (Isaiah 53:3-4). They learned about Elisha repaying the kindness of barren woman by requesting that God allow her to have a son.
History: N and C began to learn about the political reasons for the Diaspora. We talked about more modern examples (WWI and WWII), and about the current political climate in the Middle East and Europe driving more Jews back to Israel.
Writing: I’m still loving Unjournaling. More importantly, the kids are still loving it. Today’s lesson was on writing a paragraph using rhyming words. As usual, N and C competed based on spelling, capitalization, and punctuation. N edged out C 5-2. They rewrote their paragraphs with corrections.
Science: N and C began learning about the concept of time. They learned about how ancient civilizations used the sky to determine seasonal activities. They learned about the evolution of the modern calendar.
Music: C continued practicing her scales. She continued her new lesson.
C (age 10):
Math: C and I continued reviewing concepts. Today, she reviewed solving a story problem that involves missing factors. We talked about key words to indicate which math operation to use, and we used “fact families” to find the answers. As word problems are hard for her to decipher, we did some extra practice.
Spelling: C practiced her words using “y” as a vowel.
Bible: Combined class with N.
History: Combined class with N.
Writing: 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 learned how to write the number 27. S continued working to memorize the doubles facts through 18.
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. We played Letter Sound Bingo. She used Bingo sheets with different letters whose sounds she knows. I made random letter sounds, and she found the corresponding letter on her Bingo sheet until she had Bingo. We played it twice. I read S and H a chapter of Amelia Bedelia Means Business.
Grammar: S reviewed all the poems she has learned so far this year.
Writing: S copied numbers and the days of the week using a custom worksheet from HandwritingPractice.Net.
H (age 5):
While H is certainly smart enough to begin school, she still has a hard time with the idea of a structured class day. So, we play games and have learning time when she is in the mood, and I try to keep an educational environment around the house. Today, she felt like doing some math, so she made designs using pattern blocks.