Look what came in the mail today! My Noeo kit for Chemistry 2! It came just in time. I read the last astronomy lesson today, and the girls will do their definitions and scientist research later this week. Next week starts our chemistry unit.
One of the things I love about Noeo is its use of books beyond just a regular textbook. It makes the reading less dry, teaches kids how to use encyclopedias, and shows that knowledge can come from a variety of sources. And those Explore Your World books by Nomad Press are some of my favorites. They’re very readable, and have wonderful experiments and projects that can easily be performed using household materials. I also love that the kit comes with materials, instructions, and scripts for each experiment. As you may or may not know, my pre-Noeo experiment success rate was about 50% (and it was only that high because of the Explore Your World books).
So, on to today’s classes:
N (age 12):
Math: N had an assessment today. It’s an understatement to say that she wasn’t in the mood for math. She understood the problems and knew how to do them, but was in tears because she just didn’t want to do math today. I had her rotate on and off the test with subjects that used her right brain. It took a while, but she finished and lived through it.
Spelling: N aced her 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 53:1-4) and the books of the Bible. They learned about the faith of the rich woman of Shunem when the son she had been promised died suddenly. We talked about how we might have responded in the same situation.
Geography: N and C filled in South and Central America maps for review. Then, they filled in all the countries they know so far on their maps of Europe. Today’s lesson was on Poland, and we found the information on the Time for Kids website.
Writing: And Unjournaling continues to impress. The girls had to replace commonly used words with lesser used synonyms in a paragraph. The story lines were funny, and they were very creative in their use of vocabulary.
Science: N and C began learned about space and time, black holes, worm holes, and Einstein’s theory of relativity. We talked about time travel and how it might look if a wormhole was ever found to be workable. They decided that anything short of a “Back to the Future” like experience would be a major letdown.
Social Studies: I found a wonderful series on Amazon Prime called “Families of the World.” It reminds me of a half-hour version of the “A Day in the Life” section of the Time for Kids geography lessons. N and C learned about life for 12-13 year old girls in Afghanistan in today’s episode.
Spanish: The major complaint from the girls with the Excelerate Spanish program was the length of time the video lessons took. Tweaking, as usual, I decided to divide the lessons up and combine them with portions of the worksheet each day. We’ll see how that goes. Today, N and C began to learn about going to the rollerskating rink.
Music: C continued practicing her scales. She continued her new lesson.
C (age 10):
Math: C and I continued reviewing concepts. Today, she reviewed how to find the unknown portion of a fraction by using the given portion of the fraction (e.g. The pizza was cut into eight slices. Three people each ate a slice. What fraction of the pizza was left?).
Spelling: C practiced her words using “y” as a vowel. She’ll be ready for an assessment tomorrow.
Bible: Combined class with N.
Geography: Combined class with N.
Writing: Combined class with N.
Science: Combined class with N.
Spanish: 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 had an assessment today. She was also pretty resistant to taking an assessment today. Maybe it’s the rainy weather? Sheesh.
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 a matching game. She matched up words with pictures that those words represented. It was a short lesson that kept her in good spirits.. I read S and H a chapter of Amelia Bedelia Means Business.
Grammar: S reviewed common nouns today. She provided examples for names of persons, places, things, and ideas.
Writing: S copied numbers and the days of the week using a custom worksheet from HandwritingPractice.Net.