Day 103

Attitudes were a little iffy in the beginning. S realized that R’s second birthday is in two weeks. She was so excited that she woke up N and C to tell them, resulting in grumpy N and C being rather unwilling to start their day. Chores are still a bit behind, but we’ll get all caught up by tonight. N ended up taking a nap, which improved her attitude. And Wednesday is typically more hands-off for me, so I didn’t have to deal with the remaining vestiges of crankiness.

N (age 12):

Math: N and I reviewed key concepts in her assessment to reinforce them since break. She was much more math-friendly by this afternoon.

Reading: N read a chapter of Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. I read a chapter of  Shiloh to N and C last night.

Spelling: N did her workbook introduction to her next lesson on contractions and possessives.

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 Naaman. We talked about why Elisha acted the way he did toward Naaman. We looked at pictures of the different rivers mentioned in the passage and talked about why Naaman may have deemed the Jordan River so unpalatable.

Geography: N and C filled in Middle East and Asia maps for review.

Writing: N and C did another exercise designed to stretch their vocabulary, this time writing a guided paragraph without the use of several common adjectives.

Science: N and C copied their definitions related to time and space, along with their Latin and/or Greek roots.

History: N and C continued learning about the Diaspora and read a Jewish folk tale from the time of the Moors in Spain.

Spanish: N and C continued to practice their vocabulary about the rollerskating rink. They read a series of statements and then answered comprehension questions. Then, they watched the next section of their video lesson.

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 estimate the answer to a math problem. She also reviewed the terms “sum,” “product,” “difference,” and “quotient.”

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 aced her assessment.

Bible: Combined class with N.

Geography: Combined class with N.

Writing: Combined class with N.

Science: Combined class with N.

History: 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. She completed her first warm-up worksheet on the doubles addition facts. Her lesson was on geometry, using shape pieces to fill in outlined shapes. She enjoys it, but it’s hard to keep her focused on the outlined shapes; she’s more interested in creating her own shapes and patterns.

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. In preparation for her story reading later this lesson, S began reading a list of words that will be used in the story and that contain both new and familiar letters. She always acts frustrated by this exercise, so I break it up to keep her from getting a bad taste in her mouth about reading in general. I read S and H a chapter of Amelia Bedelia Means Business.

Grammar: S continued memorizing “The Months.” She was introduced to pronouns today. She learned the three personal pronouns, and began to practice the correct usages of “me” and “I.”

Writing: S copied numbers and the days of the week using a custom worksheet from HandwritingPractice.Net.

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