Day 107

No one slept really well this past weekend, so Monday started a bit late. Attitudes weren’t horrible until kids started realizing that their normal afternoon activities were being replaced with schoolwork that didn’t get done this morning due to our slow start.

N (age 12):

Math: N warmed up with mental math. Her lesson was on calculating rates, unit price, sales tax, and tips. I kept reiterating the importance of mastering these concepts, because I use them all regularly. The lesson was a bit longer than usual, and I wanted to make sure she mastered each of the concepts. She was slightly exasperated by the end of the lesson.

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 53:1-5) and the books of the Bible. They learned about Queen Athaliah killing any potential heirs to the throne, followed by a revolt that resulted in Joash being crowned king at the age of seven.

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 practiced her words with contractions and possessives.

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 began their chemistry unit today. I read to them about the scientific method, explaining each step. We researched various scientists who broke the mold of stereotypical scientists in white lab coats (e.g. “glue-ologist,” “toyologist,” “mudologist”). We watched a short cartoon about the scientific method in action.

History: N and C began to learn about the Mongols and Genghis Khan. They mapped out the extent of the Mongol Empire.

Geology: N and C filled in maps of South and Central America for review.

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 warmed up with some mental math. Her lesson was on solving story problems involving a fraction of a group. It helps her comprehension to draw charts or pictures to illustrate the concept.

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 a warm-up worksheet on the doubles addition facts. She learned how to write the number 29. Her lesson was on putting the numbers 1-20 in order. She also learned how to add one to a number. 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. S continued reading a list of words that will be used in the story and that contain both new and familiar letters. I read S and H a chapter of Amelia Bedelia Means Business.

Grammar: S continued memorizing “The Months.” She learned the pronouns “you,” “your,” and “yours,” and their proper usage.

Writing: S copied her name and the pronouns “I,” “me,” “my,” “mine,” “you,” “your”, and “yours” 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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