Day 108

This was probably one of the best school days that S has ever had! Her attitude was wonderful, she was cooperative, and she did her work quickly and efficiently. The others were cooperative and interested in learning today as well, but S really stood out. It was nice.

N (age 12):

Math: N warmed up with mental math. Her lesson was on the powers of ten. The work included calculating exponents and expanded notation using the power of ten. It was building on several previous lessons, so she got through it pretty quickly and easily. She kept saying, “Didn’t I already learn this?”

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 the rebuilding of the temple under Joash, and about his assassination.

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

Spelling: N practiced her words with contractions and possessives.

Geography: N and C filled in the European countries they knew. Then, they learned about Latvia on the National Geographic website. I really wish Time for Kids had a more expansive list of countries.

Writing: N and C did another exercise designed to stretch their vocabulary, this time expressing the same command in ten different ways.

Science: N and C learned about the physical make-up of an atom. They watched a Ted Ed video on the size of an atom and played a computer game building their own atoms.

Social Studies: N and C watched another episode of the Families of the World series, this one focused on growing up on a farm and a city in Australia.

Spanish: N and C did their La Lectura today, which is oral reading of a short story in Spanish to help with pronunciation.

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

C (age 10):

Math: C had an assessment today. As usual, she did very well on the straightforward problems, but struggled with the story problems. There were two key concepts that I felt needed review, so I reviewed the first of these today. I went over how to solve story problems with equal groups (multiplication and division). We talked about “clues” in the story that told her what operation was needed.

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

Spelling: C completed the workbook for her next lesson, continuing words that use y as a vowel.

Bible: Combined class with N.

Geography: Combined class with N.

Writing: Combined class with N.

Science: Combined class with N.

Social Studies: 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. We took a little break from the usual grind to play a game of dominoes as a reward for catching on to the patterns in number sequences. I’m hopeful that discovering the patterns will help her with number recognition.

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 practiced reading phrases that will be used in the story and that contain both new and familiar letters. Although she still expresses some frustration, she is reading more quickly and confidently. I read S and H a chapter of Amelia Bedelia Means Business.

Grammar: S continued memorizing “The Months.” She also continued to memorize the growing list of pronouns she’s learning. Today, she learned the proper usage of “he,” “she,” “him,” “her,” “it,” “his,” “hers,” and “its.”

Writing: S copied her name and the pronouns she’s learned so far 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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