Day 111

N, I’m convinced, is going through a growth spurt. Her internal clock keeps her in bed until about noon lately. So, C has been taking a little extra free time in the mornings. I use playing with the neighbors as blackmail (er, incentive) for N to get her schoolwork done. So, aside from some theatrics at the beginning of every math class, she’s been quick and had a good attitude during class time. S’s reading and number recognition continue to improve, and I’m very encouraged at her progress.

N (age 12):

Math: N warmed up with mental math. Her lesson was on unit multipliers and unit conversion. While she seemed to grasp the concept, I’m going to toss in some review problems on it over the next few days to be sure it’s quite ingrained.

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 legacy of idolatry left by King Jeroboam that eventually led to the Assyrian invasion.

Reading: N read a chapter of Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. I read two chapters of A Gathering Blue to N and C last night. I was initially only going to read one chapter, but the cliffhanger ending prompted requests to read one more.

Spelling: N practiced her words with contractions and possessives.

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

History: N and C began to learn about Marco Polo. Sadly, Netflix no longer has the Marco Polo cartoon for kids, so I’m on the hunt for an age-appropriate Marco Polo video for the kids to watch on Fun Friday.

Writing: N and C finally finished their assignment on expressing a command in ten different ways. It proved much more difficult for them than any of us anticipated. They did well, however.

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

C (age 10):

Math: C did an investigation into surveys today. We talked about samples. We talked about different types of survey questions. We talked about the importance of wording in survey questions to avoid bias. We talked about the importance of consistency in questioning to maintain accuracy for the results. Then, she conducted a survey on Facebook of favorite lunch drinks. Since we don’t have a classroom full of students to survey, Facebook has become a very important tool in our homeschool. Friends are more than happy to participate, and we get a nice sampling from around the country (and sometimes even from outside of the country). In less than an hour, C had almost fifty responses to her survey question!

Reading: C read a chapter of On the Banks of Plum Creek. I read two chapters of A Gathering Blue to N and C last night.

Spelling: C continued to practice words using the consonant digraphs “th” and “sh.” I think she’ll be ready for an assessment tomorrow.

Bible: Combined class with N.

Geography: Combined class with N.

Writing: Combined class with N.

History:

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. I had her complete a worksheet, and then we had one more Uno day. I love having the freedom to go off curriculum sometimes. It helps to maintain enthusiasm, it works well as a reward for hard work, and it shows the kids how the things they learn are useful in the real world.

Reading: S continued her unit of All About Reading. She warmed up by reading some flashcards (including the sight word “the). S read a story today about a yak who had a nice lunch with a girl named Pam.

Grammar: S continued memorizing “The Months.” She reviewed the growing list of pronouns she’s learning. She practiced using all of the pronouns she’s learned so far in sentences by repeating a sentence I say, but replacing the emphasized noun with a pronoun.

Writing: S copied her name and all 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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