Day 112

We were able to start a bit earlier today. And it turns out that there was a lot of independent work today as well, so my instructional time finished pretty quickly.

N (age 12):

Math: N had an assessment today. She put it with her stack of independent work that has to be done before she can play with the neighbor kids.

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 King Josiah and the discovery of the scrolls containing the Books of the Law. We talked about his reaction to the scrolls and how it benefited Israel.

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

Spelling: N practiced her words with contractions and possessives.

Geography: N and C filled in all the countries they know so far in Europe. Then, we studied Belarus. We read information on the National Geographic Website. Then we spent time talking about Chernobyl and looking at photos of the abandoned city. We talked about the effects of the accident decades later.

Social Studies: N and C learned about life in Brazil on the next episode of Families of the World.

Spanish: N and C watched the video of their next lesson introducing the vocabulary used when going to a concert.

Writing: N and C learned about the importance of using the correct tone for their intended audience when writing. Then, they began a persuasive writing assignment. I think this will take at least a day or two.

Science: N and C learned about atomic numbers, atomic mass, and isotopes. We performed two experiments. The first examined how quickly molecules travel through gas. The second examined permeability of molecules through a seemingly impermeable surface.

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

C (age 10):

Math: C warmed up with mental math. She learned how to mentally calculate multiplication problems when one factor is a multiple of ten. Her lesson was on division problems with a quotient of zero. At one point, both N and C (and C still occasionally does this) would stop writing the quotient before completing the problem if the quotient ended in zero. It reinforced the concept of completing the problem before moving on to the next one. I think I’ll throw in a few of these problems for review over the next few days to make sure she understands.

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

Spelling: C aced her assessment today.

Bible: Combined class with N.

Geography: Combined class with N.

Writing: Combined class with N.

Social Studies: 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.She learned how to write the number 30. Her lesson was on writing subtraction number sentences. She completed a worksheet and an addition fact sheet.

Reading: S continued her unit of All About Reading. She warmed up by reading some flashcards (including the sight words “the” and “a”). S started reading words that will be used in the next story she reads.

Grammar: S continued memorizing “The Months.” She reviewed the growing list of pronouns she’s learning. Then, she learned four more pronouns: “we,” “us,” “our,” and “ours.” She practiced replacing nouns with these pronouns in sentences.

Writing: S copied her name and the new pronouns she learned 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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