## Day 125

It’s a good day to have school. It’s too cold outside to be distracted by nice weather, and the boredom of winter makes them anxious to do anything other than sit around. Attitudes are good, for the most part; N had a bit of attitude during mental math, and S was resistant to reading her vocabulary words in preparation for reading her next short story. We’ve started a weekly “library day” addition to “Fun Friday.” The girls learned how to use the digital “card catalogs” to find books. I’ve added library book reading to their normal reading load.

N (age 12):

Math: N reluctantly did mental math. When she’s not particularly motivated, she’ll just stare blankly at the problem for ten to fifteen minutes before she actually comes up with an answer. I use that time to catch up on my blogging, check out the latest current events, or update “independent work” lists for the kids to do after educational time is done for the day. Her lesson was on averages. She figured out how to find various missing numbers in averages, how to find a number that will raise or lower an average, etc. She didn’t pay a whole lot of attention, so I gave her some extra problems during her review at the end of the lesson to be sure that she understood the concept. I’ll toss her a couple review lessons tomorrow as well.

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 listened to more of Ezekiel’s prophecy against Israel, and we talked about the metaphors used by Ezekiel. We discussed how the language he used evoked emotions and aided in understanding of the message.

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

Spelling: N practiced her words with contractions and possessives.

Geography: N and C filled in their maps of the Middle East and Southeast Asia for review.

History: N and C learned about the effects of the bubonic plague on medieval Europe environmental, social, and political landscape.

Spanish: N and C watched more of their Spanish lesson on video and completed a vocabulary and comprehension worksheet.

Writing: N and C learned about writing in different “voices.” They were presented with a dilemma and were given three different perspectives from which to write about that dilemma. N especially enjoyed this exercise.

Science: N and C looked up and copied definitions relating to melting points, boiling points, and atmospheric pressure.

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

C (age 10):

Math: C warmed up with mental math. Her lesson was on finding only the necessary information needed to solve a story problem, excluding unnecessary information. She also did a few division problems whose quotients ended in zero by way of review.

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

Spelling: C practiced her spelling words containing “ch” and “wh.”

Bible: Combined class with N.

Geography: Combined class with N.

Writing: Combined class with N.

History: 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 31. She reviewed the lessons she learned in the last week of school before her break.

Reading: S continued her unit of All About Reading. She warmed up by reading some flashcards (including the sight words “the” and “a”). S practiced reading words and phrases that will appear in the next story she reads. She then read the short story. N read S a chapter of Bunnicula last night.

Grammar: S continued memorizing “The Months.” She reviewed the growing list of pronouns she’s learning. She also reviewed all the poems she has memorized so far.

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

## Days 115-124

And I’m woefully behind once again. I hate combining multiple days into one post. Well, it is what it is. We’ve been busy doing extra outings with a local homeschool group. I want us to get out more this year. Homeschool soccer will be starting again soon as well.

N (age 12):

Math: N needed a few days of review to cement the concepts learned the week before vacation and to address the problems she got wrong on her math assessment. She did an investigation on graphs (histograms, double-line graphs, and circle graphs). Her lessons were on scientific notation for large numbers, order of operations, multiplying rates, and solving ratio word problems.

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 53:1-8) and the books of the Bible. They learned about the prophets Isaiah and Jeremiah, and began to learn about the prophecies of Ezekiel. We discussed how the prophecies corresponded with history. We began talking about the metaphors used by Ezekiel in his prophecies.

Reading: N read chapters of Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. I read chapters of Gathering Blue to N and C at night.

Spelling: N practiced her words with contractions and possessives.

Geography: N and C filled in their maps of the Middle East and Southeast Asia for review. They learned about the Ukraine, Greece, and Albania, and filled in all the countries they know so far on their maps of Europe.

History: N and C learned about the Rus, Ivan the Great, Ivan the Terrible, the Ottoman-Turk conquest of Constantinople (changed to Istanbul), and Suleiman the Magnificent.

Spanish: N and C began their next Spanish lesson about going to a baseball game. They were introduced to vocabulary and completed a worksheet.

Writing: N and C completed their persuasive letters. They wrote several descriptive paragraphs: one using a given list of verbs, one not using commonly used verbs, and one replacing common adjectives with more creative adjectives. They wrote sentences consisting entirely of three-syllable words, and they wrote a sentence that could be read backwards or forwards.

Science: N and C learned about isotopes, atomic numbers, and atomic weights; solids, liquids, and gases; volume, mass, and weight; and Brownian motion. They did experiments on how fast molecules move in hot water compared to cold water, space between crystals, the distance between gas molecules compared to the distance between liquid molecules, chemical reactions resulting in carbon dioxide, and the weights of different gas molecules. They also went on a field trip to the library for a science lesson on friction with a local homeschool group.

Phys. Ed.: N, C , S, and H went to the local homeschool group’s gym class and learned how to play kickball. One of the few disadvantages of homeschooling is the kids not learning those old recess favorites like kickball, dodgeball, duck duck goose, and such. This gym class is helping them enjoy new (to them) activities with kids of all ages while learning how to be good winners and losers, and how to work together as an encouraging team.

Social Studies: N and C watched episodes of life for average children in Costa Rica and Canada on “Families of the World.”

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

C (age 10):

Math: C spent a few days reviewing things she learned the week before vacation. Her lessons were on geometric transformations, fractions of a set, measuring turns, division problems with three-digit answers, and dividing money.

Reading: C read chapters of On the Banks of Plum Creek. I read chapters of Gathering Blue to N and C at night.

Spelling: C aced an assessment and completed the workbook intro to her lesson on words using “ch” and “wh.”

Bible: Combined class with N.

Geography: Combined class with N.

Writing: Combined class with N.

History: Combined class with N.

Science: Combined class with N.

Spanish: Combined class with N.

Phsy. Ed.: Combined class with N, S, and H.

Social Studies: 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):

I gave S and extra week off due to sniffles and some household responsibilities that she’d been neglecting. She’ll spend the next couple weeks having class in the morning and evening to catch up to the required number of school days.

## Day 114

So, Thursday gave all three younger kids a bout of the latest who-knows-what that’s going around, including snotty noses and low-grade fevers, so we took a rare sick day. Today, after Bible class (N and C learned about the Babylonians conquering Jerusalem and taking the Jews into exile), we tried something new. A local rec center has homeschool gym class every other Friday, so I took the two healthy girls (N and C) to check it out. There were over a dozen kids, so the girls were able to participate in some of the time-honored, brick and mortar school games. They had a great time and we’ll be going again with all four of the girls.

Next week is our first scheduled break for the semester, and we’ll hop back in after that!

## Day 113

N and C decided they wanted to get up earlier today to get school finished. So, they set alarms for themselves and woke up. S usually wakes up early. She likes to help the neighbors with their chores in the horse barn, so I blackmailed her into doing school early by saying she could go next door after her schoolwork was done. It was highly motivating.

N (age 12):

Math: N wasn’t in a frame of mind to put any sort of effort into her math assessment yesterday, so I gave her today to do a review of the questions to be sure she didn’t skip any out of spite or laziness.

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 destroying any vestiges of idol worship in Israel (we all agreed that his swift and decisive actions were probably very “President Trump-like”), about his reign, and about his death in battle against the Egyptians and Assyrians.

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 their maps of the Middle East and Southeast Asia for review.

History: N and C learned about the Ming Dynasty’s social and economic isolation of China, and about the construction of the Forbidden City in Beijing.

Spanish: N and C watched more of their Spanish lesson on video and completed a vocabulary and comprehension worksheet.

Writing: After I reviewed their first drafts with them, N and C began to write the next draft of their persuasive letter. Neither of them took a formal enough tone, and their letters were very loosely constructed. We talked about the purpose of the introduction, body, and closing of their letters.

Science: N and C learned about quarks and about the microscopes that make it possible to “see” atoms by measuring their currents.

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

C (age 10):

Math: C warmed up with mental math. Her lesson was on finding only the necessary information needed to solve a story problem, excluding unnecessary information. She also did a few division problems whose quotients ended in zero by way of review.

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 completed her workbook intro to her next lesson

Bible: Combined class with N.

Geography: Combined class with N.

Writing: Combined class with N.

History: 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 31. Her lesson was on counting backwards from 10 to 1, and on adding 1 to a number. 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 practiced reading phrases that will appear 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: “they,” “them,” “their,” and “theirs.” 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.