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.

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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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