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.

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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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