Day 144

A brave, homeschooling soul invited homeschoolers in the area to spend a few hours at her farm. Fifty to sixty homeschool kids roamed her property, herding sheep, feeding baby lambs, riding horses, grooming horses, chasing chickens, climbing trees, making new friends, and generally having a blast! Such a great day!


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Day 142

So, homeschool soccer started today. There was supposed to be a practice, but the fields were too soggy after last night’s downpour. So, it ended up being just a coaches’ meeting. I’m coaching, by the way. I’m the most non-athletic person I know. I don’t even really like sports, which is why God saw fit to bless me with four athletic girls. Anyway, I’m doing the U6 division, and was up last night researching practice drills and that sort of thing. I found some good ones at Meaningful Mama.

N (age 12):

Math: N warmed up with some mental math. Her lesson was on finding the area and angles of parallelograms and rectangular parallelograms. A little cut-and-paste with graph paper helped illustrate the concept in a nice, concrete way.

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 53:1-12) and the books of the Bible. They learned about the ultimately unsuccessful tactics used by Sanballat, Tobiah, and several others to try to discourage the exiled Jews from rebuilding the wall. Alinsky-ite tactics apparently predate Alinsky by quite a time span. It was a great way to show again that politics and politicians never change.

Reading: N read a chapter of her library book and a chapter of Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. I read a couple chapters of The Case of the Missing Marquess to N and C last night. We discussed the prevailing Victorian view of women as less capable/intelligent than men in every way.

Spelling: N practiced her lesson on two-syllable words.

History: N and C learned about Henry the Navigator and the birth of the African slave trade.

Social Studies: N and C streamed a video on Amazon Prime about life in both the country and the city in Ghana.

Science: N and C learned about elements (metal, semi-metal, and non-metal), and we explored the fantastic Periodic Table that I found on Amazon. It’s actually a placemat, but i hung it on the wall of the classroom for reference. It’s color coded, and each element is accompanied by a picture to illustrate the use of that element in modern life or its presence in the natural world.

Writing: N and C each wrote a short story using as many words as possible containing the word “car” in them.

Spanish: N and C began the video of their next lesson about a noisy neighborhood cat.

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

C (age 10):

Math: C had an assessment today. She understood most of the story problems (I had to explain a couple of them to her), but she was admittedly feeling a bit lazy and preferred to get some problems wrong rather than solve them. Joke’s on her, because I made her solve them anyway after I’d marked them wrong! She wasn’t amused. I was.

Reading: C read a chapter of her library book and a chapter of On the Banks of Plum Creek. I read a couple chapters of The Case of the Missing Marquess to N and C last night.

Spelling: C practiced her words with the consonant digraphs “kn,” “gn,” “wr,” “gh,” “ph,” “ch,” and “ck.”

Bible: Combined class with N.

History: Combined class with N.

Social Studies: Combined class with N.

Science: Combined class with N.

Writing: 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. S learned how to write the number 36. Her lesson was on weighing objects using non-standard units. The kids always enjoy using the balance that came with the Saxon manipulatives kit. She completed a math problem sheet (adding one to a number) and a lesson review worksheet.

Reading: S continued her unit of All About Reading. She warmed up by reading some flashcards (including the sight words “the” and “a”). S continued reading the long list of words she will find in the next story she reads. I read two chapters of The Case of the Left-Handed Lady last night.

Grammar: S continued memorizing “The Months.” She was introduced to verbs today.

Writing: S copied her name and some of the words she’s learning to read using a custom worksheet from HandwritingPractice.Net.

Day 141

I really had to force myself to do school today. It was a beautiful morning, I was in the zone with my knitting, and I had to take Little R to the dentist later. I powered through and was happy in the long run that I did it.

N (age 12):

Math: I actually never got around to giving N her math lesson. I usually do math with N while C does chores, then do math with C while N does chores, and then bring them in for their “together classes.” I went out of order and did C’s math first and, well, there you go. No math for N, who did not feel the need to remind me.

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 53:1-12) and the books of the Bible. They learned about Nehemiah feeling urged by God to rebuild the wall around Jerusalem and getting permission from King Artaxerxes to take a break from his duties (he was the cup-bearer to the king) to accomplish just that.

Reading: N read a chapter of her library book and a chapter of Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. I read a couple chapters of The Case of the Missing Marquess to N and C last night. We discussed the restrictive Victorian dress for women and the role of women at that time.

Spelling: N practiced her lesson on two-syllable words.

Geography: N and C filled in the European countries they know. I was shocked to find that National Geographic Kids had a page on Bosnia and Herzegovina, which we covered today! All the little former SSRs are giving N and C a run for their money in filling out the maps. They’ll get it eventually. They succeeded in memorizing all those Middle Eastern and Asian countries.

Science: N and C did an experiment today on chemical reactions with several experiments with yeast and sugar. They were amazed at how much the yeast expanded (or “farted,” as they like to call it) in the sugar water. They asked questions that led to more experiments (“Will it grow more with more sugar?” “Will it grow with no sugar in the water?”). Fun class!

Writing: N and C wrote three descriptive sentences attempting to give an overall impression of a person by describing just their hands.

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

C (age 10):

Math: C warmed up with mental math. Her lesson was on multiplying by 10, 100, and 1000. We compared and contrasted this lesson to yesterday’s lesson. C learns best when she can make connections between concepts and subjects.

Reading: C read a chapter of her library book and a chapter of On the Banks of Plum Creek. I read a couple chapters of The Case of the Missing Marquess to N and C last night.

Spelling: C practiced her words with the consonant digraphs “kn,” “gn,” “wr,” “gh,” “ph,” “ch,” and “ck.”

Bible: Combined class with N.

Geography: Combined class with N.

Science: Combined class with N.

Writing: 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 helped me with a recipe and measuring today, as a little break from book work for her after a rough reading class.

Reading: S continued her unit of All About Reading. She warmed up by reading some flashcards (including the sight words “the” and “a”). S continued reading the long list of words she will find in the next story she reads. I read three chapters of The Case of the Left-Handed Lady last night. I was only going to read two, but S and H wanted to hear more.

Grammar: S continued memorizing “The Months.” She reviewed the list of pronouns she’s learned. She continued to practice orally replacing nouns with pronouns in sentences I dictated to her.

Writing: S copied her name and some of the words she’s learning to read using a custom worksheet from HandwritingPractice.Net.

Day 140

N slept until 11:45. Almost noon. I sent C to her bedroom to wake her up with the “human blanket” for breakfast, after which time N went back to bed until almost noon. She’d better be going through a growth spurt. I’m all for going along with body clocks, but this is rather ridiculous.

N (age 12):

Math: N did an investigation today on classifying quadrilaterals. Bonus! She got to use a Venn diagram for the classification! She was not as enthusiastic as I was.


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 53:1-11) and the books of the Bible. They learned about the exiled Jews overcoming the politics of the governors west of the Euphrates, and getting permission and support from King Darius and King Artaxerxes to continue rebuilding the Temple.

Reading: N read a chapter of her library book and a chapter of Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. I began reading The Case of the Missing Marquess to N and C last night.

Spelling: N practiced her lesson on two-syllable words.

History: N and C learned about the unification of Spain under King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella. We also discussed the role of politics in royal marriages.

Geography: N and C filled in the European countries they know. They learned about Montenegro from the National Geographic website. They also filled in their South and Central America maps for review.

Science: N and C did an experiment today on converting work to heat. They spent a great deal of time stretching and relaxing rubber bands to feel the heat, even long after the class was over. We talked about the molecular structure of rubber bands.

Writing: N and C practiced writing with the voice of an animal instead of a human.

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

C (age 10):

Math: C warmed up with mental math. Her lesson was on decimal numbers to the thousandths. She also learned to convert fractions of thousandths to decimals and vice versa.

Reading: C read a chapter of her library book and a chapter of On the Banks of Plum Creek. I began readingThe Case of the Missing Marquess to N and C last night.

Spelling: C practiced her words with the consonant digraphs “kn,” “gn,” “wr,” “gh,” “ph,” “ch,” and “ck.”

Bible: Combined class with N.

History: Combined class with N.

Geography: Combined class with N.

Science: Combined class with N.

Writing: 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. S learned how to write the number 35. Her lesson was on sorting items and creating a graph. She is very good with patterns and sorting, so this was a pretty easy lesson for her. She completed a math problem sheet (adding one to a number) and a lesson review worksheet.

Reading: S continued her unit of All About Reading. She warmed up by reading some flashcards (including the sight words “the” and “a”). S began reading the rather lengthy list of words she will find in the next story she reads. I’ll be dividing this up over the next few days. I began reading the second Enola Holmes Mystery book, The Case of the Left-Handed Lady last night. She and H are starting to enjoy the books more and more, and S is even speculating on what will happen next. I think they’re getting used to the more advanced vocabulary used in the book.

Grammar: S continued memorizing “The Months.” She reviewed the list of pronouns she’s learned. She continued to practice orally replacing nouns with pronouns in sentences I dictated to her

Writing: S copied her name and some of the words she’s learning to read using a custom worksheet from HandwritingPractice.Net.