Day 131

Neighbor kids wanting to play are an excellent incentive for getting that independent work done. Sometimes. Then, on days like today, I unwisely allow them to procrastinate because the weather’s so nice and a polar vortex is coming next week and I just want to get them out of the house for a few hours to use up energy. In the meantime, I can’t find the book I’ve been using for science experiments, Adventures with Atoms and Molecules. I’ve offered a monetary reward to anyone who finds it, but searches have been unsuccessful thus far.

N (age 12):

Math: N began with mental math. Her lesson was on the concept of negative exponents and scientific notations for small numbers. She got through the lesson pretty quickly, as she’s already familiar with positive exponents and negative numbers.

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 53:1-10) and the books of the Bible. They learned about Daniel and three of his friends rising to power during the exile of Judah in Babylonia.

Reading: N read a chapter of her library book and a chapter of Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. I finished Gathering Blue and moved on to Tuck Everlasting. The chapters are short, so I read three or four of them a night. We’ll be done quickly. N and C were most impressed with the description of Mae Tuck as “a potato of a woman.”

Spelling: N practiced her words with contractions and possessives.

Geography: N and C filled in all the countries they’ve learned so far on their maps of Europe. Things are getting a bit hairy now that we’ve started on the for SSRs, as there’s not a lot of kid-friendly information on them and there are so many of them all clustered together above Greece. Today, N and C learned about Bulgaria from the National Geographic website.

Writing: N and C learned practiced conveying written ideas as succinctly as possible.

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

C (age 10):

Math: C had an assessment today. She did uncharacteristically well on the story problems, and uncharacteristically poorly on the regular math problems. We’ll review tomorrow.

Reading: C read a chapter of her library book and a chapter of On the Banks of Plum Creek. I read a few chapters of Tuck Everlasting to N and C last night.

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

Bible: Combined class with N.

Writing: Combined class with N.

Geography: 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 33. Her lesson was on measuring using standard units (in this case, interlocking squares). Despite Baby R being very interested in the math manipulative, S managed to get the concept pretty easily.

Reading: S continued her unit of All About Reading. She warmed up by reading some flashcards (including the sight words “the” and “a”). S reviewed short i, v, f, and z. She read through a flipbook of words ending in “ig.” Even though each word had the same ending, she struggled with the endings. I kept referring her back to the word “pig.” Sometimes, she would then end with the word with “ip” instead of “ig.” I tried to help her focus on the end sounds. She was frustrated, but she got through it. I read S (and H) a few chapters of The Case of the Missing Marquess last night. I’m really enjoying this book! I like it as much as any of the Sherlock Holmes mysteries I’ve read. One thing that stands out to me is the way that the author weaves the Victorian era perception of women in society into the story in a way that is very matter-of-fact and not preachy. I think I’m going to read these books to N and C as well, so we can compare and contrast views on women then and now. This series is fantastic!

Grammar: S continued memorizing “The Months.” She reviewed the growing list of pronouns she’s learning. She practiced the pronouns she’s learning and continued to work on memorizing and writing her address.

Writing: S copied her name and some of the words she’s learning to read 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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