Day 132

Still no sign of Adventures with Atoms and Molecules. It’s not for lack of searching. All the kids want to get their hands on the reward money. So, another day without science class. We’re going to have to double up on experiments once we find this book.

N (age 12):

Math: N began with mental math. Her lesson was on finding lines of symmetry. We’ve covered this before, so it was easy. N enjoyed the hands-on lesson, as there aren’t many opportunities in Saxon’s junior high math curriculum to use manipulatives. The lesson also reviewed functions, which N learned a year or two ago.

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 Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego’s civil disobedience and subsequent miraculous rescue from the fiery furnace. We talked about doing the right thing in the face of monumental societal pressure, and about accepting that there’s no guarantee of escaping the consequences.

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

Spelling: N practiced her words with contractions and possessives.

History: N and C learned about Joan of Arc. We’ve actually spent quite a bit of time studying her (for social studies and reading and in history lessons from previous years), and she’s a favorite of the girls.

Writing: N and C practiced writing newspaper articles, being sure to include “what,” “where,” “when,””why,” and “how.” We also focused on maintaining a consistent verb tense throughout.

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

C (age 10):

Math: C and I went reviewed her math assessment together. Most of her errors were simple calculating mistakes, but we were also able to cement a few concepts more firmly.

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.

History: 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 helped follow a recipe with me today, to get a dose of practical math. We made macaroni and cheese for lunch.

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 “it.” She did much better catching onto the common ending of the words today than she did yesterday.. I read S (and H) a few chapters of The Case of the Missing Marquess last night. The character development is impressive for a children’s book.

Grammar: S continued memorizing “The Months.” She reviewed the growing list of pronouns she’s learning. She continued to work on memorizing and writing her address. It’s important to me that she get this down.

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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