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.

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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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