Days 145-155

How horrible is this? Two weeks behind! I’m doing the kind of post I hate: the condensed version of our last couple of weeks. We’ve been a lot busier since soccer started up full force, with practice and games.

N (age 12):

Math: N did her mental math daily. She spent a couple days reviewing division when the dividend has more than one digit. She had an assessment. Her lessons were on classifying triangles, using order of operations with various symbols of inclusion, adding signed numbers, solving ratio problems involving totals, and using π to find the circumference of a circle.

Bible: N and C reviewed their memory verses (2 Timothy 3:16-17, Exodus 20:1-17, Psalm 1, Psalm 23, and Isaiah 53) and the books of the Bible. They learned about the completion of the wall around Jerusalem, and they learned the story of Esther and the origins of Purim. In the translation we used (New Living Translation), it was interesting that Haman was impaled on a 75-foot tall pole rather than hung on gallows 75 feet high. I’m going to have to ask some of my theological friends for some more information about 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 Left-Handed Lady to N and C last night.

Spelling: N took an assessment and began another lesson on two-syllable words.

History: N and C learned about the African empires of Ghana, Mali, and Songhay, and about India’s Moghul Dynasty and Akbar of India.

Social Studies: N and C streamed videos on Amazon Prime about life in Guatemala and India.

Science: N and C began reading The Mystery of the Periodic Table. The book is a very reader-friendly for middle-schoolers, and is an entertaining introduction to the origins of chemistry and the Periodic Table. So far, they’ve learned about ancient metal workers smelting; the “first” elements of earth, air, fire, and water; alchemy; the non-element Phlogiston; and the scientists Anaximander, Empedocles, Thales, Anaximenes, Heraclitus, Democritus, Epicurus, Lucretius, Aristotle, Helmont, Boyle, Becher, Stahl, Priestley, Cavendish, and Lavoisier.

Geography: N and C learned about Croatia, Slovenia, and Hungary using either National Geographic or National Geographic Kids online. We talked about the current first lady being from Slovenia.

Writing: N and C each created obvious (and ridiculous) warnings for a product, used concise language to write a descriptive paragraph with fewer than 100 words, wrote paragraphs with the beginning letter of each word assigned, wrote a paragraph using only half of the letters of the alphabet, expressed the same idea both concisely and elaborately, and wrote a descriptive paragraph with a surprise twist.

Spanish: N and C continued their lesson about a noisy neighborhood cat and worked on handouts.

Music: N continued practicing her scales and her new lesson.

Phys. Ed.: N, C, S, and H participated in the homeschool gym class at the local rec center, playing variations of tag and Simon Says. They all continued going to homeschool soccer league practice. They had their first games yesterday, and each of their teams won. N, being too old to be in the league this season, is assistant coaching S’s team.

C (age 10):

Math: C warmed up with mental math daily. Like N, she spent a couple days reviewing long division. She also spent a day reviewing concepts she hadn’t quite grasped in her assessment. Her lessons were on mentally multiplying round numbers, multiplying two two-digit numbers (a two-part lesson divided over a couple days), dealing with remainders in stories about equal groups, and comparing mixed numbers and improper fractions.

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 Left-Handed Lady to N and C last night. The historical aspects of this book are of particular interest to my left-handed C.

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

Bible: Combined class with N.

History: Combined class with N.

Geography: 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.

Phys. Ed.: Combined class with N, S, and H.

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. We’ve been focused on the addition and subtraction facts that she’s learned so far, and on writing the numbers she knows properly.

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 started reading The Case of the Bizarre Bouquets to S and H. The chapters are shorter than the first two books in the series, so we’ve been reading it faster than usual.

Grammar: S continued memorizing “The Months.” S and I have been working on correct word usages that I notice she misuses often while speaking. Currently, we’re working on the difference between “lay” and “lie,” “may” and “can,” and irregular past tenses of verbs.

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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