Day 156

We had to double up on work today to make up for what we missed with the soccer games yesterday. It wasn’t as much as I anticipated, but I wasn’t able to get all of S’s work in, so she will have to double up tomorrow on math, grammar, and handwriting.

N (age 12):

Math: N warmed up with mental math. Her lesson was on identifying geometric solids and their components, and on finding the surface area of geometric solids. It involved a lot of drawing, which N enjoys when math isn’t involved. She drew lots of geometric solids and Manga faces, but the work got done.

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 finished learning about Esther. After asking around (a couple priests and a rabbi), I think the conclusion is that Haman was, indeed, impaled rather than hanged by a noose around the neck. They also began their study of the New Testament with a look at the lineage of Jesus.

Reading: N read a chapter of her library book and a chapter of Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. I read a chapter of The Case of the Left-Handed Lady to N and C last night.

Spelling: N practiced her lesson on two-syllable words. I think she’ll be ready for an assessment tomorrow.

History: N and C learned about Christopher Columbus’ discovery of the Caribbean islands and of his stubborn refusal to believe that he hadn’t reach India.

Social Studies: N and C streamed a video on Amazon Prime about life in Israel. They were especially interested in life in a kibbutz. We discussed the pros and cons of communal living, and compared and contrasted it with socialism and Communism.

Science: N and C continued reading The Mystery of the Periodic Table. They learned about the brilliant life and tragic death of Lavoisier, the discovery of oxygen and nitrogen, and the beginnings of the modern Periodic Table of Elements.

Geography: N and C filled in maps of South and Central America for review, and they filled in all the countries they know so far in Europe. They learned about Romania, which (of course) led to a discussion of Count Dracula and Vlad the Impaler.

Writing: N and C practiced “truth in advertising.”

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

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

C (age 10):

Math: C warmed up with mental math. She had an assessment today. While her story-problem-solving abilities have improved, I think she needs to go back to completing a daily lesson review. I’ve notice that she needs more repetition than N in order to grasp the concept. Once she understands, though, she’s highly unlikely to ever forget.

Reading: C read a chapter of her library book and a chapter of On the Banks of Plum Creek. I read a chapter of The Case of the Left-Handed Lady to N and C last night.

Spelling: C finished her workbook introduction to her next lesson on consonant clusters containing “s,” “ch,” and “th.”

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.

S (age 7):

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 go slowly with her so as to avoid too much frustration. I certainly don’t want her to view reading with resentment. If it takes longer now, I hope it will pay off in the future with a love of reading. I read a few chapters of The Case of the Bizarre Bouquets to S and H.



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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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