Today went so smoothly! Of course, it was followed by hours of fighting between S and H, but school itself went really well. And now the older two are playing with neighbor kids, and the youngers are dog-sitting in between bouts of fighting and giving me “hairstyles.”
N (age 12):
Math: N warmed up with mental math. She started off motivated, but that dwindled pretty quickly. Her lesson was on volume, which took her longer to master than I expected. I think and anti-math attitude today had something to do with that. She finished quickly, if not happily.
Bible: N and C reviewed their memory verses (2 Timothy 3:16-17, Exodus 20:1-17, Psalm 1, Psalm 23, Isaiah 53, and Isaiah 9:7) and the books of the Bible. They learned about John the Baptist and Jesus’ baptism. They were particularly impressed with what a “weird guy” John the Baptist was, and how he wasn’t inclined to make friends among the religious leaders of the day.
Spelling: N continued her new lesson on three-syllable words.
Geography: N and C filled in the countries they know in Europe. The former Soviet States are giving them a bit of trouble, but they’ll continue to review them as we move on to the continent of Africa next week. Today, they learned about Moldova from the National Geographic website.
Science: N and C continued reading The Mystery of the Periodic Table. They learned about Dobereiner, Newlands, and Mendeleev. They learned about elemental octads, triads, and the transition of the Periodic Table toward our modern table with organizational methods of groups and periods.
Writing: N and C wrote descriptive metaphors for the concept of “never.”
Music: N continued practicing her scales and her new lesson. I introduced musical notation flash cards today. She was not happy with that. But, I think it’s important to bolster her sight reading.
C (age 10):
Math: C warmed up with mental math (a bit tear-inducing today). Her lesson was on decimal place value to the thousandths. Like N, she completed quickly and with a decidedly bad attitude.
Reading: C read a chapter of her library book. I read a chapter of The Case of the Left-Handed Lady to N and C last night.
Spelling: C practiced her words with consonant clusters containing “s,” “ch,” and “th.”
Bible: Combined class with N.
Geography: Combined class with N.
Science: Combined class with N.
Writing: Combined class with N.
Music: C continued her drumming lessons and played the piano a bit.
S (age 7):
Math: S warmed up with counting to 100 by 1s, 5s, and 10s. She recited the days of the week and the months of the year. She did a worksheet on addition. Her lesson was a review of adding doubles and adding one to a number in preparation for an assessment tomorrow.
Reading: S continued her unit of All About Reading. She warmed up by reading some flashcards (including the sight words “the” and “a”). S began reading the phrases she will need to know in order to read her story later. She was frustrated, but read quite quickly and quite well. She’s still having a bit of trouble with her b, d, and p recognition. I use thumb positions to try to help her remember. I began reading Coraline to S and H. I like it much better than the movie, but it’s trippy! N and C are listening in.
Writing: S copied some of the words she’s been learning to read on a worksheet that I made from the Writing Wizard website.