Day 166

Last soccer games of the season today. The muddy fields made it a bit iffy, but the high winds, although making it difficult to hear anything on the field during the games, dried things out enough to play. We rushed through most of the classes and hit the fields for some fun.

N (age 12):

Math: N finished her assessment, but was admittedly lazy about it; rather than doing the work, she skipped half the problems. So, I made her redo the assessment under my supervision, and I helped her with the problems she genuinely didn’t understand.

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.

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

Spelling: N continued practicing her lesson on three-syllable words.

History: N and C learned about the beginnings of the slave trade (starting with Muslims and African tribes in north and west Africa, and expanding to the West Indies and South America through Spain and Portugal. They learned about the enslavement of the Native South Americans, and about the Midwest Passage.

Science: N and C learned about liquid crystals and LCD technology.

Music: N continued practicing her scales and her new lesson. She reviewed her musical notation flash cards.

Phys. Ed.: Soccer games.

C (age 10):

Reading: C read a chapter of her library book. I finished reading 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.

History: Combined class with N.

Science: Combined class with N.

Music: C continued her drumming lessons and played the piano a bit.

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

S (age 7):

Math: S warmed up by counting to 100 by 1s, 5s, and 10s. She recited the days of the week and the months of the year. She learned how to write the number 37. Her lesson was on adding zero to a number. She was thrilled with how quickly the lesson went. She finished up with an adding-zero worksheet and a lesson review sheet.

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 sentences that she was likely to find in her next story. She started getting upset simply because of the length of the sentences. I had her work in very small bites, and she got through some of the work, but she was unhappy about it. I began reading Five Little Peppers and How They Grew to S and H. I have a vague memory of my fourth grade teacher reading that book to the class, so I thought I’d give it a try with my youngers.

Grammar: S reviewed the poem “Work.” The lesson today introduced action verbs. We took turns naming different action verbs and acting them out.

Writing: S copied some of the words she’s been learning to read on a worksheet that I made from the Writing Wizard website.

Phys. Ed.: Combined class with N, C, 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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