Day 168

Even though we didn’t need to get up early for soccer practice, we started relatively quickly in the morning. The day ran a little long because I had to help N and C with their math lesson reviews. They were done with great reluctance, but they were done. I call that a win!

N (age 12):

Math: N warmed up with mental math. Her lesson was on finding the whole group when a fractions is known. She worked through some initial confusion and finally understood the concept. I think attitude had a lot to do with the difficulty she had picking up the concept. We worked together to finish her lesson review. I had to keep refocusing her on the task at hand. Her mind tends to wander.

Bible: N and C reviewed their memory verses (2 Timothy 3:16-17, Exodus 20:1-17, Psalm 1, Psalm 23, Isaiah 53, Isaiah 9:7, and Micah 5:2) and the books of the Bible. The girls continued their study of the Sermon on the Mount.

Reading: N read a chapter of her library book and a chapter of Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. I read N and C a chapter of The Case of the Bizarre Bouquets last night.

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

Science: N and C learned more about the different properties of metal and its prevalence throughout nature.

Social Studies: N and C watched a video on life for kids in Japan.

Geography: N and C learned about their final European country: Iceland. We used the Time for Kids website. We talked about geothermal energy. We had a good laugh trying to pronounce different phrases in Icelandic.

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

C (age 10):

Math: C warmed up with mental math. Her lesson was on estimating multiplication and division answers. We talked about why it’s important to know how to estimate in every day life.

Reading: C read a chapter of Farmer Boy. I read N and C a chapter of The Case of the Bizarre Bouquets last night. 

Spelling: C practiced her words with consonant clusters containing “s,” “ch,” and “th.”

Bible: Combined class with N.

Social Studies: Combined class with N.

Science: Combined class with N.

Geography: Combined class with N.

Music: C practiced her ukulele.

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 numbers 39 and 40. Because S is already proficient at counting by 10s to 100 and that’s what her lesson was on, we also did the next lesson, which was on subtracting one from a number. It took her a while to get used to the idea of thinking in terms of one less than a number rather than one more than a number, but she was able to complete the lesson and a review worksheet. She also did a problem sheet on subtracting one from a number.

Reading: S continued her unit of All About Reading. She warmed up by reading some flashcards (including the sight words “the” and “a”). S read the next story in her storybook. She’s reading more quickly and easily now. S and H were bored with the slow pace of Five Little Peppers and How They Grew. I set that book aside and started reading a guaranteed favorite: Rush Revere and the First Patriots. I love these historically accurate, non-partisan history books, and the kids love the characters (especially Liberty, the talking, time-traveling horse).

Grammar: S reviewed her list of pronouns. The lesson today continued practicing action verbs.

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

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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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