Day 22

So much fighting. So much. Is it a full moon? At least school went well.

N (age 12):

Math: N warmed up with some mental math and a worksheet on addition. Her lesson was on connecting algebraic terms. There was some attitude, but “Mean Mom” shut that down quickly. She did a lesson review.

Bible: N and C reviewed their memory verse (Galatians 4:4-5, Isaiah 9:7, Micah 5:2, Daniela 9:25, and Isaiah 7:14). Their lesson was on Jesus’ parables. We talked about what parables are and why they are helpful in teaching.

Reading: N read some of Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix. She began reading Moby Dick (abridged). I read a chapter of the Sherlock Holmes series to N and C last night.

Spelling: N practiced her words containing the suffixes -er, -or, -ist, and -est.

History: N learned about the events leading up to the Battle of Lexington, George Washington becoming General of the Continental Army, and the advantages and disadvantages of the British military complex versus the American colonists in A Patriot’s History of the United States. She began reading The Enlightenment.

Geography: N and C filled in maps of South and Central America for review.

Spanish: N completed several more lesson and a worksheet in Spanish.

Science: N and C learned a bit more about carbon and about Carbon-14 dating. They learned about the three basic forms of carbon (graphite, diamond, and Buckminsterfullerene aka Buckyballs).

Music: N practiced her scales and began working in earnest on reading music using the musical flashcards.

C (age 10):

Math: C warmed up with mental math and a worksheet on subtraction (she’s improved to 4 seconds per problem on subtraction). Her lesson was a review of lines (horizontal, vertical, oblique), number lines, and tally marks. She breezed through it (with just a bit of trouble with horizontal and vertical). She completed a lesson review.

Reading: C began reading Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. I read a chapter of the Sherlock Holmes series to N and C last night.

Spelling: C practice her irregular plurals.

Bible: Combined class with N.

Geography: Combined class with N.

Spanish: C completed several more lessons and a worksheet in Spanish.

Science: Combined class with N.

Music: C practiced her ukulele.

S (age 7):

Math: S warmed up with counting to 100 by 1s, 5s, and 10s. She counted to 20 by 2s and to 19 by odd numbers. She counted backwards from 30. Her lesson was on adding two to an even number. She completed a worksheet on addition and finished a lesson review sheet.

Reading: S continued her unit of All About Reading. She read some practice phrases, focusing on “j” words. Story tomorrow!

Grammar: S reviewed the definitions of nouns and action verbs, and she identified all the nouns and action verbs in “The Three Little Kittens.”

Writing: S copied the days of the week on a worksheet that I made from the Writing Wizard website.

Science: S continued learning about marine life. We read One Small Square: Seashore. I wasn’t overly thrilled with the text of this book (it was a bit dry), but S enjoyed the labeled illustrations. We scanned through the whole book. We’ll be vacationing at the shore, so she’s excited to explore the tide line.

Bible: S and H practiced their memory verses (Proverbs 11:3, Titus 2:7, John 3:16). They learned about the birth of Ishmael and a warning about Sodom and Gomorrah. We talked about trying to get things done on our own when we feel like God isn’t moving fast enough.

H (age 5):

Math: H filled out the next date in her calendar and colored the date block according to the pattern. Her lesson was on creating and reading AB patterns. She used two colors of linking cubes to make her patterns.

Reading: H reviewed A, B, C, D, E, F, G, H, I, J, and K. She continued to practice letter flashcards for these letters.

Writing: H copied A, B, C, D, E, F, G, H, I, J, and K on a worksheet that I made from the Writing Wizard website.

Bible: Combined class with S.

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Day 21

We got off to a late start. Sometimes, the weekend sleep schedule gets thrown off and that means sleeping in on Monday. So, I didn’t finish instructional time with each kid completely until about suppertime.

N (age 12):

Math: N warmed up with some mental math and a worksheet on geometric areas. Her lesson was on multiplying by the powers of 10 and multiplying numbers in scientific notation. It was a bit confusing for her since we don’t spend a lot of time on scientific notation, and she wasn’t having the best attitude for math class. She did a lesson review.

Bible: N and C reviewed their memory verse (Galatians 4:4-5, Isaiah 9:7, Micah 5:2, Daniela 9:25, and Isaiah 7:14). Their lesson was on Jesus’ contentious relationship with the religious leaders of the day. We talked about the seeds being sown from the beginning for the crucifixion.

Reading: N read some of Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix. She finished reading A Gathering of Days. I read a chapter of the Sherlock Holmes series to N and C last night.

Spelling: N practiced her words containing the suffixes -er, -or, -ist, and -est.

History: N finished reading Life During the French Revolution. She watched “Les Miserables.”

Geography: N and C filled in the countries they know on their maps of Africa. They learned about the country of Niger, and we talked about some of the things I remember about living there.

Spanish: N completed several more lesson and a worksheet in Spanish.

Science: N and C learned a bit more about silicon and its uses.

Music: N practiced her scales and began working in earnest on reading music using the musical flashcards.

C (age 10):

Math: C warmed up with mental math and a worksheet on subtraction (she’s improved to 4 seconds per problem on subtraction). Her lesson was on multiplication as repeated addition, and on adding and subtracting dollars and cents. She completed a lesson review.

Reading: C finished reading The Three Musketeers (abridged). I read a chapter of the Sherlock Holmes series to N and C last night.

Spelling: C completed the workbook introduction to her next lesson on irregular plurals.

Bible: Combined class with N.

History: C and S learned about the Pilgrims and the Wampanoag, including the important roles played by William Bradford and Squanto.

Geography: Combined class with N.

Spanish: C completed several more lessons and a worksheet in Spanish.

Science: Combined class with N.

Music: C practiced her ukulele.

S (age 7):

Math: S warmed up with counting to 100 by 1s, 5s, and 10s. She counted to 20 by 2s. She counted backwards from 30. Her lesson was on numbering analog clock face, and learning how to tell time to the hour on analog and digital clocks. She definitely did not enjoy numbering clock faces. She completed a worksheet on addition and finished a lesson review sheet.

Reading: S continued her unit of All About Reading. She read some more practice words, because she was feeling a bit overwhelmed today at the thought of reading a story. I focused on words that begin with “j.”

Grammar: S practiced listening comprehension with the poem “The Three Little Kittens.”

Writing: S copied the days of the week on a worksheet that I made from the Writing Wizard website.

Science: S continued learning about marine life. We read some more from  Under Water, Under Earth. She learned about deep sea creatures.

Bible: S and H practiced their memory verses (Proverbs 11:3, Titus 2:7, John 3:16). They learned about making honesty a habit.

H (age 5):

Math: H filled out the next date in her calendar and colored the date block according to the pattern. Her lesson was on using pattern blocks to make a design. I had her tell me everything she could about the pattern blocks she was using.

Reading: H reviewed A, B, C, D, E, F, G, H, I, J, and K. She practiced letter flashcards for the letters she already knows. She’s still a bit iffy on a few of the letters, and I want to make sure she recognizes them all before moving on.

Writing: H copied A, B, C, D, E, F, G, H, I, J, and K on a worksheet that I made from the Writing Wizard website.

Bible: Combined class with S.

Day 20

We couldn’t make it to gym class today due to car repairs. The kids were a bit bummed out. We got plenty of other things done, but they really dragged their feet with just about everything today.

N (age 12):

Math: N warmed up with some mental math and a worksheet on working with mixed fractions. Her lesson was on finding the area of the circle. She got the formula a bit confused with that of finding the circumference of a circle at first. I kept reiterating the differences between the two. We’ll see if it sticks or if she needs more repetition. She completed a lesson review.

Bible: N and C reviewed their memory verse (Galatians 4:4-5, Isaiah 9:7, Micah 5:2, Daniela 9:25). Their lesson was on the calling of the twelve disciples, and their trip out to perform miracles and teach about Jesus in Israel.

Reading: N read some of Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix. She read through Chapter 12 of A Gathering of Days. I read a chapter of the Sherlock Holmes series to N and C last night.

Spelling: N completed the workbook introduction to her next lesson on the suffixes -er, -or, -ist, and -est.

History: N learned about the significance of the Boston Tea Party and Delaware Tea Party in A Patriot’s History of the United States. She read through Chapter 7 of Life During the French Revolution.

Geography: N and C filled in maps of the Middle East and Southeast Asia.

Spanish: N completed several more lesson and a worksheet in Spanish.

Science: N and C learned about Madame Curie and Polonium. We talked about our experiences with static electricity and ways it can be prevented.

Music: N added F Major to her list of scales to practice on a daily basis.

C (age 10):

Math: C warmed up with mental math and a worksheet on subtraction (she’s improved to 4 seconds per problem on subtraction). Her lesson was on multiplication as repeated addition, and on adding and subtracting dollars and cents. She completed a lesson review.

Reading: C read through Chapter 12 of The Three Musketeers (abridged). I read a chapter of the Sherlock Holmes series to N and C last night.

Spelling: C had an assessment. She made a last minute decision to change the spelling of four similar words and got them all wrong. We talked about test-taking skills to help keep her from second-guessing herself.

Bible: Combined class with N.

Spanish: C completed several more lessons and a worksheet in Spanish.

Science: Combined class with N.

Music: C practiced her ukulele.

S (age 7):

Math: S warmed up with counting to 100 by 1s, 5s, and 10s. She counted to 20 by 2s. She counted backwards from 30. Her lesson was recognizing and counting odd numbers. She completed a worksheet on subtraction and finished a lesson review sheet.

Reading: S continued her unit of All About Reading. She read the final three phrases and sentences that will help her when she reads her story next week.

Grammar: S reviewed the fall months. She learned how to abbreviate them.

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

Spelling: S identified all the pictures that started with specific letters.

Science: S is learning about marine life. We read some more from  Under Water, Under Earth. She learned about coral reefs, blue whales, and giant squids.

Bible: S and H practiced their memory verses (Proverbs 11:3, Titus 2:7, John 3:16). They learned about Lot and Abram parting ways.

H (age 5):

Math: H filled out the next date in her calendar and colored the date block according to the pattern. She wanted to practice counting again, so we spent some time counting to 100 by 1s. We talked about any patterns she noticed while counting.

Reading: H reviewed A, B, C, D, E, F, G, H, I, J, and K. She practiced letter flashcards for the letters she already knows.

Writing: H copied A, B, C, D, E, F, G, H, I, J, and K on a worksheet that I made from the Writing Wizard website.

Bible: Combined class with S.

Day 19

Another library day is upon us. S and H had a rough night and didn’t get much sleep, so my plan was to skip story time in the morning and just attend the homeschool STEM class in the afternoon. Unfortunately, I got my days mixed up and there was no homeschool STEM class. The girls read and played educational games while I researched some philosophers of the Enlightenment and got some resource ideas from several of the librarians.

Day 18

It was back on schedule today after the eclipse and the field trip. There were moans and groans, but they actually buckled down and got things done. We followed school with some fall cleaning. Overall, it was a relatively productive day!

N (age 12):

Math: N warmed up with some mental math and a worksheet on percent-decimal-fraction equivalents. Her lesson was on using proportions to solve percent problems. She’s been using proportion boxes for a while now, so it wasn’t a big stretch to add percents to the roster of problems she already knows how to solve using them. She completed a lesson review.

Bible: N and C reviewed their memory verse (Galatians 4:4-5, Isaiah 9:7, Micah 5:2, Daniela 9:25). Their lesson was on Jesus healing ministry and how it fulfilled prophecies in Isaiah.

Reading: N read some of Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix. She read through Chapter 9 of A Gathering of Days. I read a chapter of the Sherlock Holmes series to N and C last night.

Spelling: N had an assessment.

History: N learned about the Stamp Act and various other acts that represented a loss of independence and freedom to the colonies in A Patriot’s History of the United States. She read through Chapter 6 of Life During the French Revolution.

Geography: N and C filled in the countries they know in Africa and learned about Mali. We looked up pictures of Timbuktu online and talked about why “in Timbuktu” means “in the middle of nowhere.”

Spanish: N completed several more lessons, a worksheet, and a quiz in Spanish.

Art History: N and C learned about the life of Diego Velazquez. They studied the composition of “Las Meninas” and we talked about why it was so unique as a royal portrait.

Music: N added F Major to her list of scales to practice on a daily basis.

C (age 10):

Math: C warmed up with mental math and a worksheet on subtraction (she’s improved to 4 seconds per problem on subtraction). Her lesson was a review of story problems on combining (addition). She learned how to apply her knowledge of addition/subtraction fact families to finding missing information in the story problems.

Reading: C read through Chapter 9 of The Three Musketeers (abridged). I read a chapter of the Sherlock Holmes series to N and C last night.

Spelling: C had an assessment. She made a last minute decision to change the spelling of four similar words and got them all wrong. We talked about test-taking skills to help keep her from second-guessing herself.

Bible: Combined class with N.

History: C and S learned about Hideyoshi and the establishment of the Tokugawa shogunate in Japan.

Spanish: C completed several more lessons and a worksheet in Spanish.

Art History: Combined class with N.

Music: C practiced her ukulele.

S (age 7):

Math: S had an assessment. She only got one addition problem wrong.

Reading: S continued her unit of All About Reading. She read three phrases and three sentences that will help her when she reads her story next week.

Grammar: S reviewed the summer months. She learned how to abbreviate them.

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

Spelling: S identified all the pictures that started with specific letters.

Science: S is learning about marine life. We read some of a fantastic book called Under Water, Under Earth. It’s a big book with lots of pictures that are labeled. There is a page dedicated to lake life, a page dedicated to the Mariana Trench, a page dedicated to the Titanic, a page dedicated to root vegetables, a page dedicated to burrowing mammals, etc. I highly recommend this as an addition to any homeschool library!

Bible: S and H practiced their memory verses (Proverbs 11:3, Titus 2:7, John 3:16). They learned about the steps to take after making a mistake (apologize, try to fix it, try not to do it again).

History: Combined class with C.

H (age 5):

Math: H filled out the next date in her calendar and colored the date block according to the pattern. Her lesson was on counting to ten with one-to-one correspondence. She used the counting bears and pattern blocks from the manipulatives kit.

Reading: H reviewed A, B, C, D, E, F, G, H, I, J, and K. She practiced letter flashcards for the letters she already knows.

Writing: H copied A, B, C, D, E, F, G, H, I, J, and K on a worksheet that I made from the Writing Wizard website.

Bible: Combined class with S.

Day 16

So, science class today was, of course, the eclipse. It reached 99.5% totality in our yard, which was plenty. That last .5% wasn’t worth braving the traffic. It lasted long enough that it was sufficient for the entire school day for S and H. They’ll get back to their regular schedules tomorrow. N and C still had their regular school schedules.


N (age 12):

Math: N investigated using a straight edge and a compass to make constructions. I’ve never found a compass that I like to use. They never seem to work properly. At least the lesson is done. There’s no review work on investigation days.

Bible: N and C reviewed their memory verse (Galatians 4:4-5, Isaiah 9:7, Micah 5:2). They finished up the Sermon on the Mount, and we talked about how we can tell what kind of person someone is by their actions.

Reading: N read some of Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix. She read through chapter 6 of A Gathering of Days. I read a chapter of the Sherlock Holmes series to N and C last night.

Composition: N and C picked a topic and wrote as much as they could possibly think of about that topic, even if it seemed boring or mundane.

Spelling: N practiced her lesson on multi-syllable words.

Science: Solar Eclipse 2017!!!

History: N learned about how the actions of George III and PM Grenville after the French and Indian War was viewed by those in England and by the colonists in America (I was able to draw parallels to the concepts of government entitlements and the difficulty of entitlement reform today) in A Patriot’s History of the United States. She began reading Life During the French Revolution.

Geography: N and C filled in the countries they know in Africa and learned about Mauritania. We looked up photos of Mauritania online.

Spanish: N completed several more lessons and a worksheet in Spanish.

Music: N practiced her scales and her lesson.

C (age 10):

Math: C had an investigation today on the parts of story problems using addition, subtraction, equal groups, and comparisons. It took a minute or two to click with her, but then she was able to work almost completely independently.

Reading: C read through Chapter 6 of The Three Musketeers (abridged). I read a chapter of the Sherlock Holmes series to N and C last night.

Spelling: C practiced the  plurals of words ending in x, s, sh, y, or ch.

Composition: Combined class with N.

Bible: Combined class with N.

Science: Combined class with N, S, and H.

Geography: Combined class with N.

Spanish: C completed several more lessons and worksheets in Spanish.

Music: C practiced her ukulele.

S (age 7):

Science: Combined class with N, C, and H.

H (age 5):

Science: Combined class with N, C, and S.