Day 2

I’m so excited! I just found out that the homeschool gym class is now going to be weekly (rather than just the first and third Friday of the month). It will definitely make for a busy Friday, but I think we’ll take a break from soccer this season in light of the new and improved homeschool gym class schedule. That should take a little off our plates.

School still went well today. The only time anyone got upset was when I didn’t have longer lessons.

N (age 12):

Math: N warmed up with mental math. She’s getting her math mojo back and had a much easier time today. Her lesson was on finding the missing factor in problems containing fractions or decimals. It ended up being much easier than she expected, and she did quite well. She completed a mixed number worksheet and a lesson review.

Bible: N and C reviewed their memory verse (Galatians 4:4-5). Their lesson was on Joseph’s perspective of the annunciation. We discussed the marriage culture at the time, and what the passage showed about Joseph’s character.

Reading: N read some of Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix. I read a chapter of The Case of the Gypsy Goodbye to N and C last night.

Composition: N and C rewrote their descriptive paragraphs after receiving my edits.

Spelling: N practiced her current spelling list. I think she’ll be ready for an assessment tomorrow.

Science: N and C reviewed the six types of metal according to their groups on the Periodic Table.

History: N learned about the indigenous peoples of South and Central America. She learned about Portuguese and Spanish settlements in South and Central America, the Caribbean, and the Southeastern United States from A Patriot’s History of the United States. Independently, she continued to read The Royal Diaries: Anastasia.

Spanish: N finished several more lessons from Unit 1 of Rosetta Stone’s Level 1 Homeschool Spanish and completed another worksheet.

Music: N practiced her scales and her lesson.

C (age 10):

Math: C warmed up with mental math. We reviewed the three problems she got incorrect on her lesson review from yesterday. Her lesson today was a review of odd and even numbers. She completed a worksheet on addition and finished a lesson review.

Reading: C read seven chapters of The Adventures of Robinson Crusoe (abridged). I read a chapter of The Case of the Gypsy Goodbye to N and C last night.

Spelling: C started her new lesson on words with the sounds /ar/, /ir/, /or/, and /er/.

Composition: Combined class with N.

Bible: Combined class with N.

Science: Combined class with N.

Spanish: C continued her lessons on grammar, vocabulary, and reading. She told me today how much she prefers Rosetta Stone to Excelerate Spanish. She feels like she’s learning much more, and she looks forward to her lessons every day. She even works ahead.

Music: C practiced her ukulele. She did so well keeping up with her playing over the summer.

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 42. Her lesson was on volume. She estimated how many cups of water would fill various containers, and then found the actual number of cups in each container. She completed a lesson review.

Reading: S continued her unit of All About Reading. She began to get agitated, but I encouraged her by telling her how well she did yesterday once she stopped freaking out, and how quickly she would be able to finish her reading lesson if she didn’t get upset. She calmed down and read the rest of the words she needs to recognize before reading her next story. I’m so pleased with her progress.

Grammar: S reviewed nouns, pronouns, and verbs. She also worked on memorizing my phone number, and we talked about when it’s appropriate to give out my number and when it’s not.

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 practiced letter sounds in preparation for sounding out spelling words.

Bible: S and H practiced their memory verse (Proverbs 11:3) and then listened to the creation account in The Action Bible. They both begged me to read them one more lesson, but I wanted to keep things moving so we could enjoy a play date later in the day.

Science: S and I looked up alligator snapping turtles on the National Geographic website. Then, we looked at pictures of alligator snapping turtles online.

H (age 5):

Math: H filled out the next date in her calendar and colored the date block according to the patter. We counted two days of math class. Her lesson continued her exploration of pattern blocks.

Reading: H reviewed A, B, and C, and learned the sound of the letter D. We had a discussion about the process or learning how to read (i.e., each letter makes a sound and a combination of letter sounds makes a word).

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

Bible: Combined class with S.

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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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