So, the educational part of our day went well. The extracurricular activities (i.e. fighting and distracting each other from work) brought out “mean mom” for the first time this year. I finally separated the two biggest offenders in an attempt to minimize the distraction. Our day still ran late, but my blood pressure lowered significantly after the fighting stopped.
N (age 12):
Math: N warmed up with mental math and a worksheet on geometry. Her lesson was on finding the area of a trapezoid and other complex geometric figures. I’ve never liked geometry much, but I’ve had to use it a lot. I wish I’d known all this earlier in my life. At any rate, N was pretty tired by the time we finally got to math, but she did okay with it. She completed a lesson review.
Bible: N and C reviewed their memory verse (Galatians 4:4-5). Their lesson was on the magi and the massacre of small boys in Bethlehem after Joseph and his family fled to Egypt.
Composition: N and C wrote a one-sentence story, like I’ve seen floating around on Facebook recently.
Spelling: N aced her assessment.
Science: N and C reviewed the structure of molecules and compounds. They also reviewed the organization of the Period Table of Elements.
History: N learned about the differences (economic, political, etc.) in the settlements by the Spanish, French, and English in the Americas in A Patriot’s History of the United States. Independently, she finished reading The Royal Diaries: Anastasia.
Art: N and S began their unit on art history. We talked for a while about the composition of portraits. Then, they learned about the historical context of the Baroque period of art. They learned about Rubens’ life and the characteristics of his paintings. They looked over some of his paintings, pointing out the dramatic, sweeping gestures of the people. Then they did some more in-depth study of “The Rape of the Daughters of Leucippus.” We discussed the allegory in the painting, the twisted lines of the women, and the symbolism of the Cupids. We talked briefly about the Dutch Flemish school of Baroque.
Spanish: N completed a quiz in Spanish.
Music: N practiced her scales and her lesson.
C (age 10):
Math: C warmed up with mental math. We reviewed the five problems she got incorrect on her lesson review from yesterday. Her lesson today was a review of place values through 100. She completed a worksheet on addition and finished a lesson review.
Spelling: C practiced her spelling words with the sounds /ar/, /ir/, /or/, and /er/.
Composition: Combined class with N.
Bible: Combined class with N.
Science: Combined class with N.
History: C and H learned about the Dutch revolt against Phillip by William the Silent. I reminded C of the tie-in with the Baroque art period (particularly the Dutch Flemish school).
Art: Combined class with N.
Spanish: C completed several more lessons in Spanish.
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 number 43. Her lesson was on counting by 2s. She completed a worksheet on subtraction and a lesson review.
Reading: S continued her unit of All About Reading. She read a story about a chain reaction set off by a rat. She enjoyed the story, read with increasingly good fluency, and finished quickly.
Grammar: S created a narrative about a picture, pointing out details. She recited all the poems she learned last year.
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 story of the original sin in The Action Bible.
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 patter. We counted two days of math class. Her lesson introduced counting bears as a manipulative.
Reading: H reviewed A, B, C, and D. She learned the sounds of E, and F.
Writing: H copied A, B, C, D, E, and F on a worksheet that I made from the Writing Wizard website.
Bible: Combined class with S.