Day 5

No fights today, very little attitude about things, and very few distractions mean I was done instructional time with all four of the girls by lunch time! Wow! I don’t expect this to be replicated often, but it’s nice when things work out this way.

N (age 12):

Math: N warmed up with mental math and a worksheet on mixed numbers. About halfway through the worksheet, she said that she already knew how to do them and asked if she could stop. One of the many reasons I love homeschooling is that I’m intimately knowledgeable about her grasp of concepts. I know she knows how to solve mixed number problems. So, we started the lesson, which was advanced fractions (i.e. fractions whose numerator and/or denominator is a fraction or mixed number). It was a lot easier than she expected. She learned how to do it using both division and reciprocals, but she preferred the division method. She completed a lesson review.

Bible: N and C reviewed their memory verse (Galatians 4:4-5). Their lesson was on Jesus’ return to Israel after Herod’s death.

Reading: N read some of Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix. She also read three chapters of Don Quixote (abridged). I read a chapter of The Case of the Gypsy Goodbye to N and C last night.

Composition: N and C turned negative sentences into positive sentences that conveyed the same message.

Spelling: N completed the workbook section of her next lesson on dividing multiple syllable words.

Science: N and C began to study the alkali metals, starting with the properties of hydrogen. They watched news footage from the explosion of the Hindenburg.

History: N learned about the Jamestown settlement, Pocahontas, and Bacon’s Rebellion in A Patriot’s History of the United States. She’s currently awaiting a book on Australia’s beginnings as a penal colony in the 18th century, You Wouldn’t Want to be an 18th Century British Convict!: a Trip to Australia You’d Rather not Take. It should be here tomorrow. There are whole series of these You Wouldn’t Want to… books that are so fantastic! Some are about history, some are about technology, some are about science, etc. They’re amusing and informative and wonderfully illustrated.

Geography: N and C filled in a map of South America for review.

Spanish: N completed several more lessons in Spanish.

Art: N and C painted an urban scene reflect on water using oil pastels and watercolor.

Music: N practiced her scales and her lesson.

C (age 10):

Math: C warmed up with mental math. We reviewed the two problems she got incorrect on her lesson review from yesterday. Her lesson today was a review of the “equal” and “greater than/less than” symbols. She completed a worksheet on addition and finished a lesson review.

Reading: C read the first three chapters of Great Expectations (abridged). I read a chapter of The Case of the Gypsy Goodbye to N and C last night.

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.

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 44. Her lesson was on telling time to the hour. She picked it up very quickly. She completed a worksheet on addition and a lesson review.

Reading: S continued her unit of All About Reading. She add O, L, and W to the letter sounds she already knows and read a variety of words using magnets and word-picture matching games.

Grammar: S practiced the days of the week. She recited her poem about the days of the week, and then I read her a different poem about the days of the week. We talked about different things we do on different days of the week. She reviewed nouns, pronouns, and action verbs. She acted out the action verbs of a poem called “Dance” by Eleanor Farjeon.

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 Cain, Abel, and Seth in The Action Bible.

Art: S and H used the book The Usborne Step-by-Step Drawing Book to draw a zoo scene.

H (age 5):

Math: H filled out the next date in her calendar and colored the date block according to the pattern. We counted how many days she’s done math class. Her lesson continued using counting bears as a manipulative.

Reading: H reviewed A, B, C, D, 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.

Art: 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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