Day 7

And I have dry socket. So, Wednesday may be up in the air as far as scheduling. The plan is to have plenty of independent work ready for the girls (Wednesday is typically a more independent day for the older two, anyway) so I can leave at a moment’s notice when the dentist calls back. Until the dentist calls, I’ll get as much done as I can, first with the younger two and then with the older two.

N (age 12):

Math: N warmed up with mental math and a worksheet on geometry. Her lesson was on graphing inequalities on a number line. It was pretty easy for her. She completed a lesson review.

Bible: N and C reviewed their memory verse (Galatians 4:4-5, Isaiah 9:7). Their lesson was on Jesus’ temptation in the wilderness. We talked about the three basic forms in which temptation comes (looks good, feels good, and makes me look good).

Reading: N read some of Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix. She also read three more chapters of Don Quixote (abridged). I read three chapters of The Case of the Gypsy Goodbye to N and C last night. There are three chapters left that I will read tonight, because I want to be able to return the book tomorrow on library day. I’m torn between starting the original Sherlock Holmes series with them, or reading Gone with the Wind to go along with our history timeline.

Composition: N and C made a list of practical and imaginative reasons for a chair having four legs.

Spelling: N practiced her lesson on multiple syllable words. I think she’s ready for an assessment.

Science: N and C continued their study of the alkali metals with magnesium. We’ll do the experiment tomorrow, because I don’t have all the materials yet that I need.

History: N learned about the settlements in New England, the Salem Witch trials, and the religious tolerance in Rhode Island in A Patriot’s History of the United States. She continued to read You Wouldn’t Want to be an 18th Century British Convict!: a Trip to Australia You’d Rather not Take

Geography: N and C filled in maps of the Middle East for review.

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

Music: N practiced her scales and her lesson.

C (age 10):

Math: C warmed up with mental math. We reviewed the one problem she got incorrect on her lesson review from yesterday, only incorrect because she didn’t follow directions. Her lesson was a review of addition algorithms. We used money manipulatives, but she prefers paper-and-pencil to hands-on. She completed a worksheet on addition (she averaged about three seconds per problem again today) and finished a lesson review.

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

Spelling: C completed the workbook introduction to her next lesson with different spellings of the /ur/ sound (i.e. “ir,” “ear,” and “or”).

Composition: Combined class with N.

Bible: Combined class with N.

Science: Combined class with N.

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

Music: C practiced her ukulele.

S (age 7):

Math: S had an assessment today. She did very well. only getting three problems wrong (she thought one more than 24 was 28, and didn’t pay attention to the sign of operation for two problems).

Reading: S continued her unit of All About Reading. She read 16 words in preparation for her next story. She’s doing so well with reading, but she continues to psych herself out at the beginning of each lesson. She spent close to 30 minutes crying before the lesson (admittedly, she was also doing school later in the day than usual, which may have had some impact) because she was overwhelmed by the number of words on the paper. I showed her how she would only read a portion of words each day until she was done, but she was quite inconsolable for a while. I worked hard to keep a level attitude and accommodated her as much as possible (not looking at her while she tried to sound out the words, folding the paper so it seemed like fewer words, etc.). Once she began reading her list, she did very well.

Grammar: S recited the poem she memorized last year about the days of the week. We reviewed the months of the year. She also practiced listening comprehension by repeating a short fable back to me in her own words after I’d read it to her.

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 verses (Proverbs 11:3, Titus 2:7). They learned about Noah building the ark and the Great Flood.

Science: S decided she wanted to learn more about her favorite animal this week, the shark. She watched the third and fourth episodes of “Shark Man with Riley Elliot” on Amazon Prime Video. She thinks the show is boring. I need to try to find something more interesting that she hasn’t seen yet (she watches a lot of educational videos for fun, mostly about sharks).

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. We went over her pictograph once more, and then she explored the pattern shapes and counting bears for a while.

Reading: H reviewed A, B, C, D, E, F, G, and H. I introduced the vowel I.

Writing: H copied A, B, C, D, E, F, G, H, and I 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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