# Day 8

I’ll admit I wasn’t in the best mood. An early morning trip to the dentist to get my dry socket cleaned out and packed was pretty horrible for this anti-dentite. N and C got a lot of their work done independently while I was gone, so they didn’t have a whole lot to do when I got back. S and H had to have school in the afternoon instead of the morning. And there were quite a few interruptions and distractions, and one hour-long tantrum. Not the best day ever on the books, but it’s done now.

N (age 12):

Math: N warmed up with mental math and a worksheet on multiplication. Her lesson was on recognizing problems with insufficient information, and on making quantitative comparisons. She thought it would be a lot more difficult than it was. She completed a lesson review.

Bible: N and C reviewed their memory verse (Galatians 4:4-5, Isaiah 9:7). Their lesson was on the calling of Simon Peter, Andrew, James, and John. We discussed their reactions to Jesus telling them to come follow Him.

Reading: N read some of Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix. She also read three more chapters of Don Quixote (abridged). I began reading the Sherlock Holmes series with them at bedtime, beginning with “A Study in Scarlet.”

Composition: N and C practiced finding creative adjectives to describe destruction.

Spelling: N practiced her lesson on multiple syllable words again.

Science: N and C continued their study of the alkali metals with an experiment with magnesium. We used rubbing alcohol to separate the chlorophyll from spinach, and then used a coffee filter to see how many colors besides green could be found in spinach.

Geography: N and C filled in all the countries they’ve learned in Africa so far. Then, we studied the country of Tunisia using the CIA World Factbook website.

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 worked on her unfinished lesson review from yesterday. Her lesson was on ordinal numbers, and writing and comparing numbers through the hundred thousands. 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 began reading the Sherlock Holmes series to N and C last night.

Spelling: C practiced her 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 warmed up with counting: to 100 by 1s, 5s, and 10s, backwards from 30, and to 20 by evens. Her lesson was on identifying numbers between 1 and 100. I asked her to identify 52. Before I was able to give her some strategies, she hit the roof. She screamed about not being able to do it, it being too hard. I managed to sit calmly through that hour until she calmed down. We discussed some techniques for finding numbers, and she was able to find them with assistance by the end of math class. I let her skip the lesson review because she was so emotionally exhausted (we’ll do it together over the weekend), but she completed a worksheet on subtraction.

Reading: S continued her unit of All About Reading. She read another 16 words in preparation for her next story. I continued the accommodation of not looking at her while she’s reading. She did very well, with very little emotional upheaval.

Grammar: S recited the poems she memorized last year about the days of the week and the months of the year. We discussed the season of winter, identified the winter months, and talked about capitalization rules for months and seasons.

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 the ark landing on Mt. Ararat and the significance of the rainbow.

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 was on counting to five with one-to-one correspondence. She used pattern blocks and counting bears.

Reading: H reviewed A, B, C, D, E, F, G, H, and 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.