And we’re off! The kids were excited (although they all acknowledged that the novelty will wear off in short order). Because of the enthusiasm, things flowed pretty smoothly, with only one having a meltdown.
N (age 12):
Math: N warmed up with mental math. She was a bit rusty, so I helped her through the problems. Her lesson was on multiplying and dividing signed numbers. Thankfully, it was an easy lesson. I prefer to start at the beginning of a new textbook after summer break, but we ended up only halfway through her text by the end of the last school year. So, we picked up where we left off. She wanted to try her hand at unsupervised independent work for her lesson review, but I erred on the cautious side. I allowed her to do the work without my assistance, but she had to do it under my supervision.
Bible: Since we didn’t get very far in Foundations 2 by the end of the last school year, I started the whole curriculum again. N and C were reintroduced to the book of Matthew and the lineage of Jesus from Abraham. They also began memorizing Galatians 4:4-5.
Reading: N was very excited to start her required reading list during the last few weeks of summer. She read 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea (abridged), Gulliver in Lillput, and some poems by Edgar Allan Poe (most notably, “The Raven”). She’s also currently reading Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix. I’m reading the final Enola Holmes book, The Case of the Gypsy Goodbye, to N and C at night.
Composition: N and C practiced descriptive writing.
Spelling: N picked up where she left off in spelling, working on the proper way to divide two-syllable words.
Science: N and C reviewed the properties of metal.
History: N also did some required history reading during the last weeks of summer. She read some easy books (below her reading level, actually, but I wanted to give her a general overview) about colonial life in the America. She read through Samuel Eaton’s Day, Sarah Morton’s Day, Mary Geddy’s Day, Tapenum’s Day, and On the Mayflower. For class, she began her more in-depth study of American history using A Patriot’s History of the United States. She learned about the economic, political, and religious factors for exploration of the New World. She studied both sides of the contentious debate of whether Columbus was a mass murderer. Independently, she read The Royal Diaries: Anastasia to learn about life in Russia during the time of the czars.
Geography: N and C reviewed Egypt as they began their geography unit on Africa. I used National Geographic Kids.
Spanish: N began Unit 1 of Rosetta Stone’s Level 1 Homeschool Spanish and completed a worksheet.
Music: N started back on her scales and lessons. I didn’t do flashcards today, because I want to ease her back into things.
C (age 10):
Math: C warmed up with mental math. She began a new textbook today, so her lesson was review. She went over the ten digits used in our number system and number sequences. She completed a worksheet on addition and finished a lesson review.
Spelling: C started with a review of the previous five lessons to get her back into the swing of spelling.
Composition: Combined class with N.
Bible: Combined class with N.
History: C doesn’t have supplemental required reading right now, but she liked the looks of the books about Colonial America that N was reading. She asked if she could read them as well. Far be it from me to keep my children from voluntarily seeking knowledge, so I gave her the pile of easy-read history books. She read On the Mayflower this morning. She had her first combined class with S. Usually, the two of them are like oil and water, but they did well together. They were introduced to the early modern time period with an overview of the religious tensions in Europe between the Catholics and Protestants, and Charles V.
Science: Combined class with N.
Geography: Combined class with N.
Spanish: C started her Spanish lessons during the final weeks of summer and has already completed Unit 1, along with three worksheets and a quiz. She began Unit 2 today and completed a worksheet.
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 41. Her lesson introduced her to dimes. She visually compared a dime with ten pennies. She practiced counting dimes. She completed a subtraction problem sheet and a lesson review worksheet.
Reading: S continued her unit of All About Reading. She read some words that will be in the next story she reads. Cue the meltdown. She became agitated just looking at the word list. I isolated each word for her, and she read them quickly and with almost no difficulty. Her demeanor didn’t reflect how well she did. This set the tone for the next half-hour, and I had to give her a short break to help her gain some control over her emotions. It didn’t take her long.
Grammar: S reviewed nouns and pronouns quickly, and then I went back to the introduction to action verbs. She was still upset about reading and needed something that didn’t challenge her as much.
Writing: S copied some of the words she’s been learning to read on a worksheet that I made from the Writing Wizard website.
Bible: I’d been wrestling with what to do for Bible class for S and H. The Foundations curriculum is just a bit too advanced for them at this point. I think I’ll hit some devotional books and work through a children’s Bible with them. To begin, I started with a Veggie Tales devotional (30 Very Veggie Devos About Honesty) that has short, concise lessons and simple memory verses. This week’s verse is Proverbs 11:3. The plan is to do a devotional on Monday, followed by stories from The Action Bible for the rest of the week.
History: Combined class with C.
Science: C recently discovered Coyote Peterson. He has a channel on YouTube called Brave Wilderness that is along the lines of the old Crocodile Hunter TV show. Since she is studying biology this fall, I gave her the opportunity to choose an animal a week to study. This week, she chose the snapping turtle. So, she spent a couple hours watching all of Coyote Peterson’s snapping turtle videos.
H (age 5):
Math: H began her first math class with an introduction to calendars. She will fill out a calendar each month and color the daily squares in a pattern (this month’s pattern is light green and orange). She also started keeping track of how many days she has math class throughout the year. The lesson was an introduction to shape pieces from the manipulatives kit. She made some shapes and then was terribly disappointed that the class wasn’t longer.
Reading: H was introduced to A, B, and C. We talked about the sound each letter makes and took turns coming up with words that began with each of those letters. I’m using the poem from Ordinary Parent’s Guide to Teaching Reading for the consonant sounds, but not following the script exactly. I’m trying to incorporate a little bit of All About Reading into the lessons.
Writing: H copied A, B, and C on a worksheet that I made from the Writing Wizard website.
Bible: Combined class with S.