Day 28

Family vacation was spent at Virginia Beach with grandparents, aunts, uncles, and cousins (all of whom happen to be homeschooled). With the plethora of homeschoolers, it seemed logical to toss in some educational activities. The first stop was the Virginia Aquarium. They learned about the ocean and creatures of the different water habitats in Virginia.

 

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Day 27

Library Day! However, I left the kids at home to do independent reading while I went to the library alone to be sure that none of the books we currently had out would be due while we were away.

During the long car ride to Virginia Beach and back home again, the girls listened to The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, Prince Caspian, From the Mixed-Up Files of Mr. Basil E. Frankweiler, and The 13 1/2 Lives of Captain Blue Bear.

Days 25-26

The days after Labor Day started our three-day week that ends with leaving for Virginia Beach on vacation. So, there was not a lot of motivation to learn anything.

N (age 12):

Math: N warmed up with some mental math.  Her lessons were on multiplying powers of ten, multiplying numbers in scientific notation, and collecting like terms in algebraic expressions. As we approach her leap into full-fledged Algebra I, the lessons are getting more challenging. She did lesson reviews.

Bible: N and C reviewed their memory verses (Galatians 4:4-5, Isaiah 9:7, Micah 5:2, Daniel 9:25, and Isaiah 7:14). They continued learning about Jesus’ parables and their meanings.

Reading: N read some of Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix. She shelved Moby Dick (abridged) for the moment in favor of reading The Adventures of Tom Sawyer.

Spelling: N practiced her words containing the suffixes -er, -or, -ist, and -est.

History: N continued reading The Enlightenment.

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

Music: N practiced her scales and began working in earnest on reading music using the musical flashcards.

C (age 10):

Math: C warmed up with mental math and worksheets on subtraction. Her lessons were on multiplication as repeated addition, adding and subtracting dollars and cents, and making a multiplication. She completed lesson reviews.

Reading: C was so excited about her library books that I let her shelve Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland in favor of Nzingha: Warrior Queen of Matamba.

Spelling: C practice her irregular plurals.

Bible: Combined class with N.

Geography: Combined class with N.

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

Music: C practiced her ukulele.

S (age 7):

Math: S warmed up with counting to 100 by 1s, 5s, and 10s. She counted to 20 by 2s and to 19 by odd numbers. She counted backwards from 30. Her lesson on Tuesday was on adding two to an odd number. She completed a worksheet on addition and finished a lesson review sheet. She spent Wednesday reviewing what she’d already learned, because I didn’t want to get too in-depth before heading out for vacation.

Reading: S continued her unit of All About Reading. She read some of her Dick and Jane books because she finds them very motivating.

Writing: S copied the days of the week on a worksheet that I made from the Writing Wizard website.

Science: S watched some episodes of Coyote Peterson’s YouTube channel on marine life.

Bible: S and H practiced their memory verses (Proverbs 11:3, Titus 2:7, John 3:16).

H (age 5):

Math: H filled out the next date in her calendar and colored the date block according to the pattern. Her lesson on Tuesday was on covering designs using pattern blocks. Wednesday was spent reviewing patterns and counting.

Reading: H reviewed A, B, C, D, E, F, G, H, I, J, and K. She continued to practice letter flashcards for these letters.

Writing: H copied A, B, C, D, E, F, G, H, I, J, and K on a worksheet that I made from the Writing Wizard website.

Bible: Combined class with S.

Day 24

Homeschool gym class! The kids are so bummed that they’re going to miss the next two classes because of vacation. Coach CeeJa brought out the parachute again. There was a lot of running around and a life lesson for H about how to respond when someone is unkind.

Day 23

Library Day! I found a great series of books called the Royal Diaries. They cover a wide range of women in royalty throughout history. C picked out two that ruled during the historical time period we’re currently studying, Kazunomiya: Prisoner of Heaven (Japan 1858), and Nzingha: Warrior Queen of Matamba (Angola, Africa, 1595). She’s fascinated with all things Japan, and she’ll be learning about Nzingha in history class soon.

Day 22

So much fighting. So much. Is it a full moon? At least school went well.

N (age 12):

Math: N warmed up with some mental math and a worksheet on addition. Her lesson was on connecting algebraic terms. There was some attitude, but “Mean Mom” shut that down quickly. She did a lesson review.

Bible: N and C reviewed their memory verse (Galatians 4:4-5, Isaiah 9:7, Micah 5:2, Daniela 9:25, and Isaiah 7:14). Their lesson was on Jesus’ parables. We talked about what parables are and why they are helpful in teaching.

Reading: N read some of Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix. She began reading Moby Dick (abridged). I read a chapter of the Sherlock Holmes series to N and C last night.

Spelling: N practiced her words containing the suffixes -er, -or, -ist, and -est.

History: N learned about the events leading up to the Battle of Lexington, George Washington becoming General of the Continental Army, and the advantages and disadvantages of the British military complex versus the American colonists in A Patriot’s History of the United States. She began reading The Enlightenment.

Geography: N and C filled in maps of South and Central America for review.

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

Science: N and C learned a bit more about carbon and about Carbon-14 dating. They learned about the three basic forms of carbon (graphite, diamond, and Buckminsterfullerene aka Buckyballs).

Music: N practiced her scales and began working in earnest on reading music using the musical flashcards.

C (age 10):

Math: C warmed up with mental math and a worksheet on subtraction (she’s improved to 4 seconds per problem on subtraction). Her lesson was a review of lines (horizontal, vertical, oblique), number lines, and tally marks. She breezed through it (with just a bit of trouble with horizontal and vertical). She completed a lesson review.

Reading: C began reading Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. I read a chapter of the Sherlock Holmes series to N and C last night.

Spelling: C practice her irregular plurals.

Bible: Combined class with N.

Geography: Combined class with N.

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

Science: Combined class with N.

Music: C practiced her ukulele.

S (age 7):

Math: S warmed up with counting to 100 by 1s, 5s, and 10s. She counted to 20 by 2s and to 19 by odd numbers. She counted backwards from 30. Her lesson was on adding two to an even number. She completed a worksheet on addition and finished a lesson review sheet.

Reading: S continued her unit of All About Reading. She read some practice phrases, focusing on “j” words. Story tomorrow!

Grammar: S reviewed the definitions of nouns and action verbs, and she identified all the nouns and action verbs in “The Three Little Kittens.”

Writing: S copied the days of the week on a worksheet that I made from the Writing Wizard website.

Science: S continued learning about marine life. We read One Small Square: Seashore. I wasn’t overly thrilled with the text of this book (it was a bit dry), but S enjoyed the labeled illustrations. We scanned through the whole book. We’ll be vacationing at the shore, so she’s excited to explore the tide line.

Bible: S and H practiced their memory verses (Proverbs 11:3, Titus 2:7, John 3:16). They learned about the birth of Ishmael and a warning about Sodom and Gomorrah. We talked about trying to get things done on our own when we feel like God isn’t moving fast enough.

H (age 5):

Math: H filled out the next date in her calendar and colored the date block according to the pattern. Her lesson was on creating and reading AB patterns. She used two colors of linking cubes to make her patterns.

Reading: H reviewed A, B, C, D, E, F, G, H, I, J, and K. She continued to practice letter flashcards for these letters.

Writing: H copied A, B, C, D, E, F, G, H, I, J, and K on a worksheet that I made from the Writing Wizard website.

Bible: Combined class with S.

Day 21

We got off to a late start. Sometimes, the weekend sleep schedule gets thrown off and that means sleeping in on Monday. So, I didn’t finish instructional time with each kid completely until about suppertime.

N (age 12):

Math: N warmed up with some mental math and a worksheet on geometric areas. Her lesson was on multiplying by the powers of 10 and multiplying numbers in scientific notation. It was a bit confusing for her since we don’t spend a lot of time on scientific notation, and she wasn’t having the best attitude for math class. She did a lesson review.

Bible: N and C reviewed their memory verse (Galatians 4:4-5, Isaiah 9:7, Micah 5:2, Daniela 9:25, and Isaiah 7:14). Their lesson was on Jesus’ contentious relationship with the religious leaders of the day. We talked about the seeds being sown from the beginning for the crucifixion.

Reading: N read some of Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix. She finished reading A Gathering of Days. I read a chapter of the Sherlock Holmes series to N and C last night.

Spelling: N practiced her words containing the suffixes -er, -or, -ist, and -est.

History: N finished reading Life During the French Revolution. She watched “Les Miserables.”

Geography: N and C filled in the countries they know on their maps of Africa. They learned about the country of Niger, and we talked about some of the things I remember about living there.

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

Science: N and C learned a bit more about silicon and its uses.

Music: N practiced her scales and began working in earnest on reading music using the musical flashcards.

C (age 10):

Math: C warmed up with mental math and a worksheet on subtraction (she’s improved to 4 seconds per problem on subtraction). Her lesson was on multiplication as repeated addition, and on adding and subtracting dollars and cents. She completed a lesson review.

Reading: C finished reading The Three Musketeers (abridged). I read a chapter of the Sherlock Holmes series to N and C last night.

Spelling: C completed the workbook introduction to her next lesson on irregular plurals.

Bible: Combined class with N.

History: C and S learned about the Pilgrims and the Wampanoag, including the important roles played by William Bradford and Squanto.

Geography: Combined class with N.

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

Science: Combined class with N.

Music: C practiced her ukulele.

S (age 7):

Math: S warmed up with counting to 100 by 1s, 5s, and 10s. She counted to 20 by 2s. She counted backwards from 30. Her lesson was on numbering analog clock face, and learning how to tell time to the hour on analog and digital clocks. She definitely did not enjoy numbering clock faces. She completed a worksheet on addition and finished a lesson review sheet.

Reading: S continued her unit of All About Reading. She read some more practice words, because she was feeling a bit overwhelmed today at the thought of reading a story. I focused on words that begin with “j.”

Grammar: S practiced listening comprehension with the poem “The Three Little Kittens.”

Writing: S copied the days of the week on a worksheet that I made from the Writing Wizard website.

Science: S continued learning about marine life. We read some more from  Under Water, Under Earth. She learned about deep sea creatures.

Bible: S and H practiced their memory verses (Proverbs 11:3, Titus 2:7, John 3:16). They learned about making honesty a habit.

H (age 5):

Math: H filled out the next date in her calendar and colored the date block according to the pattern. Her lesson was on using pattern blocks to make a design. I had her tell me everything she could about the pattern blocks she was using.

Reading: H reviewed A, B, C, D, E, F, G, H, I, J, and K. She practiced letter flashcards for the letters she already knows. She’s still a bit iffy on a few of the letters, and I want to make sure she recognizes them all before moving on.

Writing: H copied A, B, C, D, E, F, G, H, I, J, and K on a worksheet that I made from the Writing Wizard website.

Bible: Combined class with S.