Friday, November 6, 2009

Week 10, day 4

Bible (Catechism, Bible story, memory verse): We did a brief review of catechism and memory verse, and read about Solomon's request for wisdom.

Calendar (Update day of week and date of month, record weather and temperature): I thought it was warm again (80 degrees) but both kids were certain that it was cool and I let them overrule me.

Handwriting: P did many pages of her numbers workbook, hoping to get to the next dot-to-dot. This inspired me to order the Kumon dot-to-dot workbook, to help her with number sequencing, because she still gets confused about the value of the tens place (mistaking 29 for 19, mixing up 23 and 32, etc). Her handwriting is tidy.

Language Arts: P did her copywork under the table. Even upside down, her handwriting is acceptable. A picture is worth 10^3 words. If I'd tried something like this when I was in public school, I'd probably have had to describe it to the principal. It gives me deep pleasure to know that the principal of our little school (Ari, of course) thoroughly approves of such activities.

P was also supposed to sequence a story I read out of order for her. It was the story of Cinderella, and consisted of 6 sentences read in order 5, 6, 4, 2, 1, 3. This was quite difficult for her, and she had to work hard at it, but she managed in the end.

Math (5-a-day, other activities): P mixed up 12:30 and 1:30 on her 5-a-day, so we talked about how you figure out the hour. She does fine with all other half hours, but I think her idea is that when the hour hand is between 2 numbers, you always choose the number that is less rather than the number that is in the counterclockwise direction. Usually the 2 are the same. I don't know how well she grasped my explanation.

E's "school": We read "Cinderella" (in the correct order, this time) and "Goldilocks and the Three Bears" in The Tall Book of Nursery Tales, as well as a few poems from Poems and Prayers for the Very Young.

Geography and/or science: This didn't really happen, though in the evening we took Ari's telescope for a local homeschool group's high school astronomy evening. E slept through most of it, but P was around for much of Ari's conversation with the high school students. You never know how much she understands of this - it can be scary sometimes how much adult conversation she grasps (or only grasps enough of to terrify her).

Other: P practiced piano some, and did some pages of music theory. We counted the beats in various measures, and "2+2=4" is completely automatic for her so she was easily able to see that two half notes, two quarter notes and a half note, and 4 quarter notes all get 4 beats. Looking at the several sample 4-measure pieces in her book, each of which had 4 beats to the measure, she asked me, "What's two 8s?" I told her it was 16, to which she immediately responded, "That means four 4s is also 16." Hooray for seeing her break up numbers and reassemble them!

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