Baltimore Catechism Lesson 2A
A First Book in American History: "The Early Life of Columbus"
R: "Seasons," from Kindergarten Gems
B: "Appleseed John," from For the Children's Hour
R: "White Sheep," from A Child's Own Book of Verse, Book 1
B: "The Arrow and the Song" (begun last week), from Poems Every Child Should Know
Lessons 11-12 in MEP Y1a, plus practice in single-, double-, and triple-digit addition without regrouping (problems on screen, worked on whiteboards)
Writing & Grammar:
cursive practice, reviewing A and introducing B
identifying nouns and proper nouns (oral)
Head of the Class:
online practice in spelling, math, music, geography, science/nature
The Spartan Twins
Except for math, which takes roughly a half hour, each lesson lasts approximately 10 minutes. I haven't listed subjects in the order in which we do them; the day will look like this:
3. history reading
6. handwriting practice
8. B reads his independent-reading book while R reads her reading lesson and does Head of the Class
9. R is then finished, while B reads his reading lesson and does Head of the Class
Lunchtime reading on Monday wound up being The Polite Pupil, from the Brothers of Mary. It was that kind of morning . . .
Religion: Bible: Manna from Heaven
Read-aloud: Parables From Nature
Math: MEP Lesson 13: number ladder, ex 7; Lesson 14: exercises 1, 2, 4, 6; do one two-digit addition problem and one three-digit addition problem; let each child do one round of Flash-to-Pass math flashcard app during individual time
Writing & Grammar: continue poems from Monday; practice cursive A & B
Spanish: listen to and copy from flashcard app to make own sets of flashcards; listen and speak vocabulary words
Reading: R: "The Fairy in the Mirror," from Kindergarten Gems; B: "What the Fawns Must Know," from School of the Woods
finish with Head of the Class, taking turns
Lunchtime reading: The Princess and the Goblin
Tuesday Notes: B&R both unwell today: headaches/sore throats/some fever. A read-aloud day (Bible, Parables From Nature), plus we did two rounds of oral Math-to-Pass flashcards (addition levels 1&2) for mental math. Listening to A Child's Introduction to the Orchestra now. R playing with her old Boggle Jr. game (spelling practice). B reading. Might listen to Black Ships Before Troy on audiobook later. Will save writing, independent reading for R till tomorrow. Sick days are when homeschooling really comes into its own -- no need to miss school entirely just because we're lying on the couch.
Wednesday plan, assuming people feel better:
Religion: A Life of Our Lord for Children
Read-Aloud: I think I'll switch our schooltime and lunchtime readings and do Among the Forest People as nature study for school, and the Andrew Lang Blue Fairy Book as lunchtime reading.
Math: Tuesday's MEP lesson, plus flashcard drill
Writing & Grammar: Tuesday's lesson plus, if time permits, a look at plural nouns/how to make nouns plural via a .pdf worksheet "zoomed" on my computer screen, so we can do the exercise orally. Then we can observe the principle in our copywork and reading.
Spanish: review of "expressions" vocabulary using Spanish flashcard/quiz app (a free app; fun because it includes audio and various kinds of quiz. When we run out of words on the free app, I'll upgrade to the "full" model)
Reading: Tuesday's reading which we didn't do while people were sick
Head of the Class
Wednesday Notes: R still sick with a fever/headache. Did religion, read-aloud nature, math (three MEP group mental-math activities plus three rounds of addition flashcards, trying to beat our previous times), and Spanish (quizzes on our Spanish flashcards app), and grammar/writing more or less as scheduled. B did Head of the Class activities; R did not. B has done independent reading for the day; R may do hers later. R went outside briefly and picked pecan leaves to press in our flower press. Will read Blue Fairy Book at lunch. Maybe we'll have a tea this p.m. and read The Spartan Twins, since we didn't do that on Monday.
We have also been playing board games like National Geographic's Geo Bee and Scrabble in the afternoons. B says geography is his favorite subject.
No Latin Mass or church day, so a regular school day at home.
Religion: Book of Saints and Friendly Beasts
Read-Aloud: The Princess and the Goblin (didn't do for lunch on Tuesday)
Math: MEP: Lessons 19-21; 3 rounds of Flash-to-Pass
Writing/Grammar: copywork as assigned; work on cursive B/b
Spanish: each child does quizzes on this week's vocabulary individually
Independent reading: as assigned
Head of the Class
R still running a 102F fever, so our plan to attend the historical re-enactment day at Allison Woods near Statesville, NC, is out. Maybe we'll just have a read-aloud day instead.