We made it through all our subjects today, even spelling and a reading lesson! I'm hoping to really get back into our routine and blaze through everything while knowing that all the holidays are coming up and we will get knocked off our schedule again. Well, we try our best.
Religion - We watched the video segment on "Mission to the Lamanites." The kids both summarized and drew pictures. It's nice when they actually try to do a good job. We're also reviewing and brushing up on the 7th Article of Faith so that Chicklette can do a good job on Sunday.
Math - Chicklette asked again if she could do her Xtramath after Turtle but (again) I told her that if we do it in that order, we will never get to Xtramath and the drill is necessary for her. Racer had a review page and got a few wrong. He is supposed to still be working on it tomorrow according to my lesson plans so I will just have him correct what he got wrong. It always surprises me when he gets things wrong because he seems so self-assured.
Chicklette is working on Three-digit subtraction with no tens. She's doing pretty good and I love it when they have a self-correction sentence at the bottom. It's pretty easy for everyone involved to make sure that the problems are right.
Turtle and I had a reading lesson. The first exercise went fine, but the second exercise was not starting out well. I was worried that it was going to be one of those lessons that takes all my patience, but after that exercise it was like his brain woke up and started working. After his reading lesson he did an Xtramath exercise. I think it's above his level, but if he wants to do it, why should I stop him?
Science - We got behind in science the last couple weeks so we're trying to catch up again. We read about heat and heat energy and defined heat. Then we tried an experiment with boiling water of different volumes. We found that more water takes more time to boil, but it boils at the same temperature. We also found that my thermometer is way off or water boils at 10 degrees less than it should here. I know we're up in the mountains, but that seems a little off to me. At least the point of the experiment was proven. It's always a good thing when your experiment upholds established scientific principles.
Spelling - I sent Chicklette off to do her piano while Racer and I did his spelling. We worked through a backlog of spelling cards and we were able to put about half of them in the mastered category. The we worked on words that have ew as /oo/ in them like grew, few, new, etc.
Chicklette reviewed the rule that ck only comes right after a short vowel. She did pretty good but she had to be reminded about what a short vowel was.
History - We finished up talking about Georgia today and made peach pie because Georgia's state fruit is the peach. (Even though California produces more peaches than Georgia.) We also reviewed all of our capitals and sang our Fifty Nifty United States song. Because Jackie Robinson was born in Georgia, we also talked about segregation - what it is and why it's bad. I wanted to read the kids a book about the Alamo but our library still didn't have it so we watched a Netflix movie. The movie, "Draw a Line in the Sand", was supposed to be about the Alamo but all the kids remembered was that one of the side characters in the story died. Oh, and so did Davy Crockett. Well, they did remember it was a conflict between Mexico and Texans also. The kids told me the Texans were fighting for freedom, but the more you study history, the more messy it becomes. The Texans had agreed to certain rules in order to live in Mexico but they weren't abiding by those rules anyway.
Latin - The kids watched their Latin video and finished learning to count from one to ten. I'm hoping that the numbers will carry over to spelling the months of the year for Racer. That is part of his spelling from last week and, while he chose to spell out loud instead of use tiles or paper, he got a few of the months wrong because he would leave out a random p or m.
Grammar - Chicklette learned about cousins today. We talked about capitalizing names as proper nouns. Racer just had to do a quick summary of two paragraphs. There's a lot of carryover between grammar and Writing with Ease. We also got to talk about pen names like Mark Twain and J.K. Rowling's pen name for her newest novel. He didn't understand why someone wouldn't use their real name to publish something. We talked about how women's writing weren't always valued, how someone might want to try a new genre, or other reasons for someone remaining anonymous.
Writing with Ease - Chicklette is still working on capitalization and copied a sentence about Davy Crockett being born in Tennessee. She thought that the spelling of Tennessee was pretty funny. Racer read a passage from Farmer Boy and summarized it for me.
Now I need to do laundry and rearrange our co-op schedule. We've had a couple dropouts and as the secretary, I need to make sure that we stay on top of who is in charge of devotional. I don't know if I'll get to it tonight