We voted today also. I had a hard time deciding between the candidates for our city council. They seemed so similar. Even their logos were similar with the same colors. But I made the best decision I could and provided a good example for the kids.
Math - After Xtramath, both Chicklette and Racer slowly got to work on their assignments. Racer had to correct his problems. There was one problem that was still confusing to him; it was confusing for me as well because it was drawn strangely. They had a line divided up in segments and you had to write the fraction for two certain points on that line. The line that ended up being 3 1/4 didn't have four ticks on the line and that line that was 3 7/8 was difficult to tell if you were supposed to include all the tick marks or just the small ones. He was also pretty perturbed that you had to simplify fractions and reduce an improper fraction to a mixed fraction. Such are the trials of a third grader.
Chicklette had a practice page to do and she did it well; it just takes her forever. She is slowly getting to the point where she can decide on her own if a word problem needs addition or subtraction to solve.
I caught Chicklette doing Turtle's Xtramath also. Not that I mind her getting the extra practice, but I would like Turtle's Xtramath to be an accurate reflection of his abilities so I know where he is. Turtle did okay on his reading lesson. For some reason when the text reads old, he says load and when the text says cold, he says clode or clothes. He does something funny with or and for as well. He reads over and floor instead. I think it might be the way the text wants him to sound them out that makes his brain hear something else. I may just have to teach them as sight words. I think I remember Racer doing something similar.
Science - We set out a shallow dish of water in our window to try to demonstrate radiant energy. Unfortunately, it was so cold by the window that the water didn't warm up much. This would be a better experiment during the summer. It is something the kids have seen demonstrated though so I'm sure they understand the concept even if it wasn't demonstrated well today.