Religion - We had a missionary wheel to cut and put together in religion today. The kids both colored their parts and we put it together. Then we got to talk about how Sidney Rigdon and Brigham Young were converted to the gospel.
Math - Both kids did Xtramath and Chicklette did a few problems in her mental math section. I know Racer did his math workbook but now he says he can't find it so I can't really correct it. It was supposed to be about measuring angles and it was the first time that he has been introduced to this concept.
Science - We talked about friction today and figured out how that related to our Jitter-Critter experiment yesterday. They filled out some summaries in their workbooks.
Piano - Oh, man. What drama! Racer said he hadn't practiced one of his songs so he didn't want me to play it. I finally got him to play it and no, it wasn't perfect. So, like any other piano student, I started to take him through it phrase by phrase. "I can't figure it out! I haven't practiced it! I don't know how to do it! I feel like a bird in a cage because I can't go do what I want to do. (My personal favorite) You get to do whatever you want to do! I can't play because I'm not in the mood. I can't play because you're in the room. I don't want to do it because I don't feel like it and I don't want to. I feel like I'm your servant and I have to do everything you tell me to do!" All these and more delivered with tears and sighs of anguish. I am proud of myself that I was able to keep my temper in control and not engage with any of these tragic sentences. Well, except for the one about how I get to do whatever I want. That one I did tell him was false because I would dearly love to shut myself away with my new book from the library and ignore the world. Anyways, I did the brain-dead thing suggested by Love and Logic and just kept repeating my directions to him without raising my voice or showing my aggravation. We did finally get through the song, hopefully he will remember it this time for this week. I then gave him three minutes to collect himself and come back down for science. Chicklette's piano lesson went a lot smoother. She didn't pass off her song but we didn't have the gusty sighs that were likely to bring the house down.
History - We talked about Louisiana today. Tomorrow we shall have red beans and rice for dinner and I have a little bit of sausage I can throw in. Maybe I'll make some cornbread too.
Latin - The kids kept going on their review by answering some review questions and writing the Doxology in Latin.
Writing with Ease - Chicklette's story portion was from Trumpet of the Swan. She had to answer some comprehension questions and then give me one thing that she remembered from the story. Racer's dictation exercise was stepped up a notch because I was only supposed to read the sentences three times and then give minimal help to remember what came next. It's not his easiest subject but I don