Religion - Today was super simple. We just had to read a fact sheet about the Three Witnesses - Oliver Cowdery, Martin Harris, and David Whitmer.
Math - Racer had it easy today. He was learning to multiply by tens. They started off with single digit number times ten, then double digit numbers times ten, and finally 4 digit numbers times 10, 20, or more. He got the hang of it pretty quick and told me it was the easiest thing ever. He got two wrong because he added wrong, but he definitely got the concept. Chicklette finished up her math with the concept of subtraction within 1000. She seems to be understanding it, it just takes her forever and she gets distracted quickly. Because Racer finished his math so quickly, he played on Study Island for a while. Turtle and I got a reading lesson done and he did very well. It's funny how he will have a bad day, but then he has several very good days in a row. Thank goodness for that.
Science - Today's reading was about Newton's first law, the law of inertia. I'm not sure the kids totally understood that one, but there's a Bill Nye video on our shelf about motion and I'm sure it will come up again this week. Chicklette especially had a hard time narrating back what she learned from our reading.
We took a break to go to the library. I love our weekly library visits. We get to see friends and get to get new books. I love that the kids love it too. Today's storytime was on the letter M and they read books about music and monsters and other M things.
After lunch, library and a fun phone call from T.A., we dove back into school.
History - We reviewed our Fifty Nifty States song and then started learning about Massachusetts. We learned that there was an Indian named Massachuset and found Boston and Plymouth in Massachusetts. We also started reading If You Lived at the Time of the American Revolution. After we finished all of the reading I had scheduled for today, I saw that we had extra time. I had just checked out the book we were supposed to read yesterday so while they were doing more coloring on their Massachusetts page, I read You Wouldn't Want to Sail on the Mayflower. They enjoyed it, but I'm thinking I may have bombarded the kids with a lot of information today. I should make tomorrow more of a hands-on, application type of day. We definitely need to timeline some dates. I'm starting to get Jamestown and the Pilgrims mixed up again.
Latin - After Racer finished his Massachusetts coloring page, he moved on to making his Latin flashcards for the week and Chicklette soon followed him. He was amazed by how many flashcards he had already. When he finished his flashcards, I gave him his piano lesson. He did better than last week. This week he will learn one of my favorite songs - "Tis the Gift to be Simple." It's an old Shaker hymn that I just love. By the time Racer and I finished his lesson, Chicklette was ready for hers. She's doing pretty good. She has to remember to look at the music and not at her hands so I gave her an extra week on her songs. I probably could have passed her on, but I thought her skills weren't quite set yet.
After everyone finished their piano lessons and had snack, we just had one subject left.
Writing with Ease - Racer's Writing with Ease assignment was dictation. It was two sentences from The Looking Glass by Lewis Carroll explaining what toves were. Remember the poem "Jabberwocky"? It's from that. He did pretty well considering it was hard to make a picture in your head from the sentences. Chicklette's Writing with Ease assignment was narration from the beginning of the story "The Frog Prince". I think the story intrigued her and I'm glad that we will read the end of the story on Thursday.
Then we had about half an hour until my friend came to pick up Josh for Lego Club and my piano student came. After that, we made waffle sandwiches for our picnic dinner and I took all the other kids to the Dollar Store to buy a present for Racer. We then rode over to the rec center, picked up Josh, had our picnic and watched him do soccer practice. Here's to the end of a successful day!