Religion - I finally remembered to have Chicklette finish her last picture for the Joseph and Hyrum booklet we started weeks ago. Now we just have to remember to show it to DH so he can properly admire it. Racer read part of Joseph Smith History while she was doing her work. He was very excited to find our memorization verse in there - Joseph Smith History 1:16-17. I tried to be patient with his discovery, but inside I was thinking, 'Where did you think I got the verse from? There's only one Joseph Smith History that is referenced that way.' I also discovered that Racer really likes it when we sing a song or a hymn during our memorization time. We try to sing the Articles of Faith songs when we hit them in our cycle and we have memorized "Joseph Smith's First Prayer."
Math - Racer and Chicklette got started on their math. Chicklette started with her Xtramath and Racer started with the assignment he didn't finish yesterday because of a rising frustration level. I grabbed the opportunity to give Turtle his reading lesson. I asked him if it was going to be a great day or a bad day. He reassured me that it would be a great day and it was. He did really well with his reading and he's starting to recognize some of those high frequency words like the, is, and in. Racer interrupted us to ask for help and I didn't handle it like I should have. I should have told him to find something else to do - Xtramath or Study Island - until I was done with Turtle's reading lesson. Instead I tried to do two things at once and didn't do either as well as I could have. But the reading lesson got done and I demonstrated to Racer how to solve the last three problems, with help from the teacher's guide. I was going to write that Racer learned how to solve the last three problems, but although he understood the solution, I'm not sure he internalized the process. I wanted to solve the questions algebraically, but it's not a strategy he knows yet. He's supposed to use bars to figure it out like these on page 14. It's a strategy I didn't learn growing up and I'm still shaky on its presentation. I need to check Chicklette's math still.
Spelling - While Chicklette was still working through her problems, Racer and I did spelling. We did some of the More Words section in All About Spelling 4. Then we discussed the homophones do, due, and dew. As I suspected, he didn't know the spelling of two of them. Then I dictated three sentences, we corrected them as necessary and worked on penmanship. We ended with doing one word from Writing Station. I was going to do two more words, but it was lunchtime, one of the Bubbers woke up, and Turtle and Sunshine needed some attention.
Science - After lunch and recess, we regrouped to do our science. We read the section in the Usborne Science Encyclopedia we had skipped in favor of Bill Nye and defined inertia and momentum. I love learning alongside the kids. I've had a basic idea in my head of what inertia and momentum were, but now I really know them and I know how to calculate them. It's interesting to see the different levels in the kids too. Racer is starting to understand that you can calculate the amount of force something has or the amount of momentum. Chicklette just understands that something moves because it is being pushed or pulled. Turtle surprised me by reciting the first law of motion almost word for word. I didn't know he was listening really but he picked it up either from Bill Nye or our science reading today.