Religion - Someone actually won a chocolate chip today for scripture memorization! Racer won it with Doctrine and Covenants 58:27. They tried hard on the other scriptures but missed a word or two or only got half way through. I'm encouraged that someone won today and I hope it will inspire the kids to keep trying harder next time so we can really memorize these scriptures. Racer and Chicklette drew pictures on their church history timelines to illustrate a few events. As always, Racer wanted to know exactly how much work he had to put forth to consider it done.
Math - Racer got his work done in the car, but Chicklette said it was too bumpy to write so she didn't get anything done. Racer was practicing rounding to the first decimal place. I think he's a little ahead of his assignments in math. Chicklette's assignment was to figure out how to implement multiplication and division in word problems. She's on twos and threes right now.
History - All we did for history today was start the lesson on South Dakota. In co-op they talked about South Dakota, Missouri, Ohio, Nebraska, and North Dakota. Racer's class did some square dancing and he absolutely loved it. He immediately taught it to all of us and wanted to teach it to DH too. I'm looking forward to making apple kuchen tomorrow. My recipe calls for a yellow cake mix, but I might have to substitute something else because I don't know if I have it and I need to stay out of the store for a while.
Daily 6-Trait Writing - Racer and I talked more about narrowing ideas down to specific ideas. We talked about how hard it is to write when all you have is a big, huge general idea. It is much easier to write when you narrow your focus to a specific time, place, experience or area. He seemed to get it and we practiced narrowing down a couple ideas.
Writing with Ease - I didn't get to Chicklette's Writing with Ease today. By the time she . . . well, she wasn't finished with her Latin, but by the time I got her to move on to something else that she finished, I was exhausted. I really needed a 20 minute nap and luckily, Bubbers #2 let me cuddle with him, which let me rest my eyes a bit. Racer's Writing with Ease got done earlier in the afternoon and he successfully did his dictation sentence. It was an adapted sentence from the Magna Carta and we got to talk about King John, Robin Hood, justice, and absolute monarchy as well as defining words like outlawed, imprisoned and exiled.
Prima Latina - As I mentioned above, Chicklette has an infinite capacity to draw out her work. She will sit at the table and talk to her brothers, teach Turtle how to spell his name, talk to me, get a drink of water, flip around in her book, stare out the window. . . It is frustrating and she lost whatever screen time she might have gotten because she wasted so much time and did not use her time wisely. She did get at least one section done. Racer got his all done in the car on the way to co-op. This week we are studying five more of the constellations - Aquarius, Taurus, Cancer, Virgo, and Pisces.
Physics - We have been slacking in science this week, but Racer filled out his scientist biography questionnaire and read the book about Thomas Edison again to make sure that he didn't miss any information. I also had him do some research on the internet so that he could complete a scout requirement. When he finishes typing his report on the computer and spell checking it with the computer, he will be able to pass off requirement 7d for his Bear.
That about winds up our day. I am going to try to go to bed a little early. I couldn't fall asleep last night for a while. I hope I don't get seduced by the quietness of the house into staying up just a little bit longer. :)