6:00AMI stumble downstairs and start making coffee. I’m up a bit earlier than normal thanks to my cat who has been scratching at the door all morning. Grrrr…
6:45AM-8:00AM Breakfast and Showers
8:00AM Cleaning & Memory Work
- Poetry: IEWsLinguist Development Through Poetry Memorization
- Grammar: Lists and definitions from the First Language Lesson CD
- History Sentences: I made up a couple of my own songs to help us memorize some events, people, and places from our history studies. I simply recorded these into garage band and saved them to a playlist. I can’t sing, but the kids don’t seem to mind. Some of our history sentences also come from the Classical Conversations CD.
- Science Sentences: Our science sentences also ‘mommy made’ songs saved in a play list. We also use some songs from Classical Conversations.
- Bible: Bible memory verses and lists come from Seeds Family Worship and the Bible Study for all ages CDs.
- Timeline: This year we are memorizing the ancient history timeline from Classical Conversations as well.
9:00AM Poetry, Grammar, and Writing
10:00AM Snack and Read Aloud
10:20AM Reading 1
11:00AM MathAfter reading, we start right math. We are using Singapore for Math, and I LOVE it. Math is by far my kids favorite subjects. I teach a quick lesson on multiplication using the Singapore math home instructors guide and some math manipulatives. Joseph is with us playing with the manipulatives too and very happy that he is included in our day. Using manipulatives helps teach the lesson in a very concrete manner. This way they understand (conceptually) exactly what is happening in math. They aren't just learning a procedure to solve number sentences. They understand exactly what those number sentences represent.
Next, I work a few example problems on the board from the text book. This helps take the concrete idea taught previously and translate it to the way we write out math problems. Finally, I give the older kids their assignment in the workbook. I have them do this work independently so I can see if they understand. Both kids tend to catch on to math very quickly. So, they race through a lesson on multiplication and swear that multiplication and division are “easy”.
While they are doing their math work, I quickly race around our school room picking up the crayons, paper scraps, and math manipulatives that Joseph has scattered. The key is to clean up faster than he can make the mess.
When the kids are finished, we grade our papers. Sophie loves this. She says that she wants to be a math teacher when she grows up. Marcus tells me that he is still planning on being a ninja, but may teach math at nights. (“Wouldn’t it bet the opposite?” I wonder silently to myself. I decide to keep quiet.) Sophie gets her marker and draws BIG blue check marks next to every answer she got right. Marcus draws slightly smaller yellow check marks next to his answers. If the kids miss a problem, we work it together on the board and fix their mistakes. At the end, Sophie gives herself a “star plus, plus, plus, plus” grade. Marcus draws a picture of Pikachu and says that he got a “Pikachu plus”. (He is really into pokemon at the moment.)