We're actually in our second week back, though our first week of adding in all extracurriculars again: Scouts, Irish dance, and YMCA Gym and Swim for the youngers, Scouts with tying up of Eagle requirements for the 9th grader. He's also taking Organismal Diversity for his second semester of college biology, plus intro-level German (though he's been doing German on his own for the last three semesters), and is gone to campus four days a week now.
Today is Gym and Swim day, so this morning we've concentrated on seatwork -- math, handwriting, spelling, grammar -- and independent reading, with our basket reading deferred to this evening after dinner. Our general MO, continued from the fall semester, is to begin the day with independent work, then to spend roughly an hour on basket reading after lunch.
The 3rd grader's current program:
We've just started a chapter on time and measurement, which she should breeze through pretty quickly. I had contemplated skipping it and moving on to multiplication, for which we'll want the bulk of the semester, but she wanted to do it, so I'm guessing we'll spend about a week on it before we do move on.
Review of the last eight weeks. Her exercise today had her pick out misspelled words in a story, which was challenging but useful -- I always think "editing" exercises are particularly helpful.
Parts of speech. This week seems to be devoted to nouns; today we focused on proper nouns. Composition and dictation assignments will come up later in the week.
Review of cursive K today. Copywork coming later in the week.
Detectives in Togas (Monday, Wednesday)
Buster Bear's Twins (Monday, Thursday, Friday)
The Burgess Seashore Book for Children (Tuesday)
Joan of Arc (Tuesday, Thursday)
A Lion to Guard Us (Tuesday, Thursday)
The 4th grader:
Spent time in the hospital just before Christmas, so his schedule is still off-kilter a bit.
Working on multiplication: memorizing facts via computer math games, plus exercises dealing with multiples and properties of multiplication. He works accurately, but still pretty slowly. I am hoping the continual facts practice will help with his speed.
Just took a test dealing with sh, ch, and st sounds. Fourteen words out of fifteen correct; I had him write the missed word correctly. Moving on to a new list tomorrow.
Parts of speech: identifying verbs. He's just finished writing, copywork, and dictation assignments.
The Bronze Bow (Monday, Wednesday)
The Enchanted Castle (Monday, Thursday, Friday)
Peace at Bowling Green (Tuesday, Thursday)
The Way Things Work (Tuesday)
Minn of the Mississippi (Wednesday)
just finished Edmund Campion and need a new saint bio for Tuesday/Thursday reading.
Our basket reading:
various poetry books
Augustus Caesar's World
Life of Fred: Edgewood
The Firebird and Other Russian Fairy Tales
George Washington's World
The Living Forest
Book of Heroes
Introducing the Periodic Kingdom to Its Heirs
Usborne Introduction to Art
Galen and the Gateway of Medicine
Gotta go find an AWOL bathing suit for Gym and Swim . . .