Sunday, August 25, 2019

Go, Speed Racers (26/180)

R went to parkour.

He has a much beloved quilt, given to us originally by his great-grandmother (although not made by her - it's from a factory somewhere in Asia as far as I can tell) which is literally falling apart.  R has requested that we replace it as exactly as possible with a new one: same dimensions, same color scheme, same pattern.  We spent some time measuring the original and plotting out how much fabric to buy, and then went to the fabric store to get the materials.  It's going to be a fun project!



D and J went to the Speed Raceway for a birthday party, racing bumper style race cars on a track!



D made a really great card for her friend whose birthday it was, who loves playing basketball:



D and J attended their religious education classes.

W, D and J worked with LOF.  R worked on multiplication facts.

R, D and J worked with Explode the Code.  D worked with Handwriting Without Tears.  R read independently.  D read with support.  J mastered Bed Bugs (Bob Books Kids! Level B, Set 1, Book 8)Bed Bugs by Bobby Lynn Maslen

I read to the girls:

Carlos Santana: Sound of the Heart, Song of the WorldCarlos Santana: Sound of the Heart, Song of the World by Gary Golio
Strange Mr. SatieStrange Mr. Satie by M.T. Anderson (we listened to recordings of both Santana and Satie's music)
How Big Were the Dinosaurs?How Big Were the Dinosaurs? by Bernard Most
PinkaliciousPinkalicious by Victoria Kann
Just about a Year: All about SeasonsJust about a Year: All about Seasons by Lois Ehrin
PurpliciousPurplicious by Victoria Kann

I read to R and D and J: Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (Harry Potter, #6)Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince by J.K. Rowling.

This week included 4 days of instruction.

Sunday, August 18, 2019

Multiplication facts (22/180)

R went to parkour.

The girls attended their religious education class.

D and J worked with LOF.  R worked on his multiplication facts.  I am super duper excited that one of my kids has recognized the importance of learning multiplication facts!

W worked with his physics coloring book.

W and R read independently.  D read with support.  J practiced reading.

R, D and J worked with Explode the Code.  D worked with Handwriting Without Tears.

I read to the girls:  Bird & DizBird & Diz by Gary Golio
Love, Ruby ValentineLove, Ruby Valentine by Laurie B. Friedman.

This week included 3 days of instruction.

Sunday, August 11, 2019

The Beast of Nubia (19/180)

R went to parkour.

D and J went to their religious education classes.

We went to see The Beast of Nubia, a version of Beauty and the Beast set in Ancient Nubia produced by Theater in the X at Malcom X Park.  Here are W and R there:



W and R read independently.  D read with support.  J practiced reading and mastered Funny BunnyFunny Bunny by Bobby Lynn Maslen.  R, D and J worked with Explode the Code.  D worked with Handwriting Without Tears.

I read to the girls:
Grandma MosesGrandma Moses by Mike Venezia
Tashi and the Tibetan Flower CureTashi and the Tibetan Flower Cure by Naomi C. Rose

D and J worked with LOF.  R worked with Kahn Academy math but decided that he needs to learn his multiplication tables and started working on that memorization skill.

D and J watched science documentaries.  W made dinner for the family.

This week included 4 days of instruction.

Sunday, August 4, 2019

Accuplacer! (15/180)

R went to parkour.

We went to Pennypacker Mills Historic Site with a group of homeschooling friends.  Here are the kids reporting on their attempt to describe archival items (one of two activity centers, followed by a tour of the house):




We went to the pool and for a few walks.  

W took his Accuplacer tests for dual enrollment at Montgomery County Community College.  We are proud of his scores, and possibly prouder that he persisted calmly and effectively for three hours.  We had practiced for the reading and math sections but didn't know there was an essay portion, plus his workstation wasn't working correctly so he had to cut and paste to make corrections to his writing, so it took him an hour to write the essay!  He is now enrolled for English 101 and on a waitlist for Computer Science 1: Programming/Concepts.  If he can't get in to that he may take Music Appreciation or a movie appreciation course, both of which would count for his planned major and would also count as an art or music course for 10th grade.  He is disgruntled to learn that he still has to do math this year (since he still has to do two more years of math for PA homeschool law ....)

D and J went to their religious education classes.

I read to the girls:  

A Computer Called Katherine: How Katherine Johnson Helped Put America on the MoonA Computer Called Katherine: How Katherine Johnson Helped Put America on the Moon by Suzanne Slade
Carmela Full of WishesCarmela Full of Wishes by Matt de la Pena
Always in TroubleAlways in Trouble by Corinne Demas

R and W read independently.

D and J began working with LOF, Explode the Code, and Handwriting Without Tears.

This week included 5 days of instruction.