The little men were up and moving by 8.30am. I got up before this though to have a few moments to myself. I started a load of washing, did some morning chores, prepared for the day ahead, and checked my email.
During breakfast, after Bible reading, I read aloud to the boys from a new novel. We’re studying World War 2 and so our current novel is “Jacob’s Rescue”. Currently, I’m trying to plough through a History novel a week so I checked the number of chapters, divided that number by the days we had available to read (only four this week as we’re off to the theatre on Friday) and then aimed to read a bit extra, just in case. In the end we read six chapters this morning. Plus, our reading was scattered with discussions and questions.
We also read, “Let the Celebrations Begin” which is about an event in a concentration camp during WW2. I saw this book at the museum store on the weekend and remembered that we owned it so I dug it out this morning and we shared it. The boys knew from the cover illustration what the content was about.
Last week we read numerous picture books that contained personification, to introduce this literary device. Today we discussed anthropomorphism and reviewed personification. I found some great worksheets on the net that we worked through orally together. I read the sentence aloud and the boys had to take turns identifying what was being personified and what human trait or quality was being attributed to it. We worked through six pages of sentences and by the end I was confident that my little men clearly understood the topic.
We also read another chapter from Building Language. This book introduces word stems and their meaning.
Ethan made this chart when we first started reading the book and each time he adds the news stems to his list. Today we reviewed all of our previously learned stems and brainstormed some words that utilised the stems, before reading the new chapter and adding the new information.
Every school day we chant through the countries in the continents we are studying. It only takes a few minutes. Currently we are learning South America, while still reviewing Asia and Europe. I used to use unnamed maps but I’ve been reading a lot about utilising our senses for memory work and so now the boys point to each country, hear me say the name and then read and repeat the name. Seems to be going very well.
The boys also orally reviewed their multiplication facts.
By this point all of our joint work was complete and my washing needing hanging so I set my men to their independent work. Brayden worked on writing his good copy of a report about the Great War.
Ethan worked on fixing a Math paper from last week while I hung out the washing.
As soon as Ethan and I were ready, we worked on Ethan’s Latin together. He could write out the answers by himself but when he works orally I can instruct and guide him as he works, rather than waiting for him to make a mistake in his written translation and for me to find it at the end. Plus I get to learn Latin alongside him. This way is also faster, allowing Ethan to complete a lesson in five minutes. Today, as Brayden was still working on his writing, Ethan completed two Latin lessons.
After Latin, Ethan set to work on his daily Math lesson, so I checked the mail and found a large parcel from Classical Historian, a Book Depository parcel and the final cards that we needed for our Aussie Animals collection. Both boys left their work and came to place the final animal cards in their collection.
I sent the boys back to work and drooled over the large parcel. From the study Brayden called and asked if he could open the parcel for me. Sensing he could be looking for a way out of work (although I know he loves opening parcels), I permitted him to open the parcel but he had to wait until lunch time…which meant I too had to wait. Probably a good thing.
In the Book Depository parcel was the book that Ethan has been eager to read. It has only just been published so he has been counting down the days until its arrival. You know you’ve created a reader when they grin from ear to ear when a book arrives just for them. I suspect he’ll be up late tonight reading.
I had to nudge him back to work. He was working on multiplying fractions that required you to convert a mixed number to a fraction first. Easy stuff to do if you keep your eye on the figuring. Ethan was finished by lunchtime.
Before lunch Brayden finished his writing and set to work also fixing his Math paper from the week before. Both boys had left the simplifying, when multiplying, until the end of their fraction problems when they had been asked not to, as it leaves you with unruly numbers to deal with.
At 1pm we were all ready for lunch. First, Brayden opened my parcel from Classical Historian and I got to drool over goodies. The boys then ate and watched taped episodes of Cyberchase and Backyard Science.
After a well deserved hour long lunch break, the boys got back to work. Brayden completed his daily Math lesson. At present they are both working on the same Math as Brayden is capable of keeping up with his brother and it makes teaching them easier when you can keep them together.
Ethan set to work finishing up bit and pieces in his World War 1 project. He’s been working on it for ages.
Today he used Excel to create a graph of the casualties for each country that was involved. Now he just needs to ‘hire’ Hubby or I to proofread his project and he’s ready to print and bind it.
Since we finished all of our planned work so quickly today, we gathered on the lounge and read a few more things together. First we read another lesson in “The Fallacy Detective” and orally completed the exercises, and discussed our answers.
Then I read aloud another Patricia Polacco book. I’ve borrowed all the library had and we’ve been reading through them. She’s got some great discussion starter books. “The Junkyard Wonders” was just as good as the others we’ve read. In fact, better! The narrator in the story, a little girl in a special class, was Patricia Polacco herself! Her special needs class was nicknamed, “The Junkyard” but her teacher showed the children how to reach for the stars and in the epilogue Patricia shares the amazing things the key characters have achieved in real life. This book led to lots of discussion, which is exactly as I had planned. Picture books aren’t just for little kids.
The boys then requested that I read a few more chapters of “Jacob’s Rescue” . I read another four chapters, taking us to halfway through the book.
That was technically the end of our school day. However, Ethan then asked if he could do some computer programming in the afternoon. I’ll certainly be writing that down as school in my records but he teaches it to himself and I’m best to stay out of his way.
Brayden, having finished all of his school work also, headed off to do his own thing. During the afternoon he built with Lego, was seen tearing around the yard, and making his usual ‘creative’ messes in the playroom. Me, I washed dishes that had waited patiently for me all day, took the washing off the line, folded it and put it all away. By 5pm the house was restored and I sat down to enjoy crackers and cheese with hubby while pondering what should be created for dinner.
In the evening, after dinner, we sat down as a family and began watching a movie about Hitler. Yes, I realise its rating, but we censored it as necessary, and watching it together allows us to pause and discuss the content.
To complete the evening, Hubby took the boys to bed and read several chapters from their current book in the Roman Mysteries series. Ordinarily Ethan would then read to Hubby from his read aloud novel but tonight he was too eager to get started with his new book “Mousemobile”.
Me, I’m heading to get a cuppa of tea to sip while I look over my Classical Historian goodies.
Hope you enjoyed our day.
Night all. 🙂