in school, that is.
Jon is learning to tell time, working on basic addition and subtraction, and deciding if a number is even or odd. He is learning phonics word families, writing spelling (I use that term VERY loosely) words, and reading from the McGuffey Reader on Kindle. He watches every documentary he can find about World War II and submarines. He’s especially interested in the Bismarck. First grade is full of fun stuff.
Jack is working on the area, perimeter, and volume of different shapes. He’s also finishing up decimal, percentage, and fraction equations. Definitely not his idea of fun. He’s studying religions of the world and post-Roman Empire civilizations in history. We’re reading a book of Celtic legends and we just started “Beowulf.” Darn that Grendl! For science, he’s learning about classification of animals. Add in piano and that sums it all up. He’s also the go-to guy for any information about sawmilling. If you’re interested in buying a mill, he can share his insight. Many, many hours are spent watching sawmill tutorials (did you even know there was such a thing?) on youtube. Some kids watch tv or play video games–Jack watches sawmill videos.
Madeline likes to do her schoolwork early(ish) in the morning. Often in the dark–notice the shades still pulled down. Her math work is mainly review and Algebra. She’s not impressed by any of it. History/Civics is currently about state governments. I think specifically state judicial systems. LOTS of writing and research involved in this Oak Meadow curriculum, so I am able to keep tabs on her composition and english progress by reviewing her papers. I figure her blogging counts as creative writing?! Science this week is studying light and lenses. She is also studying French, music history, and accounting (Squid would be proud). Oh, and there’s piano for her too.
Two out of three kids require almost constant attention (guess which two) while doing their work, so my mornings are pretty full. Keeping Sarah occupied is a challenge but I keep her plied with playdough, coloring, and youtube videos while working with the boys. In the end, it’s all good.