A Day in the Life

It’s week #4 for Darcy’s Blog Hop, and this week’s topic is “A Day in the Life” of our home school. We have a lot going on this week, so it’s a good week for you to peek into. Since we have lots of activities to choose from, I’ll give you a sampling from all week. Keep in mind, however, that we are at grandparents’ house this week, so I have someone to entertain the baby while we do school. That’s not usually the case.

Today we got started about 9:00. We opened the day, as usual, with prayer. We ask God for His guidance as we study. We ask Him to protect the rights and freedoms of home schoolers. We ask Him to prepare us for service in His kingdom so that we are useful to Him.

After prayer time, we reviewed last week’s Bible verse and poem. We focus on one verse and one poem every week. Last week’s verse was Daniel 6:23 because we were studying Daniel. It says, “The king was overjoyed and gave orders to lift Daniel from the den. when Daniel was lifted from the den, no wound was found on him, for he had trusted in his God.” Last week’s poem was “Whole Duty of Children” by Robert Louis Stevenson. We also reviewed “Mr. Nobody”, which we learned last year. Next, we read and dictated this week’s new poem, which is “At the Seashore” by Robert Louis Stevenson. This week’s Bible verse comes from Esther, which we are studying.

Next we read chapters 1-3 of Esther from the Bible and discussed it. Esther is only 10 chapters long, so we will read the entire book this week. We did a couple of corresponding worksheets. We will also read the story of Esther from a Bible story book later in the week.

Math came next. We use both Saxon and Everyday Math. Today we did subtraction speed drills, and a couple of lessons from both curricula. We are not as far ahead as I would like to be in math, so we will make up for it this week.

In science, we studied about the solar system and did our vocabulary words. Today’s lesson had seven new words, which is a lot for a second grader. We dictated those.

After all that intense work, we were ready for a break. We headed outside for PE, which consisted of riding bikes. Mary Anneliese has only begun riding without training wheels this summer, so it was good skill building time as well as great exercise. By then we were hungry and went in for lunch.

On a typical day, we will settle down for reading after lunch. We get on the sofa and read a chapter or more of our read aloud book. We are currently reading A Little Princess by Frances Hodgson Burnett. We will usually follow that up by reading and discussing our history lesson. Today’s history lesson was about the fall of the Roman Empire. Very interesting stuff!

To celebrate completing our packed day, we took the bike to the baseball fields and rode 1.5 miles. Not bad for a little girl who just got rid of her training wheels a couple of weeks ago!

We have several field trips planned this week that we think will be lots of fun. Tomorrow we are visiting a food wholesale. After that we will meet with the owner of a retail clothing store for a discussion about starting a business, buying from Market, pricing, etc. Wednesday we are going to see a pediatrician who will tell us all about her practice and medical school. We might possibly add in a trip to the veterinarian later in the week.

We plan to be over-achievers this week, since we have someone to watch Pitter Patter. I’m sure we will slow down again next week.

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