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Thursday, December 9, 2010

A frustrating day

It was a frustrating day on behalf of JD. It was frustrating waking him up, getting started, and continuing lessons after our breaks. The phrase of the day was “you’re wasting MY time.” (Meaning slack off on YOUR time.)

The devotion today told us about the first newspaper in New York City. The American Minerva came to life in 1793. Today not many people get their news from papers. Instead they get it from TV, radio, and the internet. Before all that “technology” paper vendors would stand on the street corners yell, “Extra! Extra! Read all about it!” when something important happened. I think the worst news of all is people who are dead in their sins and have no hope for eternal life. The bible calls the message of Christ the good news. Romans 6:23 says, “For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life through Christ Jesus our Lord. But the problem is God doesn’t stand on the corner shouting the good news to our family and friends. We need to live out the good news and when the opportunity arises we should be telling others what God did for us and what he can do for them. And finally, we can show them the bible so they can “Read all about it!”

The math lesson today was all about picking which one of the eleven types of graphs to use to chart data. Oh, I dreaded these lesson s last year. It really is up to the author. Most of them make sense but there are often times where multiple graphs could be used., and if we pick differently than the lesson we get the answer wrong. This year they added some additional graphs for us to memorize. Let’s see there’s bar, double-bar, line, double-line, circle, histogram, Venn, box and whisker, stem and leaf, pictograph, and scatter plot. Most of the questions were pretty easy and JD got a 100% on the quiz. There are many more lesson s on graphs.

Today in science we learned about the New Madrid fault in Missouri. In the winter of 1811-1812 history recorded the largest earthquake in the United States. It was a nine on the scale. It was a short lesson that led us directly into social studies.

In social studies today I printed out an outline map of the United States without the state names. I had JD label all fifty of the states. This lesson came up because JD needed a quick refresher. He had a terribly difficult time remembering where Missouri was and even guessed the state with the fault as Connecticut. He finished this lesson rather quickly with the help of the internet.

For language arts I had JD do two worksheets on homophones. A homophone is a word that is pronounced the same as another word but differs in meaning. He only got two wrong out of about 20 sentences. Funny thing about those worksheets and the assessment last year. JD can correctly pick out the right word by selecting the word that he would never spell like they spelled it.

JD read his Calvin and Hobbes book for more than thirty minutes. You know, it was comic books and books like Calvin and Hobbes that really got JD into the love of reading.

Random thought: Roxie our “old” dog is still kick’n it. She’s slow, deaf, and grouchy, but my wedding present to Jeff is 14 years old this month. (That‘s 98 in human years…you go girl!)

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