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Thursday, February 3, 2011

The dreaded writing lesson

It was a good day until the dreaded writing lesson.
The devotion today was about Cola company slogans. The one for Pepsi is “Gotta have it!” I can’t tell you how many times I’ve heard the youth say, “I gotta have that or this…” That’s exactly what God meant by the ten commandment of “Do not covet.” God values contentment. God never wants and he wants us to be content with what he gives us. That way we can reflect what God is like.

The math lesson was fairly easy. It required me to write things down to keep them straight but JD breezed right through using only his mind. It was still about proportions and unit rates. It also has a missing value that we had to figure out. Most of it was fining what value was best. Like: 3 liters of grape juice for $4.29 or 2 liters of grape juice for $3.02. The 3 liter bottle was the best value by one penny. JD was amazed he scored a 100% on the quiz. (He always has us cross our fingers…100%’s get high fives!)

For science today we continued with magnetic terms. We learned about solenoid coils, hard and soft ferromagnetic material (I know right?), magnetic domains, and magnetic induction. We‘ve been reading about it but I think there‘s a field trip in order here. Off to Hobby Lobby for a magnetic kit. I just can’t get my mind around the uses for magnets.

We did not do social studies today.

I cleaned my client’s house today. I’m down to only one day a week now. JD read his book Hoot for the first thirty minutes. Then he moved onto the AWANA/language arts lesson. Today in the AWANA book it wanted JD to write a letter to a missionary. (Bet you can’t guess what his response was.) Unfortunately, challenge 4:3 was not completed today. We sat together earlier in the day and looked up an AWANA missionary from North Carolina. This young family of two were impressive. David started in Sparks and received a Citation award in 2003. The Citation Award is the highest achievement afforded by Awana. It is awarded only to high-school seniors and adults who have completed 10 of the third-through 12th-grade handbooks or studies, which involves memorizing approximately 625 verses and includes all associated studies and activities. So I thought this would be an incentive for JD to get to know someone else who excelled in memorizing verses. We drafted an idea letter at home with all the required fields as taught in T4L. It had the heading, salutation, body, closing, and signature area. He introduced himself, told David he was a home school student and also in AWANAs. Then he asked David, “Can you offer any advice for having “fun” in AWANAs?“ All JD had to do while I cleaned was to write completed sentences from our ideas. JD did not want to write the letter today and kept breaking his pencil led, tearing his paper erasing, and just stalling. I had him count the number of lines on his paper. There were 27. I said, “If you don’t want to write the letter today then you need to write 27 times, “I do not want to write this paper.” Do you know he was stubborn enough to do it? AND it only took him 20 minutes.

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