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Wednesday, May 4, 2011

A good short school day

Today was a good short school day.  We only did the devotion, math, and language arts.  We did not do science, social studies, or reading time today.  Instead we visited the child of a new couple who recently joined our church. Their three year old boy was attacked by a pit bull while at their friends house. The dog clamped from his chin all the way to his right eye area. Looks like Micah will still have his sight and the doctors did a good job of stitching him up. We only stayed for about 20 minutes and then I prayed with them and left. Jonathan and I took some time before visiting them to get little Micah a present or two.

The devotion today listed three bible characters that did the right thing but ended up in a worse place than before the decision like: Joseph and Potiphar’s wife, Elijah and Queen Jezebel, and Daniel and the lion’s den. Right choices are not always rewarded on Earth nor does it bring immediate benefits, but it does please God when we make the right choices.

The math lesson today was all about problem solving. We relearned the formulas for finding perimeters on a rectangle or a square (P=4s), the area on a square, triangle, and a rectangle. Each formula is different. (Ugh!) Then we learned volume on a cube or an rectangle. The last thing we learned in this lesson was circumference. Then all of a sudden the lesson changed to off the wall problem solving other than perimeters, area, volume, or circumference. Things like the # of years between 1953 and 1901, the number of legs on ants and spiders, and time/distance questions. The lesson used the acronym W.O.R.D. to help with problem solving. W = what do I need to do to solve this problem? O = Organize your information. R = Reach for your strategy. D = Did you check the question? JD scored a 100% on the quiz.

The language arts lesson was about the Theme and the Main Ideas on a fictional story or passage. Yesterday JD did the lesson and today I had him take the two associated quizzes. He scored a 73% on the first one and a 93% on the second one. I usually do dishes while de does language arts so I don’t know exactly what it was he didn’t understand about the first quiz.

We had baseball practice today from 5:30-7 pm. The team is really shaping up. Then we visited a child of a church member who was bitten by a pit-bull.  The last event of the night was baseball practice.

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