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We are nearly in the half of the school year. This fourth month is incredibly messy. I have got two times sickness. Two weeks ago I got some high fever and at the moment I am suffered of an accute diarrhea so that I cannot leave my bed for five days until now. It is very lucky that I still can handle kids in the bedroom with my tracker and they can do chores as well. I just need to supervise them with the timer and planner. They just sit next to me on the bed whenever they need me.
Another turbulence was my interrupted time with the national exam registration preparation. Due to the national exam preparation, Ken adds his daily learning hours by 1.5 hours to deal with the national curriculum. It is not as difficult as I thought. He has good memorization much more than what I thought. We learnt some of the information in English, but he can translate it naturally into Indonesian and the content is almost similar with the textbook. Anyway, we make some progress here, although it is not as fast as usual.
Ken changes his Maths textbook into Indonesian to help him adjusting with the national curriculum coverage. He does five pages of the book everyday. His recent topic is about greatest common factors and less common multiple. He just finished with ratio and fraction problem solving.
Tom is familiarizing himself with the prime factorization. He could memorize the prime numbers very well, but I urge him to think about the characteristics of dividend, divisors, and factors to him.
Jim has plenty of Maths materials poured from school. Most of them are not real, so I still have to help him doing the practice or hands on. Now he is doing measurement (comparing sizes and position of some things).
Now we are focusing ourself in botany using Exploring Creation With Botany — Young Explorer Series (Young Explorer (Apologia Educational Ministries)). As I told you in my previous posting about Botany and Seeds. There are some hands on activities, nature walk schedules that we postpone until I am recovered.
English Language Arts
Ken is still finishing Oliver Twist (A Stepping Stone Book Classic). He felt that this book is quite easy for him, but he just continue it as he enjoys it well. He is also reading the Indonesian translation of Chinese Cinderella.
Tom is reading A Tale of Two Cities taken from Chinese Cinderella.
Both Ken and Tom are doing more describing setting taken from Writing Strands. We will put some creative writing later on.
Kids focus themselves into tenses. It is quite hard as Indonesians don’t have tenses in our language.
Both of them almost finished their Spelling Workout D. I am planning to continue with the same seri.
We are doing Europe at the moment. We discussed some countries in each part of Europe. Kids were pretty excited to know the sophisticating development of Europe.
We are doing Ancient China at the moment. We have done some topics of Ancient China previously, but this time we focus on calligraphy and some famous dinasty.
Both of Ken and Tom are doing chapter 5 in their grade level. Jim is learning some basic sentence construction. He is also practice some simple reading comprehension.
Both Ken and Tom have finished their second chapter of their books which is the target for this semester. Ken is getting more serious with this subject as it is a compulsory subject tested in this exam. We use to belittle this subject, but when the exam schedule is getting near, we just press the gas.