Major changes are afoot. I think I caught the spring cleaning bug. (And am managing to muster a tiny bit more energy expenditure these days.) Our classroom is due for a re-arrange. We can do that mid-year as homeschoolers, no? Actually there will not be too much upheaval. I only need to build one shelving unit. But the best part about this is that the kids are growing vertically and I think we can finally convert all of our shelving units to the 40" elementary height. More on this transformation later.
D is moving forward!! He decided that dynamic subtraction on the stamp game was HISTORY, and here he has begun static multiplication. The rulers are his own addition. Here he is multiplying 2,311 by 3.
Here he is showing me his last subtraction stamp game problem.
A note to self about D's writing: I noticed, only after looking at this shot on the computer, that one of his "5's" is backward. D rarely reverses his numbers. And he rarely reverses his letters. Additionally, before yesterday, he had never written from right to left. S did this ALL the time. But that time, D reversed his writing and wrote his name, in cursive, from right to left. Each letter was correctly orientated. I don't know why he decided to write from right to left that one time. He was writing on a laminated cover and he was holding the booklet upside down, so the coil binding was on the right. Maybe he thought that he should start writing next to the binding, which would have been correct if the binding had be on the left hand side. This handwriting thing has always been interesting to me. I wonder what was going on in his-I'm-a-Little-Lefty-brain.
This also reminds me to note here, that D can now, write his full name in cursive, correctly. I can't show a pic here on the blog, but I wanted to note it here for my future self that at 4 years, 10 months, D has arrived at this milestone. And now, everything he owns has his name on it. Okay, not everything, but a lot of things that don't need his name on them.
This is how D feels about moving onward and upward.
S is so very far behind in math in my mind. She is more than 8 and has yet to really delve into the math album. She is just more interested in other areas. Here is her first introduction to the racks and tubes. I think that the album recommends that the child be DONE with the racks and tubes at age 8 because they are moving into the I-am-becoming-unappreciative-of-small-bead-manipulation by this time in their life. S has continually proved to be a bit "behind" the scope and sequence age recommendations so we'll see how she does. For now, she doesn't mind at all moving the beads. This is the first post I did that mentioned racks and tubes!
T is reading our Sir Cumference books. Hopefully we'll get to some more traditional geometry soon. I had a dream last night about tutoring high school trig.
But for now, T has started some logic training. Can I call it that? He generally has a pretty logical mind, so for him, at this age, Sudoku puzzles and grid logic games are "relaxing" to him. While I know that some might find this anxiety inducing, I find it exciting that I now get to "share" this kind of fun activity with my son.
I've read that math logic can be considered an entirely separate topic. I don't know if I agree with that statement completely, but I do know that I've needed strong logic skills in many of my math-related classes; honors calculus in undergrad and in graduate-level statistics, operations, and economics/trade. Having strong logic skills can be helpful for many kinds of analysis, but it can also make you feel a bit itchy like, why does the rest of the world think that is true, when clearly, correlation doesn't mean causation? Hopefully, T doesn't get itchy as he continues to improve his logical reasoning skills. But I do plan to incorporate logic exercises into our math work.
For now, I am helping him out when he gets stuck with these beginner puzzles, but I am also realizing that I have a bit to brush up on too.
Stay tuned to see what other math logic activities we have going on.
After reading about that ancient Chinese Shang Dynasty's use of pictographs in the Stories of the World, S set to work using our Egyptian hieroglyphs stencil.
Spring has sprung was seriously evident this weekend when S harvested some parsley...in March. This wasn't the entire plant. There is still more growing outside in the ground. There is a 18" colander under the parsley. Chimichurri, charmoula, gremalata anyone? Humn. Those would all be great with some grilled meats. Well, it IS warm enough to grill...It is continually amazing to this New Englander that it is this warm around here in March.
More to come soon!