Friday, April 30, 2010

How is it...?

How is it that I did not so great in math, and hated math with a passion for a good bit of school, yet my older son LOVES math, anything related to math, and is doing SO awesomely in it so far?

Last week, at the beginning of the week we were on lesson 10.

Now, after a few days of not doing any math in the last two weeks (letting things sink in and allowing him to continue practice and exploring with the manipulatives)  We are on lesson 20!  There's only 10 lessons to go in Primer!

This may be because Primer is meant as an introduction, and Alpha is where he'll have to start memorizing things, but he is FLYING through it.  Once he seems to understand a topic, we do a couple of teh worksheets and then go to the next lesson.  Math is only during Thing 2's naptimes because Thing 2 thinks that the blocks are potentially delicious, so any time we can move on to the next lesson we do because we never know when math time will be cut short by the little one.

Also, how is it that my little baby is now hitting 8 months old?!  Thing 1 is rapidly approaching 6, and Thing 2 is rapidly approaching 1 and I just can't stand it :(

Monday, April 19, 2010

Box 12

In the First Day! post I mentioned the perpetual box 12.  It is Thing 1's chore folder.

I have a bunch of the library pockets that I ordered, as well as tagboard, so I made a lapbook style folder for his chores.  On the front it has his name and Chore Folder, as well a note that it is to be kept in box #12.  I wrote his chores down on index cards, and when he completes them, he moves them from the Note Done pocket to teh Done pocket.

Very very simple, but he enjoys it and so enjoys his chores now too.  He loves being able to move things from one folder to another.

His chores are:
Make Bed
Clean Playroom
Put Books Away
Feed Impa
Put Silverware Away (from the dishwasher... he can't reach any of the cabinets where the other dishes go)
Clean Bedroom
Read (Thing 2) a Book

As we get better settled in the house and he gets older we'll be adding things, and may also have to split into two separate folders for morning and afternoon chores.

First day!

We are moved in now for the most part, and enjoying our new home.  Today was our first day of school in the new house, and Thing 1 thoroughly enjoyed himself.

He practiced writing our new address, his full name and the letter A.  I used some of our primary lined paper, write what I wanted him to practice, and laminated the pages, so we can do this many many times without wasting paper.  YAY!

He finished lesson 9 in Math-U-See Primer (he actually got a head start the other day and we did the first few lessons because he was begging me to be allowed to do some math stuff).  Tomorrow he may either be building numbers using his hundred board and Decimal Street and blocks, or we'll move on to lesson 10.  I haven't entirely decided yet.  Maybe we'll do both ;)

Since our handwriting letter for the week is A, he learned the ASL sign for the letter A as well.

He played with the pattern blocks and did the first activity from the Pattern Blocks for Primary Grades notebook that I have.  He also made a little person with them.

And last but not least, we discussed our plans to go to a big park on Thursday.  He then watched the garbage episode of Bill Nye the Science Guy and we discussed trash and things like why we don't use paper plates and why Thing 2 is cloth diapered ♥ (I happen to have some disposables in the house because they were given to us "just in case" and as soon as I picked one up, Thing 1 said that they are gross LOL)  And he wants to pick up trash at the park Thursday, so we will be taking bags with us.

All that is left is the perpetual box 12, which I will talk about in a separate post ♥