It has been three weeks since I posted about our "school days" with both boys. Here are some glimpses of our work over those several weeks.
Geometry lesson on convergent, divergent, and parallel lines.
Grammar Lesson on conjunctions. We once again used ninjas instead of the traditional flowers. It was kind of fun tying up the ninjas with the pink ribbon.
I also introduced adverbs...
...and interjections. Wow!
I find it very unsatisfying that our discount grammar symbol tray has an extra spot. We have all of the parts of speech on the tray but it doesn't look like it. I need ideas for something fun and useful to put in that extra spot. We have finally completed our first pass through MRD Language Arts, Vol. 1. We are immediately starting back at the beginning and with an emphasis on command boxes this time through. It will go faster from here on out because I actually have all the materials made in advance this time.
Kal-El has been working on the distributive property with the bead bars. The addition symbols are not necessary, nor is a multiplication sign. Kal-El thinks it's really neat that putting a number outside of the parenthesis, or two sets of parentheses next to one another, is a secret code for multiplying so we definitely eliminate the multiplication sign these days.
Our math cabinet now has a drawer each for the parentheses, white number cards, grey number cards, coin envelopes, -/+, X/=. My mom made a whole pile of parentheses out of black cardstock on her Cricut. THANKS MOM! If you need a fast way to make your own number and operations tiles you can access my file for free here. You will probably want to make two sets of the number tiles in case you want to set up two equations side-by-side and need the same number twice.
However, we tend to use the addition symbol to emphasize that we are not multiplying those numbers. Kal-El kept thinking that we were because they were next to each other with no operator. The bead bars here (without the operation sign) are a small bead snake so the child should know that they are being added together.
Kal-El was working on the division bingo board until he realized he hadn't memorized all of the equations during the previous boards, had a meltdown, and refused to do the work anymore until he has memorized the equations. There are about five different ways to deal with this (such as repeating a previous board, doing the bingo board twice using the fingerboard in conjunction the first time but not the second, etc.,) but he wouldn't hear any of it for at least a day. What we wound up doing was supplementing the sequence with a fun division game from Relentlessly Fun, Deceptively Educational:
This made Me Too jealous that he didn't have a multiplication game to go along with his traditional boards. So, I made him the Leprechaun's Luck game again from Relentlessly Fun, Deceptively Educational.
They love both games. I'll probably also make him the Pot O' Gold multiplication game because it uses the same materials. He uses the fingerboards right along with the game (currently the half board as in the picture.
This year I remembered to do the "Needs of Plants" presentation while it was still cold outside. We do most of our botany in the summer, but it is hard to find a location for the fourth plant that has "no warmth" but still has light. We have to do it in the winter. Right now a pan of sprouts is growing on the kitchen counter for the "Plants Grow Toward the Light" demonstration.
Me Too has been working on multiplication with the stamp game. It took about two weeks for him to abstract, much longer than addition and subtraction. He now does the multiplication equations in his stamp game notebook without using any stamps.
Dueling bead frames! Me Too has been introduced to the small bead frame. He loves to get it out and work on addition equations while Kal-El works with multiplication on the large bead frame. Kal-El is multiplying by two- and three-digit multipliers now.
Our paper is from the Keys of the Universe course. It is perfect. The free versions I tried to use previously didn't have enough rows per page. This makes it difficult to fit even one equation on the page when you have two- and three-digit multipliers, especially at the beginning when you decompose the multiplicand an extra time. On the KotU paper we have room to do two equations if we are adding the zeros right away. I also like that there is a spot on this paper for placing a "check" next to each row of the decomposed multiplicands as you add them to the bead frame.
I want to add here, that I was overwhelmed by the large bead frame multiplication work after reading multiple presentations in several different albums. I would never be able to successfully present it. When I read Jessica's presentation in the KotU album I realized that she provided a script and that if I just read the script I couldn't mess it up. It worked brilliantly. Phew!
Kal-El varies the types of maps he chooses very frequently. Here he is enjoying the Waseca stencils while Me Too records spelling words that I am dictating.
Here he is working with the state quarters map. The continent boxes have also been out more than usual.
Me Too is not very interested in big projects. I don't think he is entirely in the second plane yet. Kal-El always has a big project simmering. I think this is Kal-El's favorite impressionistic chart. He is still interested in living "off the grid" in space. He has been working hard learning how to build rockets. There are some great videos on YouTube, although I must warn you that your child will leave you "things needed" lists that include sugar, potassium nitrate, and a hand mixer (to make rocket fuel). The funny thing about that list was that he misspelled "sugar" but spelled "potassium nitrate" perfectly.