Collaborate and listen.
Ice is back with a brand new invention.
Oops! Are my 80's showing?
Sorry to say but that is the song that has been running through my head since we did math this morning. We just started double digits with renaming, or as I learned it, "carrying". I was a little concerned because I didn't think John would get it. Oh, me of little faith! It was actually yesterday that the concept was introduced and he took to it like a fish in water. The idea (my brand new invention) came to me very suddenly, go with what he knows! He loves anything having to do with building and construction so I told him we were going to build a house, but in reverse. First we need to build the roof and then we will get our foundation. Here's an example:
I said O.K. we know that 6+9= what? He said 15. I said alright go ahead and write that number. He wrote the number and immediately knew something was wrong. I asked him what happened and he said there are other numbers to add up. I told him he was right and said let's go on from here. I told him that the one had to go up in the attic. The foreman needed it to build his house. I said don't panic, you know how to add three numbers. He surely did! We did about twenty problems and he not only understood the concept but said to me, "Mommy, I really like this math. Now that I know what to do, I don't want to stop." Ahhh, the sweet sound of learning!
We went on an impromptu field trip today with our Home Education Group to a lovely little aquarium located on the beach. The boys were glad to go and see some of their friends and, of course, some sharks! Joe really enjoyed himself as well. He said "shark" and "fish". He is a genius, I tell you, a genius!
Anyway, it was a really good day!
May 24, 2005