My mom got a new camcorder and let us borrow it this week. Fiona and I decided that for this week we would do her reporting for the SelfDesign program by way of video. There are some fairly random snippets
It was gone. Now it has returned. The interest in math. She is barrelling ahead in her Singapore book again, easily internalizing things that I expected a child so young would really struggle with. The efficiency of her learning still
This issue is one that has been coming up lots on message boards, blogs and within the discussion community at the SelfDesign program we’re part of. What do we do with young children who have quickly and efficiently mastered the
Sophie was working through some number theory and probability problems from “The Art of Problem Solving” today, things way beyond her working math level, and doing pretty well at exploring them creatively and coming up with some valid approaches and
Someone recently brought to my attention (thank you Christine!) that when I changed ISPs and retired my old website last winter my Cuisenaire Activity and Exploration Book disappeared from cyberspace. So I’ve uploaded it again. It’s a booklet I made
Several new games and activities showed up under the tree this year, all of which are very enticing. So far the one that’s got the most play so far is Colorku. I’m a Sudoku fan from way back and love
We don’t do much that looks like “school” in this family, but every once in a while there’s something that comes up that is so quintessentially academic and visual that I just have to take pictures. Hands-On Equations is certainly
Oh happiness! Fiona’s long-awaited Hands-On Equations kit finally arrived. Breakfast today is therefore cheerios and algebra. Shown here: x + 8 = 3x. And cheerios.
Fiona and I were waiting for Sophie’s Aikido class to finish. We were hanging out in the van. She had brought along her math but after a couple of minutes decided she didn’t want to do any more of that,
Sophie finally got back to work and finished the final two review exercises in Singapore Primary Math. She’s been mostly-done for a while, but we agreed that it was a good idea to do all the revision to kind of
If Fiona’s the first one up she usually comes for a cuddle in bed with me. When I get up for a shower she usually likes to follow me and hang out in the bathroom, chatting. This morning was no
Yesterday Fiona made brownies. Today she decided to use her allotted brownie to celebrate the fact that she gets to start the Dark Green math book. We stuck a candle in it and called it breakfast, since she’d finished the
In our house homeschooling is often inseparable from life but occasionally the kids parcel off little parts of their lives to dedicate to some sort of formal learning. Currently all four kids happen to be studying math somewhat formally. Most
At various ages and stages my kids have gravitated to formal math programs. Capriciously, for the most part. Erin and Noah didn’t touch anything of the sort until after age six. Noah only dabbled until about age 10. Erin worked
I’m not actually much of a family game player myself. I make an effort, and sometimes I enjoy the conversation and the kid-watching, but it’s a rare family game that I enjoy for the game itself. Set is the exception.