Wednesday, March 7, 2012

An Elementary Boy

This morning Kal-El got it in his head to wonder how much room a million or billion cube would take up.  He tried to construct his own million cube out of our golden bead materials.  He realized rather quickly that the 45 thousand-cubes he had to work with was not nearly enough and that no amount of 100-squares would make up the difference.  Now I have to wonder if I should give him the lesson with the wooden hierarchical material due to this show of interest even though we are not to that point in the math sequence.  The obvious answer is "yes" because it is just an extension of the golden bead material that he knows thoroughly.  However, the hierarchical material to one million is responsible for sparking interest in the advanced math materials like the large bead frame. Hmmm.  What to do?

My husband has promised that this weekend they will measure a thousand-cube and do the math together to determine the dimensions of a million-cube or billion-cube in proportion with our golden bead material, map that distance online, and perhaps drive it in the car.

That's it.  I can't drag my feet anymore.  Kal-El is an elementary child and no longer a primary child and I'm going to have to stop treating him like one.  I don't think I can in good conscience hold off until September to begin "The Great Lessons" either.  It will be a busy time here while I scramble to get myself ready for those presentations!

Consider this my official invitation for you all to meddle!  I welcome any tips and advice regarding this transitional time.

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  1. Thats so exciting!! I've been kicking around making this material for a's so expensive...soon:))

  2. Ohhh this is so exciting!!!!! Hooray for Kal-El! I really hope that Bunny gets to this point sometime in her Montessori journey! I cant wait to see what you plan and how you do it! By the way, what albums are you using for elementary?

  3. Stephanie,

    It's not written in stone yet, but I think I am starting with the Cultivating Dharma albums for language, and maths; The Keys of the Universe albums for all other subjects including her creationist album for the Great Lessons/Key stories. We will probably use "Story of the World" for history.

    We have to finish our primary math album before we can really start our elementary album, but we are on time for everything else.

  4. The good news is that the hierarchical material is really appropriate for both primary and elementary, so you have some time with your "little" boy yet ;)

    I know - it's both exciting and sad to see them become an elementary child.... :)

  5. I'm so glad you are ahead of us. I look forward to seeing what you do.

  6. I hope you blog about it all in minute detail! lol! Your posts are always so informative and I learn so much from your blog.

  7. Exciting! We are going to use Story Of The World as well. Just last year DJ was interested in what is a billion as well. Since he was overhelmed with being a public school student we didn't delve into it as much as I wished. One of the things we did do to show him was have him paint cardboard boxes in the color of the hierachial material. He enjoyed comparing the sizes. The grocery stores are willing to get rid of boxes. He loved it and was able to see the size difference. The project took some time, but he loves painting! Also some math reading series books, go well with this. This may help you have more time getting the materials ready, and not miss out on this wonderful senstive period. Thank you for sharing, I am certainly learning a lot following you kids homeschooling journey.

  8. FYi, with my 5 year old we skipped the small bead frame altogether, going directly to large one and ended up adding a row for 10 millions. I learned to always follow my child whenever I have curriculum questions and it has never failed me.