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.
Home of: The Ultimate Montessori Blog List
The Ultimate Montessori Search Box
The Ultimate Montessori Homemade Materials Collaboration
Would YOU like to be added to the Ultimate Montessori Blog List? Contact me!