Tuesday, November 20, 2012
Me Too finished the 1000 chain over the weekend! I snapped this shot toward the end just to show you all how the chain indeed passes right by the front door. (He made a Lego sphinx to watch over his work and make sure no one stepped on it.)
Some interesting tidbits... It took him six days to complete the chain the first time. On Sunday morning before church he got it in his head to do it again. He set it all up and completed it in about two hours. He started the chain the first time counting by "ones." He switched over to counting by tens sometime in the low 300's. The speed with which he completed the chain the second time reflects the dramatic increase in his ability to count by "tens." After labeling the chain each time he read all of the labels both forwards and backwards before putting it away. He disliked reading them backwards the first time. The second time he did it with gusto. I plan to redo a couple of presentations with the golden beads and the seguin boards with him. He demonstrated some insufficiencies in counting by ones while doing the work the first time.
Me Too's favorite part of this work is putting the chain away. I wish you all could have seen the reverence with which he loads the chain onto his hand and then onto the cabinet and then how carefully he puts away the golden squares. When he finished putting the chain away the second time he spent a long time afterward straightening the cabinet as a whole. It was precious to see him straightening all of the cubes, carefully turning this cube or that a fraction in one direction or another.
I have been busy in the evenings. After finishing all of the fraction equations I moved on to make all the materials I need to present Karen Tyler's history album in its entirety and am working on making all of remaining notation and rhythm materials for primary and elementary music. I'll have a file or two to share when that is all over with! There will be no rest for the weary. When I'm done with that I plan to tackle the homemade materials I need for the geometry sections of the albums. I tend to do the work in big chunks like this in hopes that I will be able to relax when I'm done.