Monday, April 8, 2013
Welcome back from spring break! The boys asked if they could "ease back in" with a "nice easy day." (I think that is code for "let's not use the work plan today." Me Too started the first game with the FINAL addition board. He pulls an equation out of his collection, thinks of the sum in his head, finds the wooden square with that sum on it, places the sum on the addition board, writes the equation in his addition book (some albums have you skip this step), and checks the sums against the control board whenever he reaches the end of a page.
Kal-El started the last game with the FINAL subtraction board. He lays all the stamps face up in columns of the same denomination. He selects a remainder column. Then, he makes up the nine possible subtraction equations to satisfy the remainder, places the remainders on the board, records the equations in his notebook, and checks the equations against the control board whenever he fills a page in the notebook.
The boys also did a TON of geology work today with rocks and minerals. I was buried under encyclopedias, books about rocks, and rock samples as they did this work. I hope to take some photographs and tell you about what they did later on. They ended their work session today with a big rock collecting hunt outdoors. Both boys are interested in revisiting the rocks and minerals section of our local museum again ASAP and have asked for a "going out" to a rock shop.