Kal-El chose to do a lot of work with the small bead frame this week. As you can see he pulled out three (+, /, x) of the large drawers from our math cabinet. I used to have these drawers separated into dynamic and static equations but I reorganized them. I created "finished" and "unfinished" compartments instead. I also moved all the static equations into the "finished" section because he doesn't need practice on those anyway. He can do the equations on any apparatus he wishes. This keeps him supplied with fresh equations for whenever he doesn't want to invent his own. He records his work on free bead frame paper from Livable Learning. He keeps a page going until it is full at which point he punches it and adds it to his math binder.
Me Too started work on the last game on the last addition board. I've already checked his mastery of the addition equations (through a sum of 18) with the flashcards and he knows them all. We could move on to the subtraction boards but Me Too memorized all the steps Kal-El went through and wants to do them ALL. It's good practice anyway. When Kal-El finished all of the games on all of the addition boards he had not mastered all of the equations. Me Too is doing these about a year younger than Kal-El did which makes him more "absorbent." Also, Me Too is just better at memorizing things in general.
In this last game Me Too has organized all of the sum tiles by number. He chooses a number, you can see he has chosen 11's to start, and then places all of that number on the board and records the equations. In this way he reviews all the different ways to create a particular sum.
Kal-El liked the multiplication bead board with the tables book so much he asked me to make him another tables book to do before he moves on to the loose equations. Here he has just completed the table of seven.