## Tuesday, May 28, 2013

### School Days

Today I have some pictures of some of the work we did in the school room this morning.  Me Too started off on the tone bars.  This quickly turned into playing something on the tone bars in the school room and then running to the music room to play the same on the piano.  Repeat.

Kal-El began his day with geography.  He practiced the United States map and the Africa map.  This was followed by some work with the Africa continent box (I have some new items I haven't given them yet, I can't wait to show everyone!  I need a sunny day with some time on my hands to get some good pictures.)  He focused on African landmarks and had a lot of questions about the Ngorongoro Crater.  We read about it in the encyclopedias and then watched a few videos of the area on YouTube.

Me Too finished the LAST game on the LAST addition facts board today.  Also, if you click on the photo to enlarge you might spot the new gap in the top of his smile.  He lost his fourth tooth, top middle right, on Sunday and the other top middle tooth is hanging on by a thread.

Me Too is gearing up for the stamp game.  He has been doing the golden bead FOREVER.  However, he just doesn't seem mature enough for the stamp game yet.  He still gets his exchanging processes confused nearly every time.  In the photo above he was warming up with a static division equation.  However, below...

...he worked on dynamic division.  Check out Kal-El keeping one eye on Me Too's work while he works with the multiplication bead board himself.  Me Too did the big exchanges perfectly today, however he is still very immature when it comes to handling the beads.  For example, he had a lot of unit beads (nine each for four "people") to hand out.

He needed to do this in a "one for you, one for you, one for you..." kind of manner.  However, he still forgets to give one "person" a turn, tosses in a few extra on another "persons" turn, visits the same bowl two or three times in a row...  I know he is "finishing primary" and I'm "holding him back" according to many guides.  I just personally don't see a kid who is doing the exchanges backwards pretty often and can't keep track of bead distribution as ready for greater abstraction.  Instead, we've been focusing on the memorizing which he is GOOD at.  Even with the memorization boards, we struggled with his maturity.  He had a ton of trouble when we got to the bingo boards on which he places the wooden tiles. The first round through I had to sit with him because he knew the answer to the equation and could find the tile but couldn't find where to place it on the board.  This was even though he was replicating a board he had used a hundred times.  I'm not saying all this to pick on Me Too.  I am proud of him.  I am saying it because sometimes there is a lot of pressure to get the primary kids through the full math album and I just want to be transparent about how that is going with my kids.

The boys had some errands they wanted me to run today.  At the end of their work, which is not all pictured by any means, they spent some time together driving the errands on the local road map on the school room table.  Whenever I get ready to put that map away I catch them using it again.  This picture is reason number 77 that we homeschool...the bond that has developed between these two brothers and the joy they have schooling together.

1. I hope Me Too has some teeth left for birthday cake!

1. It's going to be close...He'll likely be missing both bottom lateral incisors and the two top central. He is considering pudding.

2. I have to say, I appreciate your transparency very much! I told myself a LOOOONG time ago that it doesn't matter to me where my children are in comparison to others as far as what they can/can't do, so long as they are learning at a pace that they are comfortable with. And yet I still seem to catch myself saying "Why can't they....?" in my mind and it's good to know that it's really okay and everyone really does move at their own pace! It's a fact that I KNOW, and yet seeing it is not restricted to my children is comforting! That being said, I think he's doing great, too! :)

3. You've hit on the difference between school and homeschool ;) In school there are so many other children to observe and work with and even to teach - and even some of the language variances picked up from the other children and the adult (that might tip something off in math, let's say - sometimes just hearing it another way, non-chalant-like, creates a HUGE leap in Legoboy). At home, not so much but children always eventually get there ;)

Over-riding principle: follow the child (and these boys are going to be geography buffs!). The primary albums do not have to be done to skip the rest and move into elementary; or as you've seen with Kal-El, he still gains from some of the primary level work probably done a bit different than if he were younger and doing the work.

4. Great work from your boys as always! Homeschooling is always different then you think it will be isn't it? :) Its amazing how they all learn different things differently! Keep up the awesome work!

5. Great blog. Love the pictures. Makes me miss the classroom even more.

6. Hi MBT, I was just wondering, how do you get Me Too to practice the collective exercises with the golden beads? Do you sit and do them with him? Or give him numbers to do it himself? It seems like his setup is pretty simple (not cluttered). When I tried to do it we used a whole room and it took forever to do one problem. I am using the MBH album and I don't completely understand her setup, plus its for multiple children. We seem to be stuck in math waiting for Link to get past these exercises! Thanks! -Melissa

1. Hi Mel,