Welcome to another "School Days" post! I have some random photos taken of some our work over the past week. I have a couple of interesting works that will be getting their own posts this week so they are not pictured here. I presented our new version of The Second Great Lesson today so stay tuned for that this week! I also am planning posts on decurian division and some fun language work.
It has been very exciting watching as Me Too wraps up the primary math works and as Kal-El dives into the elementary work. Kal-El is starting multiplication on the large bead frame. We started with "short multiplication" (one-digit multiplier) so that Kal-El could learn how to analyze or decompose the multiplicand. Above is his work on 6 x 1,231,451.
Kal-El has a lot of irons in the fire when it comes to math. He also worked through a couple drawers of fraction equations, story problems, abstract addition, and squaring chains in addition to his work with the multiplication finger charts for memorization. He started his LAST game on the LAST chart today! That means he has organized all of the product tiles in stacks from lowest to highest. He chooses a stack of like-products and finds and records all the equations that satisfy that product.
In the above photo Me Too has just barely started the second game for the last subtraction board. He is choosing difference tiles at random and finding an equation to satisfy it.
Kal-El is still working on the detective adjective game. The last time I posted a photo he was organizing triangles according to their sides. In these photos he is organizing them by their angles. I tried this with Me Too but he needs some geometry review before he can be successful. Plus, he just didn't care that day. However, he has been doing other triangle work:
The constructive triangles.
He has been really interested in using the constructive triangles more like tangrams (making things other than geometric shapes) so I took out a set of Colorforms that I have been saving. Here is one one of his creations:
It's a ninja battle.
While the retelling of the First Great Lesson has had no noticeable affects on Me Too, Kal-El at least has exhibited a renewed interest in astronomy. Above he is working with a heliocentric longitude (planetary address) chart to position the planet by degree according to the date.
Our language work is not always particularly photogenic, plus I am a little more "involved" as they do it. For those reasons you don't often see a lot of pictures. However, they are both still working at word studies, All About Spelling, Handwriting Without Tears, and Writing with Ease. You'll see a post on one of Me Too's word studies later this week. Kal-El has been cracking up at random moments every day whenever he thinks about his word study. He had been working on "silent P." He says, "that's when you actually remember to close the bathroom door so Mom doesn't hear you going." In actuality he worked on words like "Psalm" and "psychiatry." Today he worked on "eu" words like "maneuver" and "grandeur." Maybe the giggling will stop now that he's moved on.