It may have taken three months to do the division bead board, but Me Too finished the division finger board in three days. He took a break most of last week, but will likely start and finish the division bingo board this week.
One of our Spanish lessons was about flags. This got Me Too interested in flags and continent boxes again. He colored many flag pages. You can print them at Enchanted Learning or, as we did, from Crayola.
The boys enjoyed some new items in their Central American souvenir collection. A friend recently sent us some very neat things from Mexico such as this Aztec calendar stone.
A little bobble-headed turtle....
We're not so sure what this is. My gut says Chichen Itza, but it has be reshaped into something of a boat. Maybe it's a Chichen Itza pencil holder? The boys have been laying their pencils across the back so they stop rolling off the table while we work. Our house is not very level.
This all prompted more digging in the North America box. We have a separate box for the U.S.A., so this box holds our items from other North American countries.
All that digging around in the North American box prompted him to dig around in the Antarctica box as well. He reread a lot about McMurdo station. He is very enamored with this set of real scientist's dog tags. I think he's been wearing this on his wrist for a week.
He was so absorbed in exploring these slides that he was super surprised when the preliminary flash went off on the camera.
Kal-El was inspired by his Story of the World listening. We've been reading about the Mesopotamians. Here Kal-El has made "mud bricks" our of modeling clay.
And then, he stacked them into a structure.
We've been doing a lot of Story of the World inspired reading. It is finding our way into our other work. One of Kal-El's sentence constructions with the grammar arrows this week was "Hammurabi rides his bike." Kal-El takes pictures of all of his grammar sentences with our little point and shoot, but he decided to take a video of that sentence. Videos are a lot of work to post, so no go.
Kal-El is still plugging along through our sentence analysis materials. Here is a sentence he did take a picture of.
Kal-El has started a new stage of checkerboard work. He is now recording his partial products. He can do this work abstractly on paper. He works on long multiplication once or twice a week. For every equation he does on a "material" he is allowed to do one just on paper. He needs a little more practice before I feel comfortable that he has internalized the process. He understands works like these instantly and it would be easy to not make him repeat. However, I find that he memorizes algorithms extremely quickly but it takes many repetitions with the concrete manipulatives to internalize the real process. I want to make sure he understands the process and not just the algorithm so a minimal amount of work on the materials is still a requirement here.
We used to go to the library to take advantage of "Reading to Rover." Now we have our own private Read to Truman program at home. Truman will not be homeschooled. He starts puppy classes on Thursday.
Me Too has moved on from scowling at division on the stamp game to beaming at division on the racks and tubes. We are getting to this nice and early so hopefully he will enjoy it for a long time.
Kal-El is moving through the work on this same material rapidly. He is a little old for it and doesn't like moving all the beads. I sit next to him while he works and help him clear the boards to speed things up for him. He demonstrated that he could do equations with four-digit divisors and remainders so I let him skip most of the equations in the box on his first pass through. The top equation on the paper below is one of his last equations on that first pass. The first level requires only recording the final answer.