Today was the first day of our second week of school. Everything has been going very well. Today was the first day I felt like taking some pictures. Above the boys are doing some copywork. You can see Me Too's work plan with paper clips resting on the table. Speaking of the table, there is a little surprise underneath the table.
Truman is now responsible enough to join us during school. He loves it.
Today Me Too had various "thinking faces" he made between equations in the fraction drawers. He likes to do them like flashcards and shout out the answers. These particular equations are practicing different formats and happen to be subtraction. Each equation is missing one numerator in random positions in the equation and sometimes the difference is listed first. This requires more careful thinking. I think that's why he makes the faces. If he's not careful he tries to fill in the blank as if he is subtracting the minuend from the subtrahend when the difference is listed first.
Me Too only has a few fraction drawers left. When he finishes them he will be ready to move on to operations with unlike denominators and multiplying or dividing a fraction by a fraction. I've already moved the new work in so the old cabinet is on the floor behind him. These are one of his daily works until he's done so I can quickly get that cabinet out of here.
Easy peasy. The boys are whipping through our Child-sized Masterpiece folders from the beginning as a refresher for the new folders I put together. After matching pairs, Me Too likes to read the titles of the paintings given on the back of the cards and then examine the painting to see if he can figure out why the artist chose the title. He was mystified by the one under his hand in the picture. It is titled something like A Woman, a Bird, and a Star.
Me Too is finishing up the racks and tubes. His equation today was something like 93,456 divided by 3,047. If you look closely you can see that he doesn't like to put in all of the skittles. He just puts one skittle on each board. If there are seven units in the divisor he just puts one skittle in the hole for seven. He is recording his work on graph paper, but isn't recording the beads used or remainders for each step yet, just the equation itself and the final quotient and any final remainder.
Both boys received presentations on Lowest Common Multiples with the pegboard last week. Today I told both of them they could choose any three numbers and find the LCM. This is Me Too's work from this morning. Today he learned WHY we disregarded the number one when we did the tables of multiples last spring. He won't be choosing the number one again any time soon. To putzy.
I didn't like the way the cardstock dividers I made lay on the board so I grabbed the box of wooden ledger lines I made to go with our music notation materials. These are Woodsies that I had spray painted gloss black. They worked perfectly and are a lot easier to pick up than the cardstock. Just a tip.
The boys know what to do if they run out of space on the board and how to do this with two-digit numbers. They both chose easy numbers today. Tomorrow I'll give them parameters, such as two numbers in the teens. I would really like a box of cards for this, but I guess I'll try this one Jessica's way.
Above is a picture of what Kal-El did during our most of our three-hour work period this morning. I dragged him out of his books for Spanish and copywork, but otherwise he read the whole time.
When he came into the school room this morning he noticed right away that I had restocked the bookcase after a library trip. When it is full of fresh books like this, and it is once or twice a week, he just can't resist reading them all. However, he didn't finish anything on his work plan. That meant he had a lot to do when we came home from our afternoon violin lessons. There was a tantrum. I videotaped the tantrum but will spare you all the video. At any rate, he finished up all of the daily work on his plan in about 30 minutes if you don't count the time it took to have the tantrum. He did an equation on the flat bead frame, chose some exercises in his vocabulary book, a drawer of word study cards, worked on LCM with the pegboard, and did some reading analysis with the wooden arrows.
Me Too, on the other hand, has a better idea of how to balance it all. He would probably like to spend the whole time reading with me, but he loves his work plans. He always gets everything finished, finished neatly, and finished on time. He was quite the little conversationalist in Spanish today. I secretly assessed his vocabulary retention from last year and he remembered nearly all of it. He has forgotten a few body parts like las orejas and las piernas. I'm not sure he ever knew the difference between dedos, manos and pies. We'll play some games and refresh his memory or fill in the blanks as the case may be.