Kal-El is reviewing long-multiplication with the flat bead frame. He original learned this work in parallel with the checkerboard back in April of 2014. However, he wound up preferring the checkerboard at the time and didn't spend as much time on this which makes it good for using for review. We have a set of Nienhuis cards he is working through.
This time around I laminated a strip of paper that he can use over and over again with a dry erase marker rather than having to get a fresh strip every time. Extra bonus, I don't have to keep making strips of paper just the right size again and again.
I do have to keep strips of paper stocked for logical analysis, but I don't have to fuss about the size. Kal-El has mastered indirect objects and started adverbial extensions ("where" in particular) last week. I might get a photo of that this week.
Both boys did really well with finding lowest common multiples and we finished that thread in the albums.
They did equally well with factors. During this very first presentation, finding the factors for 18, they both figured out all of the factors in their heads while I was still showing them how to lay out the pegs on the boards to check if "two" was a factor. So, I had them do the four remaining examples in their heads and write them all down on a piece of paper. They made it into a race which Kal-El barely won. So, we moved on. I taught them how to use table C to find all of the factors for a number and then how to break down each factor into prime factors only. This week I think we do something similar on the pegboard. I can't wait to get past this. I understand why we find all of the prime factors for a number but I don't understand why we break down the other factors into their prime factors. Stuff like that makes me really dislike a lesson. The last time I felt this way was some of the squaring and cubing games.
We built a Roman road this week and I took lots of pictures. Hopefully I can get those uploaded this weekend.