# A month with the number 3

We’ve started a new method of math. It’s a progressive way to teach each number.

One number at a time you will start with stories and counting/skip counting. From there you will work on adding and subtracting. Lastly you will work on multiplication and division with that number.

Each number will be your sole focus for 4 weeks. Through complete submersion your child will learn how to work with this number inside and out.

This will be the base of all future math for your student.

Week 1: Skip Counting and Story Telling

3s chart

Song – Skip count, skip count, skip count by 3 Skip count, skip count, skip count with me. Listen now as we count to 30 3,6,9,12,15,18,21 24 and 27, isnt counting fun? 3,6,9,12,15,18,21 24 and 27, 30 and we’re done!

To get to know the number three this week, we drew out a few big circles with different numbers around them. Then she drew lines connecting the numbers skipping 3s. It was fun to see the different shapes that came from different amounts of numbers on the circle.

Instead of just writing it out on paper, like this, take some chalk and hit the sidewalk for extra fun. Let the kids jump forward or backward 3 jumps from any number.

Story – “The Snow Many Friends” After one winter storm a young boy and girl went out to build a snowman. He was a beautiful snow man. That night they looked out their window marveling at their snowman. The boy and girl made up stories about this snowman, but then they realized he needed some friends. So first thing the next morning they set out to build him 3 more friends. They had to get 3 snow balls for each one. 3 +3+3 is 9 snow balls. Then they needed 2 stones for eyes for each one. 2+2+2 is 6 stones for eyes. Keep going with hats, mouths, arms, legs, scarves, etc.

To flow from addition to multiplication we drew out this grid to play games with. In this picture she’s jumping 18: 3+3+3+3+3+3. She used this at the end of week 2 and beginning of week 3

Week 3: Multiplication

Using the clovers from our story and form drawing to write in multiplication facts

Story – “The Three Leaf Clover” I picked a three leaf clover on my way home from school. My brother saw it and was quick to say, “Three leaf clovers just arnt cool” The best clovers have 4, because they bring you luck. Find a clover with 4 leaves and you’ll be a lucky duck! Then it occurred to me, I could put two together! 6 is 2 times 3. If four is lucky then 6 is better! But why, I thought, should I stop there? 9 is 3 times 3. If a six leaf clover is lucky then nine is fine by me! But why be stingy I thought 15 is 5 times 3. If I had the luck of a fifteen-leaf I’d really be happy. And imagine the luck of 6 clovers! Luck you just couldn’t ignore. For 18 is 6 times 3 leaves. And that’s much better that four! Perhaps I could add just one more clover to my bunch. For 21 is 7 times 3 And then just on a hunch… Perhaps I’ll end with picking eight for 24 is 8 times 3. 24… If I had that much good luck how could I want for more? But then, again, more is better for 27 is 9 times 3. And if I had so much good luck That would be just fine! But right before I go inside I’ll pick just one last clover for 30 is 10 times 3. Now clover picking’s over

To practice the 3s times tables I drew this big flower and wrote the 3 in the middle. Then I added the second factors. In the outer petals she wrote the answers.

Week 4: Division

To flow from multiplication into division we used clovers. Put the whole part in one leaf and the factors in the others, then add the x and / symbols.

Story- “The three Fairies” Three fairies were meeting in the forrest one day; Crystal, Jezzabelle, and Leona. They wanted to have a picnic. Crystal brought 30 jelly beans. How many would she need to give each fairy? Jezzabelle brought 15 tuna sandwhiches. How many would she need to give each fairy? Leona brought 6 apples. How many would she need to give each fairy? Continue going through each fairy over and over coming up with different things they bring to the picnic and allow your child to divide by 3s

Getting familiar with both looks of division

Our only “test”

Draw out many clovers and fill in 2 sides of it. Then allow the student to go back and fill in the remaining part. This was a fun test for her

# Frustration Free Potty Update

For those who read my last post Frustration Free Potty 6 months ago, here is our update.

Recently I was giving Kenna and Aubrie a bath. When we were done, I pulled Kenna out first and then moved onto Aubrie. Kenna started to pee on the floor by the door and then she ran to the toilet. Assuming she was already done I said, “Oh its ok honey. Mommy will clean it up in just a sec.” Then she proceeded to pee all over the floor by the toilet. She wanted to go but was too short to get up there. So I went to get her, her first potty. Its a simple pink and white potty where the tray lifts out to be emptied. We put it in the bathroom and left it.

She started out by sitting on it while I went to the bathroom, but not using it. She also recently learned the joys of being naked. she loves to be naked. She would however ask me for a diaper when she needed to go potty. Then the other day she started to pee in the kitchen. I said “wait wait wait hold on wanna go on the potty?” and she ran in and finished peeing on the potty. YAY what a to do we made of it.

The next day she comes running into me naked from the bottoms down and says, “Mama I go pee pee” I say ok want a diaper or to go to the potty?” She says, “Potty” and starts to run from the livingroom down the hall to the bathroom and Im right behind her. But then she veers into the kitchen to show me the giant poop she did in the middle of the kitchen …. oh boy lol, it was like it was straight out of a Clorox commercial!

Since then she spends most days at home half or fully naked. When she needs to go potty she will either run to the potty or ask for a diaper. A diaper almost always for poop. But then today she was standing on a chair in the kitchen and starts screaming and crying. I say “What what whats wrong baby?” She says, “I need potty” I offer her a diaper or the potty and she says “Potty” so I rush her to the potty and she poops!!! First time! Woot woot! Then I went to clean the bathroom later on and I see her potty is full of pee and it hits me. On her own, she is self potty training. She is getting it.

Now comes the hard part where I know she can do it and I want to encourage her (even make) her do it, but I wont. I will continue to allow her to choose diaper or potty and potty train herself. If its now or next month or still next year it will be ok. She will be fully potty trained on her own when she is ready.

I went to the teacher’s store today and saw some lacing toys and thought it sounded like a fun idea but it wasn’t in the budget so we passed and moved on. Later on I was going through some pintrist ideas and sure enough this popped up. How cool! I didn’t even think to make some myself.

I grabbed a toilet paper roll, a previously painted water color card, a hole punch and some yarn.

I cut up the paper and started punching! Then cut the yarn and tapped the ends. Vwala!

I imagine you could make them with just about anything around your house.

# Oversocialized?

I blogged previously  A Simple But Lovely Life on my goals to simplify our lives. Here is a little more on why I chose to lessen what we do during the week and why we usually have it so full of activities.

As a homeschooling family (not this year) the number one thing we would hear is, “But what about the socialization?” pertaining to why homeschooling isn’t a good option. Here’s what you don’t know. Most homeschooling families work extra hard to do lots of things so that we can still say our children are socialized. Every social aspect they get in a classroom we give outside of the public school. Here’s the thing though. This year our older daughter is in the public school and we tried to keep up our usual extra curricular activities. And wow has it started to drain us!

Usually we are filling our schedules with church activities, play dates, bible studies, girl scouts, soccer, karate, now violin, story times, gymnastics, and on and on and on. But for what? Just so we can say we do it? To get people to stop saying, “What about socialization?” This isn’t socialization this is forced association. Why are my kids getting tired and less willing to participate? First because Im sitting here over encouraging them to participate during group activities “stand up! clap your hands! Sing the song! Go say hi to Jimmy! Play and have fun dang it!!!”  and secondly because they’re getting burned out! ME TOO! Why do we NEED to socialize anyways? To learn to walk in lines? Ok yes that is important. To learn how to talk with one an other? Yes that’s important too. To learn to take turns? Yep that too. But all those things can be taught in far less a week than we think. Going to church on the weekends all of that is learned. Going outside to play with friends. All of that is learned! ALL OF IT!!!! You cut in front of a child waiting for the slide and they’re going to let you know its not ok. Speak unkindly to a friend and they’re not going to want to play with you.

So to chill out our schedules and ourselves we’re currently on a break from most everything! For this season we’re still going to church and we’re still going to do violin lessons, but after that we might sprinkle in a story time here and there but not much more. Instead we’ll go outside and play and relax.