Tag Archive | homeschooling

A month with the number 3

Circle 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

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.

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.

Week 2: Adding and Subtracting

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.

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.

3chart

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

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

Multipilication Flower

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

Clovers 3

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

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

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

Homemade Lacing Toys

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.

IMG_3970

 

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

IMG_3971

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

Oversocialized?

busy

 

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.

Love & Logic for Being On Time

Last week my oldest daughter woke up and was running super slow all morning. At 8:38 I was on the phone and noticed she was still sitting on the couch. I asked her if she was watching the clock and she said she was. I reminded her that she needs to leave between 8:35-40 and she might want to get her shoes, coat, and bag on if she was going to make it to school on time. She told me she didnt want to go. I told her I was busy that day and if she wanted to stay home she would need to pay a baby sitter to watch her and she would have to stay in her room all day. She agreed and ran down stairs to find her money she earned from the previous week.

She came up bummed, “Mom I dont have enough” (she spent it already)

Me, “Oh thats a bummer honey dont worry there will be more on Friday. In the mean time would you like to wear your boots or shoes to school?”

B, “I dont want to go”

Me, “I understand honey. Would you rather wear boots or shoes to school?”

B, “Neither”

At this time I realized I needed to focus my sole attention on her and this situation in order to not get mad or frustrated, in order to stay calm, so I told the person I was chatting with I needed to go but would call them back in a bit.

Me, “Bailie honey your late for school now so may want to go quickly so you don’t get in trouble. Would you like to wear boots or shoes to school?”

B, “Neither”

Me, “I understand honey would you rather wear boots or shoes to school?”

B, “Neither”

Me, “I understand honey would you rather wear boots or shoes to school?”

B, “Ugggg you choose!”

Me, “I am wearing shoes today. Would you rather wear boots or shoes to school?”

B, “I want YOU to choose!”

Me, “I cant choose your shoes for you. Would you rather wear boots or shoes to school?”

B, “uuuug fine shoes”

At this point its 8:52 and school has started 2 minutes prior. As she walks out the door I say, “Bye honey I love you and I hope you have a great day” and she replies, “You too mom” in a not so cheerful voice.

So immediately I call the school. I ask the lady on the phone what happens when kids are late for school. She says, “well they get a tardy slip… so nothing really” I asked if there was any other repercussions for the children. Shes said, “Well after so many the parents get a letter home …” then after a moment of pause I could hear the realization in her voice as she says, “Its more like the parents get in trouble than the kids” with a faint giggle following. So I tell her thats ok I can understand that but that Bailie was on her way to school now and she left late on purpose and I want her to understand the importance of being on time. That it is HER responsibility to get out the door on time and to get to school on time because when she is older it will be her responsibility to get places on time, that she wont always have a parent to shuffle her out the door. I want her to understand now rather than later, that there are consequences to being late.

The lady at the school then said, “Well we did have a girl a while back who was late a lot so she stayed in the principles office during recess each time” I said that would be perfect! (Can I just say how happy I am that they were willing to work with me on this one! Its far better she learns by loosing recess now than her job later on it life).

So the next day she was out the door right on time! I was please but it wasn’t until today that I realized the lesson was learned. That the consequences taught her far better than my nagging could have! She was upset with me for not allowing her to use the stairwell because she left the gate open at the top (that’s a whole other story and Ill spare you there for now) so I let her know that she would need to go around the house if she wanted to get her things for school. Now we went through this gate scenario a couple weeks ago and it took her an hour and a half before she would walk around the house to get upstairs. I was fully prepared for that again, but this time with in 2 minutes she was going out the back door and coming around to the front. She very nicely grabbed her things and hugged her sister and said good bye for the day. I started to ask her something and she says, “Mom I have to go quickly its 8:40! I cant be late I don’t want to go to the office like yesterday” I said, “What do you mean you left early yesterday why did you have to go to the office?” For which she confessed, “Ya but I was being a slow poke. I was late and had to miss my recesses so today I am going to run!”

I didn’t have to beg and plea for her to get out the door and to school on time. I didnt have to yell and fuss to teach her the importance of not being tardy. The school stuck to the repercussions they agreed to give her when she’s late and the consequences taught the lesson for me!

Homemade Silly Putty

This morning I saw a really neat slime idea that used borax but I didnt have any so I went a Goggling for other gooy-slimy concoctions and found one that said laundry soap. This I had! So here we go!

IMG_0822

Laundry Soap, Glue, and some Glitter for fun.

IMG_0825

Pour glue into bowl.

IMG_0826

Add laundry soap. I added too much and had to add more glue.

IMG_0827

Add glitter and begin mixing.

IMG_0828

When it reaches this wet sticky consistency let it sit for 10-15 minutes and begin to work it with your hands.

IMG_0829

IMG_0830

IMG_0831

Peel from bowl and give to a kid!

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

IMG_0856

When you’re done, store it in a jar for later!