Math Monday: Exponential growth (for young kids)

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We went camping recently and on the way back home we stopped at the top of the mountain pass to see some amazing mountain ranges and catch a glimpse of our favorite volcano. (Lol, it’s not erupting — thankfully! — but that’s what our 4 year old always calls it.)

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Math Monday: 10-frame math with seashells

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nothing better than doing math with seashells in paw patrol pajamas!

I’ll randomly do some 10-frame math activities with N (now 4 y.o.). We’ve used egg cartons, sketches on paper, “official” ten frame plastic trains, and now a large plastic floor mat with seashells and expo markers.

I was a math teacher for several years, so sometimes it’s a bit hard to contain my excitement about numbers and patterns and logic and anything else that’s even tangentially math related. (ha! pun intended.) Continue reading

Simple geography

CaptureToday turned out to be a bit of a geography day.

We found out that some friends were collecting the state stickers from those little mandarin oranges. Apparently if you can collect all of the 50 state stickers from the Halo oranges, you can win prizes. Continue reading

Science folders

20170529_155313I haven’t made any curriculum choices yet for our upcoming years, but I love to stop by thrift stores and browse their books and toys sections. We’ve run across some great “homeschooling resources” this way for very little money! Continue reading

Spelling for fun

I like to find fun ways to help N practice writing and spelling. I stumbled across a simple project that worked well, so I wanted to pass along the idea.

Both boys love “collecting” rocks. On our way to the park the other day, I gave the boys a zip lock bag for collecting rocks. I also needed to keep them busy for a few minutes while I finished getting ready, so I found some stickers for them to use to decorate their bags. J got some fish stickers but I ran across some letter stickers I’d forgotten about, so I gave those to N.

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Letting the day unfold

I had made no plans for the day, but it turned out the day had adventures of its own for us.

One of my friends came over in the morning and she played wonderfully with the boys! They loved the attention and she helped them get a lot of wiggles out. The boys danced to their favorite song (photosynthesis! I’ll do another post on this later) and played lots of running games — ninjas, bad guys, police, octonauts … they’re all basically variations on the same game: running in circles around the living room, giggling riotously.

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After yesterday’s encouraging game experience, we tried this Daniel Tiger game. Continue reading

the little things

Our “homeschooling” themes at this point consist of an eclectic mash-up of Mom’s Grand Ideas and the boys’ Exciting Discoveries.

Today, for instance …

20170525_082815-1This morning we narrowly avoided our morning tv routine by some stroke of luck and distraction. I asked N to find a book he could read to me. He chose a lift-the-flap book and got absorbed in it, forgetting about me. This is always good.

Meanwhile, J found a roly-poly on the living room floor. Continue reading