Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Math and Science Fun

Sweet Baby continues to enjoy her math this year! I cannot tell you how good it feels to say that! For kindergarten and 1st grade we used Abeka math for Sweet Baby and other than the colorful pages, there really was not to much about it that she liked or that worked for her. After last year, another year of struggles with math and bad attitudes from her about doing math, we decided to try something different. This year we are using Saxon and she seems to really love it. Today she was able to play with some pattern shapes. We talked about the hexagon and trapezoid (in addition to shapes she already knows).

She was especially delighted when I told her to use the blocks to make picture of her own. I left her alone for 5 minutes and when I returned she had created a masterpiece. These are chickens. What the blue things above them? "Blessings" I was told....Awwwwww.

I started science with the little girls today. We are doing plants the first part of our year. Today we discussed how to determine if something is alive or not. The girls were thrilled that they got to go on a Living Things Scavenger Hunt. They hunted around the house (and the yard) and observed various objects to see if they could be classified as "living" or not.

As soon as they walked outside they wanted to classify the black eyed susan's that were sitting out the back door. Peanut was thrilled to see a daddy long leg hanging out on one of the flowers. "HEY! We can see if he is living too and add him on our sheet!" She delighted in pestering at him to make him move, since one of the questions you must ask yourself is "does the item move".

After classifying a rock (I must be doing a great job since they declared that a rock is not living) they walked to the back of the yard and determined that our chickens are alive. Great job girls! ;)

What We Have Learned So Far This Week

We have learned who Julius Caesar was, why the Roman Republic failed, much about Octavius (through the book Caesar Agustus' World) and Cicero, and the various buildings that make up a Roman town

1 comment:

Kelly said...

Your littlest looks so happy!