Last week, we had apple-themed printables, crafts, recipes, and more for your preschooler. This week, we have some more apple-y goodness for your elementary-aged student and a fantastic giveaway – scroll immediately to the bottom for more details on that!Continue Reading
I have no talent or affection for kiddo crafts whatsoever. Not even a little. When I was pregnant with our first, my husband and I daydreamed about which things we looked forward to doing with and teaching the kids. “You get the crafts,” I said. But I do love art all things art (with an especially soft spot for metal sculpture). And my mom, grandmother, and aunt have all been talented painters.
We use a classical approach to curriculum, with some Charlotte Mason thrown in. And both of those educational styles suggest putting great art in front of little eyes early on. So when it comes to art, there is the doing and then there is the appreciating. And at some point, for a great classical education, you’ve got to dive into both.
So what do you do when you have graduated from the popsicle stick and pom-pom stage? Here are a few of the things we do.Continue Reading
My daughter found this little rock on one of our nature walks. She liked its pointy shape and brought it home. Then one day when she was having trouble keeping track of where she was on her number chart as she switched back and forth between it and her worksheet, she asked me, “Mom, can I get my rock to use as a pointer?”
What a great idea! And the rock, now officially named Pointer Rock, has lived in her pencil box and assisted with math and more ever since. Here are some of the many wonderful things Pointer Rock does:
It keeps her place on the number chart
For instance, when finding which number is 4 before 122, she locates 122. Then she counts back four spaces. Then she marks that number with the rock while she writes the answer. Little ones need to look back and forth, sometimes several times, to check and recheck their work. And it’s easy to lose your place in that sea of numbers. This has solved the frustration of having to find each answer multiple times.Continue Reading
In first grade, when so much is new, word problems can be a bit overwhelming. I have created a simple, step by step process that our first grader has used to solve word problems. It shows her how to think through the problem and its real-life application. And it gives her the tools to know where to begin–often the biggest challenge–and keep her on track to the end of the problem.
I created an infograph to sum up (math pun intended) the steps for you. You can find it for download here and on Pinterest for your pinning pleasure. But in this post, I discuss the steps in a little bit more detail.