I recently purchased a Singapore Math word problem book to supplement our math. We don't do it everyday but I thought that it would be great practice and B sometimes struggles with logic and word problems. We are doing Singapore Math 5B and I ordered the level 5 word problem book not realizing that it is for 6th grade. The word problems are difficult for him but we do them together.
Today the word problem was best done with a little Algebra. I started to explain to B how to do it with an easy Algebra equation. At first he was confused but when he got it .... he got it! He actually said "that is fun can we do another one?" I wanted to jump up and do a little dance while cheering but I didn't want to spook him. So I calmly said, "Sure." and wrote 5 easy algebra equations on the whiteboard for him which he excitedly did quickly and correctly!! I love that I get to share these moments with my son! :-)
Algebra was a favorite subject of mine so I am such a proud momma!!
Mathematics is the language which God has written the universe.
- Galileo Galilei
Tuesday, February 21, 2012
I am so excited to be taking a class of my own for the next 10 weeks! Hillsdale College is offering Constitution 101 "The Meaning and History of the Constitution" free of charge (although they do suggest a donation to cover costs). The class is online and started yesterday. Each lecture is about 40 minutes and is taught by professors that teach the course at the college. It is a course that Hillsdale College students are required to take. I have wanted to teach B about the Constitution and now I will be much more confident when I do! What a perfect time to get a refresher course! :-)
If you haven't heard about Hillsdale College ... It is a small, independent (they do not accept federal or state taxpayer subsidies for any of their operations - yes, it can be done!) college in southern Michigan. I did not go there, nor did anyone that I know. We receive their free monthly newsletter called Imprimis and that is how I found out about the course.
If you are interested, it is not too late to sign up for the course!
Check out the website:
Wednesday, February 15, 2012
B also completely a project on the Vietnam War last week. I let him choose the subject matter and also what type of project he wanted to do. My only input was the paper. I wanted him to write a paper (outline, first copy, rewrite, final draft) and he chose to do a clay diorama and poster board. I am really proud of the work that he put into this project!
All in all a fun start to February! I just calculated that we are on day 111 of school today. In PA we have to account for 180 days per school year. We are on pace to finish the school year (hopefully) at the end of May. We'll see what happens!
Hope that everyone had a happy Valentine's Day! (-: