Thursday, January 15, 2015

Building and Balancing

While researching what we would use for school, we found and were given a lot of resources.  I've created a stack in the dining room of things that are in use or "on deck."   Liam has been eyeing the pile and today asked me what a magnet was (if you build it, they will ask).  

Before our trip, I had hidden one science project near the printer in our bedroom with the thought of bringing it out in the "new term."  He must have sent something to print, ventured into my room and emerged with the box just after Christmas asking, "What's THIS surprise?"  The question was too cute to deny, so I let him open it early.
It was a kit to create a battery-powered digital clock using two lemons.  Luckily, we had two lemons ready to go from our wee tree in the back yard.  I'm not sure if this expression is excitement or a comment on lemon juice as a conductor.

The most exciting resource, by far, has been access to the ST Math program (  It was designed specifically to teach math concepts to students for whom written instructions were dificult to follow (including ESL, ELD and those with Communication Disorders).  Originally, the program was not offered for homeschool use, but I sent in a request to be included when it became available and got a reply at the beginning of the month that there would be an initial trial through June. We've been using it for two days and I've found it to be a brilliant program which aligns perfectly with our goals.  He's already completed the entire multiplication section and is nearly where he left off at school in November.  So we won't have to reinvent the wheel on math after all!  

Of course, all work and no play makes us all a little stir crazy.  Really.  My husband and I both work at home AND we're home schooling.  I try to get us out of the house at least once a day.  Last week, I was able to combine an outing with a math lesson.  I found this on my way home from the gym (middle of the street with nobody to ask):
We went to Burbank mall and he got to choose what to spend it on.  It wasn't a tough choice - indoor bungee jumping!

Although it was supposed to be 5 minutes for $10, there was nobody else around, so the attendant just let him keep going.  He said he loves it when the kids are having fun!  I love it too.

Onward and upward!

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