A Friday ritual. A single photo - no words - capturing a moment from the week. A simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment I want to pause, savor and remember.
|Snapshot Summary, October 12-18|
|The view outside the car window last week.|
|James' (age 11) fall leaves he has pressed.|
We have spent our time playing all sorts of games...
|At Cootie Brown's.|
Oak Hill School in Jonesbourough, TN.
The students come for a day-long field trip and enroll in the class of 1892-93. Reading, writing, arithmetic, history, geography – even the pledge of allegiance – are all as they were prior to the turn of the last century.
Biscuits with butter or maybe a piece of country ham
Molasses, honey, applebutter or jelly to put on plain biscuits or cornbread
Baked sweet potato kept warm in the winter on top of the pot-bellied stove
Baked Irish potato kept warm on the pot-bellied stove
Homemade beef jerky
Hard boiled eggs
Block of homemade cheese
Raw carrots grown at home
Apple or pear from trees at home
Advanced Addition with Beans, Cups and Bowls
I favor working with beans, cups and bowls on a place value board as a beginning for all basic math. Quentin is working with multi-digit addition with and without carrying. This day I gave him the problem 28 +54 =
and so he set out 2 cups and 8 beans on the board.
and then he added to them 5 cups and four beans. He quickly saw that there were more beans than available spots in the beans, or ones column and so he set them to the side.
I had him fill up the ones column...
put them into a cup (or trade them for an already filled cup) and then put the remaining two into the beans/ones column.
We then filled in the answer on a chart. He will do this hands-on regrouping for a time and then when he feels he wants to fill out the chart without using the beans, I will show him the more traditional way of carrying. By this time, it will seem obvious or second-nature to carry, or change the ones into tens as needed.
Advanced Division with Beans, Cups and Bowls
The boys wrote in their English journals (I will post more about them in another post) and we went over putting words in alphabetical order to the second letter and we reviewed rules for plural nouns.
Our Favorite Resource This Week
Where Is George? turned out to be our favorite resource for the week. If you find a bill with this stamped on it, you can go to the Where's George? Home Page and if you register there, you can enter the denomination, series (year), and serial number as well as your current Zip Code and then hit the 'SUBMIT' button and you can see where the bill has been and you can go back and track where it goes after it leaves you. You can also mark your own bills and track where they go, but the site no longer sells the stamps, so you would have to get one made up yourself.