Monday and Tuesday
Quentin made math problems with plastic Easter eggs and jelly beans and I read the boys about Alexander the Great and Bucephalus, his horse. They colored maps of Alexander's Empire. I played a game called Animal Crossing with James, which is a game that helps teach logical thinking and planning ahead. Sam learned about square numbers and then we compared them to the Eratosthenes' Sieve sheet he had done and then he could see the patterns with multiples and Prime numbers. Then, we played several games of Mancala, the winner playing a new person. Then Sam set up a science experiment about the difference between rocks and minerals. It will take awhile to finish. Alex worked on his language arts and math. Katie played with Quentin using gummy letters making words with them.
Quentin has been wanting to make breakfast bars for quite a while now so this morning we made them together and while they were baking, we cleaned the kitchen. Steven had to take James to the allergist today. So the rest of explored many things such as more math with jelly beans and other math games and puzzles. Sam worked on Greek, Literature comprehension, and the commutative property of numbers. Alex worked on a timeline of science history, wrote about the Battle of Marathon and Astronomy Many games were played outside in the sunshine; games of trampoline dodge-ball played. All refereed by sister; some decisions made causing tears. Some decisions rethought and changed. All a part of a day's learning.
Today Sam and I talked about the Associative Property of Numbers, vocabulary from Lord of the Rings, and practice with Greek words. James wrote about the Battle of Marathon and we did an activity to show the strength of pulleys. We played a game from Family Math called "Balloon Ride" which is just a version of Nim so we quickly dispensed with the balloon picture and just used the toothpicks on the table. James treated me with some spontaneous artwork and Quentin had his own idea of creativity.