BUT, perhaps if I were homeschooled, I would have had more time for social endeavors, and would have tried to make them count more. Once I hit 7th grade, I did have to pare down on my extracurriculars due to time constraints. I was sad to let the Salt Lake Children's Choir go. It would have been fun to keep up on basketball. I was sad to stop soccer after the next year. And I could have sought out other unique activities that I just plain didn't have time for with everything else...
So, ANYWAY, I'm willing to give it a shot. For now, we are happy to have our kids attend BYU preschool and kindergarten- two affordable and excellent programs that do give the kids individual attention with a student:teacher ratio of 4:1. Meanwhile, Jay and I want to set-up shop and start a routine so we can lay a foundation for later when it really matters more.
I've been really interested in alternative methods for learning math and I've been intrigued by these Cuisenaire Rods. You can read more about them here. I really stumbled upon them on amazon.com when I was looking for some game pieces to use to make a sort of Sequence game for learning letters. And then I saw these Interlocking Centimeter Cubes and I thought they could probably work for both!
So, I got them and I had no idea how excited the kids (especially The Frog) would be about playing with them.
I thought it would be a good idea to get some kind of book to guide me with them at first, and decided upon this one: Miquon Math, Level 1. Some of the reviews said they thought Lab Sheet Annotations and Mathematics for the Primary Teacher and First-Grade Diary were essential companions, but I'm planning to just check out the first book before I commit. (Also, since math is kinda my "thing" maybe I won't need answers, explanations, etc?) I got it, and yes, it has no instruction whatsoever, but I think I get the gyst.
|do you recognize this scene?|
|using our rods to show coin values|
I've thought about starting a separate homeschooling blog where I can keep track of what we did, what went well, what didn't, so I'll have a good place to reference for the "next round".
Any clever title ideas?