Sunday, November 13, 2011

Math, History, and Science...In Context.

Moving into November! Fall has been fun.
Last week, Ava worked on grouping by 10s. I was really surprised at how she seemed to already know how to do it. I think I should quit being so surprised. Kids are smarter than we all tend to give them credit for. We were counting something on a game she was doing and I drew up some tallies on a piece of paper, telling her each group was a group of 10. She quickly counted them off by 10s and added the extras to get 43. And then carried on with her game. We also counted by groups while playing a card game. When counting up our matches we counted by 2s and by 5s etc. And she and Noah played some kind of car grouping with the abacus, though I think only they understood what was going on with it. They were very involved in it as they grouped cars and then counted it out on the abacus.

It's funny to me that if I ask Ava if she likes math, she'll say she doesn't. Yet when in the context of life and fun, she loves the number challenges. She says the same about reading, yet loves reading games and spelling things out. She makes grocery lists every week and reads them back to me etc.
She also will tell me she doesn't like history. I'm not sure she even knows exactly what "history" as a subject is. Yet she was so intrigued by a new book we received, Barack Obama's "Of Thee I Sing," which mentions different people from history and the impact they had. She wanted to know more about each person, which I see as a great opening door for her to learn more about some of these key people in American history.

All three kids got to color some pillow cases and tote designs at their grandparents this week. And Ava rode her bike for two miles with her grandpa which she is very proud of. Then they got to play with the neighbor friends the rest of the afternoon outside.

Noah has been working on more letter sounds and Ava more spelling and reading. We made a poster to help decipher between lowercase "b" and "d" which has always frustrated her. I drew the word "bed" and she got to design a bed and bedroom around it. The word "bed" looks much like a bed, which helps her remember which way the b and d go. Cool, huh? Afterwards, I wrote a bunch of 'b's and 'd's down and she could easily figure them out by thinking of the bed she colored. It made her giggle to know she could figure them out on her own now.

Amora has been getting into the fun too. She learned how to use a scissors and Ava taught her how to control and click the computer mouse using the online program She played Linkin Logs and made Lego towers with her big brother went on walks with Ava around the parks we went to.
She also enjoyed playing in playhouses at the breakfast playdate with some vegan friends and their kids which included delicious pumpkin pancakes!

While John and I were watching a movie the other night (and thought the kids were doing the same upstairs), I came up to find that they had been up to their own project. The three of them had grabbed a box of baking soda, poured it (all) into a bowl, and added some water. As I was looking at the mess when I came up, Ava quickly jumped in to explain that they had discovered how to make "goo" with baking soda and that she had cleaned it up as best she could. Well, it could have been worse, as far as I'm concerned, so let's call it a science experiment and add it to the blog, right?
Oh, and she also created a new snack: bread and margarine with sprinkles, which may account for why they were so hyper at bed time.
Well, at least John and I got to watch a full movie. Haha!

The kids happen to be night owls so it's not strange for them to be working at stuff late into any "school night." After the younger kids went to bed one night, Ava decided to paint for a while. She (re)discovered mixing colors to make new colors and was all excited with her different color creations. I printed her off a color wheel to show her which colors can create new ones.
Luckily, we get to sleep in!

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