Math : Squares : playing with soap

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I’ve mentioned before that we’ve been having fun with this Shapes book.  This is the last activity for squares/cubes.

IMG_1946 We made a square out of cardboard as a pattern.

IMG_1947 We had to make a square, cube bubble wand.

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IMG_1952 We learned, that it is not easy to make.   Siena’s was the better one.

IMG_1957 We had some bubble mix.

IMG_1969 And look at how pretty it looks!

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Yes!  A square in the middle of it all!  So neat.  And because I loved it so much… why not a video, right?

Math : Squares : Cubes

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This one book we’ve been using about shapes, takes us after few stories and projects and games, to the cubes.

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We are a family of dice.  I don’t know if there is such a differentiation or question in a questionnaire.  Are you a dice person or not?  If there was, we are definitely one.  With a big jar full of dice to have on hand, because you never know when you’ll need them, right?  And of course that is not the only one container around.  I could probably find a container of more than 3 dice in each room of our house.  And I bet if I cleaned out my purse/bag, I could find a die or two.  I bet I could…

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We also made a little paper corner.  I love hands-on.  That is the way I understand better for sure.

IMG_1823 And then we made a cube our of card stock.

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IMG_1833 And magic!  It’s a box!

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Dice, cubes, paper, tape, sharpies, color…. that’s my kind of math!

Math : Squares : Tangram

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From that same book of shapes we’ve been following the order it comes.  Still studying squares, we made our own Tangram,

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IMG_1382 We first didn’t see a cut we were suppose to do, which made the shape building a little more challenging!

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But then we cut it right, and got right to it….

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Well…. we actually had to look at the answer when none of us could figure out how to build the house.

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Ta Da!

Math : Squares : Tumbling Blocks

\We are using this book called Shapes in Math, Science and Nature.  It has short lessons and projects and games that we are enjoying.

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This day we did tumbling blocks, which that Lucas asked to make because it’s a pattern very similar to the box of a game they play.  It was pretty fun.IMG_1262

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Then they used it to make a diamond shape and as a pattern to cut more for the final design. IMG_1275

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It was a fun project.

math : measurements

Another bag we picked at the library last month was about measurements.

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It comes like all the other bags, with manipulatives.  With books, measuring cups and spoons of all sizes and a game.

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I am not sure why, but I only have pictures of these foam feet measurement helpers.  I found it very helpful, such a visual way to measure larger objects.  We were measuring in this case, our room. The kids put the feet touching each other, to measure the whole length and width of the room.

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It has a great book, How Do You Measure Liquids? by Thomas K. Adamson.  We really enjoyed reading it and using the measuring cups it came with to transfer water from one container to another.  A good way to introduce volume.

It is a bag with activities for the younger side (K-3rd grade I think) but I think they worked great for us as an introduction to measurements, and a springboard to another unit later on.

it’s time

We don’t have a clock in our house, except the one in the kitchen in our stove.  I guess we also have the alarm clock we use in our bedroom, but it’s not prominent.  There isn’t a clock like I remember my grandparents having in their house, or even my parents in our house, growing up.

I’ve also noticed people, especially young people (just a bit younger than me maybe) that they don’t wear a watch either.  I think its because now a days people have a cell phone that has the time whenever you need it.

I stopped wearing a watch when I decided to stay home, when Siena was born, 12 years ago.  I intentionally decided that it didn’t matter the time to me any more.  I didn’t have meetings, or lunch time, nor did I have to be anywhere really, if we didn’t want to go anywhere.

I wanted to live our days as full and intentionally as we wanted and however we wanted to be.  I didn’t want to run my day by a schedule or by someone else’s schedule.  I knew when it was nap time, or ‘food time’.  Siena let me know and nursing was pretty easy.  I wanted to learn to understand her, to actually understand what her needs were, before she was able to say a word I understood.  So I left my watch in the drawer.  Where it still sits today.

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A while back, when I thought everyone (in the schools) were learning to tell time I introduced it to Siena and Lucas, and after few attempts one day, I realized it didn’t make sense to them.

I mean, the kids new the difference in times, around what time we woke up and had breakfast, and around what time we ate dinner, or if we had to be on time for a class or appointment.  They learned to tell time in our kitchen (digital) clock from just talking about it and using it.  They made sense of it.  But our days are usually not really run by times.  our lives are pretty simple.

But they couldn’t figure out the analog clocks.  I worried a little as I always do, when the “I think they should be learning this or that at this age since in schools they are doing this or that” kicks in.  But then, I think again, and it is OK once again.  We are learning at our own pace.  Sometimes I forget.  But then I remember.

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And then I realized we didn’t have any analog clocks around the house anyways (until I found an old, vintage clock I set in the art studio, because I liked it.)  Siena and Lucas have had an alarm clock in their bedroom for few years now, but it is digital and they know how to tell time on that.   So, what was my worry? I don’t know.  I just worry sometimes and I wanted them to learn.  But it wasn’t the right time. 

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So few months ago, the kids asked me if we could learn to tell time in the analog clocks.  So we did.  We used this really cool stamp from our Glendie, that she had when she was a teacher a long time ago and that she had given to me few years ago.  Unused until last month.  The kids voted the funnest time activity by far!

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So we worked on telling time in analog clocks, and it just took a couple of hours for them to completely understand it and be able to tell time in it, even though we only have one clock they can practice on.

And I don’t wear a watch still, because our days right now are run by stomachs growling, and we have two eager kids ready for their activities, which they can tell when it’s time to get ready and leave, because they are excited to go do them.  And they know where the clocks are.

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Our days don’t get more complicated than that.  And I like it.  This was just the right time for us. 

math : geometry : 3D shapes

 

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Another bag we got from the library was the 3D geometric shapes.

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It came with this set of clear plastic geometric shapes, and you can add colored pictures to resemble daily items.

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We made these containers be whatever we wanted for a while.  Then, we traced the paper pictures, to see how these shapes look flat.  And how these turn into 3D shapes when folded.

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These bags also come with a couple of books.

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It also came with a set of wooden colored cubes.  We used them to count, but mostly we followed the patterns that came with the set, in the bag.

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They had lots of fun with that.

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After practicing all the shapes they gave us I asked them each to write a three letter word.

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Yup! They wrote the same word.

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Funny!

math : geometry

We use our public library a lot.  This might be an understatement.

I used to work at the library before I had kids and new a lot of the staff working there, even at our local branch.  But they know me, and they know my kids and my whole family, because we are there often, and use their services, not because I used to work there.

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I think if there was an award for the person or family who checks the most books, and CDs and movies out, at once, we would win. I know we would totally win… by far!

So while doing some searching for something (not sure what I was looking at the library’s catalog) I found they had these new “Discovery Kits” in different subjects. So I put some on hold for us to check out.

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The first one we received was the  “Angles and Shapes Discovery Kit.”  We had been studying multiplications table but we took a look.  We ended up studying geometry for a couple of weeks, because it inspired us.  It was a great bag filled with fun activities.  Lots of hands on ideas, great tools, good books too.  It was lots of fun.

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We’ve had these wooden geometric pieces the kids used to play with for building, so I got them out.  They were a great addition to the Discovery Bag.

We learned about perimeter, and 3D shapes, and angles, and geometric shapes.  I really like when we study things at different times (years) and in different ways.  This bag, made us practice some of the ideas we already knew, but it was great help for new content as well.  If you live in our area, I would recommend you checking these bags out.  They have some holds, but it’s worth the wait, I think.

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We have some friends that are moving to another country, and so this activity we did was to try to fit most of their stuff into a shipping container so they can take their things with them.  Of course, we made everything up (except the part of our friends moving to another country), but it makes it much more fun when you are working with something that could be true.  Right?

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The Discovery Bag came with a geoboard (like this one), but we had these from a long while ago.  We’ve used them, mostly for playing.  This time, the kids were able to make sense of what they were making, and how to use it.  We’ll go back to them in a little while I think.  They were fun to use.

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I liked that this geometry unit was born out of “a bag from the library”.  It is something I had thought of studying some time soon, but because it was almost out of the blues, it made it much more fun to be spontaneous.

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Now we have another bag. We are having fun discovering what else we can borrow from our libraries!