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Levi – First day of Kindergarten – Math-U-See

Tuesday, July 12th, 2011

Monday was Levi’s first day of Kindergarten.  There was a lot of setup involved.  The first part of it was setting up decimal street for our Math-U-See Alpha level math curriculum.   It covers single-digit addition and subtraction.  It comes with a DVD that covers each lesson.

Levi loves the blocks and putting each one into the correct “houses.”  He seemed to start getting the idea of place value and didn’t want to end the lesson for the day.  Even Isaac was getting into it.

Today we will continue with this lesson.  I will let Mandi discuss further about what is being taught.

Stayed tuned as Orchard Hill Classical Academy is now in session.

Coolest Manipulatives Ever!

Wednesday, October 6th, 2010

I’m not a huge fan of licensed characters.  I don’t forbid the kids from watching cartoon movies and shows, but I won’t be decking out their entire rooms with a character or buying all of the accompanying toys.  Still, when I saw Toy Story KerPlunk! on sale for $4.25, I thought it would make a good investment.  KerPlunk! (the classic game or otherwise) provides opportunities to practice early math skills like matching and counting.  The concept is pretty simple: you poke 30 little sticks through a canister (in this case, a rocket) and pour in marbles (or aliens) on top of that.  Then, you role a die with colored sides.  Whatever color you roll, you remove one stick of the same color.  If any aliens fall out when you remove your stick, you keep them.  Whoever ends up with the fewest aliens wins.

The boys weren’t into the traditional rules.  They preferred to shake the daylights out of the rocket until all of the aliens fell out.  That was OK.  We still counted the aliens, which are pretty cool manipulatives if you ask me.  The space theme would make a great tie-in for some science activities.  As a bonus, we got to do some subtraction to figure out just how many of the little guys had gone missing (11, as it turns out).

Levi was pretty excited to “do school” today.  He chose a shirt and “tie” for the occasion.  He wouldn’t let me tuck the top of the tie (or mismatched old sock) into his collar, so he was forced to hold it up to his neck.  When he tired of that, he discarded it on the table.  This explains the stray sock in the picture.

The Write Start

Tuesday, October 5th, 2010

Today’s first “official” day of homeschooling cemented in my mind that Levi is not ready for a classroom.  He spent a couple of hours on self-directed Starfall while I worked.  He looked through some of their Greek myth e-books, including the Minotaur and King Midas.  I’m not sure how much he actually read, but he did pick out words here and there, and had the computer pronounce others.  I also printed him out a few pages of dashed letter As (capital and lowercase) to trace.  He copied the letters in the blank spaces, but he didn’t trace the dashed ones (Isaac did trace some of them).  Instead, he colored them in.  I attempted to model the tracing and even guide his hand, but he wasn’t having any of it.  Later, when getting dressed for bed, I noticed that he had written a very convincing E, I, and O on his thigh in ink pen.  Go figure. As with most things, he seems to want to do it his own way, and that’s OK.  I wouldn’t be surprised if he knew how to write all of the capital letters (albeit, not “correctly”).  I have seen a few, and he generally knows more than he lets on.   If tracing isn’t for him, we can try simple copywork instead.  I have to keep in mind that he is still very young, and that he may not be ready for much instruction at all.  We can put it away for a few days (or weeks) and try again with another approach.  Thank goodness we have that flexibility.

I Can See It Now

Friday, September 17th, 2010

Levi getting his eyes checked

Levi has been squinting quite a bit lately.  He has also been mixing letter order up a bit.  We decided while I still have my group policy from my previous employer that now was the best time to get his eyes checked.

We took him to a local optometrist and Levi kept trying look at the wrong copy of the letters that were behind him.  The doctor uses a mirror to project the letters.

He also answered the question “What is that, Levi? with word “that.”   As funny as it is, we finally got him to answer the number.  It was 1.  He was actually messing with us. The doctor took it well.

Well Levi has an astigmatism like his father and he needs glasses.  So we ordered ones with a bendable frame.  I am glad to live in a time where issues like this are easily fixable and Levi will have less difficulty reading.

Eh-Eh-Epsilon

Wednesday, September 15th, 2010

We have been listening to the Song School Greek CD to see what it contained.  I thought Levi ignored most of it.  He came over and I pointed at each letter in the student book once or twice.  He looked at them and went back to playing.  So I continued to play the CD on our TV not really thinking much of it.

Levi kept playing with his blocks.  He stopped and brought two E blocks up to me.   In one hand was one of his Greek blocks (Epsilon) and in the other hand an English E block.  He held the English E block up and said, “Eh-eh-E, Daddy” and then with the other hand he held up the Greek Epsilon block up (looks like a capital E) and said, “Eh-eh-epsilon, Daddy.”  I was stunned.  I never thought he paid that much attention, let alone get some of it so quickly.  He was mad when I turned off the CD.  Kids are surprising sometimes as to what they are actually listening to and are learning.   I guess I had better watch what I say around them.

So you are teaching your kids Greek?

Tuesday, September 7th, 2010

Levi playing with Greek blocks

Someone on Facebook asked if we are teaching our kids Greek.  I responded that yes, we are.  I previously discussed some of our reasons in the Isn’t Latin a dead language? post.

We will introduce Latin and Greek from Preschool age in the age appropriate form.  We are using Song School Latin and Greek for early learning.  We have gotten the kids Uncle Goose Greek Alphabet blocks. These blocks are simply to get the kids used to seeing the Greek alphabet.

In later years we will likely use either Classical Academic Press Greek for Children Primer or Memoria Press Latina Christiana.

From Plato to the New Testament, Greek has many works that cover various subject matter.  The twin classical languages being taught early in a fun way rather than pure rote memorization is an important goal for our children.

It will likely be easier for our kids to learn the languages with mastery than for us adults.  Its not just about teaching our children challenging subjects, but also doing it in a way that they find interesting.

Short and Sweet

Saturday, September 4th, 2010

I shared some of Isaac’s art the other day.  Today I am sharing the sweetest moment of my day, inspired by Levi’s work.  I guess this is more writing, but poetry is one of the arts, and he wrote it in an artful way.  He wrote this on his magnetic writing board (i.e. Magna Doodle knock-off), then threw his arms around my neck, kissed my cheek, and said, “I love you, Mommy!”  I was so touched, I don’t care if the letters are out of order.