The Place Value Light Came on…..quite brightly

So, the other day I posted about how my daughter was still struggling with place value. Well, it is funny how math is such an integral part of our life and life affords so many teaching opportunities. While having lunch on Saturday, she had french fries with her chicken fingers and she noticed the 57 on the bottle of ketchup. She said, “Mommy, this is 57.” Being the mom that I am, I immediately said, “how many units are in 57?” and she correctly responded with “7” and she correctly gave me the tens. πŸ™‚

As a homeschooling mom, I absolutely love moments like that and I like to reserve Monday for review work and I did get started on my decimal street because dd is a more visual/tactile learner and I made a green units house and a blue tens house that I did laminate on my new Xyron laminator (it rocks!!)…so after Bible this morning and continuing the Holy Week lesson and using our Resurrection Eggs, I gave her some worksheets where I had already shaded and asked her to write the tens/units and then tell me the number and then build it. She also had some blank sheets in which she had to write the number on the board, then her paper, shade the worksheet and then build. She loved building on her new houses and proudly showed them off to her brother and she totally aced all of the assignments and has actually decided that she would like to say “onety” for her teens. While that is okay in school, I did urge to learn the nicknames.

All in all it was a great MUS morning and now I must make/laminate my hundreds castle for tomorrow. Yippee!!!


Bad, bad book

I try to be ever so careful to read through the selections that the children pick at the library but a small book slipped in under the radar and one night the children picked the book for their Daddy to read….the book is entitled And My Mean Old Mother Will Be Sorry, Blackboard Bear by Martha Alexander.
BlackboardΒ Bear

I was in another room when dh started reading it and I could hear him make several pauses and then he abruptly ended his reading of the book and sent it to me via ds. I read through it and was quite appalled. It is my understanding that the book is a part of a series wherein a little boy decides to create a friend (blackboard bear) after he tires of his mother yelling at him and he has many adventures with the bear. In this particular book, the boy basically runs away only to discover that the world is not as he thought and he does return home; however, upon his arrival at home he addresses his teddy bear which is on the ground outside of his window. The book ends with him telling his teddy bear that he loves him.

This book irritated me on several levels:
1) the title – mean old mother
2) he runs away
3) he returns home and only expresses love to his teddy bear
4) no apology/love to his mother
5) no mention of her whatsoever once he leaves the house

Could you use it as a teaching moment in that children shouldn’t disobey, parents shouldn’t yell, we all need grace, running away from home is not a great idea, and apologies are necessary in life…yes, but honestly what are children more likely to remember – that the mom yelled, the boy ran away and he loves his bears (blackboard and teddy).

The book is being returned to the library tomorrow and it is definitely not on my book recommendation list.

Sunday Afternoon Thoughts – NASCAR Update

Today is Palm Sunday and the beginning of Holy Week for Christians. I have been in a reflective mode all day and many thoughts have crossed my mind, here are a few:

1) Palm Sunday early service – Today our church held an early service and while not an early morning person, I did get myself and the kids out of the house to attend which means that we were not going to be able to attend Sunday School as it is held after our usual 10 a.m. service. We did do our own Sunday School on Palm Sunday and used our Resurrection Eggs and they had real palms from church. Because of his role at church, dh has to attend both services. It was actually quite nice worshipping with my children as they normally attend Children’s Church. After leaving church (9:30 a.m.) we did come home and change our clothes as I needed to go pick up a book from Barnes & Noble that Stef Tam is reading. I have read that Sunday is no longer really a day for worship for many especially for those with athletic children and that was verified as I drove to Barnes and Nobles and passed the local sport fields. Yes, some could have attend their early morning service but for some reason I doubt it. At church, we watched a short video kind of like an evangelical version of Jay Leno’s Jaywalking and the people on the street were asked about Easter and whether or not they celebrate it and if they know why it is celebrated. Interesting responses that showed a lack of personal understanding of Easter (many celebrated because that is how they grew up) or just a lack of belief in God.

2) Homeschool and socialization – while at Barnes and Noble, there was another darling child there and his mother. My kids had saw him at our local park earlier in the week and remembered him and the 3 children began to play with the Thomas train set and interact as children do and then mom and I got into a conversation as my dd informed her that she would be 5 and would begin Kindergarten soon. Of course, the mom asked me where will she go to school and I informed her that she is homeschooled. Mom responds – “Oh that is good and I am sure it requires a lot of work. What do you do for socialization?” Why is that normally the 1st or 2nd question that is the standard follow-up to any parent that homeschools?????? Where is it written that socialization must occur within a government run school??? There are many definitions for socialization and according to, one is the process of learning interpersonal and interactional skills that are in conformity with the values of one’s society. As parents, we are in control of the type of values that we want our children to conform to…I do not want my children conforming to the dominant behavior in his/her classroom which is typically what happens…how is a group of children all of the same age and immaturity level the *best* process for learning interpersonal and interactional skills????

3) NASCAR – can my favorite racer, Jeff Gordon, finally win today at Martinsville? How much longer is the stalemate going to exist between DEI and Dale Jr.?

That is about it for me for now.

UPDATE – I am finished screaming at the TV now and I can update that Jeff Gordon *did not* win at Martinsville. I like Jimmie too but I wouldn’t have been upset if Jeff had moved him a little sooner. The clean finish was good because I really do not like a wreck at the end but oh I wanted that win. 😦