Friday, 25 May 2007

Sonlight Yahoo Groups

Just in case anyone checking in is considering Sonlight, here's a few groups you may wish to join:
  1. Catholic
  2. Charlotte Mason
  3. Unschoolers
  4. Sonlight in New Zealand
  5. Secular
BTW The New Zealand Sonlight group just started in the past few days.

The groups are great for anyone thinking about, or already using Sonlight.

Thanks for dropping by
ka kite ano

Wednesday, 2 May 2007

Memorising Times Tables

From today we start the times tables. The old-fashioned, memorising way. DS1 will still use the method daddy has taught him, but we'll slowly introduce the memorising as well.

Most people would read sheets of music at the piano wouldn't they? Well, we have very little wall space due to lack of gibbing (lol), so I've placed half the times tables on the piano. That way, while I'm feeding the baby we can do a few drills.

Today I mixed up the questions to familiarise reading the material, rather than starting with 2 x 1 = 2, 2 x 2 = 4. I wanted him to feel clever that he knew the 1 and 10 times tables already so that he might feel encouraged to do more. The 7 times table through to 12 times table are by the dining table (again due to lack of gibbing), so perhaps while we're having kai we can practice a few.

Hopefully DS2 will leave them hanging where they are - at child's eye level. Only trouble is child's eye level also equals toddler's hand-grabbing level (lol).

Oh, I'll also record a few of the maths exercises daddy assigned for him today ... for no other reason other than to have a record for ourselves what DS1 has achieved at this stage ...

235 + 523 = 758
532 - 321 = 211
672 + 328 = 1000

107 - 82 = 25
432 + 678 = 1110
15 ÷ 3 = 5
12 ÷ 3 = 4
20 ÷ 4 = 5
16 ÷ 4 = 4
10 ÷ 2 = 5
24 ÷ 6 = 4
8 ÷ 4 = 2
21 ÷ 7 = 3
9 > 3
89 <> 2
3 < style="color: rgb(51, 51, 153);">Late this afternoon I received this maths joke. I thought I'd use it to close my post today...

The Evolution of Math in the United States

Last week I purchased a burger and fries at McDonald's for $3.58.

The counter girl took my $4.00 and I pulled 8 cents from my pocket and
gave it to her. She stood there, holding the nickel and 3 pennies.
While looking at the screen on her register, I sensed her discomfort
and tried to tell her to just give me two quarters, but she hailed the
manager for help. While he tried to explain the transaction to her,
she stood there and cried. Why do I tell you this?

Because of the evolution in teaching math since the 1960s...

Teaching Math In 1960

A logger sells a truckload of lum ber for $100. His cost of production
is 4/5 of the price. What is his profit?

Teaching Math In 1970

A logger sells a truckload of lumber for $100. His cost of production
is 4/5 of the price, or $80. What is his profit?

Teaching Math In 1980

A logger sells a truckload of lumber for $100. His cost of production
is $80. Did he make a profit?

Teaching Math In 1990

A logger sells a truckload of lumber for $100. His cost of production
is $80 and his profit is $20 Your assignment: Underline the number 20.

Teaching Math In 2000

A logger cuts down a beautiful forest because he is selfish and
inconsiderate and cares nothing for the habitat of animals or the
preservation of our woodlands. He does this so he can make a profit of
$20. What do you think of this way of making a living? Topic for class
participation after answering the question: How did the birds and
squirrels feel as the logger cut down their homes? (There are no wrong

If that one doesn't quite rock your socks, then have a go with Magic Gopher. Just for a bit of fun while you finish your cuppa!

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ka kite ano