Sunday, 18 October 2009

On dad's watch ...

I'm late in publishing this particular post, but I've put it into chronological order anyway.

This is from the weekend 17-18 October when I was playing catch-up with Mauri Ora kete 3. Nana Nancy came over on the Saturday and then I got stuck into my mahi on the Sunday.

As I got on with kete 3, whaiāipo enjoyed being responsible for all five kids...

Whaiāipo read books ...

Did Maths ... teaching the kids about projection ...

The above is a pyramid to scale which I asked them to work on. Then whaiāipo decided ...

To get out the protractors, rulers ...

Scissors and dividers ...

To make a cone and cylinder. He showed them how to join the two ...

Whaiāipo also showed them how he makes what plumbers colloquially refer to as a Chinaman's hat to go at the top of the chimney flue ... the correct term is a flue termination.

When the weather cleared they spread some dirt around the pool in preparation of pavers to be laid at some stage in the near future ... weekend weather permitting ...
The following is a little story of what happened while they were collecting the pavers...

Whetu, a young neighbour from along Rangiteaorere way, came over to see what everybody was doing. The kids were all helping whaiāipo load our free pavers onto the trailer to bring closer to the pool area. [The truck drivers dropped them way-away from the house; you might be able to make them out in the very far, far background of photo. I guess the truck drivers thought they were being helpful placing them where they did? Who knows, but when you receive things for free, there's no point getting annoyed about having to move them is there?!]

The kids and whaiāipo were just in the process of bringing the first trailer load back to the house when Whetu asked, "I wonder how many bricks there are?"

Tama 1 responded, "About 150."

Whetu:"Whatever!!! ... How do you know that?"

Tama 1: "Well, there's 6 across and 8 deep so six eights are 48. There's three layers, so that's 144. So if you estimated it's 150, but the exact figure is 144."

Whetu turns to whaiāipo and says, "Wow! He's brainy!"

Whaiāipo, being the proud dad that he is, couldn't help himself ...

: "That's nothing... tamāhine 1, how do you get the circumference of a circle?"

Tamāhine 1: "Diamater times pi" (d x π)

Whaiāipo (turning to Tama 1): "How do you get the area of a circle?

Tama 1: "pi times r squared" (π x r²)

Whetu: "What's tama 2 like at maths?"

Whaiāipo: "He's only 4, but tama 2, what's 8 x 11?"

Tama 2: "eight eight" (that's his way of saying double digits ... 88 is said as "8", "8". We find it easier to understand him like this as eighty-eight doesn't sound quite so clear. He does this for most of the 11's come to think of it.)

Whetu was impressed!

Whaiāipo !!! What a show-off !!!

Thanks for dropping by
ka kite ano

1 comment:

  1. He has a lot to show off about! how satisfying to see maths being applied to everyday life just like it is meant to be. All your kids are smart. I say let whaiapo enjoy the glory A wonderful reward and reason for doing all he does to support in his way xxxxxxxx

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