Thursday, August 16, 2012

Super Fast Mini Lessons

        We started reading our Titanic tree house book that the boys checked out of the library last week.  We hadn't started it and I convinced Ian I'd read it with him.  If he read one chapter I'd read the next but I wouldn't read the whole thing.  I explained that even though he doesn't enjoy reading as much when he's the one reading it's very important to practice everyday.  He grudgingly agreed and before I knew it Alec was wrapped up in the book too.  We finally ended at chapter five for the day.  We'll have that book done in no time I'm sure!
       Ian did another page in his math book; quite happy that he knew what he was doing and it was once again a quick and easy activity.  I'm sure we could skip ahead since most of this is review but he just loves it!  I'm so happy to find something he enjoys doing without complaining.  Plus today he did learn that when you add two odd numbers or two even numbers together your answer is always an even.  He made one computation mistake on the subtraction review and instead of telling him which one was wrong I asked him to find it. He knew right away it was the odd minus the odd since that would have to be an even answer.  While we were doing this lesson Alec asked what odd and even meant so I explained that even numbers can be divided into two equal groups and then going through the number line I asked him odd or even.. he got them all right and called out "it's a pattern!" by the time we reached 10.  So even though he didn't technically do "math" today he sure learned! 
        We tried to finish up the Olympics (mostly so I could delete them from my DVR and make room for new shows I wanted to record-- bummed I missed the shark week episodes on the Discovery channel) but we only made it through another couple  recordings.  We did however learn the names of two new countries and watched a few new events like wrestling and mountain biking; mostly though we watched synchronized swimming and rhythmic gymnastics.  I was impressed when Alec knew the Australian synchronized swimmers were from Australia because of the uniforms they were wearing-- "they look just like their flag!"  He's learned at least 6 or 8 countries flags over the last few weeks watching these Olympic games. 
       While I cooked dinner I handed the boys some assorted activity sheets and they chose to do some mad libs .  I love that they're learning spelling, English terminology and even getting some reading practice in with such a fun, quick activity.  Once the mad libs were over they worked together on a word scramble about camping words.  They were quickly able to unscramble the work "tent" but many others were quite challenging.  But they worked together and figured most of them out by the time dinner was over. 
         Writing this makes me feel so much better.  Maybe we really did accomplish something because to be honest it didn't feel like we'd done a whole heck of a lot.  Mostly my kids spent the day staring at screens; and if you read this blog at all you know how I feel about that! 

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