Thursday, July 17, 2014

Projectile Weapons

  The boys convinced me that since I'm going to be so busy and it was so rainy and yucky out yesterday that they should get screens back for a bit.  I agreed on two conditions: 1. They could not play them ALL day and 2.  They had to do some sort of quantifiable schoolwork to make me feel better.  They all agreed and spent the morning watching America's Got Talent and playing a bit of Harry Potter on the Wii. They willingly took breaks one by one to help me around the house when I asked too. 
    After breakfast they pulled out Ian's blow darts again and continued their game from last night.  The higher the numbers were getting the harder the older two boys worked to keep track of all the scores.  They added two and three digit numbers together in their heads and checked with one another to make sure they were getting the same answers.  They only wrote down each score as they figured it out so they could use less paper and have more rounds of dart fun.  They both add a different way and they really had to work on adding quietly in their heads since they were messing each other up when they were adding out loud.  If there was a dispute they'd come to me to settle it, but they rarely had any disputes.  Ian kept figuring out how many points he needed to try and get in order to reclaim the lead from Alec too.  I love how much math they incorporated into their game playing! 

Alec really mastered the ability to cluster his darts




















      Once the boys were all dressed and ready for the day I reminded them about their schoolwork.  Evan came down and sat at the table eager to get started in his new Star Wars Workbooks.  He did two pages in the 1st grade math book and 1 page in the kindergarten Phonics and ABC book..  He told me that it was so fast and so easy that he wanted to do a page in each book everyday!  Glad I decided to break down and buy him some new books.  I hope his enthusiasm lasts.  I had bought him the kindergarten book in the hopes of not overwhelming him with reading skills.  Since he still struggles a bit with sounding words out I thought the review might be nice for him and still give him practice but in a way that felt easy and successful to him. 

   While Evan was working on his pages the older two boys were reading quietly to themselves together in Ian's room.  Alec really wanted to finish up his last few pages in his Secret Zoo book and Ian read a book called Where the Big Fish Are. He's really enjoying reading about fish lately and I'm so relieved since we just can't seem to find any other books about construction trucks.  Seriously, I think he's read them ALL! When Alec came downstairs he asked me to go to the library's webpage and request the next book in the series.  He was so bummed he was going to have to wait for it to come in.  Both boys added the titles to their summer reading list and argued that they did writing and reading for school today.   
    Ian was reluctant to do math today so I offered to pull a page out of the 4th grade math book for review.  I know we skipped some skills last year since we were so focused on multiplication and division so I had bought a 4th grade book to have as backup.  We stopped on a page about rounding and while I was asking Ian what he remembered about rounding Alec wandered over to listen and started asking questions.  I sent Ian away for a bit while Alec and I talked through some of the problems.  He was easily able to answer all the ones I pointed to.  I could tell he was thinking he was all set and Ian was getting ready to argue that it wasn't fair Alec didn't have to write any math so I offered to find Alec a page on rounding in his own workbook.  Ian happily settled down to do his page and was so amazed he got them all right.  He kept insisting he's never gotten all the problems right on a math page before.  I'm pretty sure he's wrong but I thought it was sad that he felt that way and vowed to allow him to work on more review work to build up his confidence in himself.  Alec finished up his page very quickly too and also go them all right.  I guess they know how to round numbers!
     We headed out to get some errands done and listened to a lot more of our Percy Jackson book.  We stopped at the library on our way home and I was so dismayed to find that I had forgotten all about our library's science fair day.  As part of their summer fun series they were hosting a science day filled with candy experiments and science fun.  The boys were bummed but we had to leave the library and miss the activities; we had milk in the car and that would not have kept in the heat for very long.  They soon got over their disappointment as they planned the rest of their afternoon. 
      Once home we ate lunch and I read another chapter in Harry Potter.  The boys expressed their disappointment that so many parts of the book were not shown in the movie.  They love the movies but are starting to realize that there's so much more to the book series.  They spent the afternoon watching TV, playing video games, playing with Legos and coloring.  It was nice and quiet and I got a lot of things done off of my "must do" list. 
   The older boys headed our to karate.  They got to spar using their sparring gear and then they cleaned up the class early and they could choose between throwing stars or blow darts for projectile weapons practice.  Ian chose blow darts and Alec chose throwing stars.  Lucky for me Ian was one of the first ones using blow darts so I could snap a few pictures of him and made it outside in time to still watch Alec try the throwing stars.  They both did well and had lots of fun. 





   We came home for a fairly quick dinner of leftovers and then the older boys headed out with their dad on a bike ride around the whole lake.  Once home Ian went swimming with my husband to cool off and get even more exercise.  The poor kid was complaining about aching muscles by the time he went to bed but he had so much fun. 
    Evan spent his evening outside and found ducks, frogs, a turtle and lots of bugs to inspect.  He visited with neighbors and went to play with his cousins.  When Alec got back from his bike ride he joined Evan next door and they played until bedtime.  Just another day in the life I guess.
    

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