January 15, 2010

Homeschool Days 1/14/10

" Too often we give children answers to remember rather than problems to solve. "
-- Roger Lewin

Sorry about missing Monday's Manner post.  It was an unfortunate side effect of being back on schedule.


This week, Robotson and I really got into George's Cosmic Treasure Hunt.  As with the first book, the story is fun and the science is interesting.  We'll be finishing it up this weekend.

We also read The First Book of Rhythms by Langston Hughes.  Personally, I found this book fascinating.  The rhythms of life are everywhere, all around us, all the time.

I pulled out all of our math storybooks and set them out for us to read one a day.  Robotson likes working with numbers and even though some of these are too easy for him now, we still enjoy reading them together.  He also got a few new ones for the holidays.  One is the Grapes of Math, and it was a big hit.  It's a basic counting book, but it encourages you to look for patterns and sets to find your answers instead of counting one by one.  Robotson easily solved the math, but benefitted from having to look at the problems a different way.  While we were at it, I showed him a trick for multiplying 9's.  Then, both Math Curse (which we are rereading) and George's Cosmic Treasure Hunt, discuss the binary number system, so we spent some time counting in binary.   

I also pulled out all of our Valuetales books by Ann Donegan Johnson.  We read The Value of Adventure:  The Story of Sacagawea, which turned into a conversation about Lewis and Clark.

I haven't read much with the girls though.  One step at a time.


Monday we spent the morning tracing ourselves out on rolls of paper and then decorating them.

We went to Imagine It! The Children's Museum of Atlanta for Target Free Tuesday.  It was really fun and we worked up quite an appetite so we stopped for dinner on the way home.  Normally family outings are pretty stressful, but this one was downright easy.  I have to give the credit to emotionally intelligent parenting tips and maturing children.

Wednesday we had a play date in the afternoon.  I was a little out of sorts with battling a headache, but we had a really nice time.  When we got home I sent the girls out with B, while Robotson and I tried to Stop Disasters!  Let me tell you, it's not easy!  We've tried three scenarios so far:  earthquake, wildfires, and hurricane.  Each time we failed to minimize the loss of life and property damage sufficiently.  But we are learning a lot too.


Learn more about Lewis and Clark at Montanakids.com, then head over to National Geographic's adventure game.

The Henson Company, the guys that do The Radio Adventures of Dr. Floyd podcast, and PBS have teamed up to bring you Wilson and Ditch Digging America.  It's already a huge hit at our house.  It's a cute way to introduce American history.

Symphony of Science has another great song and video, this time about biology.


Of course, we've been keeping up with news from Haiti this week.  There are so many ways to help.  But there are also people who would take advantage during this time too.  Be careful to avoid scams.


  1. It sounds like a great week. I am curious in your suggestions for math for younger age too :)

  2. I've got a few math books for the little ones that we like. I hope to do a post about them soon!

  3. these videos of Sagan really illustrate how poetic he was.