Friday, August 31, 2007

India, Spitballs, and Math

This week in our Story of the World: Ancient Civilizations book we are learning a little bit about India. This picture has nothing to do with that, but I just laughed when I saw it. It makes me think of that strange statue with all the arms that represents some Hindu "god". We're also currently reading a book called "First Kids" for American history. It's a level 4 reader about kids who have lived in the White House. We're reading a chapter a day.

Tonight we read about Theodore Roosevelt's children. He had six kids! It sounds like they all ran wild in the White House shooting spitballs at famous paintings and letting a snake loose at tea parties. The girls didn't know what spitballs were, so I taught them how to make them and how to make a "shooter" out of a pen tube. I couldn't have their education lacking, could I? lol. We threw them against the wall in Gloria's room and taped paper with our names up next to each one. That way we can watch over the next couple of days and keep a chart of which one falls down first. I get them to make charts and graphs and they think it's yucky fun. Works for us!

We've also moved into division for Danya while still reviewing the multiplication tables with both girls. It's hard to know if we should continue moving forward at such a fast rate with Danya or just repeat and drill. I want to make sure she has all the times tables down pat and be certain they're in her long term memory. It always seems like there aren't enough hours in the day for all the things we want to learn!

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