Moving Right Along

November 3, 2011 at 9:10 am 3 comments

School is going pretty well. There are always things I’m tweaking. I’ve started having each kid tell about what they learned at school that day at the dinner table–basic narration, but helpful. One of my kids told his grandfather we were studying WWII when we were studying WWI.

Narration is always a good thing. Studies show it to be the most effective way to remember something. And if you think about it that makes sense. Instead of just copying the information, say to fill in a worksheet, you are taking in the info and assimilating it enough to be able to recall it and tell it back in your own words.

My son got to 8th grade on Master Math and then he hit a mental road block and said it was too hard. So we played with this interactive algebra equation solver until he could do it in no time at all. I thought we would use this equation balancer, but it wasn’t help for to us.

My daughter has dropped out of Sketch Tuesday. Only made it once! She started some free art lessons though and has homework, so at least she still has a deadline each week. Above is one of her assignments for her lesson.

Right now my kids are working on writing biographical essays. We used hamburgers to help us write the parts of each supporting paragraph. We also read about introductions and transitions. I gave them this proofreading checklist to use with their own essay.

I always try and keep school short so there’s lots of free time for drawing, reading and experimenting. Here’s my oldest son in his free time building the latest contraption.


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3 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Misty aka Elvisgirl  |  November 3, 2011 at 11:29 pm

    She did a great job on that art assignment! I love hearing what you all are doing in school.

  • 2. Joy  |  November 4, 2011 at 12:34 pm

    Thanks for the link to the algebra thing. That’s perfect for my son who has been asking about algebra but doesn’t quite have all the division skills down yet to do it himself.

  • 3. holygpa  |  November 6, 2011 at 8:47 pm

    I TA two sections of a second year university course in English, and I use the same style of “table talk” in my tutorial regularly: I ask a foucsed question when I take attendence, and give each student the chance to shout out a informal thirty second response. I find it really helps me to figure out what parts of a text my students are already engaged with. From there we have really productive discussions. 🙂


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