Friday, February 27, 2015
So teaching probabilities is "probably" one of the least comfortable subjects to teach, next to the tin whistle. You "probably" aren't even sure why it's thrown in here during cycle 3's final six week segment of science. After all, isn't this math and what in the world does it have to do with science anyway? It's taken me this second time through the cycle to see the big picture of why this segment is in there, and then how to simplify this for the kids and myself! I wish I had found a simplified explanation of how to teach this to kids (and the why) - from a non-math persons' perspective, when we went through cycle 3 the first time. Well, here is an explanation for all those out there like me, that want a simplified non-math persons' perspective on teaching probabilities for cycle 3...
Monday, February 23, 2015
The Essentials of English Language is offered at most Classical Conversations® Communities. It is generally understood by most parents, to be a preparation for the Challenge Program later on. However, I don't know how well understood the Foundations Program is, as a preparation for Essentials. Personally, before doing anything, I always need to see the big picture, and then hone in on the details afterward. That's just how my brain is wired. I have talked to a lot of people doing Foundations over the past six years, and it appears many don't see a "game plan" to prepare for Essentials. Phrases like "drinking from a fire hose" are usually a part of a conversation about the first year in Essentials. However, I really don't think it needs to be that way, if you are able to see a "game plan" while you are in Foundations. I hope my visuals and insights below, bless someone who is struggling, or wondering what is the point to all that seemingly "random" grammar memory work. So here it is...
Monday, February 16, 2015
Thursday, February 12, 2015
DIY Giant Periodic Table of Elements, I decided it would be the perfect time for the kids to explore elements in a hands on way, through experimentation. So I set up several experiments today that utilized common elements, as well as an understanding of how electrons play a part in everyday things like electricity! So join us as we explore...some ELEMENTS!
Thursday, February 5, 2015
Friday, January 30, 2015
last week. Today, the kids painted their periodic table according to the color scheme of Basher's The Periodic Table: Elements with Style! book. We hope to finish up the final PTE boards next Wednesday! They are going to look so cool when they are done!