Wednesday, September 16, 2009
Now this may not look like much to you.
But let me just tell you, that if you're awake by five:thirty
up and cleaning out a kitchen cupboard before the sun has even promised you it's coming
(while the babes dream of lollipops and kitty-cats, no doubt)
and then have your hands in your powders mixing in deliciousness like orange oil (happiness) lemon (refreshing, uplifting, clarity), cedar (calming, stress) and geranium (frees from negativity, encourages self-expression), making powders for your carpets, scrub for your counters and spray for your kitchen
then you can't help but feel
that it's a fine, fine day.
so that's how it begins.
We read our chapter of Pippi -- only two more left.
Here's one for you.
Peggy Kaye wrote about it in her book Games for Math.
It's a solitaire game.
The first card down is covered by two others.
Those are covered by three others.
Those are covered by four others, etc, down to six or seven.
You can only pick up cards that are completely free from others lying across it,
and you can only pick up those that add up to ten. (no jokers or face cards in the stack for the game.)
So... you can automatically pick up any tens on the bottom row.
And a 2, as long as an 8 is also free.
Two 5's, etc.
Pairs are set aside.
When you get stuck, you can turn over the top card of the pile that was not used in your displayed cards.
She suggested that you have a crib sheet, that reads
1 + 9 = 10
2 + 8 = 10
3 + 7 = 10
9 + 1 = 10
10 + 0 = 10
The crib sheet is to ensure that it feels more like a game, and not a chore.
Trev didn't, as he's pretty comfortable with these numbers.
But maybe next time I'll have one, just so that he can see the equations. Or maybe I'll just ask him if he wants one. Now there's an idea. [rolls eyes at herself.]
He liked the game!
Maddie played UpWords while Trev played the solitaire game.
I have no problem with her poking around with letters.
Next was Checkers, he said.
But he got bored ??? and chose to play instead The Allowance Game.
Which is really a lot of fun, and good practice for both math and reading.
Works for me.
Madd chooses the alternative. Much like her Mama. And her Daddy, too, for that matter.
Time for Earth Scouts!
Today we stepped out of our regular badge work to read and ponder Peace, and our art project was Pinwheels for Peace.
Pinwheels for Peace - International Day of Peace - comes up on September 21-- don't forget!
We usually have Scouts at the park, so of course there was mucho runnin' and hollerin' and chasin' and climbin'.
And now we're home...
Supper is done
bathtime is done
and the babes are out on the trampoline with their Daddy.
That should do it.
Still didn't get to the craft store.
That's it for me...
See you tomorrow, then.