There really is beauty all around us, when you look hard enough. Yes, even in maths! Not convinced? LissaLou and I have been working on our Hundred Square recently and delighting in all the beautiful patterns and logic that are to be found within. Er, perhaps just me. But you never know, maybe my excitement will be contagious!
I picked up many helpful ideas from a book passed to me by fellow homeschooler Yvonne, The Three R’s by Ruth Beechick, which is aimed at homeschoolers but useful for any parent. Today we tackled tens and units, and in the absence of the suggested lolly sticks in our local pound shop, we bundled up lots of cocktail sticks instead. Does anyone want to have a guess at the significance of this particular picture?
In teaching maths, I have found conkers and pennies to be fantastic tools. Conkers are lovely and chunky to hold, and pennies are great for a child who hasn’t quite grasped how worthless they are! LissaLou’s favourite game involves having 20 pennies and then ‘paying’ one to guess the mystery number between 1 and 100 that the other person has written down, with higher and lower for clues. Her satisfaction is no doubt due to her constantly beating me!
Perhaps I will get into the beauty of grammar next time…