Tuesday, May 29, 2007

unschooling math

Samuel announced yesterday that 7 times 2 is 14, and it would only take 6 more to get to 20. This may not seem that impressive, except that I have never taught him math except as it has come up in our daily life - you know, counting and whatnot. Most of it, he's figured out on his own because he thinks it's interesting. Somehow I don't think he'd be figuring out math concepts in his head for fun if he was drilled with worksheets.

We should probably work on his concept of time, though. Today I told him we had 10 more minutes at the pool, as he was getting blue and shivery. Then I gave him the 5-minute warning. "It's been 5 minutes already?" "Yes." "Those minutes are wimpy!"

Tuesday, May 22, 2007

Friday, May 18, 2007

That's my boy

We've been watching the TV series "Numb3rs" lately on DVD. Tonight Samuel wanted to watch a movie, and we were listing off his choices. March of the Penguins, Jonah, Prince of Egypt, National Geographic, etc. "No," he said, "I want to watch something with math!"

Monday, May 07, 2007


So, my husband has posted to his blog 4 times in the past few days, whereas I have not posted since the beginning of April. Something is awry! ;) I have to restore the balance! Here's what's been happening:

laundry detergent works great! I have also been impressed with the Fels Naptha soap as a stain remover - just scrub the bar onto dampened clothes. It took out tomato sauce from my son's khakis!

We put out a thistle feeder and have been getting lots of goldfinches. And today I saw an indigo bunting for the first time - but did not get a picture. :(

Nine goldfinches! two male goldfinches

Dh has made the front yard lovely with flowers and I have completely neglected the veggie garden out back - the usual state of things. :-/ Here is our whiskey barrel, which Samuel is in charge of this year:

Samuel's flowers

Samuel had his first T-ball practice tonight! He had a lot of fun. He practiced in the backyard for a bit this afternoon. Of course, while playing catch with me, he managed to get whacked in the nose with the ball. I did not throw it hard, I promise!!! And I didn't even throw it right at his face, it was off to the side a bit!!! But he still managed to step into it. Oh, well. Happens to everyone at some point, right? I know it sure did to me. He had a great time hitting the ball and running the bases tonight. And now he needs a bath!