when introducing new topics
even at the level of 6-9 years
when math is getting increasing more abstract,
it still helps to learn through all the senses:
the hand leads the eye.
the voice penetrates the ear.
eye and ear connect in the mind.
amazing, subhanAllah! glory be to God!
TheatreBam Chicago brought School House Rock to the stage in a lively, witty musical performance at the Publick Playhouse. when a teacher, nervous about his first day teaching school, turns on the TV to relax, three characters representing different parts of his personality remind him how to share his joy of learning with his new students…using School House Rock rhymes and beats, of course.
i introduced my girls to School House Rock through library videos, but us adults still remembered the words and often sang them louder than our children. i think we dragged the kids along so we could see the show.
my favorite from that afternoon show: Conjunction Junction. they did it justice!
i’d estimate that at least a third of our homeschool learning is facilitated in the school-of-the-world by the hundreds of gracious and giving volunteers at the many (often free) events we attend.
at the (free, again) Julia Robinson Mathematics Festival, stations were filled with mathematics in action, everything from origami, logic games, tangrams and 3-D puzzles. lots of hands-on mind-bending fun for every age.
since we’ve moved to the amazing town of Cheverly,
we’ve made some really cool neighborhood friends
— one of the best kinds of friends to have.
until this group,
i had never been a part of a homeschool co-op,
preferring to do what i could on my own.
but now i know better.
one day a week we “sacrifice”
the freedom of making our own schedule,
but we’ve learned so much more about our neighbors and neighborhood.
one mom is a former science teacher. priceless!
one mom is a wiz at world cultures and geography.
one dad (yep, we’ve even got a homeschooling dad) is a musician.
so, here are all the kids in their own self-loving glory.
beautiful all in their own precious ways.