Wednesday, March 09, 2011
Film Class, Birthday, Reading
After the class a bunch of us went to the playground for a while. We got home around 6pm and ordered Japanese food in honor of W's 10th birthday. It's his favorite. Everyone was home around 9pm and we did cake and presents. Due to all our busy schedules, we decided to do our usual birthday outing on Friday evening. W decided he really wants to go bowling with all 5 of us. I can't believe my youngest baby has hit the double-digits.
Today we hit the books again. Like I said before, I'm no longer in a rush to finish AO Yr2. It's a lot more comfortable taking our time with it and allowing for all the time we need for field trips, classes and other outings. We have about 9 weeks left in the schedule. We're up to Lesson 63 in TT5 - starting division. I know most math programs start with basic division, but I know W. He is more of a "big picture first" kind of kid. So, I gave him a brief overview of what basic division is (recapping from our Times Tales days a couple of years ago) and how to do fact families. Then we did some with the division box and some with fractions. After that, I went right into long division. To me, it's easier to bring that in early, show him how it's done, let him do a few problems (with and without remainders), and then go back to basic division, working our way quickly back up to long division. It worked. He understands it and actually thinks it's fun (for now, lol).