Monday, September 16, 2013

How Did the Last Week Go?

IMG_1289It was another busy week, but everyone is staying healthy and reasonably happy. We had a good back-to-school night and requested a conference with Smarty’s second grade teacher to discuss math differentiation. Smarty’s school does a lot in reading differentiation, but she keeps asking when she starts doing “real math”. At home she was spending almost all her free time reading Inkheart by Cornelia Funke and loving every minute of it. In our “Friday cooking school with Mama” we made a New Zealand lamb dish – post on that comes soon.

Afterschool in Math

Math Detectives Gr3

Speaking of “real math”, my husband and I have degrees in engineering and come from countries with strong focus on math education. It pains me to see math curriculum for the second grade and math work that daughter brings home. So we supplement at home with reading books about math, challenging our daughter daily with mental math and getting out more advanced math books as time allows. We always enjoyed books by Critical Thinking Co, and Math Detective (an affiliate link) is an excellent book that combines reading comprehension skills with math skills. This book is targeted towards grades 3-4, but my second grader is enjoying it a lot, especially if I give her “points” for solving more difficult problems. I also sometimes adapt problems from this book for our mental math exercises. I usually publish our mental math problems on my Facebook page, and you are welcome to connect to me and try them out.

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Favorite Posts of the Last Week

Learn Something New – Playdough to Plato shared an easy way to remember liquid measurements with a Measurement Man

Measurement Man. Great DIY visual for learning cups, pints, quarts and gallons. {Playdough to Plato}

Make something pretty (and easy) – I love these duct tape cuff bracelets from Happy Hooligans

Read about fall – kick off the season with one or more of the books shared by The Pleasantest Thing

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Ticia said...

I'm with you Critical Thinking company makes some awesome books for extending their thinking. I also really enjoy their logic books..... Hmmmm..... I might need to get a few of them, now that I think about it.

Christy Killoran said...

Funny, our school focuses so much on math and a lot less on reading. Collin is in the gifted programs for math and reading, but starting this year (4th grade), the students are in math classes based on ability. They do not switch classes for reading though. So, our gifted classes are in addition to the regular reading and math classes.

Erica MomandKiddo said...

There's a fun book called "How to Be a Math Genius" that Anna might like!

Joyful Learner said...

We just started reading Junior Library of Money series (Understanding the Stock Market) because K is interested in the Great Depression through the American Girl Kit series. So far, we are loving the book and hope to get more. I usually have both of us read a page or two silently and ask her to teach me one thing she's learned and I do the same. We are both learning a lot! I highly recommend the series for advanced learners.

Shauna said...

I am excited to have joined your link party this week. I enjoyed looking around your wonderful blog!

maryanne @ mama smiles said...

The United States in general is very weak in mathematics. Emma is already saying that she is not good at math and I am trying to stage an intervention. I think I need to look for some fun math books for her to read!

hey said...

Hi Natalie! Thanks for the invite to your blog hop! -jeannine

Deceptively Educational said...

I'll bet my son would love that Math Detective book. I'm going to add it to my Amazon cart now so I don't forget. Thanks for sharing!