Monday, October 7, 2013

How Did Our Week Go?
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It was another good week of routine. Since daughter is involved in a theater production in school for two afternoons a week, we moved her gymnastics to Fridays to keep things somewhat more balanced. Smarty seems happy and enthusiastic about school – she is enjoying her new ability-based language arts class, since she was reunited with a few friends from her first grade for that class. This week she also had her first book report on silly stories – I will share later in a week how we tackled many tasks involved in it. At home we did a fun writing activity comparing Norway and Korea.

What My Child Is Reading

I decided to bring back a snapshot of what my second grader is reading and share her books of the week through my Amazon affiliate widget. Most of the books come from the classroom, the school library, and the city library, but one or two come from the latest library book sale.

Our Favorite Math Book

Challenge Math
Both me and Smarty love Primary Grade Challenge Math by Edward Zaccaro. I love how every chapter starts with a detailed explanation of a sample problem and then gives problems of four different degrees of difficulty, so you can pick difficulty based on your child’s skill level. All problems are word problems – something that we like way more than math facts worksheets. Occasionally 4th level problems (most difficult) are too challenging for Smarty, but mostly she is plugging through a couple of them every evening. It’s seriously the best math book in English that I encountered so far.

5 comments:

Kim Vij said...

Public Theater class sounds lke so much fun. Love that you're sharing what you're reading each week. Can't wait to see her first book report. We had our first project do also this week a diorama of an ecosystem!

JDaniel4's Mom said...

The math book looks wonderful. I will have to look for it for my guy. The drama class sounds great!

Joyful Learner said...

We love word problems too. You might like these:
http://www.amazon.com/Olympiad-Contest-Problems-Elementary-Schools/dp/0962666211/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1381176312&sr=8-1&keywords=math+olympiads

http://www.amazon.com/The-Moscow-Puzzles-Mathematical-Recreational/dp/0486270785/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1381176408&sr=8-1&keywords=the+moscow+puzzles

maryanne @ mama smiles said...

Would you recommend that math book for a child who doesn't see math as one of their strengths?

Ticia said...

That does sound like a pretty good math book. I forget have you ever looked at Life of Fred? It's a math curriculum that is presented through story, and I've heard awesome things about it from the people using it.