How Did the Last Week Go?It 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
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.