Monday, April 5, 2010

Double Digit Addition with an eight year old

My daughter has been working through Horizons 2 this year. For the last week or so she has had an enormous amount of double and triple digit addition and subtraction. I say enormous because my first two kids did Math U See and at most had 5 to 8 problems that were the same at a time. I was feeling sorry for her as the big crocodile tears came pouring out over double digit addition with carrying. I decided that we should do some doubles addition to get her memorizing some of her facts. Something Horizons is not good at, but MUS is.
I came in and printed out some worksheets from my favorite free site. This takes about 5 minutes. Mind you, I took almost 20 minutes helping her work through the first 5 problems. I come back with several sheets to work on and she finished all her addition with carrying problems from Horizons, about 20 of them, in less time then it took for me to print out 4 worksheets. I figured she got them wrong or her sly brother and sister helped her. Not only were they all right, but she did them on her own. Tell me, how did that happen?

Saturday, April 3, 2010

Welcome to my blog

We have been homeschooling for 7 years and yet I am always amazed at how much I love books, learning and curriculum. I love sharing my favorite resources on the web, and seem to have my share of run-ins with non-homeschoolers.

We are a Christian homeschool family, but do not choose to homeschool because of our religion. I have lots of opinions and lot of questions. I love to laugh at our mistakes, misunderstandings and tantrums. (Oh the tantrums I throw are pretty hilarious). Mom's who homeschool are not perfect. I finally got over that misunderstanding.

I plan to add lots of online resources and share all my "finds" for all to enjoy. Enjoy a little peak into our daily life with all of it's craziness. With post of sincerity, concerns, joys and failures (sometimes with pictures) I'll open up the day in the life of a crazy homeschooling family so that you can feel normal.