Using nesting shapes when playing with math

Nesting shapes are a fun, visual way to explore shapes and math.  In addition they lend themselves to flexibility of ages and a variety of mathematical concepts.  I’ve written a short tutorial in making them.   First take a piece of cardstock 8 ½ by 11 and mark 1 inch strips lengthwise. Cut out those…

Our Bird Unit

We did a naturalist unit for science this semester giving me a chance to teach/learn about the local fauna and flora.  Part of that unit included birds. Following are the various resources that I used for the unit. The first and favorite were the picture books. We read a great number of books, but these…

Walking water

My daughter asked me to do the “walking water” demonstration this past week. It’s such a fun and simple little “experiment.”  She was old enough this time to do it herself. I had a couple of people ask me about it, so I thought I do a short tutorial on how to do it. You…

Sumi-e for Japan

This year we have been doing a “travel buddies” geography for my youngest who is doing kindergarten, mostly because she doesn’t want to be left out of “school” and needed something like her brother. It has been so much fun.  We were approaching Japan, when I had a spark of inspiration. Scrolling through my instagram…

Some books we are reading this week:

Boo to You by Lois Ehlert Big Pumpkin by Erika Silverman The Dark at the Top of the Stairs by Sam McBratney I Spy Spooky Night: A Book of Picture Riddles by Jean Marzollo Little Owl’s Night by Divya Srinivasan Old Devil Wind by Bill Martin

Geometry and More-Exploring the Waldorf Philosophy

I’ve been dabbling a little in the Waldorf education. I’ve always had a “whole child” philosophy to education with a delayed academics approach. I mean Finland is leading the globe in education, and they don’t even begin formal academics until after age 7. They must be doing something right. That doesn’t mean the children aren’t…