Happy Home Edders

April 4, 2012, 9:12 pm
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Orange/Red/TheBoy understands fractions. He consistently identifies and points out the basic concept when we have fish fingers.

I give him two at a time, then chop each into four pieces to let them cool down. As I chop, he counts higher and higher.

So while the term ‘fractions’ might sound complicated, he’s worked out at age two that by chopping something into pieces, you get more – smaller – pieces. His four little chunks are the same as one big fish finger.

I am always amazed at how competent, creative, and innate learning is. Making connections, exploring new (or old!) ideas, or even just suddenly ‘getting’ a new concept. I don’t need to consciously teach math, for example, because math is wonderful and math is everywhere. Children learn all the time, in so many different ways, and sometimes it’s my job to just stand back and marvel.


Chocolate bananas.
March 13, 2012, 1:30 pm
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When we feel like cooking and it isn’t time for a big meal, this is one of our favorite things to make.

We take one banana per person and place it on a baking tray. I then use a sharp knife to slice a ‘smile’ in the part facing up, removing that piece of skin. I then make on deep cut lengthwise.

Hand the kids some chocolate buttons to slide in the cut, stick in the oven for a bit, and enjoy the deliciousness!

The right tools for the job.
March 12, 2012, 7:52 pm
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Ah, tools. Such a good thing to explore, because you’ve got the tool itself – and the way it impacts on objects around it.

We spent a good chunk of time this morning playing with scissors (one pair dull, one sharp) and big, crumpled sheets of packing paper. Some paper wet, some dry.

Yesterday in a charity shop we saw an old fashioned sewing machine – wooden base, metal body. It ran by turning a crank on the side. I suspect Orange would have stayed with it all day.

And Yellow? Her most loved tools over the past month are those in her doctor bag. She’s got the mini plastic implements, but also real syringes and medication spoons. Hopefully my mom will be giving us a real stethoscope this summer (she’s a nurse).

We also like peelers (spent aaaages with apples after lunch. They each ate three!), tape, cardboard rolls, knives (making sandwiches, cutting food, etc)….just about anything, actually.

What are your favorite tools to explore?