Mathematicians Ask Questions
If we want to teach our children to think mathematically, we need to model and encourage asking questions. For instance:
- What is the difference between the rectangular sounds and the round ones?
- At 5:20, the orange notes (violin) change to a different shape. Why? What change in the sound does this represent?
What questions does the video inspire for you? I’d love to hear your comments!
As I was checking through archive posts and clearing out the dead links, I found a couple of links that I thought would be dead but which are still good. So I am re-posting them here, for your browsing pleasure:
Free Shakespeare for Fun and Copywork
CurrClick (which carries the Math Mammoth workbook series) is offering Quotations from Shakespeare’s Plays as a free download. This ebook includes copywork tips from Charlotte Mason and about 30 pages of passages from Macbeth, King Lear, Much Ado About Nothing, etc.
[And if you are planning a study of the Bard, you won’t want to miss the many other Internet resources in my original post.]
Great Leaders in a Crisis: Lincoln, Churchill
What does it take to lead your nation through a crisis? Character, determination, wisdom, the courage of your convictions. What can we learn about leadership from those who have been there, done that?
Abraham Lincoln and Winston Churchill are two of these great leaders — men whose courage and conviction took their nations through challenging moments and forever altered the course of Western civilization…
The Teaching Company (one of my favorite resources for homeschooling high school) is offering two free lectures for the downloading: Great Leaders: Abraham Lincoln and Winston Churchill.
[More details in my original post.]
I admit, it doesn’t really have anything to do with math, but it looks like a fun way to spend a snowy afternoon:
According to the authors:
Jet black ink should be used, and a good quality of unglazed paper. The ink should not be too thin. The table should be protected from accident with several thicknesses of newspaper. . .
For a specially invited Gobolink party the company may dress in any grotesque fashion, remembering only that both sides of their costume shall be the same, this being a feature peculiar to Gobolink attire.
Continue reading Gobolink Symmetry
No, it’s not math, but it looks like a great way to kick-start Princess Kitten’s long-neglected blog. She sat down at the computer and browsed the links to other kids’ posts for over an hour last night, occasionally laughing out loud. Then she opened her Dashboard and started to type a response to the green assignment.
I’ll have to let her know there’s a new post up today. Check it out:
Maybe I can even get her to send something in to the next Homeschool Kids Blog Carnival. It’s worth a try…
Unfortunately, Homeschool Kids Write has disappeared from the web. The Wayback Machine link gives a taste of what the site was like, but It’s just not the same without the Mr. Linky connections to all the children’s writings.
Kitten did three of the writing assignments. And not only did she enter the Homeschool Kids Blog Carnival, she even hosted one edition!
My baby is growing up…
[Photo by ♥Sage (resting… finally!).]
Browsing the Internet, I came across a slideshow called 101 Free Learning Tools, which explores “the idea that there is at least one excellent free learning tool (or site) for every learning problem, need or issue.”
Of course, many of these sites I already knew, at least by reputation. But there are plenty of interesting places that were new to me.
Continue reading Free Learning Tools, Games, and More
Photo by Arbron.
This week only, [When I checked the link in April 2011, this was still free!] CurrClick (which carries the Math Mammoth workbook series) is offering Quotations from Shakespeare’s Plays as a free download. This ebook offers copywork tips from Charlotte Mason and about 30 pages of passages from Macbeth, King Lear, Much Ado About Nothing, etc.
And if you are planning a study of the Bard, you won’t want to miss the following always-free Internet resources.
Continue reading Free Shakespeare for Fun and Copywork
Click over to Teen Literacy Tips for this fun vocabulary puzzle:
And since this is supposedly a teaching blog, here are some “educational” links:
I found this worksheet on the KISS Grammar website, and I loved the quotations so much I just had to share them:
In a cat’s eye, all things belong to cats.
— English proverb
One cat just leads to another.
— Ernest Hemingway
Continue reading Cat Quotations
Here is another highlight from my “To blog about it someday” folder: the Shakespearean Insulter. What fun!
There’s no room for faith, truth, nor honesty in this bosom of thine.
It is all filled up with guts and midriff.
Taken from: Henry IV, part I
And if you are interested in actually studying the bard, here are some links you may enjoy:
Shakespeare. Yes, again. And again.
Advice on teaching Shakespeare to children.
Many links to teaching advice, book recommendations, and more.
Folger Shakespeare Library
Shakespeare for Kids
There is no reason to put off Shakespeare until your student reaches high school. My then-kindergardener enjoyed the Trevor Nunn version of Twelfth Night so much that she wanted to get her hair cut, “So I can pretend to be a boy.” This is homeschooling at its best: each of us learning at our own level — and loving it.