Friday, October 18, 2013

What does learning look like?

Learning can take on many different looks. Learning can look like this...

Or learning can look like this...

Or maybe even like this...
Children are always learning. Learning about family and love....
Learning about where food comes from...
Learning about a favorite author "Laura Ingalls Wilder"....

Learning about nature...
Learning about the letter "H".....

Or even learning that when the weather is nice you can take your spelling test outside...
And still get 100%! 

Sometimes the end result of learning put together with play results in a messy livingroom....


However as my wise parents told me, "There won't always be messes but you'll miss it when they're gone."

So I continue to enjoy learning with my family no matter if it is quite or loud, messy or organized, inside or out. What does learning look like? The possibilities are endless.

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Math frustration

Subtraction. I don't like it. Wait, let me be more specific. I don't like teaching subtraction. Maybe it will be different with Sierra. Maybe she will just teach herself subtraction. She already has an amazing sense about numbers. It is not the same with Zoey. I have a wonderful teacher's manual and follow it well. However, once she starts getting frustrated she shuts down. I am trying to stay on track. But sometimes a kid needs a break. Here is where the hard part comes in. Do I keep pushing or back off a bit for a while? She is the kind of kid who if you give an inch she takes a mile so I don't want to play into her game, if indeed it is that. Hmmm... The crazy part about all of this is she is doing well. It gets ugly when she gets something wrong or forgets how to do something. Specifically with problems like 504-237=. 

Ok just rambling. I think I know what I need to do. 

How about a picture that has nothing to do with subtraction???
This girl wakes up with some crazy hair!