Friday, March 6, 2015

Preschool & Kindergarten Mathematics: Time

When the kids are young, we use digital clocks around the house and read the times together. Sometimes we use a play, analog clock and make the hands match what the digital clock says.

Then we begin discussing the hour and half hour. It is nice if your child has a watch of his/her own to practice. This is about all we do until the kids turn 7.

By 7, we've previously reviewed counting by 5's, money names and values, counting to 100 and basic fractions.

To start, I pull out our teaching clock (you could use a watch or handmade clock). We look at the minute marks between each number and count them all around until we get to 60.

Then I make a circle split in half to represent 30 minutes. We talk about that this is half of the clock and half of sixty minutes. I ask if the child knows what half of 60 minutes is. One of mine once said that 3 was half of 6 so it would be 30. (YEAH!) I throw in the term half past at this point, too.The terms are only tricky if we don't use them.

We then look at our clock again and count out the minutes from one number to the next. They are all 5 of course, so we decide then that we could count them by 5's.

After that is firmly established, we start using the language of quarter til and quarter after.
Using 4 quarters (man there's a lot of correspondence between money and the clock), I ask what the name of the quarters are and how many it takes to make 100 or a dollar. Then I explain that when we break things into 4's we call them a quarter. We also discuss that the 3 is 15 minutes passed the hour and the 9 is 45 minutes passed the hour.

When that is understood, I draw a circle with four slashes. The four slashes represented the four parts of the clock. Pointing to where the 3 would be (I don't put it on yet) I say, "This is a quarter." Then I ask if the child to recall what the next one is called. Then pointing to the nine, I say, "This is 3 quarters or a quarter til, because there is one quarter left until it gets to a new hour."

We work on these things off and on from about 5-8, until the kids understand and it seems firmly established.

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Thursday, March 5, 2015

Joyful Moments: Wheel's Winter Party

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Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Koru Naturals: Pure Emu Oil and Koolpurrie Restoring Balm {A Review}

Each day our kids spend lots of time outside. If it is hot and sunny, they are in the shade or playing in the water. If it is wet and muddy, they have wellies on and are bound to be splashing in the muck. If it is a warm, spring day (which I could really use today), they are on the deck breathing it in. And if it is cold and snowing , they are bundled in their snow boots, snow pants, hats, gloves, and coats riding down the hill on their sleds or making snow forts.

Right about now, when it is snowing another 4 inches and I'm getting really tired of the cold, dry air, we could all use some relief from our chapped, itchy, irritated skin. So when Koru Naturals sent us Pure Emu Oil and Koolpurrie Restoring Balm I was super excited!

About the Products
The Koolpurrie Restoring Balm is 1.4 oz and comes in a clear, plastic container. The ingredients are simply Emu Oil Grade A and Lanolin Anhydrous USP. It is a butter cream color and has little odor. It's recommended for dry and damaged skin of hands, elbows, knees, and feet. Use externally only.

The Pure Emu Oil is 2 fl. oz and is for external use only. The bottle is brown and plastic. It is liquid that is light colored to clear. It is non-comedogenic and hypoallergenic. It's recommended use is for skin moisturizing, fine lines, and wrinkles.

Our Experience
Jo-Jo always seems to wear the worst of the winter weather on her skin. She washes her hands a lot and her gloves irritate them. So before she would go to bed at night, Poppa would rub her hands down with the balm. By morning, the redness and irritation would be gone.

Poppa thought he might use the balm on his fingertips that get dry and crack open in the winter from his work gloves (I guess that shows us where Jo-Jo gets it!). He tried it for a couple of days, but he applied it in the evenings right before he was going to practice his guitar. Lanolin makes things extra greasy for a bit, so that wasn't a good combination.

So we've learned to use the balm at night on areas that you need to use during the day (hands and fingers).

When using the balm, be sure to put it on with clean hands. Otherwise you could introduce bacteria into the container.

Before receiving the products, I did lots of research about the different proposed uses for emu oil. For myself, I really wanted to try it on my carpel tunnel wrists and my ankle which was injured in a car accident almost 2 decades ago. It flairs up and swells from time to time. My face is acne prone and I had read that it helps with your blemishes as well. However, I read that it has not been approved for pregnant and nursing mothers. So...I wasn't sure exactly how I wanted to use the oil.

And then it happened. A dear friend (the kids call her Grandma, Grandma, Grandma) was over one morning for doughnuts and tea (isn't homeschooling great!). She was on her way to her pottery studio. At one point she mentioned, that her shoulder was causing her a lot of pain. She could not lift it over her head. Throwing clay is not easy on your arms and shoulders. That was when it hit me. "Hey try this!" In about 10 minutes, it wasn't hurting any more and she could lift her arm over her head. She said, "Could it really work that fast?" She went on to the studio and worked all day. We meet her for cheeseburgers and fries for dinner. When I asked how it was feeling, she said that it was just starting to hurt again. It had been about 6 hours.

The oil should be shaken well before use.

We can say that the balm definitely heals that chapped winter skin and the oil works wonders for muscle aches.

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Monday, March 2, 2015

What is the Bible? A Lesson for Life

I had been having a worship time. Some people have daily devotions, I like to have worship times, times when I sit with my Bible open. I pray, I sing, I read, I listen, I write. It is time for me to just be in the presence of the almighty, my savior, my friend.

One such morning, I was sitting on the sofa. The kids were up and it was time to head to the kitchen to make breakfast. Baby Wheel pulled himself up to this feet and waddled over to the couch where my Bible was laying. He pulled it down with a thud to the floor. Ceesa came over to him to pick it up. She said, "Wheel, be careful with that book. It's the Bible. It is a big important book of rules."

I froze. "Ceesa? Did you just say the Bible was a book of rules?" She replied that she had, replaced my Bible, and then swooped Wheel up off of his feet, gave him a peck, and headed on her way. 

I was shocked. Maybe horror struck was more like it. Oh, my. We had a bit of a disconnect, somewhere, I missed out on leading my sweet girl to what the Bible is, the life that it breathes. Right then and there I started making a list of all of the things that came to mind. 

That very night we began a discussion that has lasted for weeks. We decided to figure out just what the Bible is while sitting at the dinner table. It goes something like this. In the morning, "I say the Bible is a book of....(insert characteristic) prove it!" Then in the evening everyone (from Li all the way to Poppa) discusses how the Bible is that characteristic.

Does your family need to answer the question "What is the Bible?"

Here are some to get you started:
~The Bible is a book of love
~The Bible is a book of truth
~The Bible is a book of mercy
~The Bible is a book of forgiveness
~The Bible is a book of history
~The Bible is a book of guidance
~The Bible is a book of grace
~The Bible is a book of redemption
~The Bible is a book of beauty
~The Bible is a book of daring
~The Bible is a book of sacrifice
~The Bible is a book of companionship
~The Bible is a book of passion
~The Bible is a book of strength
~The Bible is a book of comfort
~The Bible is a book of joy
~The Bible is a book of peace

What have you found the Bible to be?

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