Wednesday, December 21, 2011
Tuesday, December 13, 2011
I'm taking a break from blogging for the next couple of weeks. (Unless I'm super inspired to blog.) There is fudge to make, presents to wrap, presents to make, fudge to eat, concerts to attend . . . You get the picture. Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays. I'll be back next year. :)
Tuesday, December 6, 2011
Saturday, December 3, 2011
It's been a while since I started posting tips for the 36 club. I've been working with my youngest on multiplication so I thought I'd post on the subject while it's fresh in my mind.
Since multiplication is more complicated than adding, it's important to make sure they understand the concept behind it. A fun way to teach this is to bake cookies.
Kids can learn to multiply 5s by skip counting, but eventually, they need to speed things up. All they half to do is cut the number is half. So, for 6 X 5. Half of 6 is 3. Put a zero on the end. That's the answer. For odd numbers, it doesn't half evenly, so they will have a 5 at the end instead of zero. So, for 5 X 7, half of 7 is 3.5. 5 X 7 is 35.
My kids have a hard time remembering the skip counting for 6,7, and 8 so I went for a different approach. But first I'll skip to 9. I think most people know this but I'm posting it anyway just in case. Have the child hold up their hands when they are multiplying a number by 9. Count the number of fingers they are multiplying nine by and put that finger down. My example below is for multiplying by six. The answer to the problem is in the number of fingers left up.
This leaves us with higher numbers. 6X6, 6X7, 6X8, 7X7, 7X8, and 8X8
For 6X6 and 6X8, have the child count by fives first. This goes back to adding sets of numbers. So first they have to figure out how many 5 sets of 6 equals. Then they just have to add one more set. So five sets of six is 30. Then they add one more set of six for 36. It also helps to point out that even numbers multiplied by six end in that number so when they say the complete fact out loud it rhymes.
My daughter learned a poem for 7 X 7: Seven and seven went to heaven to see the 49ers.
I added to it to help with 6 X 7.: 6 lost a shoe and only got 42. (No it doesn't make sense. But the rhyming helps anyway.)
My son insisted I come up with one for 8 X 8: Eight and eight slipped on the floor. How many stiches? 64.
The last one is the easiest. 7 X 8. They're in order. 7 - 8. The answer is in order too. 5 - 6. So it counts. 56 =7*8 (5,6,7,8)
One more tip for multiplying even numbers. If they get stuck when multiplying any even number, all they have to do is cut the number in half, multiply, and then double the answer. For example: 8X4. You could cut either number in half. Half of 8 is 4. 4X4 is 16. 16 +16 is 32. (8x4=32) Or you could cut the 4 in half. 8X2 is 16. 16 +16 = 32. (I can't do that math problem without the inchworm song getting stuck in my head. Click the link. You know you want to.) My son has a hard time remembering 6X7, despite my genius poem. Now he cuts 6 in half (3), multiplies that by 7 (21) then doubles the answer. (42)
And that covers all 36 facts. It is important to practice the facts with the kids every day. I time them and let them stop as soon as they beat their old time. After a while they start remembering them without all the tricks. My son's multiplication time is 4.5 min. We've been working on these for about a month. I still have to remind him of the tips while we go through the cards but he remembers most of them on his own.
*Update. It's been a few years since I first posted this blog. My son is now in 3rd grade and his multiplication time is down to 1:41. (So close!) His second grade teacher didn't do 36 club so he got rusty. We're still learning as we go so I added tips on cutting numbers in half.
Monday, November 21, 2011
Tuesday, November 15, 2011
She disappeared quickly.
Thursday, November 3, 2011
My husband and I were reminiscing about our childhoods and realized how different our kids lives are. For starters, when we had to do research, we went to the library. Actually, my husband went to the library. He had to ride his bike there and haul all the books home in his backpack. I didn’t go to the library. My mom worked there, so I’d call her.
|The counter under the phone was never that clean. Junk is much easier to collect than to draw.|
Mom was always late coming home those days. Then I had to read the book and write a bunch of stuff with a pen. I never got to bed until really late and was exhausted the next day.
My kids, on the other hand . . .
|The best part about drawing instead of real pictures is I can make myself as skinny as I want.|
Then they copy and paste the information directly into a document, print it, and have it ready before bedtime.
When we played, we went outside. It was time to go in when Dad yelled my name for the third time. (I was never sure if he was serious until the third call.)
My kids don't spend as much time outdoors.
They have all the entertainment they need inside.
We had video games too. They just weren't as colorful.
What color we lacked on the television screen was made up for in the wallpaper and carpet. The 70s had its own style and flare.
Kids have gotten soft. They carry cellphones in case of emergency or bad weather.
We had something in case of bad weather too. It was called a coat.
Please note the shoes. I did not walk barefoot in the snow for a mile uphill just to get to the mailbox. That was my parents generation. They still complain about how tough they had it without flushing toilets or cars. And gas was only 5 cents a gallon. (I'm still not sure what the horses did with 5 cent gas.)