Friday, May 17, 2013

Whiteboards and Tadpoles

On Mondays and Thursdays, amongst the eggs, chilli sauce, and random other stuff, Lu has to try to squeeze in a math worksheet before Youth Group (performing & visual art classes with other kids) begins at 8am. 

Half of it gets done while Cha is making breakfast.  
(I'm upstairs getting my morning exercise) 

The other half gets done after breakfast and before washing dishes. 
If Lu is lucky, Cha has a little time to help him out before he runs out the door to one of his sites. 

We have a whiteboard in the kitchen used mostly for shopping lists. As Cha goes to the big town once a week for building materials and our groceries, if anything is forgotten, we have to wait a whole week for him to go again.

But lately the whiteboard has been used for these mini math classes on the days that Cha has time, and Lu likes it so much that he even uses it by himself now, instead of working out the problems in a notebook

He was like: "It's really great seeing the math clearly on the whiteboard."

And then I had one of those horrifying homeschool-parent moments,
(like the one I had when I realized that I'd forgotten to teach Lu the order of the months)

"OMG. We've never used a board. Everyone uses a board for math!!! 
How did I not think to use a board?!"

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Lu's finishing up several projects:

Human Anatomy
(I will post the complete work soon) 

I quote:

Mom, it's really cool to study anatomy,
because as you read about it,
it's actually happening inside of you!

Today Lu put all the historical events he learned about in his studies of Ancient Rome together on one single 1,200-year timeline. We have one more documentary to watch, make a poster, and we'll be done with Rome for now.

I'm kind of glad to be done with the blood and the gore, 
and the crazy emperors.

Lu is getting ready for a geography test where he will label 
all the countries of the Americas, Europe, Asia, Middle East, 
and Africa on blank outline maps. 

It's a great site, and he really has learned all the countries
in just over a year, 15 minutes a few times a week.

There's also been Scrabble-playing.



and rock-climbing.

Life is good.

If you're thinking about homeschooling your child/ren...



  1. I've never used a whiteboard!!!

    Mmm, those crepes look good :)_

  2. We have a whiteboard in the kitchen and we've used it on occasion. Will check out the geography link - I bought Mapping the World by Heart (a similar resource). Looking forward to the anatomy links - we are doing that after plants.

    And I love Lu's winter hat!