Friday, August 26, 2016

Harrison's Cotter Tens Fractal

Well. The best beloved, the last child in our home has reached the Cotter Tens Fractal in his math book. This has been kind of a milestone for each of the kids. I had never heard of the Tens Fractal until doing RightStart, so it's been a novelty for all of us. You can see Elizabeth's, Jonathan's, and Phoebe's by clicking on their names. 

I get to a point like this and am a little reminiscent, a little sad, and a little happy that I won't have to do that again. There are certainly some things I will miss about each age of homeschooling, "Winnie the Pooh" being one of them. But math is quite an accomplishment around here because it's not always easy for the teacher or the taught. RightStart Math has made it fun for me though. It's interesting every single day, and it would be a drag for me if it wasn't at least interesting. My kids might not agree about the interesting part, but that's just because they don't know any different. 

Goodbye, Cotter Tens! We've enjoyed you. 

By the way, if you want your own preprinted triangles so that you don't have to color and cut them all out yourself, you can get the ones my husband made for us here: Preprinted Fractals. What we've done is have each of the kids make one of the tens triangles on their own so that they had a hands-on learning experience with one. And then we reuse the preprinted ones that we cut out for Jonathan so that the job is not so cumbersome.

Friday, August 5, 2016

Jonathan Turns 12

Jonathan is our very social one. He enjoys inviting lots of people to his birthday, so we had eleven boys in our home last Saturday to celebrate Jon turning 12. 

He wanted brownies for his "cake." 

The goal was for them all to join a Minecraft world (or something like that) and play together on Minecraft. That couldn't quite happen like they wanted, but they all joined different games and groups and were able to connect online as they all sat around the living room together.  

They did also play a little Nerf War outside, and I believe some of them caught some Pokemon's (or whatever you call them). 

A couple of neighborhood boys, a couple of friends from church, and the Travis boys (they win the prize for most siblings ~ it was quite fun to have all four boys here). 

A couple of boys that are friends Jonathan met at Tanglewood Christian Camp traveled somewhat far to be here. I thought that was very sweet of them to make that effort.