Friday, April 23, 2010

Full Disclosure Friday

Here's the truth: I never get around to playing math games with my kids.

Yes, I have done math clubs and I am currently helping to find some ideas for math games for a co-op, but at home with just my kids and me. It doesn't happen. I have these grand plans. I put math games on the schedule. I own Games for Math, Family Math, I Hates Mathematics, Mega-Fun Card-Game Math, Number Jugglers... I have taken detailed notes on some of the books. Others I haven't even looked at.

Oh, there was a time that I played Go Fish to 10 with Sierra and Kali pretty regularly and we enjoy Zeus on the Loose, but as a consistent part of our homeschool, math games just don't seem to get priority.

I don't know. Maybe I just lack motivation. I am sitting here with all of these math game resources and I have only found 5 games that seem interesting enough for the co-op. I am finding many of the games to be too complicated. I think my problem at home is that I am trying to find games that we can all play and that is tricky with a 4 1/2 year age gap.

Ok, I just looked through the Number Juggler Book (one of the ones I hadn't looked at before) and found 8 interesting games including one that might work for the co-op. BUT I bought that book used and it is missing the cards. Anyone know how many cards and the amount of each number in the deck?? Maybe, just maybe, I will get motivated to actually play the games with my kids. But in keeping with the theme of full disclosure, I will admit that I am not going to count on that happening.

*I got the idea for Full Disclosure Friday here. Oh and by the way (full disclosure again), I will not be posting one of these every Friday...

Monday, April 19, 2010

They're reading me out of house and home!

My older girls have been reading so much lately that I am having trouble getting enough books from the library to keep them stocked with reading material.

Sierra has been obsessed with the Companions Quartet series. Kali has been working her way through the Magic Tree House series and is up to book #32.

Help! I need suggestions of books for 9 - 12 year old girls. They like books with magic, mythical creatures, princesses, etc. and most important an element of excitement or suspense.

Saturday, April 17, 2010

My Parents visit Hawaii

We took a second "spring break" while my parents were visiting. My mom loves to stay busy, so we got to visit lots of fun Hawaii sites. We climbed Diamond Head, went to the beach, snorkeled at Shark's cove, went to the Bishop Museum, went to Waimea Valley and swam near the waterfall, saw turtles at Turtle Beach, and of course, took a Mother/Daughter shopping trip :) AND Rand and I got to go kayaking while my parents took the girls to the Polynesian Cultural Center.

I think we may have worn my dad out...

P.S. I finally updated my other blog