Young Sphinx made a stink about enhancement (what we refer to homeschool as) today so I used my powers of persuasion to get him interested by letting him make a video while he did a math lab today. We played some multiplication games at multiplication.com and allowed him to record himself using screenshare and Google Hangout to upload the video directly to YouTube. He also used his multiplication chart and Math Fingers to help solve the problems. All’s well that ends well. Now it’s time to read a book or two at our favorite online book site.
Not every home education day will go as planned. This is why flexibility is so important. Instead of flipping out and losing valuable learning time fussing about sticking to our schedule, I tend to improvise at times and still get the work down. Albeit it may not be exactly what the day called for, it still ends up being important to my children’s enhancement and education. So if you ever find yourself needing a moment, take it, and know that you can come back to your plans at any times. After all, isn’t that why we chose to homeschool in the first place?
Young Sphinx is starting on multiplication and to help him out (we start out with 0-10), I traced my hands and taped them close by so he could use “my fingers” to hep him count. He already is good with skip counting by 2s, 5s, and 10s so all I did today was add the multiplication component and he was off. As you can see, I already wrote the numbers 1-10 on each fingers so that as he is skip counting, he is actually multiplying and seeing that “this number” times “this number” equals “this number.” I also took the liberty of creating a printable for you to download free of charge that you can use for your little ones. Enjoy and don’t forget to tell your friends about us!!
Practice skip counting with our friend Senayit!!
Miss Sphinx decided a few days ago that she wanted to make a multiplication table for her little brother. This got my creative juices flowing and I ended up making one too. Along with the actual creation came all these ideas. Now with mine, I made it simple as you can see in the video but my ideas seemed genius to me so I’m going to share.
You could create the table yourself or have your student do it. Print out a table and cut each number out separately, then throw them into a hat and let your student have a go at gluing the numbers in the right place. Or you could laminate the numbers first, and use adhesive circles or squares and make the chart reusable by putting the adhesives on the back of each number. If you do this, I would suggest laminating the folder as well (at least the inside). Oh, a tip to remember, flip the folder inside out, so that the writing is on the outside back cover. You could make this a timed assignment to be done each day as a daily practice.
The hardest part about this was measuring out the squares. The slacker in me wanted to just use the edge of the ruler, but I tell you, that will not work unless you plan to make a table that is less than 10×10. I ended up starting from the center and using the edge of the ruler and creating 5 columns on each side, then I measured the rows at 1 inch each. The last or bottom row is the only one that isn’t 1 inch. If you plan to do a 12×12, you will have to adjust your square size to less than 1 inch.
Lastly, let your student decorate their cover. With some glitter and clip art, this could turn into quite the craft! My Sphinx isn’t the crafty type so I did his very simple. What’s great about this table is it’s foldable and can be used to store your students multiplication worksheets.
Of course, I had to create a virtual option for all of my paperless homeschoolers. Be sure to download out our free interactive chart, pictured above, that your student can fill in over and over again and it let’s them know right away how they are doing. The Excel-based workbook contains 5 different charts with answer keys.