Today we began by looking at homework (optional) from last week. I wished that my blog readers could see the homework (fun stuff!), then remembered that Bridges Home Connections are available, free, on the Math Learning Center Website. We've done several of them in the recent past. Go HERE and look under "Home Connections" for Home Connections 11-15 (pdf). They are:
#11: "Crossing the Pond" (game)
#12: "3-D Shape Hunt" (looking for geometric figures around you)
#13: "Last Shape in Wins" (game we've been playing during choice time) and
"What Can You Do With a Square and 2 Triangles?" (our homework this week)
#14: "Is it Symmetrical?" (exploration around home for symmetrical items)
#15 "Sorting Quadrilaterals"
Again this is all FREE! Comes with gameboards, paper patterns for manipulatives, etc.
A Cloak for the Dreamer.** Excellent read! Reflecting on the book, we talked about what shapes could be pieced without holes or gaps and experimented with pattern blocks. [Refer to my post on Tessellations for more ideas.]
Geometry with Geoblocks (hands-on math for homeschoolers) and Bridges.
I ended the session by reading Sir Cumference and the Sword in the Cone.The kids were thrilled to have another Sir Cumference title...and were especially happy when they correctly guessed where the sword would be found.
If I'd had a few more minutes, I would have read a book on quilts. I'd prepared several to choose from:
The Keeping Quilt, Patricia Polacco
The Log Cabin Quilt, Ellen Howard
Oma's Quilt, Paulette Bourgeois
The Name Quilt, Phyllis Root
The Patchwork Quilt, Valerie Flournoy
The Promise Quilt, Candice Ransom
The Quiltmaker's Gift, Jeff Brumbeau
Quilts in the Attic, Robbin Fleisher
The Quilt Story, Tony Johnston
Selina and the Bear Paw Quilt, Barbara Smucker
Pentel Fabricfun Pastel Dye Sticks. With these sticks, you can draw directly onto the fabric rather than having to transfer from paper with fabric crayons. As you can see, the colors are vibrant and the drawings are clear.
**Our lessons today come from The Math Learning Center's Geometry with Geoblocks (hands-on math for homeschoolers) and Bridges. I noticed that they sell A Cloak for the Dreamer for less than I've found it elsewhere. But it's also available through Amazon.
Have fun! And if you do any of this, I'd love to know how it turns out! :)