5*2 is 10!!!!!!!!
The above having been todays remarkable fact! We spotted between us that we could use “5 fingers * 2 hands is 10 fingers” as a handy place to count on or back from in the 2 times table – smart cookies we are you know! (ROFL!)
Anyway, as is probably obvious, we did tables. I find it a tiny bit bizarre she has a better grip of this than addition, but i’m not dwelling on it. Maths is maths is maths. We used the SATS Tuition game again (i REALLY recommend this) and skipped to level 5 to do multiplication. With very little help she completed the 2’s and 10’s activities (it only includes 5’s as well – are we really saying that kids in KS1 only learn those 3 tables? Surely not?) and then spent a bit of time using the EDUSS levels to do the same. On that she used the “Year 2” level and worked at visual representations of anything up to an answer of 16. I like both those bits of software – very well thought out. The SATS one is certainly aimed to catch hold of people with very little understanding (or rather i would say probably a child getting very little support in a classroom or at home) because it does ALL the explaining and showing – but its not the worse for that and you can shift it on if required.
This morning i had printed out colouring sheets of The Wizard of Oz and the girls used them – or rather Fran and Scruff did – Moo hurled hers on the floor and lay in a ball by the window. (1,2,3,….. count with me to 100) I made Fran a “scrap book” out of folder sugar paper and a bit of ribbon and she coloured pictures, cut them out and stuck them in. Then she copied “The Wizard of Oz by Frances” on to the front and it was legible (to me anyway!) She was SO proud – i think i may have hit on a way to get her writing without stress – wondering about starting a “species” one tomorrow with her? We also found some bonus material on the Oz DVD and watched the highly amusing cut Scarecrow scene and i also dicovered that “Jitterbug” which is in the stage version, was cut out too. That clears up a bafflement of 15 years! lol!
After that she and I read out e-book of “The Night of the Moonjellies” – cute story, liked it. Beautifully drawn too. Then she created some bizarre elaborate imaginary game with small plastic sea creatures and i had to have a duplicate set and mimic her story. Very weird! With Moo out at nursery she got out Moo’s Knex and made a complete hash of following any pattern at all, completely frustrating herself into the bargain. First she tried to make a tower (as she always does, i blame THAT on playgroup!) and then she just couldn’t see the patterns – she wouldn’t actually, i would say. So weird – Moo gets it perfectly right each time but Fran is more of the bulldoze in, see if it works, don’t read the instructions or look closely at anything type. Rather like myself actually – Max is DEFINTELY flatpack assembler here! lol! Anyway, we eventually produced a bug between us that she flew round the house for a bit.
Where am i up to on words Scruff can say? Well currently in high usage are “bub-bub-bles” “I’m sduck (stuck)” “help me” “more” “crsps” “ananana” “milky-milky” “”brekfist” and of course “noooooooooo….” – i suspect “gerroff the computer and notice me” might be in there soon.
Supposed to meet the psychologist tomorrow but still no car *rolls eyes*
Feeling a bit low on inspiration for tomorrow – might take a break and use the “learning is Fun” editions we have stacked up.