Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Biology & Math Come ALIVE thorough Dialectic Discussion!

Thinking and talking like a mathematician!  
 Mrs. Mullins did an amazing job leading our math discussion today! I am so honored that our students get to sit with her for Latin and math each week.  Thank you Mrs. Mullins for loving our children and guiding their hearts.  We are so very blessed to have you.

Today in math seminar we talked about how when we sit down to discuss mathematical concepts we need to think and act like a mathematician.  Today's biggest discussion was on the number "0".   Is it a whole number?  Why or why not?  What is the purpose of the number "0".


Joseph Doto is a master at Geography.  This child finishes first and gets it right.  He has a simple plan he follows to make that happen each and every week..... consistency!  He traces and labels everyday.  Thank you for modeling excellence.  You encourage all of us!

You know you are a homeschooler when.....

You find children curled up and working hard all over the place.  Logan tracing this weeks work on the floor.  It's all about being comfortable while we learn.


Digestion!  It's what we're talking about this week!

We've been talking a lot about conversational math, but truly conversations are a part of what we do in every subject.  

Our goal in the classroom each week is to cultivate discussions that would not easily take place in our own homes.  This is a time when the kids come together a learn how to ask questions, argue respectfully, compare and contrast idea's, thoughts, and facts, and to share things we've researched.  

At home, we can sketch, label, complete tasks, but in class we bring those things to life through discussion.  

Community day adds depth to help the information stick and stay put. 

Sage sketching her Skeleton and beginning to label the different parts.  

What I love about conversational biology is that we point to where the organ system or part of the body is located and share interesting facts about the purpose of each part.  

For instance:

Carpals are in the hand and you can remember that because you pull the car handle to open the door...CARPAL.

Tarsals are in the foot and you can remember this because it's the feet that step on hot tar...TARSALS.

Fibia is the smaller bone in the lower leg and we can remember that when we think of a little white lie (ie: fib)

Simply filling out a worksheet or even sketching and labeling could never add the depth conversation does.

Thank you, Sophie, Colton, Noah, Malcolm, Moriah, and Logan for sharing your reports on The Secret Garden.  They were excellent.  

This week you student is to read: Door In The Wall

Oh how I love your children.  They are such a beautiful representation of you!  I delight in watching them display those very things I love about you.  I simply get to share in a small part of what YOU'RE doing each week in your home!  To God Be The Glory!!!

And these words which I am commanding you this day shall be [first] in your [own] minds and hearts; [then ]You shall whet and sharpen them so as to make them penetrate, and teach and impress them diligently upon the [minds and] hearts of your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down and when you rise up. Deut 6:6-7

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