There is nothing like getting over a cold to make you appreciate the energy you have on a daily basis and make you feel happy about cleaning the house, doing the laundry, and cooking dinner every night.
I mentioned last week that I started keeping a log of our daily activities. I’m so glad I did because it is really helping me be accountable for how our time is spent and be more diligent.
Another congratulations to the RoboTigers FIRST LEGO League team! They had their district tournament this past weekend and will be advancing on to State! I know I’ve said this several times but the FIRST program is a great introduction to science and engineering. It’s not just about the robot competition. The FLL competition helps kids develop research skills, presentation skills, and teamwork / professional skills. The only downside is that I wish the kids had more opportunity to share their project ideas with the parents. I would love to see what all the teams are creating. I know one of the teams had a break away shovel to prevent people from lifting too much in a snow storm. What a great idea! Above is an example of what 9 and 10 year old boys read when they are allowed to read whatever they want. For the most part this week was a back to basics kind of week. We did however end each day with the boys working on a Rube Goldberg challenge (engineering is apparently a core subject ) So far they haven’t asked for any help, but I know it’s a bit more frustrating than they expected. Hopefully next week we will have a picture or video.
Thanks to Lucinda at Navigating by Joy for sharing their math studies. We checked out Blockhead: The Life of Fibonacci, and What’s Your Angle, Pythagoras? , and Growing Patterns: Fibonacci Numbers in Nature. It’s not the best time of year for us to look for Fibonacci numbers in nature, but hopefully we will be keeping them in mind come spring. E was studying triangles and parallelograms in math this week. Even though his studies didn’t include the Pythagorean theorem, it was a well timed addition. Don’t you think a Fibonacci rectangle would make a cool quilt design?
Thanks to those of you who are sharing your No Spend January posts. We aren’t officially taking the challenge, but just reading all you posts is making me more aware of what I’m spending.
Thank you to those hosting the Friday linkups: