I was on the playground yesterday with the girl’s American Heritage Girls scouting troop. While the little women were working on their badges with their groups, the moms were congregated by the playground, watching younger siblings frolic.
And btw, BC (before children) I envisioned trips to the park with my children in tow to be relaxing moments of respite. While I sat on a park bench, surrounded by trees and flowers, and my children explored the wonders of the playground equipment.
I’ve since learned that sitting at the park only happens when I have wrestled Jensen to the dirt, after giving chase when has taken off in the general direction of the freeway.
Thankfully this didn’t happen yesterday, only because he is now enamored with the joys of the swing. Which he managed to fall out of. Twice. And both times he simply looked dazed, dusted himself off, and got back in the saddle.
There is nothing like the sense of joy and freedom spread across a 4 year olds face as he swings into the air, with the greatest of ease. Until he falls off onto his head.
Where was I? Oh yes, the park.
The moms (many of which homeschool) were deep in conversation about math curriculum. Math is a hot topic around our house lately since multiplication has entered the fray. Wherein a certain 4th grader would spit on the ground in disgust if her mother would allow her.
And by happy coincidence, Mom’s Homeroom just launched a new episode on building Math skills.
So, here’s my question to you all. Homeschoolers and parents with kids in school.
Do you all have any creative ideas to help with the learning of the multiplication tables? A few years ago, I wrote about how I used tossing a ball to aid in skip counting. But clearly I need some fresh ideas!