January 2008

Triangles


Triangles by Adrian Resubal

After a lesson in Geometry, Adrian made a bitmap of different types of triangles. As you can see, he made equilateral, isosceles and scalene triangles in different presentations and sizes to come up with a simple geometric art. He is fond of exploring Geometry. Part of his exercises is learning how to program in GWBasic. Of course, the proponent of that was his Dad.

Sulky Snoopy


One day, while I was giving Michelle a bath, she was laughing at something. She saw a broken tile and said it looks like snoopy. I can’t figure it out. She pointed to me in details the sulky face of snoopy with a hand on the right side of the face. But I still can’t figure it out. I just don’t know if I’m slow to get it or she is just too visual that she can see images from different perspectives and can interpret it. Well, I’m kinda convinced that the latter is more valid. Why? I’ve witnessed how she create, draw and analyze images. When she writes the alphabet, she likes to see it written upside down and many other ways. She also tries to write using both hands to see which is better.

There were times in our creative thinking lesson when she would surpass me in interpretation. Many times before I teach, I don’t have any weapon to explain the lessons in our materials. But I’m amazed at how she can answer it according to her own reasoning. I’ll just laugh behind and say “kids are really smart.”

The House They Made

One of the important things to learn by children is the ability to follow instructions. This time, I tested my children’s capacity to understand and follow simple to complex instructions. I gave the challenge to my son to be the leader of their project. I reminded my little girl to follow the instructions of her brother and be a support to him.
I just gave them the book, then they were the ones to substitute the materials needed. I was so happy to see their teamwork. I saw in the persevering spirit of my two children. They don’t want to eat lunch until they finish their project. My kids were busy for almost an hour. I saw my son’s leadership skills by being encouraging his sister with gentleness even if she did some errors in cutting the boards. I saw my daughter’s patience in dealing with her errors and listening to the instructions of her leader.
Aside from my benefit of extra time for me to do some chores and last minute preparation for my lesson today, my kids’ appetite for activities and creativity were fulfilled. As I was talking with our principal yesterday, our homeschool mode is already ingrained in our family. Even if it is time for us to rest, our kids would still clamor for things to be done.