Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Math and Potty Training

Christian is really enjoying his math. We were doing some addition flashcards yesturday and Christian was not just answering the questions but he was explaining how he got the answer. We decided that it was time to bump him up a level. He is now on the 1st/2nd grade border for math. When I see how fast he is moving in math, it makes me glad that we are homeschooling him. He can proceed at this own pace, which is fast now, but might slow down and we don't have to worry about what the rest of the class is doing.
We are also enjoying Mad Libs. We are teaching him the parts of speech and then to practice we do the Mad Libs. Yesturday we picked up Star Wars Mad Libs and Kung Fu Mad Libs at Powells. When we do them, Christian does the parts of speech - nouns, verbs, adjectives and adverbs and Liam does things like numbers, food, parts of body and names of celebrity. We use TV and Book characters in place of actual celebrities. We went out to our favorite Mexican restaurant last night and did the Mad Libs while waiting. It really helped the time go by.
We started on potty training again last week and I think Liam is really ready this time. He is staying dry, using the potty, pooped in the potty today and the biggest sign of readiness...he is staying dry wearing underwear to bed at night. We are also working with Christian on wearing underwear to bed. We have gone three or four nights of staying dry. If we are able to wrap this up it will free up more than $300 a year in our budget from not buying diapers or pull ups. It is Murphy's Law that we just bought a Costco box of diapers and have only used a few.
Here is a layout I did using By the Campfire Light by Jannylyn Brokken and Lucky Smith


Josoliviamaid said...

Ah, the beauty of homeschooling! Who'd a thought to use Mad Libs for learning. Great idea! Good luck with the potty training.

doloro said...

Wow you sound so organised. I wish I could be! But for now we will continue on - good luck with the progress :) Great LO love the way the photo and BG all seem to fit so well!