Category Archives: Rebekah

Continuing the Science Shelf Tradition

Last year I started the tradition of a
Go ahead, click on the link, I know you wanna’.
Well, that shelf got hijacked for a Christmas project.
I’ve been buying little plastic vintage things for a few years,
and I finally had enough to fill the spaces.
The stuff is down on my craft counter,
waiting for the magical slot of time to appear
so I can complete the project.
Any hoo –
This Science project was started partly because through the years
I’ve developed a personal aversion
to reading a few pages and answering a few questions.
If the teacher is bored, the kids are bored.
The Abeka Science book is good,
but I needed to
and  taste,
But it really started when I was diagnosed with cancer
 and Rebekahn was barely two years old.
For physical and mental health issues,
we began taking walks around the neighborhood,
watching ants,
smelling flowers,
picking up pine cones,
enjoying the wonderful world the Lord created,
and bringing home treasures.
I finally figured out an attractive way to display our precious finds.
(click on pic to enlarge, if you wanna’)
This year I found a new shelf at a garage sale.
The bottle on the left filled with green is a simple experiment,
the oil and water one, with a few random cute things floating
in the water for good measure.
Didja’ know self proclaimed Science Geeks,
like to do Science projects during a play date?
I got ambitious and spray painted the Scrabble tile holders black.
Yea, I’m matchy-matchy like that.
The dishes may be piled high, your feet may stick to my floor,
but I’m doing something irrelevant because I want it to match.
The cool wood chips are from a beaver.
During a nature walk on a trail along the river,
we found a tree a beaver was in the process of chopping down.
We brought home a few chewed slivers for a souvenir.
 See this beauty?
Some snake left its outer layer on a rock  in Montana
and I had to bring them both home.
Rebekah wasn’t too happy about being “this” Science geeky,
she told me politely she prefers plant science.
But, the shelf awaits our adventure.
When the PNW brings us a sunbreak,
we’ll grab a wicker basket,
maybe load up our monkies in the stroller,
and take off to
explore and experience
The shelf will temporarily display our treasures,
our minds will contain the knowledge,
but our hearts will always cherish the memories.

Ramen Noodles and Roman Numerals

I know Ramen Noodles are for eating
 and Roman Numerals are for counting,
but sometimes my kids get mixed up.
My older kids, who were allowed to eat Ramen Noodles on occasion,
used to get frustrated when learning their Ramen Numerals,
but wanted Roman Noodles  for lunch.
 Due to dietary decisions, we have nixed the Ramen Noodles
and kept the Roman Numerals,
although we still get them mixed up on occasion.
A visual person, I’ve learned I teach better according to my style. 
When the kids were having a hard time grasping  Roman Numerals,
a concept  we don’t often use except in math class,
I needed to land the learning so they would have success for a lifetime.

I invented Roman Numeral Tiles.

 One inch squares of Fun Foam were labeled with a permanent marker. 
This lesson we were just learning to count from 1-30.

The patterning makes it very easy to understand the rules of
adding consecutive numbers together,
subtracting a lower number when placed before a larger number,
and not using a number more than three times in a row.

When set out in numerical order the beautiful number patterns
also remind us of a God who created in pattern and order.
To test her skill, I quickly made number cards,
and had her use the tiles to show the Roman Numeral equivalent.

When she stumbled with 19, I reminded her it’s 10 + 9,
then she quickly found the correct tiles.
It takes a little extra time to pull out the manipulatives to enforce a lesson,
but it’s time that usually won’t need to be repeated.
A longer introduction to a concept,
followed by a few short reminders,
is more successful than a short introduction,
and a lot of lengthy reminders.
I found a  few free Roman Numeral worksheets from abcteach.
Your kids can enjoy a cute computer interactive game by Tullie House,
playing Snakes and Ladders with Roman Numerals.

I gave up trying to find a free bingo game,
they all wanted me to buy or subscribe to something,
so I made my own.
Yea, right in the middle of trying to blog, finish up school,
prepare for a meeting, and eat dinner,
I had to make a bingo game.
Stay tuned. I have another fun way to learn Ramen Numerals.