Random Educational Exploits and The Tallest Building in the World

We pulled out the book, “What Your 3rd Grader Needs to Know” again last night to work on some Math. Somehow, reading Narnia before bed has takenĀ precedenceĀ in last week or so over Random Educational Exploits. I say we get random, because, we always start with a certain part of the book that is talking about…

Thank Goodness my Husband Reads Blueprints!

  Last night at dinner, we got into a very complicated discussion about a design/build issue with the down-hill go-cart that Ben, our 8-years old is currently planning. I say we, but it was actually my husband and Ben working out the kinks in the design. At one point, my husband took his dinner plate…

The Gadgets of 007 Count for Math Around Here

What is fun about trying to enhance the educational process for my kids, without a real agenda, is that things tend to unfold based on what we talk about over dinner. Tonight, we got into a discussion about spy gadgets, devices, secret compartments, and innocent looking things that turn out to be weapons. Pretty soon,…

The Beauty of a Mind Lit Up with Joy

After Benjamin had a mathematical breakthrough this week, suddenly, he is completely consumed with math and the beauty of it, the problem solving, art, design, functionality and pure joy of it. This gorgeous picture was one we found on a google search when I typed in the words “Mathematical Beauty.” That was right after we’d…

Picasso, the Apple-Faced Man, and Fireworks

Tonight was a gift, pure and simple. It was an Art & Poetry night, and I had big plans for both the boys with new books to share with each of them. But first, Ben needed to get his Math homework done. This has been a challenge for his entire life of school. He is…

Math in Ancient Greece

We learned that the Ancient Greeks invented the Abacus. For some reason, I’d always thought it came from the Far East. Tonight for Math, I’d wanted to do some really cool math projects having to do with building engines, and understanding torque, and really amazing stuff that would interest my boys, but Ben didn’t want…

Math Involved in Making an Engine

It’s only the beginning of the school year, and our gift and challenge is to try to make learning fun at home, because Ben (our 3rd-grader) is convinced that school is a waste of his time. After Day One, I Pinky-Sweared with him that if he would try to have a good attitude about school,…

Our Little Crush on the Whole Idea of M.I.T.

Ben has been building, drawing, creating various versions of Iron Man since he was three years old. He has watched Iron Man and Iron Man 2 a couple of times each. As I get caught up with photos, there will eventually be an entire category here on this blog of pictures of his creations. Hence,…