Thursday, February 17, 2011

Legos as a learning tool.

Place value.  Oh. my. heavens.  Place value is a pain in K-'s behind.  Sometimes she gets it, sometimes she doesn't.  We wonder if part is being distracted and worrying about what she might be missing.  This evening her worry was missing Daddy's video game.  Since we deemed the educational help a lot more important than Clone Wars, she was a bit irked.

I had larger Legos that I used as tens.  I used those single dots that never ever do much for ones.  I went over the entire school work paper with her (front and back) and called Hubs in for reinforcement.  We told her it was like we were playing a game together.  (We weren't and she knew it.)  At least it was time spent together as a family!

You'd be glad to know that I think that the Lego work helped.  It's still going to be a bit of a long road.

Smiles in my day:
-  Awaiting my Chipotle meal (chicken burritos, black beans, salsa and something else).  Everyone is so excited!  Why not?  :)
-  Excited that the thaw we are experiencing might make the sidewalks passable for walking next week.  HOORAY!
-  K-'s love for Amelia Bedelia.  I grew up with my mom reading them to me and she reads them to me on a regular basis. 

Have a great day!


Rach said...

"Mealia Dealia"? I LOVE "Mealia Dealia"!! :o) Lil is just starting to get into them and loves them as well. Y'all have good taste. :o)

Chipotle? I do so hope you love it. Don't you hate it when you just adore something and then other people are just sort of "meh" about it?

Legos? Good idea! Here's hoping it all sticks. I think she just needs more work with manipulatives. Moving from concrete to abstract is tricky.

Bailey's Leaf said...

Talked with Mrs. S- today. She apologized for not getting back to me with my note, but she has not been feeling so well this week. She applauded the use of Legos and we both agreed on the areas that K- is missing most. When not asking for it to be broken down by tens and ones, she counts them all just fine. It is the breakdown that kills her. The real tricky part is if she has just tens or just ones. She she goes to write it, it comes out all wrong. We're working on it and it's coming along. She did report that K- did well on the paper yesterday, but again-- it wasn't a tens ones breakdown. It was just having you count and write the answer. She did say that K- isn't the only one having a bit of a time with it and not to sweat it.

Thanks for the support!