We are busy being a family. Can you believe it? Yep, our family is more relaxed because, Saenz is more relaxed. (SPECIAL NOTE: no doctor's visits either......)
It's simple homeschooling has liberated my son by allowing me to learn how he learns in turn; I teach him. He is not rushed to 8 different classes each day instead we are focusing on the basics he did not fully comprehend in the first place --- at the same time we are covering materials like history, reading, science which, he has a high aptitude for learning. Since, I withdrew him at school his testing rate on the multiplication chart has increased from 22% memorization to 58%. I am hoping by the end of May he will fully have the multiplication tables down up to twelve and perhaps I can get him to 14s. From this we will move into division, commission, percentages, and
He loves the lessons of the 9s, I taught him with the visual clue of using fingers. It's simple and only works up to 9 xs 10. If you ask what is 4 x 9, hold up your ten fingers, put down the fourth finger. The number before the finger that is down is the 'TENS place and the fingers after is the 'ONES' Place. Try it.... for reference:
I also showed him how to do other method with the sum of the product of the 9s will equal 9; we made a joke that the 9s are in love with themselves. LOL!
Zephyr has learned how to add simple problems up to 20 and write the answers. Funny thing is, he has learned his numbers and primary math skills prior to the alphabet. WAY COOL, maybe I am nurturing a future accountant.
I am super happy as well, still loving my new washing machine. My husband finally decided on a riding mower and it will be ready for pickup on Thursday. I am going to bronco bust some grass. On another note:
Neighbors have found a 3rd large rattler and killed it -- it was longer than their 11 year old daugther. That is three in three weeks; I suspect they have a nest (den) of snakes on their property somewhere. ACK!