A measure of learning
15 July 10
We’ve been up on the roof for the last week or so, fiddling about with the maintenance jobs that never seem to matter until (sigh) you try to sell your house and in order to do so, you have to bring it up to a standard which you’ve never enjoyed before.
But I love that we have the girls staying at home with us instead of going to school. They get to watch us work (and play), and they’re learning all the time.
We allow the two older girls to climb the ladder to the roof, but Calista knows that she needs to stay on the ground. She’s accepted this quite cheerfully and waves vigorously to us from the ground.
When Aisha and Brioni are up on the roof, they get to see and play with a lot of tools that are normally packed away in the truck. Today, the measuring stick caught Brioni’s eye. She started holding it against objects to see how wide or tall they were.
Just hearing the units of measure was a good introduction for Brioni. She also was learning how to carefully judge the sides of something (and which numbers corresponded accordingly).
Because she was enjoying measuring things so much, I pulled out a tape measure when we were back on the ground. The girls have often enjoyed playing with my tape measure in the house or the car. (Seriously, if you’re looking for a creative gift for a child, a retracting tape-measure is certain to be well-received.)
A couple days ago, I discovered Aisha playing with David’s socket set. She, too, was inadvertently learning about measurements and their relevance to everyday life.
After I turned the socket-set around the right way (so the sockets didn’t keep falling out), I pointed out the engravings on each socket and showed Aisha how to use the numbers to find the correct spot.
More unschooling math ideas are found here.