Marble Math

Math has been a big deal around here lately, mostly because my son is excited about his brand-new Khan Academy account. We are starting at the beginning with 1-digit addition and 1-digit subtraction, but Tenzin was excited about pushing himself and trying some DIVISION. He watched the video that accompanies the basic division section, and then I set him up with some manipulatives. I dub it Marble Math! Here’s the process.

For this math activity, you will need:

  • tons of marbles of uniform(ish) size
  • a small bowl
  • handful of medium-sized rubber bands
  • hundreds chart (if your kiddo still gets lost in counting, like my little guy)

 The first problem given was 40 / 8 = ?

1. His first task was to count out 40 marbles into the bowl. 

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5 Ways You MAY “Religumacate” My Child: God Responses from Buddha to the Bible


Tell my son who God is, but DO NOT put the fear of God in him!

This recent Freshly Pressed blog post by W.T.F seriously struck a chord in me. My inquisitive kiddo has questions, God love him! I appreciate and value when others are willing to engage with him and give him their perspective, but I felt like I need to put some guidelines out there.

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12 Book Challenge 2014: A Bedtime Storytime New Year’s Resolution

New Year’s resolutions are fraught with risk. Each year we list all of our shortcomings and each year we realize our shortcomings from last year have mostly stuck around.

However, this year I am going to take a risk and make a reading resolution: 12 chapter books this year! Tenzin and I love bedtime storytime/naptime storytime. Depending on the book, we shoot for a chapter or two at a time.

As we finish each book, I will publish a post about the book and our activities. Find them all at my 12 Book Challenge 2014 page!


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Hooked on Books: Getting your child to love reading

All humans share a love of STORIES. In all cultures, whether oral or written, these stories transmit values, insights, and information to their audience. It is no secret that reading, and being literate, is integral to a child’s success. Here are a few ways to get your child hooked on reading:


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5 Goals for Homeschooling and Socialization

The first, and often only, feedback I receive from adults who find out I am homeschooling my son is:

“But how will your child get socialized?”

My mind instantly conjures up pictures of times like this one pictured:


My actual response is along the lines of:

“Well, you just talked to him, and it is pretty obvious that he has excellent social skills. He learned them by accompanying me nearly wherever I go and by interacting with family and friends.”

As if I’ve missed some vital detail, the baffled and concerned adult I am conversing with points out,

“But children need to learn to interact with their PEER group.”

Although already annoyed, I attempt to proceed civilly and rationally.

“If the goal of child-rearing is to teach your child how to be a successful adult, a child needs to learn how to communicate with all ages. There is no real-life situation in which only 37 year-olds will be allowed to work, eat, and otherwise interact with each other.”

Their pretty much universal response to this?

“But, but, but…. PEER GROUPS!!!”

I really do want to discuss this concept. After my initial defensive and fearful response, I can admit that I honestly do not know the right answer. First, my fears.

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8 Simple Ways to Show Love to Your Child

“All a baby needs is love… and diapers!

Of course, my brother’s wise words aren’t entirely true, but they encapsulate the message of this post: showing your child that she or he is loved, valued, respected and accepted by YOU is the most important part of parenting.

When a child knows these to be unequivocally true, he or she will grow self-worth and confidence. Your child will be resilient. Your child will naturally love her- or himself, and be better capable of giving love to, and receiving love from, others.

No one can be perfect all the time – as I know from personal experience – so just pick one of these to consciously do each day. Even a few minutes of true focus and attention for your child will affirm your love.

Here are 8 Simple Ways to Make Your Child Feel Loved:

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