Monday, June 27, 2011

Putting Pictures On The Blog.

Today I am learning how to put pictures on the blog. First we have to get them from the camera to the computer hard drive. Then we can get them to this website! Once they are here I can tell my dad what to type about them.

Ants on a log is fun thing to make, if you have holiday coming up ants on a log is a fun thing to make.

Your kids will love it. It's a great snack. I can eat 4 in one day.

I'm not going to say anything about that.

I'm playing cars with my dad and my dad is cookoo and my brother is cookoo, but I'm not! I'm just making a face!

*the captions were dictated to me by the older boy...

Friday, June 24, 2011

Is 29 Prime?

This came at the end of a long discussion about numbers. First we did some simple multiplication problems for the 4 year old. We had just woken up from naps and were laying on our backs, them using me as a pillow.

"What's 3 x 3?" I ask.

"6!" No look of approval. Older brother is bursting at the seems.

"Count by threes! 3, 6...." He says. His brother doesn't answer. "NINE it's nine! Everybody knows that!"

We played with multiples of other small numbers like 2, 3 and 4 and 6.

We talked about square numbers and identified square numbers up to 36 which took a bit of thinking and work, then for the older boy I asked him factors of numbers.

"What are factors of 12?" I ask. This is a degree of difficulty higher than just multiplication.

"Three 4's." Without hesitation.

What else?

[As I type this I hear from the other room "There's popcorn everywhere!"]


"How many 2's?"

"5...?" Again no look of approval. "No wait..." Begins counting. "6, I meant 6."

Count with your kids. We go on to factor 18, 20, 30 and more. No blocks no symbols, just talking about numbers and counting. Instead of story time, we had number time. Next time we play blocks they will see in the concrete what we were talking about. 29 made them count by 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, before they decided it was indeed prime.

I hear "read with your kids" all the time. I never hear "count with your kids."

Count with your kids.

Sunday, June 12, 2011

Dboyz Start Blogging

There was quite the debate over what to call this blog. "Dragon Vrs Man", "7657", "Math Dragon Genius", "Math Dragon 7657" and a host of others were bandied about. This blog will be about math and video games and stuff.

From the point of view of the they get older less me more them. Why 7657?

Pirates. Dinosaurs, these are just two of their favorite things...