Multiplication and Division helps
Recently, I was faced with a child who seemed to “forget” her math facts. It was a frustrating moment for me! One day she remembered her multiplication tables and another day these facts had vanished into thin air! I had never been confronted with such a perplexing “brain cramp” as this before!! After much frustration, I went in search of how can I help this child? How can a child “get it” and then “lose it”? Well, I cannot answer that question, but I can tell you what we worked to resolve the problem.
We used Times Tales to cement the multiplication and division facts in memory. It’s a series of “tales” or short stories used to teach the “difficult” multiplication tables. They have cute cartoon characters to represent each number. An example is 8×4=32 (8 is a snowman and the number 4 is a chair). The illustrated tale goes like this… “Mrs. Snowman stood on a chair to reach her 3 buttons and 2 mittens.” Now, this tale was enough to make my eyes roll, scratch my head and say “Huh?? How confusing is that!”
With great hesitance I followed the instructions of daily reading these with my daughter. I was amazed how well this worked! I now realize her daydreaming and seeming to not pay attention was really her way of not being able to connect the dots, or make a connection that numbers such as 8×4 equals 32. From what I read, this is not uncommon for right brained thinking children. Some children think in pictures.
In the Times Tales workbook are worksheets and other activities. One activity is a cutout to make two dice you assemble to play a game. These dice mix the characters and numbers and the child rolls, reads and answers the given problem. We played to see who could answer the most facts in 30 seconds. We also played where I answered after 2 seconds, giving her the first chance to get the point. If she didn’t answer before Mom, then I got the point. Imagine laughing while learning math!
My right-brained daughter thinks in pictures! Today, we work with numbers and when there is a hesitance to answer a problem, I can simply say “Mrs. Snowman….chair” and the light bulb lights up! She now understands her multiplication AND division tables! I highly recommend this program to supplement any math curriculum where the child struggles to memorize the multiplication and division facts. You can find additional information at http://www.timestales.com/ .
Anyone 18 years or older needs to have a will. You can create a very simple document for a will, including the most important things to you and what should happen with these items. The document needs to be signed, witnessed and notarized. The original document needs to be stored where it can be found upon your death because a copy does not count as your will.
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A will is a legal document that tells others, after you’ve passed from this life (die), what you want done with everything related to you! If you do not make a will, the state (government) steps in and makes these decisions for you. You might think this is okay, but let’s consider what this means. Are you really okay trusting the state’s decisions about who will care for your minor children? Are you really okay with the state deciding what happens to your pet(s)? Are you sure you trust the state to disperse anything you have in any way they want? All of this costs you/your surviving loved ones more than if you had a will.
If you have adult children, it can prevent hard feelings over who takes what of your belongings. If you have minor children, you get to say who cares for them until they reach adulthood. If you have adult children, you name which child is left specific personal items you own. If you have pets, your will can appoint who cares for them after you’re gone. If you have property, your will states how you want it divided.
If you are completely alone in this world, you should still have a will! You may want to leave everything to a cause you believe in and this will only happen if you have a will. I think you get my point. There are many decisions to consider.
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I decided to start a blog. My hope is to bring glory to God in all that is written and documented about my days as a wife, mother, homeschooling mom, and paralegal in training.
When I’m feeling stagnant, or bored, I like to read my journal entries. It encourages and reminds me of times that seemed so difficult, but are no longer. When I finish reading, I can always see growth and always see God’s hand in my life.
Lastly, if you happen to be reading this, and find a morsel of wisdom, then I am glad. If I didn’t write on this blog, no one else could read my notes. We are all to encourage one another!