Mathematize Your Home: Shopping Math

  I’ve always maintained that shopping and making change are the most useful (and sneakiest) ways of practicing Math skills.   On a recent trip to Monterey, our local meat shop, we had a few challenges other than what to have for dinner. For example, lean ground pork costs P205 a kilo, while regular ground […]

Mathematize Your Home: Board Games

    One of the sneaky ways we use to work in some Math skills into our regular, non-formal-studying lives is play board games. The girls love board games. We started with the beginner ones like Snakes and Ladders and Candyland, to Richard Scarry games to the girls’ current favorite, Monopoly.   Aside from the […]

A Walk in the Clouds

A few weeks ago, we were invited by my sister-in-law, Rose, to visit Camp N to join a mountain bike clinic and try out the rest of their outdoor adventure facilities. We planned to get in before 9AM, zip through the activities, then leave by 1PM so we could still make it back in time […]

Mathematize Your Home: Jellybeans—[Math] Tricks for Treats

In the HP household (that’s ours), we usually ration out desserts, treats, and other sweets. We once received a huge jar of jellybeans as a gift—and it lasted for months! After a proper meal, the kids would get, at most, only 10 jellybeans. Since our jar had 49 flavors and then some, each bean had […]

Mathemize Your Home: Teaching Shapes and Colors (Part 1 of a Series)

    Parents worry about their kids’ reading skills, but I rarely hear them worry about number skills (I admit to that). But our children’s success is as dependent on numeracy as it is on literacy. Numeracy, which involves our ability to make sense of numbers, time, and patterns, to think logically, and to create […]

Child’s Play

There used to be an ad (Milo, I think) that said something like, “A child playing is a child at work.” And true enough; Maria Montessori says that play is the work of a child. Play is how kids learn to deal with the world around them, how they practice skills—from motor to social to […]

Rainy Day Activity #1: Fizzing Fun

Raine is on sem break this week (a preschooler with a sem break!) the weather has been rather dismal, and the girls have been antsy. So I decided to try out the most fun of kiddie science experiments: the magic mix of baking soda and vinegar. And what can be more fun than baking soda […]

Review: Thank You , God, for Blessing Me

  When we got our copy of Thank You, God, for Blessing Me, Breeze immediately commandeered it and declared it her “favorite book ever”. It’s a sturdy little board book, perfectly sized for her, and we are familiar with Max Lucado’s Hermie and friends characters, so I can see why she immediately took to it. […]

Review: My First Hands-On Bible

  I have been trying to incorporate the Word and Bible reading into the girls’ daily life (and mine—but that’s another story). Raine’s had several Bible story books over the years, and we’ve been reading those off and on, but I wanted something deeper and more meaningful. We also tried memorizing one verse a week, […]

Review: Vocabulary Spelling City

Raine and I are happy with the Funnix reading program we currently use, so while we use Sonlight as our main curriculum, I don’t use their Language Arts and Reading materials much. Lately though, Raine’s reading skills have improved phenomenally. She can read and comprehend chapter books by herself (she loves Boxcar Children and is […]