Today it is review time in my chess class. We used bear counters as markers to identify the possible moves of a knight. That strategy helped me visualise the moves. Amma gave me a quiz. I did well, ofcourse.
Oh, you know what, during the course of playing, we talked about infinity and how our joker can be considered as infinity. When we had a war and we both turned the joker at the same time, there came this interesting question: what is joker minus joker or as we say in our 'subtraction war world',
What is infinity minus infinity?
Mom said infinity and Dad said Zero.
We googled only to be left with more questions than answers!
Due to the lack of time to do the research & the scope of the subject, mom concluded that we will put that question in the back burner for now until I am old enough to understand the explanation. We just are going to assume that infinity minus infinity is inconclusive - could be infinity or zero or 'minus infinity'. (I dont really know what 'minus infinity' means however).
Each player deals 2 cards each and declare the sum. The hand with the greater sum wins the cards (I call them prisoners). In the event of a tie, we deal 2 more cards each and the greater sum wins the entire pile. We made it more fun by adding jokers and face cards to the deck. A joker skyrockets the sum and whoever has it captures all the prisoners. The face cards keep moving between the winners and the one who wins the cards finally gets the face card jackpot. Final winner is the one who has captured most prisoners. I captured one more prisoner than amma and I won. We will be playing the addition war Tomorrow and in the club too. I like this game.
These days it has become a routine at home for all 3 of us to play some card games as a family before going to bed. If amma and appa play rummy or if we all play crazy eights or 'go fish' I am the one who keeps the scores and I do the chart too. That reinforces my understanding of charts. And I do this out of passion myself - mom never prompted me to do so. :)
Well, for Today's game session, I won 5 games out of 6 in Crazy eights. That is I pocketed 5/6th of the games - hey there come my fractions!
Our Thanksgiving day project at school is to decorate a turkey picture and mount it on a chart. I used painted wooden spoons and feathers and shiny pipe cleaners and ofcourse crayons to dress up my turkey. I call him "The Clowt". Stop rushing to your dictionary, you won't find it. Now for the meaning.. He looks like a clown and he is a Turkey. So why not call him the "Clow
nt". Get it?!
Yesterday, I ended up doing a self project that helped me practice tally marks. Just like that I was drawing horizontal lines using a new ruler that I bought. Then I drew some vertical lines and a grid was formed. That gave me an idea to fill the squares with numbers. I then thought why not represent each number as tally marks. When I was done, it was a 5 by 6 grid with numbers and tally marks from 1 to 30. I can really see a pattern emerging..Mom and I discussed how the ones place in each column has a pattern and counting by 5's etc. We are yet to scan the page. Mom was amused by the fact that this whole project was my very own idea..
Mom and I played card games like Memory Match, Go Fish, Crazy Eight, Yesterday. And I recorded our scores in a chart. We also played Rummy - well mom made the rules really simple so I get the hang of it. Card Games and Charting made the day very interesting in spite of my fever. Dad also joined us for some sessions and we ended the day with CoCo Crazy - another boardgame. I won!
Mom is yet to scan my charts for upload.
Today was the 2008 Kumon Annual Awards Ceremony. And I received Advanced Student Honor Roll Awards for both Math & Reading from the Former Mayor of Cupertino, Kris Wang. Trophies as award is not all..for my parents bought me a remote control truck as a reward. Can this day be any better!
We played a Place Value Go Fish game. If you know go fish, you know this game. The idea is to match a number with its expanded notation. ie say a card reading 524 will make a pair with a card reading 5 hundreds 20 tens 4 ones. The one with most number of matching pairs is the winner. Use some index cards to make the card deck. We have plans to introduce many variations of the game and we will be exploring them one by one. Hope you like it.
It has been a while that mom and me engaged in active homeschooling. But Today during lunch, we played this interesting game Mom invented to refine my arithmetic understanding. I named the game "Find Mr.X". We picked up 12 lego blocks and I divided them into 2 parts 7 and 5 each. Mom will randomly take away some 'X' number of blocks from any of the group and I have to guess Mr.X. I scored all the time. Mom is as always very proud of me. Mom says, it will make me 'see' Math than simply doing it by theory.
Mommy moved her focus to Math again. She came up with a new game to help me think in terms of 10 & 5. She believes it will be a foundation to add/subtract easily.
I cannot reap the benefits right away. But Mom is sure it will help me to calculate faster. Lets see. ;-)
My personal choice of gift for this birthday - A magnet set to compliment my science experiments on Magnetism. I got a jumbo Horse Shoe magnet, 3 bar magnets, 2 magnet wands, a lodestone, a compass and a can of iron fillings to experiment with. And another magnet set that has few experiments with more magnet marbles, iron chips, disc magnets and a math facts key chain. It is very thrilling. And do you know, our earth is actually a giant magnet?!