One of the benefits of homeschooling is that I can tailor the curriculum to fit my child. Last year Master Munchkin was bored in Math at school so I really wanted Math to be challenging for him this year. And fun.
Happily, I found a Math textbook that is both. Stanley Schmidt, Ph.D. wrote a series called "Life of Fred". The lessons are infused with unexpected humor and surprises.
For example, here are a few of the questions from this week's quiz:
(A little background info for those of you who haven't been through the first 10 chapters, Fred has had an Accident. So brace yourselves.)
1. The knife in Fred's foot weighs thirteen pounds. How many ounces is that?
2. Reduce as far as possible 120/360
3. Drip! is the onomatopoetic word describing Fred as Betty carried him down the stairs. If Fred were losing one drop of blood every four seconds, how many drops of blood would he lose in four minutes?
8. It is seven furlongs from Fred's office to the hospital. How many feet is that? (A furlong is 220 yards)
Now what boy wouldn't love that?! I love hearing him laugh out loud as he's reading the chapters and I'm thrilled that he is enjoying Math again. Now what mom wouldn't love that? :)
A quick snapshot from a recent photoshoot. This is the Greek Goddess' little sister. Their mother brought along this beautiful bouquet of fresh flowers, which we incorporated into several of the shots.
This year my Fight Class consists of 3 ladies and 6 men. Last night it was just me and the guys though. We took turns practicing some combinations then we sparred with each other. I always come out of class utterly exhausted and dripping in sweat. I think I won’t show you that.
Here’s some footage from last week. I actually landed a Superman Punch (I was so happy!)
The Pioneer Woman is featuring "funny" photos on her blog right now. Check out the the entries for a guaranteed grin. And if you are a stalker faithful reader, you might just recognize one of the pictures in Group 5. (Woo Hoo Tiffany and Chad! Your boys are a hoot!)
For another smile, you can read about the night I met Ree herself here.
I know I’ve been MIA lately. It seemed the last few weeks of Summer were full to the brim. We squeezed in not one, but two Road Trips then returned to launch straight into School. This year is Miss Munchkin’s Junior year in High School and the Master’s first year of Homeschool. Between teaching him, my photography and people trying to punch me in the nose, I’ve had hardly any time to blog!
Last week I had two fabulous Photoshoots. One was of a darling little girl (and her little brother) in a field of sunflowers. The other was of a Senior who reminded me of a Greek Goddess. I’ll post pics soon!
But for now, here are a few memorable quotes from the Munchkins:
Me to Miss Munchkin: You know, when I was your age, I weighed the same as you. Can you believe that? Miss Munchkin, after a long pause: I know the correct answer is “Yes”, but I’m thinking “No”.
Grandpa to Master Munchkin: Why don’t you use the Force? Master Munchkin: I don’t think it works quite as well as you think it does.