Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Math Logs

First graders have a log for math. We’re supposed to work on math facts five times a week.


I feel lucky that we already read three books a night. We’ve been doing this for about three years. It’s part of our schedule, we just do it. The writing of these books into her reading log doesn’t necessarily come naturally but we’re getting there.

But math facts are not part of the schedule and I’m not a natural at finding ways to incorporate these things into day to day life.

Because the math (and reading) logs are turned in on Wednesdays, last night, I was calling randomly calling out to Olivia, “Hey, Liv! If you have two oranges and I take one away, how many do you have left?”

Once she answered (which wasn’t always), I’d say, “That’s a math fact.”

And into the log it went. Here’s where I confess that we did four of her five math fact moments last night. The log will show that we did them on different days. Alas, the log lies.

I’m that mom. The one who is lazy about practicing math facts.

Does our over-achieving in the reading log make up for it? We’re supposed to read five books a week. We turned in 18 books on this past week’s log.

I’m just hoping that by being an over achiever in one area and an under achiever in the other, we end up averaging out to be a regular old achiever at the end of the day.

Yes, yes, I know it doesn’t work that way. Maybe next week, I’ll get five books that have some sort of math fact in them so that we can count those in the reading log AND the math log.

I kind of love that idea. I’m all about multi-tasking.

1 comment:

Julie said...

We always did our math facts in the car or at meal times. Riley was always a little bit slower at them than I worried you should be. But I noticed the other day that she's figured them all out.

But in later years there was always just enough time in the drive from home to gymnastics for a practice run through of times tables.

Good luck with it!