Sunday, April 10, 2011

Kalea came up to me and was saying "I know what one plus one is. It is two!" and wanted to know how to write that mathematical equation on paper. I'm not sure what prompted this cos it sounds like a very schooly type of thing to be thinking about.

I asked her if she knew why 1 + 1 = 2 and she said it was because you count them together so I asked a few others like 7+3, 2+4, 5+3 etc and she got them all right pretty quickly in her head. I thought that was pretty awesome.

Tyger discovered Kalea with her page of equations and wanted some too. Turns out he doesn't quite "get" it yet but he can do the smaller ones (1+2, 1+3 etc) and wrote the number answers down (even though they were written sideways they were the right answers lol)

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Graveyard

We collected pine needles and pine cones from the graveyard. They're all falling down now so its a good time to collect decorations for the approaching winter solstice. The bags we are using to store them in smell soooo good.

Kalea wants roasted cashews and hot chocolate with melted marshmallows and spices. She is very excited about the food part of the solstice. Tyger on the other hand is really fixtated on snow. He's been noticing it is colder and colder at nights now and keeps asking when it will snow. Not likely!!!! I said we'd make a trip to see snow sometime.

The graveyard here is very interesting by the way. It is full of ceramic figurines, odds and ends, fake flowers, its so brightly coloured and full of stuff on graves and masoleums and tombs and all that it comes across as kind of tacky and gaudy. The graveyard is also separated into religious segments too, something I havent seen before, there's the catholic section with a lot of italian names, there's a muslim section, and i can't remember what else. Religion must be big in this area.

Its been kind of interesting how by just visiting there regularly, that the kids interest in all sorts of stuff from death to peoples beliefs and asking questions about how people could die and all sorts of philosophical questions about why people bury people or burn people and why there are crosses and religious stuff on so many graves. It even sparked a discussion about santa claus and the tooth fairy and why people believe in them too lol makes for interesting walks!