Monday, December 31, 2018

Math practice (age 5)

I put this on Benny's wall and when he's bored, he answers a few...
... until he finishes.

Now I'm switching on adding 6 through 10, and then will move to subtraction after that.

It helps that he now has a Google Home Mini that he can ask for help.

Sunday, December 23, 2018

Line Graphs (age 5)

While Benny was working on his goal of saving money for costumes, I decided that we should take the opportunity to teach Benny about line charts.

Saturday, December 1, 2018

Making An Animation (Age 5)

I'm trying to teach Benny that the world is malleable.  That he can change things.  He doesn't have to just observe or consume.  He can create.

He likes to watch Pencilmation on YouTube.  So we made our own (with pencil, paper, a phone camera and Google Photos):

Then I let Benny do more of the work:

Saving Money (Age 5)

I had previously introduced Benny to the concept of money.  Now I wanted him to learn to save money.

He asked for a Gecko costume in early October.  So I told him to save his money and he can buy it.   I told him how much he needed and helped him count his money to see his progress towards the goal.  Sometimes he got a little frustrated and anxious but he made it.

Not only did he get the Gecko costume, but he went on to buy more costumes.  Now (December 2018), he's working towards a Hatchimal.

Cialdini's Social Proof (Age 8)

 I want to teach Benny about "social proof" in Robert Cialdini's Influence: The Psychology of Persuasion . Social proof is bas...