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#1 of 5 Old 10-01-2007, 10:24 PM - Thread Starter
 
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Hi!

We're homeschooling for the first time this year and REALLY enjoying it!

My son is using Oak Meadow first grade (he's in second grade but English is his second language) and I am looking for some ideas for the Math stories.

I'm usually good at inventing stories but would like some ideas to get started.

Thanks for any free online suggestions or for any ideas of good books to buy!
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I'm interested in this as well. We just make ours up... :
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well, we're just starting on this as well, but we made the gnomes out of beeswax and had collected acorns on a walk, and I did a little skit with them, kind of making it up as a I went along...I'd love to hear from others as well...

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Well, I'm no expert, but we have just loved the gnomes through two kids. I made finger puppets one nght about 6 years ago and they have been used SO much. My understanding of them 'a la Waldorf' as taught to me through Oak Meadow and Alan Whitehead's syllabus is:

(these are the colors I used based on Oak Meadow)

- Plus wears green, iskinda chubby, moves slowly yet is lucky at finding things, is kind-hearted and he always collects extra jewels/acorns/whatever to share with his friend Minus.

- Minus wears blue, is sorta skinny with holes in his clothes and sack - I don't think it is Waldorf but I gave him a sort of monkish, kind and holy demeanor. He constantly drops things out of his sack, but I always took the story farther - like the dropped acorn becomes the last one that a squirrel needs to feed his family of babies; or the dropped jewel ends up buying dinner for a poor family, etc.

- Times is quick and light & weightless like a flame - usually wears yellow - and he always tends to find things in groups of the same number.

- Divide wears deep red color and is very wise. He tends to help everyone divide up the jewels equally among the king's knights or divide up the acorns evenly among the squirrels - each family getting the same amount. (Remainders are fun for Minus to think of kind things to do with.)

King or Queen Equal is your child. They get to use the acorns, the gnomes, and other things to help them find answers - at first just helping count out the manipulatives, but eventually on their own.

And they all wear matching orange hats - I can't remember why.

Gotta run - sorry for any typos!

Lucie

still homeschooling holistically with my two boys, 14 & 10
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