Funny how, even when training some pretty straightforward (and boring) arithmetic or Dutch reading, Simon tries to introduce more complex notions like here,
the floor, ceiling and round functions while solving a simple arithmetic word problem:
and lexicographic order, while sequencing Dutch story sentences:
Simon’s passion is coding, but he does other things, too. Things like Dutch, because – in case you haven’t noticed – his native language is Dutch. I usually don’t film our homeschooling lessons but today I felt like filming, so here you go – a glimpse of Simon doing Dutch Grammar exercises on syntax and morphology.
When we were talking about coordinating and subordinating conjunctions Simon ran out of the room and came back with a LittleBits NOR (logic gate from an electric circuit), saying coordinating conjunctions (nevenschikkende voegwoorden in Dutch) were just like logic gates!
He made no mistakes in the 20 questions below, although I did have to explain a couple of terms along the way:
Simon was doing sentence analysis (something that he quite likes), but this time it involved writing (and he hates physical writing). Even though he has been writing since age 3 and enjoyed teaching himself most beautiful fonts and cursives at ages 4 and 5, he currently hates writing things down and prefers typing, getting impressively quick on both qwerty and azerty keyboards. While toiling away with his exhausting worksheet today he mumbled: “I think I’m writing in a fixed width font. That’s also called a monospace font sometimes”. I laughed and put down what he said, because it sounded really funny in that context. He brightened up at my interest, got up and gave me a sudden presentation about the 5 kinds of fonts: Sans-Serif (normal fonts without serifs, such as Arial or Helvetica), Serif (like Times New Roman or Georgia), Monospace (or fixed width fonts), Cursive (to emulate handwriting) and Fantasy (fonts for decoration, like Impact). He then got back to his worksheet. This way we sort of teach each other.
Simon’s been doing a whole lot of writing today. First, a birthday letter for Dad. And then Mandarin characters. Those fingers must be aching now!
We have started our Dutch reading sessions (Simon reading to me and discussing the complicated terms/ new vocab) with the beautiful series Levend Verleden (‘Live History’). Simon had already read the Ancient Greece book when he was five and loved it. He has now chosen ‘The Islamic Empire’. Every book contains a concise history, timeline, description op everyday life and a few projects like cooking meals according to actual historical recipes or making games played in the ancient times or copying their artwork. We made Arabic pancakes today (after searching the whole town for rose or orange flower water).