No photos from this week’s circle. Yep, not a single one. The official photographer, aka the Rocket Dad, is out of town. And I was so excited about the math problems (a mix of insight problems, algebra and knot theory), that I completely forgot to pack the camera. Now, I’ve been trying to figure out… Read More Fairy Tale Math Circle #7
There was no fairy tale for this meeting, not as such. Instead, we just talked about all the different fairy tale creatures – Baba Yaga, Kashey the Immortal (not a good guy, overly obsessed with gold), Ivan the Fool, the three-headed dragon, etc. We started with figuring out how to “magically” turn five ones into… Read More Fairy Tale Math Circle #6
We took a long break because of the 4th of July holiday, but we’re now back. This past Monday’s fairy tale was Крошечка-Хаврошечка – a yet-another strange tale with a hard-working orphan girl, the three lazy sisters, a cruel stepmom, and a prince on a white horse. Reminds you of something? Well, the kids thought… Read More Fairy Tale Math Circle #5
From the day Rocket Boy was born, he was raised in a bilingual household. I spoke only Russian to him. The Rocket Dad spoke only English. This system worked (mostly) well. And we still (mostly) use it. Thanks to this approach, Rocket Boy speaks fluent English and fluent, if accented, Russian. But this “one parent, one language”… Read More What We Use to Learn Russian Reading
One of the least logical fairy tales I know is the one called The Little Speckled Hen (Курочка Ряба). In it, a chicken lays a golden egg and her owners take turns trying to crack it. They fail at it and yet a tiny mouse runs by, hits the egg with its tail, the egg… Read More Fairy Tale Math Circle #4
What a perfect day for the fairy tale circle #3! Today is the summer solstice. And it so happens, that this week’s fairy tale, Снегурочка (The Snow Maiden), takes place at the summer solstice celebration. If you’re not familiar with the plot, it goes something like this. An elderly childless couple make a little girl… Read More Fairy Tale Math Circle #3
I’m so excited! Rocket Boy can now read in Russian as well as in English. Russian reading has been something we picked up on and off since he was 3 years old. And then we would promptly drop it for one reason or another. He was not ready. He was learning English reading and kept… Read More Russian Reading – Check!