Abigail and arithmetic

We are full steam ahead in our study of Abigail. As we go through the book we are gleaning principles and learning about colonial life and character. The principle we are highlighting is America’s Heritage of Christian Character. And she’s not short on godly character. What a wonderful example of godly womanhood!

What I like about this book is that it starts with her childhood (in the first person) and Princess G can really relate to her. She has enjoyed learning about life as a colonial child (see the hornbook picture below). And of course we enjoy hearing about her family’s faith.

Abigail had a dilemma that we can all relate to–keeping a promise that she should not have made. It created a teachable moment to discuss what Princess G would do and what God’s Word says about that. And G really enjoys predicting what will happen next. As we go through the book we make notes on character, setting, plot, theme and style. We also color pages and other things to add to our notebook.

In arithmetic I introduced Roman numerals with the principle that math reveals the nature of God. It is universal and unchangeable. And all people everywhere have mathematics. It is a dependable link to our past. The principles that govern math have been the same since time began. So it doesn’t matter what character you use to represent the concept of five; it is always the same. We played with numbers and had fun discovering the answers.

This week we will continue Abigail and continue our review of multiplication tables. We have a cassette tape with the facts 1×1 to 10×10 set to music. The repetitive raps are driving me CRAZY in the car but she’s learning them, so we listen (and listen, and listen…).

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