Once again we found one of the characters in our big using his personal set of pentominoes which inspired the boys to go right back to using the ones we'd pulled out of our Blokus game last night. (Does your family argue of the name of this game? It's an ongoing thing around here, so most of us avoid the debate by calling it Blockers!)
After we read several chapters, cracked two codes, and read about a few artists and a public school teacher who gives her students more room to learn and explore then some homeschool mamma's do, the boys were complaining they were hungry. So, I pulled out a snack and Blokus and we had a wonderfully rousing game of it.
I left the boys to play a game of Double's Concentration while I traced and cut out two sets of pentominoes from fun foam. The idea was that they'd each have their own set and we wouldn't, hopefully, have to worry about losing pieces from our game. I don't know about your neck of the woods, but in my neck of the woods this is an extremely expensive game and I'm pretty sure we'd have some devastated family members if the game wasn't useable!
My children are normally quite agreeable when I make things for them, but I'll admit my 10 year old was slightly disappointed that his pentominoes didn't clack in his pocket and the fit wasn't as firm and strong as it had been with the actual game pieces. I pointed out that I completely agreed with him, but that this set would work until we purchased a proper set. Then I rang a local shop to ask if they had any, and after three employees they finally found one who could understand me but didn't have any idea what I was after. She was pretty certain they didn't have any, but we remain doubtful.
Lastly, Morgan made a notebooking page, for his Math Notebook, with a little assistance. I suggested we type up whatever he wanted to say and basically make a digital notebooking page. This elicited much excitement from him! I really like all the color on his page, all though he was a little disappointed with the black lines around his side borders. I need to double check the program we used because it can, on occasion be a little fussy like that. All in all, another fun day of math around here. And now, he's debating buying this particular set of pentominoes, all though he'd rather have one with each piece a different color.