Halloween is one of those celebrations that’s fairly debated and controversial. Some families do not participate because of conflicting spiritual beliefs. Some families don’t participate because of health concerns (kids can trick or treat but they can’t eat the candy so what’s the point kinda thing).

We don’t celebrate Halloween, but we do participate. To me, that’s not the same thing. We don’t say it’s a “holiday” or anything. It’s dress up and get candy day. That’s it. Others may find a deep historical meaning to the day, but we don’t.

Having said all of that, I respect everyone’s right to celebrate or not celebrate how they see fit. Part of that whole independence and freedom thing we cherish as Americans. :)

What about you and your family? Do you participate in Halloween festivities?

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Math Games

Where my oldest struggles with math, my youngest enjoys it. He hates to write (but is more than willing to type, lol), is a late reader and could honestly care less about spelling. But he enjoys math. While I wish he had more enthusiasm for other subjects, I’m very grateful for that fact. Math is one of those subjects where so many people have a hard time with it, or just hate it.

Since he is only seven, there is only so much we can do to hold his attention. He does well with his homeschool curriculum, but when we need to work on something a little longer he have to change tactics. This is where playing math games comes in.

Even though is still learning, he’s playing. So he fidgets less and doesn’t get as distracted.  I’m sure there are tons of math games that aren’t on the internet/computer, but since we prefer everything on the computer, we of course play online games. It’s nice to be able to reinforce certain concepts in such a way that he doesn’t resist me at every turn!

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