Just to make sure we use lots of manipulatives, I put together a math box. We use Math-U-See, which I love, but sometimes we need to slow down the pace. So I will now make a point of letting the kids have a couple days to “play” with the manipulatives and the Math-U-See blocks when we learn new concepts. I collected all kinds of interesting things for the kids to count, sort, add, subtract, etc. They have already been anxious to try it out.
I just finished reading the math section in The Three R’s
by Ruth Beechick. It contained a very helpful reminder that young children learn with their hands. They need to count the spoons, sort the blocks, etc. Numbers on a page don’t mean anything to them yet. This is where real life math comes in.
So I have been making a deliberate effort to use math in every day life. I have done this some in the past, but here are my efforts to step it up.
First stop: the kitchen.
We made cookies. We counted the scoops of flour, practiced reading the recipe, and figured out how many 1/2 cups we needed to get two cups of sugar. Sadie worked on her counting, Isaac and Holly got some practice with addition, and Naomi worked some with fractions. Yes, I still have a head, by the way.
When we set the table, I may say, “I’ve got 5 plates, how many more do we need?”
“If everyone gets two cookies, how many will we all eat together?”
Next stop: math box.
This is Isaac using lock washers to figure out simple addition problems.
Have fun with math this week!