Monday, April 12, 2010

Saturday, April 10, 2010

ANOTHER COOL LINK:  I'm really enjoying the Living Math Yahoo! group these days.  People post some of the most amazing links to free stuff on the Yahoo! group.  If you're not already a member of their group I would definately suggest joining.  I thought that this link was really cool.  It shows you how to make Montessori number rods with supplies that you probably have around your house.

I don't know if anyone has ever used this book before.  It's called Janice VanCleave's Play and Find Out about Math: Easy Activities for Young Children.  It's really a very fun book!  I give it 2 thumbs up. The book offers very simple, yet fun activities to introduce math to young children in a concrete manner.

Janice VanCleave has lots of other books similar to this one. I really want to order the math one for older children, but my budget is slim pickins right now.  However, on Amazon right now it's selling for A PENNY used.  Seriously?  1 penny??? 

Disclosure:  I just like to be honest with everyone that reads my blogs.  I DO make a certain percentage of profit on any link that you click on from my blog.  However, please know that when the book only cost $.01 it's definately not something to fret over.  So, rest assure that I'm not becoming a millionaire at my blog reader's cost.  : )

Weekly Review 4/5-4/10/10

We began our week this week with playing with our new cuisenaire rods.  Yea!  I love them, and our children quickly became engrossed with the rods and spent a good 45 mins. exploring with them.  According to Miquon, playing and exploring the rods is the first step to using them.  So, we are defiantely on the road to learning with rods.

My children have not been very interested in doing any sort of school...even fun games.  Weird, huh?  It's as if any time I have an end goal of education in mind my children can sense it and are hesitant. 

I decided not to organize any activities this week, but to simply incorporate math in our reading and strew some education mathmatical things that the kids can pick up and do on their own such as the rods.

Other things that were strewed this week include tanagrams, pattern blocks, and cups with a jar of buttons for the kids to play with.  There are so many things that the kids can come up to do with the buttons and cups.  Lots of ways to categorize them, pattern with them, count them, etc.

On the LivingMath Yahoo! group today someone shared this really cool link to making your own math manipulatives.  Go check it out!

Sunday, April 4, 2010

Somethin' Special Sunday

This is a great article written by Cathy Duffy about how to teach math through 1st grade without the use of any textbooks.  Awesome article!

Friday, April 2, 2010

Weekly Review 3/29-4/2/10

This week we read 2 great math books:  My Even Day (which I own and really love) and Missing Mittens which is a book in the Math Start series.  I really love the Math Start series.  In fact, I'm comptemplating just purchasing as many of the Math Start books as I can find for my youngest when she's ready for math.  I love the fact that practical activities that correspond with each topic are already planned out for you in the back of the book.  That takes lots of pressure off of me.

We also did some aking this week and we discussed fractions in basic terms.  The kids now know that the number on the bottom of each measuring cup (that we have) is how many of those it takes to make 1 cup.  I feel like this will help prepare them for fractions later on.

This weekend we will be doing another activity out of our Family Math for Young Children book.  The kids enjoyed playing the HiHo Cherry-O game. 

Thursday, April 1, 2010

Somethin' Special Sunday

Uhhhh...oops.  I meant to share this on Sunday, but apparently it got saved as a draft.  A WTM  forum member suggested this fun way to learn math facts outside!

Wednesday, March 31, 2010