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You will be surprised how easily they learn something many adults think is a chore simply by playing around with it. Math is a big puzzle, or a mosaic of shapes, lines and curves that lends itself to some really fun games and activities. Below are some suggestions I think you and your young children will enjoy. Try them, and as Diane Flynn Keith (the publisher of this website) wrote in her book, Carschooling -- if the games aren't fun, don't play! Most of these activities can be adapted for any age child. Count everything. One rainy day my friend Dave jokingly told his kids they were going to go to the supermarket to count the potatoes. Later they got impatient and asked him when they were leaving for the store! If you're putting on shoes, eating peanuts, or passing telephone poles in the car, just find something to count and start in. Keep a running total at the market. Store-schooling? Well, it's a place where you add, subtract, multiply, and compare numbers. You don't have to be precise to the penny, but round each price off to the half dollar and see how close your kids can get to the actual bill. They'll also get some sense of what things cost. Play with fraction bars and other math manipulatives, even if your child is (supposedly) too young to use them properly. My preschool age sons line up all the fraction bars in one row -- and then lose them! (Be prepared to replace the sets before they're "ready" for them.) Regardless, you'll be surprised that they know how many thirds are in a whole. Say shapes. One of my son's earliest board books was on shapes, and kids learn to recognize them as easily as they do colors. It's fun to point to an illustration in a book and ask, "What shape are his eyes?" It might even alleviate the boredom if it's the 15th time you've read that story that day! Muna still surprises me by pointing to something in a store and saying, "Triangle!" A fun shape-sorting game and book combination is " Nick Jr. Colors, Counting, Shapes!: 15 Shaped Books In A Sorting Box!" Look for patterns everywhere. It's interesting to see something repeated over and over, like columns on a building, roofing tiles arranged in straight lines. I enjoy looking for the spirals you can find in pinecones, pineapples, and lots of flower heads like sunflowers. Sing the times tables. As you know, if your kid has listened to Disney songs or other sing-along tapes, kids will sing anything, so why not make it something they'll need later? Multiplication Rock helped me remember my times tables, and for most people, adults included, there's no better way of memorizing than singing. Don't stress over mistakes. My son used to get creative with the order of his numbers when counting, and some people even commented on the fact that here was a math teacher's kid leaving out seven and eight. Hey, he gets it right now. Below 10 years old, kids are in sponge mode, and you have to get them to use their natural ability to memorize things effortlessly to stock up on data they'll need to process later on. Celebrate Pi Day. OK, March 14th (3-14) is already over, but every time you have a pie or a pizza, or when you're fixing a flat on your child's bike, you can bring up that "magic number." It's 3.1415926, and it represents the circumference divided by the diameter in every circle. Even math-averse folks are intrigued by magic numbers like pi. Play Mystery Number. That's the game where you say, "I'm thinking of a number, and when I add 3 to it, I get 8. What's the number?" Believe it or not, this game is essentially solving algebraic equations. That example was x + 3 = 8. People who claim they can't do algebra can easily play a game as harmless as this! Most of all have fun with numbers. It will help your children make a natural and non-stressful transition to math when they are developmentally ready for it. To get more terrific ideas for learning math with your little ones check out the book, "Family Math for Young Children" by Grace Coates, Jean Stenmark, & Brian Gothberg. You'll find some ingenious ideas for great math explorations that you can do right in your own home and neighborhood! Matches Simple Objects Show your child two matching items — explain that they look alike, so they "match." What else matches? Look around your house for objects that match such as silverware, dishes, napkins, light switches, windows, faucets, pillows, socks, etc. Match playing cards — such as all of the 2's, 5's, jacks, queens, kings, etc. Match objects you find when you walk such as flowers, leaves, rocks and shells. Sort through toys and match objects that are alike. Complete Simple Puzzles (5 pieces or less) Buy puzzles especially designed for young children and put them together. Make your own puzzles! Glue a magazine picture or photograph to poster board or cardboard, cut it up into 5-6 pieces (or more, depending on child's ability to assemble), and let your child put it back together. Or, use these blank puzzles to create your own puzzle masterpieces. Do puzzles online. A nice feature of this website that offers online, interactive puzzles for kids of all ages and abilities, is that you can choose the puzzle category you want and then select the number of pieces you want the puzzle to have such as 6,12, 25, 40, etc. Over, On, and Under Read We Are Going On A Bear Hunt by Michael Rosen Listen to this fun version of We Are Going On A Bear Hunt online. Do the body play Bear Hunt with your child and go through the motions with them. Make a tent out of your kitchen table! While your child is under the table, talk about his/her position. Play a game of Limbo! You can use a rope or a broom for this fun game. Play a direction game with your child. Ask your child to stack blocks on top of one another, next to one another, then put two blocks close together and put another on top of or over the two blocks to form a bridge, ask your child to put a block under the "bridge". Top, Bottom, Middle Play with Stacking Rings - and talk about which one is on the bottom, in the middle, and on the top. Play the Cups and Ball game. Let your child watch as you put a ball under one of 3 upside down plastic cups (not the clear, see-through kind). Tell your child to watch the cup that has the ball under it. Then, move them around and have your child guess where the ball is. Left, right or middle. Lift up the cups and see if their guess was correct. Let them try to fool you. Talk about the body: Head is at the top, belly in the middle, and feet on the bottom. Beanbag or Ball Toss: Use a large piece of cardboard and cut 3 holes (make a top, middle and bottom). Have your child throw the ball or beanbag into one of the three holes. Tell your child what hole the ball went through. As you're your child gets better, make a spinner to tell them what hole to try for or make up directions cards. (Color-code each hole for the card version.) Play Jenga with your child.

or a Lionfish to a goldfish. trace the larger side of a cookie-cutter onto the paper and cut out with a cutting tool. Read a short story and then read a longer story and compare the two. Try to use different objects such as keys. "Our car is green. For example: "Look at that big black dog next to our car!" Play Connect Four with your child. blue. Two. Play Candyland. Big and Little When you teach your children about big and little you're teaching them to observe and compare the world around them. pencils. make the lengths of yarn noticeably different. yellow. lids. Recognize Shapes . Just say. Use a calendar to help your child keep track of the weather daily! Use stickers. Or visit your local humane society or pet store and compare the size of dogs to cats to rabbits and to guinea pigs. What you'll need: Yarn or string cut into two lengths." Is it possible that a great big lion would need the help of a little mouse? This fun web site has an illustrated story about "The Lion and the Mouse" adapted by Tom Lynch. Play I Spy Color Game. Identify Calendar Make up your own calendar to keep track of the days and months: Tip: If you print out a blank calendar and have it laminated you'll be able to use dry erase markers and reuse it! Use a calendar with your child everyday to keep track of the days of the week and to count down to special events and outings. "The Long and Short Of It". Variation: Use a clay recipe that can be baked to create a game board for cut out cookie shapes. Compare things like shoe sizes. Teach your child how to skip count by 2's. "I spy. This can be played in the car." "Look at that beautiful yellow flower!" Ask your child to do the same. Sing Counting Songs! This Old Man The Ants Go Marching Hickory. cut the lengths so that it gets more challenging for your child to notice the difference." Also. Set the crayon box near them. For example: Talk about the colors you are wearing. " Please get me the green cup next to the book" or " Come sit beside me". Make long and short necklaces or bracelets from beads. wind swirls. Ask your child which hand has the longest or shortest string. Variation: Use a strong piece of cardboard and cut out objects and have your child match them. legs. Here are some more ideas for long and short comparisons: Compare long and short objects such as toothpicks and craft sticks. If your child is correct let him/her have a turn asking you. Make a sorting box with a shoebox.talk about colors everyday. When you are doing things with your child. one long and one short Directions: Pinch a length of yarn between the thumb and pointer finger of each hand so that the yarn hangs down. or O-shaped cereal. As your child gets better. Pancakes Come in All Sizes! Start your morning off right by making a delicious batch of pancakes! Make big pancakes and small pancakes and compare the sizes. raindrops or snow flakes each day. away from you. but different breeds . Further the learning by reading the story "The Lion and the Mouse. Next. use direction words as much as possible. Use cookie cutters as guides and as playing pieces. something that is red!" See if your child can guess what it is. Here is a delicious pancake recipe to get you started. green. Dickory. When you give your child directions to get something say. Here are some simple activities that provide lots of comparison opportunities. Ask your child to hand you a certain color crayon from the box. and black -. What's Bigger? A Lion or a Mouse? Take a trip to the zoo and compare big animals like elephants and tigers to smaller animals such as lemurs and impalas. Identify Colors and Shapes In order to help your child recognize primary colors and learn the names such as red. get weather stamps or have them draw a sun. 5's and 10's. Keep track of special days so that your children will know when to send that handmade card to someone special! Talk about the months of the year. When you first begin playing this game. Matching Objects Based on Size Roll out play dough and cut out shapes with cookie cutters. while out for a walk or in the house. Trace household items onto paper and let your child match the objects to the tracings. use colors to describe everyday things for example. Buckle My Shoe" and print out a matching Rebus Rhyme. Use this rhyme. crayons and other creative things. If your child is not correct. let him/her try again. Match the cookie cutters to the cut out shapes in the dough. make long and short lengths and compare the two. clouds. Switch the lengths of yarn often. Have your child compare the lengths after each incorrect play and ask him/her to show or tell you about the differences. white. Read the poem Monday's Child. Color with your child. pasta.Beside and Next To Talk about positions with your child. arms. and hair. Use cookie-cutters as playing pieces. "Today is Monday and we'll go to story time at the library. "I really like that blue shirt you're wearing. Long and Short Play the game. Dock Number Chants and Counting Songs for Preschoolers Learn "One. Compare the size of animals of the same species. Talk about the days of the week with your child. with my little eye.such as a German Shepherd with a Chihuahua. Cover a shoebox with white or brown paper. Tomorrow is Tuesday and we'll go the park with grandma!" Repeat a Sequence of Orally Given Numbers Count to 20 with your child. Using play dough.

then pick two bean bags or sock balls. Trace Some Shapes Draw some shapes on paper with a pencil. Identify Numbers & Learn to Count from 1-10 Count out loud in front of your child when you are doing everyday things. (Example: if they pick the # 2. eight. Have fun trying new things." Pause. have children match the shapes first without playing concentration. Use yarn to make shapes and glue them onto paper. For a variation. paint or markers Directions: Draw shapes on the cardboard and cut them out. pick two or three cards and make a picture using those shapes. Variation: The color version of this game can be played two ways. Make identical sets of index cards with a shape drawn on each card (so that you have 2 cards with circles. Match & Draw Objects Based On Shape Shape-Matching Concentration Game Play a matching game with index cards. Start the game again and let your child take the lead by starting with 1 and then you would say 2 -continue to 10. Number Toss What you'll need: Deck of cards Bean bags or socks rolled into balls (or something soft to toss) Laundry basket or box Set up: You'll need a deck of cards with the picture cards and jokers removed. six. and let your child take two steps to catch up to you and count aloud. buckle my shoe. Put them in a box and take turns choosing a shape from the box. then have your child say 2. Go On A Shape and Color Hunt! What you'll need: Cardboard such as a cereal box Scissors Something to write with Hat. Drawing Shape Pictures Make some shape cards out of index cards. Invite your child to trace over them with a colorful marker.and a circular sun can be put up in the sky. etc.) . Count silverware as you set the table. How to play: Allow the youngest to go first. Children's rhymes are great devices to help children remember how to count: One. Cut shapes out of sponges and let the kids make sponge art pictures. Use pipe cleaners to make different shapes. you would then say 3 and your child would say 4. color the shapes and have your child match colors and shapes or just the colors. For example.Talk about the shapes of things in your environment. Take two steps and say. Color the shapes to play the color version of this game. Note: You can make your own cards with index cards. the cards picked are a square. Have fun with your child by a taking turns counting. Three. "Three. pick-up sticks. How to play: Put all your shapes into the hat. A square house with a triangle roof can be made . four. If your child is only ready for 1 or 2 #'s remove any unwanted cards and just play with what you need. First: Find an object in the same color as the colored shape you picked from the box or bowl. When finished counting. four. six.). Variation: Find the shape you picked in that same exact color (this variation is a little harder). "One. box or bowl Crayons. Help your child if they get stuck by saying the next number. you will show your child why knowing how to count is important. two. Count objects with your child as you put away toys and games. For an advanced version. Start with the number 1. 2 with triangles. For beginners. a triangle and a circle. Use a white board or chalkboard. "Five. Five. the better they will understand. Draw or trace the shape you selected onto a piece of paper." Then. Take turns picking a shape from the bowl. have them count 2. Add some fun to a daily walk by counting your steps. take two more steps and count. box or bowl." Continue to 10 and start over again allowing a new person to lead. Continue counting like this until you get to 10. Follow-The-Leader Shape Copier Play follow-the-leader by drawing shapes and have your child copy it. Seven. start over again. ten. and then try to find that shape somewhere around the house. lay them straight. If you demonstrate counting. have the player pick that many bean bags or socks from the pile. Have your child put the pieces back together. Count the towels as you put them in the washing machine. Nine. The more you talk about shapes and the more your child observes them. two. Be sure to draw objects on the cards for your child to count. Then allow your child to lead by drawing a shape that you copy. Puzzling Shapes Create a puzzle of shapes out of cardboard with a cutting tool. They can repeat it after you if they want to. Count coins and change. Player one: Pick a card and then count the objects depicted on the card. It is helpful for beginners to see the number of objects that corresponds to any given number. shut the door. Turn cards over and match the shapes for a game of concentration. Count game pieces to ensure that you have everything for the next time you want to play.

Who has more and who has less at the end of the hand? You can keep track of each hand with tally marks and count the tallies at the end of the game. Use rice. a nickel. remove jokers and picture cards from the card deck. How to play: Put the completed fish into a bowl.a potential choking hazard. a dime. Play the game. blocks. Then it is the next player's turn. Counting Objects in One-to-One Correspondence Have your child set the table for meals. and take that many bean bags or sock balls. etc.) Directions: Player one: Roll the die or pick a card. shapes or words if desired. Collect the tossed objects and start again! Add cards as your child gains confidence. nickels. "This is a penny. subtract. Show them the number on the coin and tell them what it's worth. explain that the balloon is full of air. very young children should be supervised so that they don't put coins in their mouths -. a nickel. Player two: Do the same as player one. invite your child to stack the coins and build towers with them. This works for toys and gifts too. Put a bunch of coins on the table and ask your child to help you sort them into piles of pennies. One simple way is to show your child a penny. Understanding Concepts Such as Empty and Full. you will also be using one to one correspondence! ~~ Bonus Games! ~~ Go "Fishing" To Learn About Colors. coins. Build Coin Towers: If you have lots of coins. Repeat. Ask your child to show you a dime. or letter. and the pictures and writing on each side of the coins and bill. Letters & More! This game can be played in many different ways. Or ask your child to show you the coin with the number 5 on it. Slice up pieces of fruit or put out enough cookies for everyone and allow your child to distribute one to each person. count the objects. (You can purchase rolls of coins at the bank. you are just introducing concepts and vocabulary -. Let the air out and explain that the balloon is empty. You create fish-shaped playing pieces. or number. For example. More or Less Fill a balloon with air. divide and much more. Numbers. Next. etc. it's worth one cent. "More or Less" What you'll need: Deck of cards or one die with dots Objects to count such as beans. As your child sets an identical place for each family member. For example. point out what color it is. M&Ms." Remember. let him toss them both. and quarters. (Of course. What you'll need: Stick or dowel Length of yarn or string Magnet Paper (cardstock) or cardboard Scissors Paper clips (metal) Tape Crayons. it's shape.a red fish. Or decorate each fish with a different geometric shape.) Help your children learn to identify coins and bills and their value. or with a picture of President Lincoln. bowl or box Make the fishing pole: Tie a length of yarn or string to the stick or dowel and then tie a magnet to the other end. he/she is practicing one-to-one correspondence. If your child has 2 objects to toss. Then you decorate the fish for game variations. Take out the numbered cards your child is not ready for such as # 's 6-9. box or bucket and let your child go fishing! (The magnet will catch the paper clip. Attach a paper clip to each fish with tape. before the game. Help your child to identify each fish if they ask. add numbers. This game can also be played with dice. it's size. multiply.) Coin Toss: Get a big box or waste basket and try to toss the coins in the box from a distance. Color or paint the fish. Guess What Coins Are In The Purse: . allow him to give one goodie bag to each person.Player two: Pick a card. play it as a color game by using colored construction paper to make your fish playing pieces. It is a perfect way to introduce math concepts from sorting to counting and eventually it can help with learning how to add. When all the players have their objects compare them to one another. paint. Shapes.) Let your child tell you what kind of fish they've caught . sand. and a one dollar bill. letters. Young children enjoy looking at and playing with money. say the number (help your child count the dots on the die or the symbols on the cards). Money Fun! Little kids become aware of money at an early age. (Be sure to put the higher number cards back in the deck as your child is ready for them. a quarter. Once both players have their bean bags/sock balls it is time for some fun! Each player will toss their objects into the laundry basket or box in turn. As you show them the money.it's okay if they don't "get" it yet. water or beans to fill cups and then empty them. Note: You might want to make two fishing poles or more so that others can play along too. a letter "A" fish. Eventually they will be able to easily identify and sort the money. Note: An inexpensive toy fishing pole can be purchased at the dollar store for this game. have your child take that many beans or whatever objects you are playing with and put them in front of her. or markers Bucket. dimes. If you compare your objects. Make the fish: Draw fish on cardboard (or print them on cardstock) and then cut them out. or pebbles If you use cards. a triangle fish. Share! Sharing is a great way for your child to learn one-to-one correspondence. At your child's next birthday.

just by feeling it. Cook Together Double a recipe to teach multiplication. using the world's oldest calculator to add. Practice Ideas After your kids begin to get an idea of what money is and what it's worth. I let my kids choose one item that they wanted. the object is for each player to get a quarter. flash cards. Have your child help you count out 5 pennies and show them that a nickel is worth five pennies. pick flowers. Count everything As you go up steps. Use Card Games From War to Crazy 8's to Go Fish. plan and build a lego fort. Kids enjoy playing with them while reinforcing money skills. Ask your child to see if they can put their hand in the bag. your children will see that they have more money each time they add to the bank.. Hershey's books on fractions and more. The object of the game is for one player to get a quarter first -. all while children play. It's also a fun history lesson. This is the bank. It's an easy way for both girls to understand the concept of one minute and they've picked up most of their higher numbers too. Make A Paper-Mâché Piggy Bank Complete instructions for making your own piggy bank Encourage your children to save money in their banks. Once one or all of the players have a quarter. Learning should be a fun. For example.. that a dime is worth 10 pennies or a nickel and five pennies or 2 nickels. Here's some painless ways to teach little ones (and not so little ones) all about numbers. and quarters for each player. When we went to the check-out counter. we counted them. take advantage of trips to the grocery store to practice their money and counting skills. and had them count it out to the clerk. and a dollar bill.or in a more cooperative game. Take it out and count it from time to time. Put all the coins in the center of a table. take that number of pennies. You can find them at the Eta Cuisenaire site for about $15 or used from sites like E-Bay.Put some coins in an old purse. For whatever number you roll. Counting & Math. exchange them for a dime. Kids will begin to understand the fact that a nickel is worth five pennies.. nickels. They are a wonderful way to understand units. and joyful process. and without looking. fractions & more. Money Exchange Activity: To help your child understand how many pennies it takes to make up each coin and bill denomination. Keep an updated slip of paper in the bank that has the date and how much money was in their bank on that day -.games and activities that you do together will yield better results. She loved to move the brightly colored balls along the rods. The reward for playing the game is that your child can keep the coins they win and put them in their piggy bank! What? You don't have a piggy bank? Never fear. quarter. Build a Playhouse Older kids can take part in building forts and playhouses. Give Them Puzzles & Tanagrams Young children learn valuable spacial lessons while putting together puzzles of all types. divide your pie in 8 pieces and figure out how many each of you gets. and workbooks to help young children learn money skills -. find a quarter. you name it. take three pennies. Let Them Earn Some Money Even tiny tots can pick dandelions and turn them in for a penny apiece (5 cents for roots) or take part in extra credit chores for dimes and quarters.. I deliberately went grocery shopping when I knew the store wouldn't be too busy. Use "food" books My favorites are M&M's Math and More M&M's Math but there are also Cheerios counting books. She's now getting to the stage where she'll understand tens and hundreds. eat strawberries. Do the same with a dime... Count to 60 while brushing their teeth Annalee and I take turns brushing her teeth and I count out loud to 60 for each of our turns. Don't forget that Toy Cash Registers are inexpensive and available at most toy stores. etc. if you roll a 3.. get 100 pennies.that way. use measuring cups for fractions.. put up legos. Tanagrams (geometric shapes that can be put together to create pictures and new shapes) are also great tools. -. multiply and more. I gave my children the money they needed to purchase the item. Each time you accumulate 5 pennies. Depending on the age and skill level of your child you can reinforce this information with this game: You'll need dice and enough pennies. They will see their savings grow.. etc. dimes.. and the abacus will help visualize these concepts. Get Some Cuisenaire Rods These small wooden or plastic blocks have been used in Montessori classes since I was a kid and for good reason. Most clerks are very understanding and helpful in this process as long as there isn't a long line of customers waiting. these are fun and easy ways to get to know numbers and their relation to each other. Take turns rolling the dice. natural. Give an Abacus for a Present That Will Grow With Them I got Victoria an inexpensive ($10 or so) wooden abacus when she was a toddler. They will also begin to understand that fewer coins doesn't necessarily mean less money. Although there are many computer games. the game ends. exchange them with the bank for a nickel. A nice side effect is that they'll painlessly pick up geometry while using measurements & angles. Stay away from anything that makes learning about money or math boring or stressful. Later when she started to learn numbers. Use poker chips . Easy Ways to Teach Numbers. On a smaller scale. When you have two nickels.

red for tens and blue for hundreds. and hide the cards around the room -. and kinesthetic learners (those who learn best while doing and moving) and auditory learners (those who learn best by hearing and saying things) will especially benefit from moving and singing while they learn.cfw. Start simple and get more elaborate. on mail boxes. they're learning math. on dates printed on newspapers. http://personal. Early Math I want to preface this by saying that generally I believe formal math does not need to be taught before age 10. Using white for ones. then ask your child to make the same pattern. if they don't teach a specific skill. and so on. For counting and adding. Look for different geometrical shapes as you walk. then add blue triangles in the corners. board games. then just play with the cards that have those numbers on them. Children's brains are often not physically ready to understand math. as well as man-made structures such as houses.just have them point it out and tell them the name. kid approved book is Games for Math by Peggy Kaye. The Bluedorns have some great articles on this. colors and sizes. Do Connect the Dots Paint by number. you could put a yellow square down. Teach Them Some Tricks Explore this wonderful site to learn lots of shortcuts and hints to pass on to your kids. Make everyday objects out of the shapes. 2. she can easily help them visualize what 17 + 8 would be. Use what you have To teach fractions. Make a simple pattern using different colors and shapes. when they help plan and plant a garden." When our children get older.setgame. painted on curbs... wheels on cars are circles. and educators recommend doing spatial games with them to help build these skills (these games help boys too of course!). actually get stored in a different part of the brain from math "knowledge. how to find lowest common denominators and more. A few fun suggestions would include playing games. dominoes mancala http://en.com/articles/research_on_teaching_math.wikipedia. Stop signs are octagons. Now see if she can find something else that's red. circles and trianges in many colors. Sing Songs & Memorize rhymes Everything from "100 Bottles of Beer (pop?) on the wall" to "5 Little Monkeys Jumping on the Bed" teaches counting down and subtraction. ask them to leave the room. Review the cards with your child and make sure they can identify the number on each card. Involve them in Daily Life One of the principles of the "unschooling" style of home school is that kids will learn most of what they need to know through their own explorations and by taking part in daily family life.triviumpursuit. It's okay if your child doesn't know the name of the number or the shape -. Take a Math Walk Look for examples of math as you walk. It helps develop their sight recognition of numbers and shapes. It's also just plain fun! Let your child make her own designs too. When they help figure out the best value of laundry detergent and factor in coupons. Learning And Fun With Felt Cut out squares. This is an area girls sometimes lag a little at.A neat homeschooling mom shared that she writes place numbers on poker chips in order to play with math concepts with her kids. I have done my own research and concur with the Bluedorns. Many jump rope songs involve numbers too.. on signs with phone numbers. street signs and window frames are rectangles or squares . For example. The skills that toddlers use when putting puzzles together and copying simple designs are the same skills that later help them with math and science.where one side looks like the other. like a triangle on a square looks like a house. Now. etc. logic puzzles.com/set/puzzle_frame. Put up an assortment of shapes and count off how many there are. improves their vocabulary as you use the correct terminology for various shapes. model building. Put up a red square and ask your child to find another square. on license plates. Use Math Games One highly recommended. then have a red triangle against each side of it to make a starburst.org/wiki/Mancala sudoku Set (great for identifying patterns) http://www. Challenge your child to find 3. Check out homeschool catalogs to find some neat others. sewing. Invite the kids to go on a "Number Hunt. yield signs are triangles. http://www. on manholes and water meter covers. Practice counting. Math "facts" learned too early.php As a mathematician and high school math teacher. use hotwheels or dry cereal. Look for numbers and geometric shapes. Show him how you can use two shapes to make a new one (like two triangles together form a square).com/~clayford/ Play Dice Games Kids can roll the dice & add the numbers.htm . connect the dots and other "funbook" type sheets are great ways to learn early concepts while having fun. If they only know their numbers from 1-5. The following games all lay foundation for math knowledge. look for diamond shapes in some window panes.don't make them too hard to find. Math sneaks into all different other activities too. they have trouble accessing the two areas at the same time and are actually impeded. Match up shapes. give a child some measuring cups and dried beans. Show your child the difference between shapes." You will need a deck of number flash cards or regular playing cards -. For instance. or decorative accents that include star shapes or trapezoids. Mimic designs. and it helps them to see that math is everywhere in their environment.and sometimes you'll see arches. Give your child a large square as canvas and keep one for yourself. Look for symmetrical patterns -. etc. you'll see symmetry in leaves and flowers. nutritional information on the box of cereal. when they save up for a cool toy or play a football game. play "horses" or make up lots of games on their own..knitting..or you can make your own number cards with markers or stickers and index cards.. Write numbers on dixie cups or egg cartons & fill them with the correct number of toys or buttons. You'll find numbers on houses. 5.

I mean.. http://www. my then six year old.numero. but they never helped..com/eqmatgam. Although I loved Making Math Meaningful.. (build a birdhouse.com/ Equate http://www.mugginsmath. We did all sorts of drills in school.that is.org/wiki/Mille_Bornes Tangoes http://www. BUT leave one card out.com/Vintage-Sports-Cards-4098398-Bohnanza/dp/B00008URUS Mille Borne http://en. I have tried a few curricula along the way. (My children found PreMath It too easy.htm River Crossing http://www..org/ Other more formal ideas are: Spend time counting and skip counting.sort of like finding out who Uncle Harry is.net/ Lastly.) You could also check out some ideas from Living Math http://www. Somehow I managed to maintain a love of numbers and went on to pursue mathematics in spite of my limitations. Run a bank or snack shop in your kitchen Play Wrap Ups or Math It. sorting. They are currently working on elementary years. or "Yes. how heavy a five pound bag of flour is.wikipedia.thinkfun.. some are not.... lay them out quickly into a stack. and you say. I don't really think it's that important... or etc. use 1-5 of a given suit. 2nd... -read living math books with your child (these help to introduce various math concepts 'as family friends'. I recently tried starting Saxon with the same child who is now 11.. I have struggled with my basic multiplication facts for over thirty years. unless your children like math drill. see if the child can 'see' which card is missing. Uncle Harry can say something a lot of times... Make a bar graph of cloudy and sunny days Match socks! Create sequnces (blue sock. (beging with a probabilities lesson by playing Red and Black .. etc.html Rush Hour http://www. Some of them are appreciated by my family. I have down several of their lessons and like the way they mimic what I used to do when I tutored children. found it too simplistic. 'Nuff said. visual memory. pizzas. when he can 'see' those cards in his memory.com/RIVERCROSSING. My other three loved the look of it so much that I broke down and bought them all their own copies.rexgames.checkers chess battleship (grid theory) yahtzee Junior monopoly Blokus http://www.home4schoolgear. etc) Teach fractions by dividing cakes. etc. (I once heard someone ask. . There's nothing wrong with practicing new skills in a lighthearted way. I also have my eye on Teaching Textbooks for high school.. but sometimes knows when the right time to say it to a 'particular child' again too) Our library carries a lot of living math books. I hated it. Go fish!".")(lay out the cards in one suit in order 1-5.. "no. She hated it..amazon. and learning internally what that means... Math Skills: -do a google search for Benezet's experiment. what comes next?) Handle money. then finding out that he is a really good *friend*. where the child can see them one at a time. but can ask.com/ Skip Bo Bohnanza http://www.. You can find a list of living math books to look for at livingmath.ASPX?PageNo=TIPOVER Muggins or Knockout http://www. living math books do just what this Uncle Harry does. Even my 6yo son is working his way through this almost on his own. but please don't pressure your child to rattle of facts without placing them in context.com/products/rushhour. or by cooking Measure things.. then finding out that he tells funny jokes. then do the same for 6-10.teachingtextbooks.com/ Lastly..com/TIPOVER. with reference to drills: If someone dropped sixty potatoes in front of you and asked you to peel them in an hour. because he said it at the right time. We spend 1/2 an hour almost everyday and my children love it. then finding out that he likes to play games. here is your five.. "do you have one of these?". then finding out that he is good at masterly inactivity and can make the lightest little comment and you suddenly 'get it'.blokus. have your child learn to 'see' those cards in order in his memory. what would your first reaction be?) I have two university math degrees and I *still* count on my fingers.thinkfun.. and begin to develop a sense of how many pounds there are in the apples used for a snack. Use ordinals (1st. I don't have a three. blue sock.. and the child begins to internalize pieces of those concepts as they are able to take them in without the pressure of performance .com/p_tangoesjr. then do the same with 1-10...puzzles..livingmath. etc.) Get a learning clock Make and follow a calendar Chart the temperature. I am currently using Singapore with her and she loves it. red sock. spatial sense.ASPX?PageNo=RIVERCROSSING Tip Over Crate http://www.html Numero http://www. the children each guess whether the next card is red or black and 'win' the card if they guess correctly) (then learn to 'attend visually' to the face cards by playing slap jack)(then begin practicing the ID of numbers by playing go-fish : where the child doesn't have to say the number of the card.net -use playing cards to develop a sense of number.

My now 11 yo ds got *so* much out of playing "The Good Shepherd". Go ahead and let them peek.. Easier version is to simply name the one your about to pull out. but this. or addition/subtraction (to see how many more or less the child did the next time). -sew. hand knit. I cannot emphasize enough how solid my son's math skills were when he was 4 yo doing this.. etc. This is especially good as a shelf activity that they can get out on their own. She has visual issues which have not been treated yet.. Now. Have your child 'see' a given number of beans in his mind.. You have to do this with real beans first.. Examples: put a three on your nose or hide two fives in a pocket. 6) Roll the di or dice. On the back of the cards draw a colored dot to match the blocks. and hundreds that are ideal for this game...also helps to develop spatial sense/memory of)etc. Instead. Take turns either drawing a number card or telling each other to find a particular block. and then 'take one away' visually in his visual memory. etc. Stitch up two side seems and only hem it if you wish). and count how many times the child can jump from one masking tape box on one side of the rope.then add in the face cards. but the practice of seeing this happen is very developmentally powerful... Introduce the symbols three at a time using the three part lesson. 'quarter sandwiches'. is for down the road. how many place settings are needed when someone is missing or someone is visiting.. with the long double *fold* for the belly line. Jump rope . etc.. Ask student to hide their eyes and remove one of the blocks. and she loves little lambs sooooooo much. and finally all nine. discuss what that can mean. -not a lot of people have taken me up on this one ... This will be something you can 'explain' while you balance your check book or keep a budget ledger. and then one 'extra' sometimes for an added smile. -compare an analogue and digital clock after the child knows place value and numerals. Then try exploring fractional number lines. Have your child 'see' the right number of cookies. count beans. let the child discover what he can for himself We are using these games which I found on a math-u-see yahoo group (http://groups. It is alright to pick up just units or to take the short cut and get the appropriate block. ten thru ninety.. go on triangle hunts. Take turns... If you have two sets of dice there are many more options that can be dreamed up. -use pennies.) -talk about 'half a glass'.. to a masking tape box on the other side in 20-60 seconds without stepping on the line. 5) Bigger/ Smaller. This can be a lot of fun when the good shepherd suddenly realizes that a lamb is missing and he has to go on a hunt to find it! *grin*. Finally. two. later. etc. etc. Some children can dive into decimals early from this. crochet... but since I can't treat her eyes yet... but keep them separate from this 'decimal' study).. Put a one thru nine in a bag or sock. Make a set of 3 by 5 cards with the symbols 1 thru 9 on them. Harder version is to name the missing block after one has been removed.'. The options to this are numerous. they stop soon enough. pull out games during family time that help math ..com/group/mus-users/). do little rhythm exercises introducing 'whole notes'. tens. he had to use beans or pebbles as counters.. and one hundred thru nine hundred (color coordinated).. or square hunts for a while. The harder version: add the blue ten di and the red hundred di into the game.. during this time he had been developing the sense of number symbols. then dollars. less than. then dimes. Look for other games or activities in the world around you. shuffle. asking questions as much as possible instead of lecturing. then ten dollars to introduce the concepts of decimals. and CM recommended it... where we let him be Young David from the Bible counting his sheep each day (use simple cotton balls undecorated.. we are working her towards this activity . cut out a *small* hole for the head and make a slit for the head to fit through. then 'see' the plates added or subtracted. and this is disrupting her ability to develop an internal number line... -real math: how many cookies are needed when each person gets two.-if you want something more elaborate. so he was ready to begin using written numerals to represent the number of sheepl. 2) What's Missing? Start with the one thru nine blocks. Roll the green di and show me that amount. Try removing two blocks or start with two of each number and remove one or two blocks.yahoo. he was not allowed to use 'one.. make a simple Bible costume by folding an old sheet in fourths. when the child knows their coins well.. then groupings of 10's using counters again.. It is self-correcting. then knots in a string... Harder version would be to ask which number is two(or three. and cutting out a half 'snowangel'. Leave the nickels and quarters for later (or explore them sooner. Just to let you know what this *can* lead to later... you can draw a whole number number line (refer to the 'number line' the child visualized using playing cards). Place them in three stacks.. for a while. ... my now 6 yo dd is not ready for this. Others will not be ready for that.. Have your child try to 'see' the right number of place settings for your whole family. There are 10-sided dice that are color coordinated with the units. Use various comparative terms like more/less. and draw from each stack.. there is no need to direct either option...... then tally marks. or there are some little ones.. etc. Make the box smaller if you want to work on comparing greater than. Place the cards out symbol side showing and match the blocks to them..) more/less than a number. -discuss shapes in the world around you. do the next three.at least sometimes. The number of sheep can increase or decrease each day when there is a 'sale'. Get out the one thru nine blocks. etc. 3) The Grab Bag. For a while. Have the student show you how much they have drawn or rolled with the blocks. -lots of games employ numbers. Ask the question. At some later point. if you know your way around music notation or can find a friend to help you learn how... etc. of course. which introduces the idea of grouping by 5's. 4) Blocks and Symbols Matchup.I think it will be *very* powerful for her.. or new babies born (use half cotton balls). then notches on a stick (drawn on instead of cut in). Math Games and Activities NUMBER RECOGNITION AND COUNTING 1) Play Simon says. even if it is over a still rope at first. the last three. do the same with two suits)(play matching game . I would think that the games would work with many programs manipulatives. then 'half notes'.. Talk about half dollars *later*.but it is one of the most powerful things I have ever done with a little kid. of course. which number is a little bigger/smaller than ( )?.. but will have a good reference point later from this activity. A useful substitute for the dice would be to make up a set of cards with one thru nine. later.

3) Who is Hiding in There? Set an amount out that is a multiple of another number.. You can stack them on top of a 100 square. Be sure to go as slow as necessary. By dynamic I mean that blocks will have to be traded in to get the correct blocks that will fill in the required amount. Shuffle and place face down all spread out. put larger amounts on the known side(ex-10 and 7 with only the 10 or 7 showing). set the blocks next to each other and ask how much more each needs in order to be a ten. red. EX: 12 is set out. How many twos does it take to make a square? How many threes. tens. or fish (for big numbers).. you risk never getting a correct answer again. Two ten cards matched gets double the points! This can work for the nine facts too. A ten train can be run parallel to aid in counting. When a person goes out or successfully pairs up all their cards they get an extra two points. It is more fun for them if the answer is hidden under a small box or bowl instead of in your head.. Then ask how many boxcars it will take. WARNING: If you dramatically entertain the child by falling because you are out of balance. Whisper the black colored numbers and say the red ones. you ask for the card you are already holding but in this game you ask for the card you need to make ten (i. Using either playing cards (face cards removed and Aces are ones) or 10-sided dice. Everyone gets a point for each 10 they are able to make. Even harder is to see if a number is a square. Play act various people coming into the store to purchase differing quantities of candy.7) Clap and find. or harder./sub. Each person take a turn and turn over two cards.8.e. 2) Want to be a 10. Start with a group of mothers. Make two sets of cards with numbers on them. Take turns clapping while the other counts. Buy the student's supply out and have them pretend to order more from the factory. two hundred fifty eight candies. across and up". what am I?" Harder version is to extend the numbers past 10. This may be a good time to move the work to the floor. 4) Square It. whispering all but the blocks at the right end of each row. This is extra practice if the kids are still enjoying the work. or twelves.. Get a one thru ten out. make a rule that the colors must match. To make it more challenging. and names the number. Harder version would be an 11 or 12. . Either declare the aces to be a one or write the number one on the aces. How many babies are in the nursery. Long trains are great because then they will run out of whole blocks and will have to load some additional cars with blocks that add up to the boxcar capacity. They can pay the supplier a penny for two candies (or three). Start at zero and accumulate blocks until you reach a hundred. 7-7-6-1-6-1-6-1-5-2-5-2. etc. cannot be trusted to bring the right amount or may have sampled the goods). The student gets out the asked for amount. The race you back feature can be used with this activity also (for subtraction practice). Each has the same number of babies. Trains are a favorite thanks to Thomas and company. Make the candy a penny apiece( or 2. ask them to show you. For the race back to zero I let them pull the rolled number from anywhere within the hundred placed out. Each start with 50 or so. Let them get out the number.. Roll and Write version. the kennel. one would fill in the first row with a seven and the second 3 would start the next row.. like 9. and green ten-sided or race back also is another useful extension of the basic game.) will have to occur either with the partner or with the bank (blocks). This is a fun way to practice some addition facts. Try altering the game to make sevens. Either roll and capture or give away that amount. At the end count the points by tens (or nines) and practice skip counting. Receipts can be written. or the pet store tanks? Do more than one generation to get really big numbers and to illustrate exponential powers. eights. Have the multiples of a number in red. They may enjoy dealing with the secretary.. Read from left to right and top to bottom. If the cards add up to ten you get to keep them. blue. This can get confusing for young students because a great deal of trading (dynamic add.. to grow up to be a big 10? Vary this by using other numbers besides 10. This forces dynamic addition/subtraction to be accomplished more often. Harder: Clap a number. 5.. In the game go fish. Remove all the face cards. If they guess without the blocks. Here we take turns rolling a unit dice for the 100 game or a green and blue di for 500 hundred game and we write the number. Easy version: Have them count out loud and go slow. 3) Race to a Hundred(and race you back). hesitate. Get a large piece of white paper and draw a line down the middle. This is more difficult than using blocks at first. Each boxcar has a certain number of cargo such as autos loaded... Place a number block on one side and a smaller amount on the other side. A real scale would be great also. If you're holding a 1 then ask for a 9). 7) Make 10: Remove the face cards from a deck and define the ace as a one. Try removing the 10's and play fishin' for nines. right or wrong. 2) Both sides the same. 10 cents). and student is asked how many 2's can hide inside it. Use cards or dice. Put a different block in each hand and pretend to be a scale or balance. First roll is 7 and second roll is a 6. Clap 3 times. you are a one. EX: 7 on one side.. Each set is in differing color (ex: black and red). and clap a second number. MULTIPLICATION AND DIVISION 1) Be Fruitful and Multiply. ADDING AND SUBTRACTING 1) Momma scale. for instance.?-they get the hang of this quickly.." 5) Trains. 6) (Tori's) Candy Store. if not then turn them back over. To extend this. Harder ex: 10 and 7 showing with a 4 or 9 showing on the . 2) Whisper Count. Race to 5000 with three dice. Have the student start with an amount. that the suit matches (make 9. 3 cubed would be "three in three directions... A harder version is to give them a certain number of cars to transport. There are unlimited possibilities. the supplier. The harder version is to require each row of 10 to be filled in from top to bottom. or grab a five. twenty eights. Race you back means to pull the quantity out that is rolled. and the delivery man (who. We roll again and add to previous total. If the person asked doesn't have that card they say "go fish" and the asking person draws another card.11). elevens. This game has ample potential for adjusting. Another option is to get out the blocks of the number to be counted and stack the blocks vertically in front of themselves. 8) Fishin' for Tens: Start with a deck of cards. Another extension to this is to define a cube/show them some and follow the same lines of questioning. 4) War or you take it. War's goal is to reach 100 while you take it's goal is to reach zero. 3 showing and 4 is hidden on the other. 3a) Race to/from 100 or 500. pulls the blocks.7. Here's an example. Just remove the tens with the face cards. Harder version is to make or reshape a particular number into a square... This can be extended greatly. dogs. by the way. EX: 7 train. PROBLEM SOLVING 1) Who are you?/ Who am I? EX: "Together we are seven. break it up into boxcars. A helpful phrase to describe 3 squared is to say "three two ways" or "three in two directions. Ask the student how many of the second number are in the first. Have the kids draw 5 (or more) cards from the deck. The 6 would be broken into two 3's. 8) If your happy and you know it.

. Write numbers on dixie cups or egg cartons & fill them with the correct number of toys or buttons.com/~clayford/ Play Dice Games Kids can roll the dice & add the numbers. red for tens and blue for hundreds. Using white for ones. play "horses" or make up lots of games on their own. all while children play.width. give a child some measuring cups and dried beans. 3) Measuring. Easy Ways to Teach Numbers. One variation is to add a box in the center of the dividing line and in that place small card with an equals sign or a greater than or less than sign on it. they're learning math. when they help plan and plant a garden. and height. using the world's oldest calculator to add. Measure various objects using the blocks.php/Home.html It is not fancy. and the abacus will help visualize these concepts. model building. She's now getting to the stage where she'll understand tens and hundreds. eat strawberries. a few badly drawn ones) and no flash-bang entertainment. 4) Patterns/Secret Codes Have them mimic progressively harder sequences.com/index. Once some competence has been shown in sequence recognition. these are fun and easy ways to get to know numbers and their relation to each other. multiply and more. Get Some Cuisenaire Rods These small wooden or plastic blocks have been used in Montessori classes since I was a kid and for good reason. Tanagrams (geometric shapes that can be put together to create pictures and new shapes) are also great tools. take turns discovering the other¹s secret code hidden in a line of blocks.. Let Them Earn Some Money Even tiny tots can pick dandelions and turn them in for a penny apiece (5 cents for roots) or take part in extra credit chores for dimes and quarters. The blocks are fairly close to a centimeter in length. http://personal. She loved to move the brightly colored balls along the rods. plan and build a lego fort. Give Them Puzzles & Tanagrams Young children learn valuable spacial lessons while putting together puzzles of all types. logic puzzles. Involve them in Daily Life One of the principles of the "unschooling" style of home school is that kids will learn most of what they need to know through their own explorations and by taking part in daily family life. A nice side effect is that they'll painlessly pick up geometry while using measurements & angles. You can find them at the Eta Cuisenaire site for about $15 or used from sites like E-Bay... Run thru the previous comparisons with different center cards to teach these new symbols. Cook Together Double a recipe to teach multiplication. use measuring cups for fractions. Use what you have To teach fractions. when they save up for a cool toy or play a football game. how to find lowest common denominators and more. I can not recommend Systematic mathematics enough. Save this paper. connect the dots and other "funbook" type sheets are great ways to learn early concepts while having fun. It's an easy way for both girls to understand the concept of one minute and they've picked up most of their higher numbers too. This makes the decimeter and meter more understandable conceptually using the ten and then ten tens to illustrate those lengths.. Count to 60 while brushing their teeth Annalee and I take turns brushing her teeth and I count out loud to 60 for each of our turns. you name it. http://systemath. pick flowers. For counting and adding. you watch a video on DVD of a concept explained while working the sample problems .. On a smaller scale.... It works somewhat the way Teaching Textbooks does . Use Card Games From War to Crazy 8's to Go Fish.. board games. Count everything As you go up steps.other side. Use poker chips A neat homeschooling mom shared that she writes place numbers on poker chips in order to play with math concepts with her kids.. it is useful for many other possible exercises. nutritional information on the box of cereal... They are a wonderful way to understand units. then do a worksheet on your own.. Counting & Math.knitting. use hotwheels or dry cereal. Use "food" books My favorites are M&M's Math and More M&M's Math but there are also Cheerios counting books.or 3-2-2-3-2-2. Teach Them Some Tricks Explore this wonderful site to learn lots of shortcuts and hints to pass on to your kids. It's also a fun history lesson. kid approved book is Games for Math by Peggy Kaye.. sewing. Many jump rope songs involve numbers too. Here's some painless ways to teach little ones (and not so little ones) all about numbers. fractions & more.. Check out homeschool catalogs to find some neat others. Use Math Games One highly recommended. Build a Playhouse Older kids can take part in building forts and playhouses. EX: 3-2-3-2. we counted them. divide your pie in 8 pieces and figure out how many each of you gets. Hershey's books on fractions and more. When they help figure out the best value of laundry detergent and factor in coupons. Sing Songs & Memorize rhymes Everything from "100 Bottles of Beer (pop?) on the wall" to "5 Little Monkeys Jumping on the Bed" teaches counting down and subtraction. put up legos. .. Math sneaks into all different other activities too. Give an Abacus for a Present That Will Grow With Them I got Victoria an inexpensive ($10 or so) wooden abacus when she was a toddler. no cartoons or photos (okay.. Later when she started to learn numbers. which is .. and kinesthetic learners (those who learn best while doing and moving) and auditory learners (those who learn best by hearing and saying things) will especially benefit from moving and singing while they learn. she can easily help them visualize what 17 + 8 would be.cfw. Do Connect the Dots Paint by number.

It makes sense.3)). Although the "introductory set" of 72 or so is good for a single child. Bingo (for higher number recognition). It's okay if mom and dad are not strong in math. measuring liquids into different types of containers. or "Mynah bird math. The manipulatives are very similar to Cuisenaire but have raised bumps to represent each unit rather than just being smooth like c-rods. Beware of buying this stuff on Ebay. Monopoly Jr. pattern blocks with patternables book.. I will use the booklist on the living math site (http://www. Chutes and Ladders (counting up to 100... We don't really use the videos much. M&M's etc. Using core knowledge to figure out the logical application is not in the agreement of most math programs. Simply counting everything. Copying beading patterns is also good." I started with Cuisenaire rods but later discovered math-u-see. cooking together. addition and subtraction).. but most of the activities can be adapted to one child. My kids also use Singapore Math's Earlybird Kindergarten level program but only because they want to 'do school' like the olders. it teaches real understanding of core concepts so students (parents too) can figure out any type of problem presented. he works on a very solid foundation and just keeps building on it in a way that makes sense so there is no "forgetting" how to do something. I just read the teacher book to the kids (or with the kids) and then they do the exercises. we simply played Candyland.livingmath.0 (which will be next school year) I am forgoing a formal program and will do just living math. Though sometimes when I am busy the kids can do a chapter on their own. After that you are looking at about $50 per year. When they suddenly have to apply math concepts they have no clue . There is no formal book until 3rd grade . not just plug in the numbers and then have no clue what to do with them if you re-arrange the presentation. for $30 to $50 a year instead of well over $100++ . I have watched / home schooled over 20 kids. This is gentle introduction to all and each lesson has ideas for real hands-on activity too. I believe Math-u-see manipulatives are less expensive as well. This is equally good or better. to that point is just laying a foundation of understanding how numbers work and a recommendation to use cupcake tins. There is a great book "Games for Math" by Peggy Kaye. Reason is that early push it on 'em math. We got an Idea Book with ours that had lots of ideas and I also like Miquon Math materials. I have decided that for my youngest's Yr. Another great resource for early math is Mathematics Their Way. I really like those books.. Kaye also has a games book for reading. Rummicub (for sets of numbers by digit (3 3's) or sets in order (1. as I watched many MUS kits go up to more than they would cost new from the company. jellybeans. jigsaw puzzles.. plus a video (I have to admit is informative but can put you to sleep) on how math is learned and the functional ability of children to absorb concepts as opposed to just repeat the information back with no actual clue what they were talking about. with minimal help from me. we've found the "small group set" of 155 are better because we can have lots more set out for various activities.5 is another $28 complete. They are worth a look. and over and over had a "star" math student until somewhere between 6th and 8th grade when all of a sudden they just did not get it. a simple balance scale to experiment with. nothing to copy and repeat. Also Family Math is another. . You could probably get it from your library. K-2 (as in it takes you from grade K ." as they call it does not teach anything other than copy this and repeat. The MathStart series by Stuart Murphy are wonderful math story books that give you many extra activity ideas on each math concept. i like how MUS makes almost all of the math concepts hands on. I have seen the Teaching Textbooks site and books and think they are pretty darn good. watch the lessons and find yourself suddenly having all types of "light bulb moments.2) is $23.frequently reviewed on the next day's lesson. For Kindergarten. although the Disney show is not in there.net ) as well as ideas from the Family Math book and other resources I have collected over the years. We purchased math u see from ebay which uses blocks or cuisenaire rods. Grades 3 . etc etc all would be early math. There is a math games book by Peggy Kaye that I really like.2. for examples of board games. It's designed for classroom use. I warn you that the creator does not believe in the great math race .

she is eager to learn so I have to do something but I want it to be a relaxed something. With my oldest. Auntie Pasta. What they do out there if allowed to play freely is just amazing. in the way of creating building blocks for higher order learning. outdoor play is the cream-de-la cream of math games. .... Indoors. Just take deep breaths and keep plugging along. * I also suggest looking at math books by Mitsumasa Anno. memory tiles. That's okay. I was so structured because I was afraid that I was going to miss something. I used to think I needed to entertain. with my almost 5yos. The book seems quite compatible with CM as she (Zaslavsky) is a huge advocate of various "hands on"/manipulative type things. It was written in the 70s and a paperback printed in 1986 (not sure if it was changed in any way from the hardbound original. something that facilitates the goal. Well. she has written another book for somewhat older children entitled "Math Games and Activities from Around the World. after all. DON'T propose "we're going to play a game called guess-that-shape!" or similarly "we're going to have an essay-writing contest!" Instead.This is the third time that I am doing K now. there is a way". Snowstorm. or how long we will be doing things. in that one of them begins with identifying the "different" member of a set. I want it to be a fun something. dominoes. and Rails. for a K student. and so on. And one thing I had to keep telling myself. So for example. I know this is a bit preachy. we play loads and loads of games like Dwarves and Dice. we play hopscotch outside and in (painters tape on a rug or floor is a safe way to create a hopscotch. * "Preparing Young Children for Mathematics" Claudia Zaslavsky. My professor proposed that an example of a writing game would have as a rule that students be not allowed to talk. I think that is very important. the book I recommended (Family Math) may be a bit over the head of a K student. rigid something. Candyland. The effort will be worth it. Hi Ho Cherry-O. I had people in my life who were very much against us homeschooling and I fetl a deep pressure to prove to them that I could teach my children. Rivers. they were to build something and then describe it by passing little notes back and forth (the sort students tend to pass in class!) with descriptions on how to reconstruct the structure. I think you are right when you say that you need to find a rhythm to your days. who was an ethno-mathematician and educator (interested in the interplay between mathematics and world cultures). His math games book are quite broad in their view of math. Now with my youngest. I took a class on educational games. After reading 'The Genius of Play" I realized I was getting in the way of real learning. Incidentally. Roads. (I don't like Shoots and Ladders because the game winds left to right AND right to left)." I checked out the book for young children from my public library and I've since purchased it. when you're learning about shapes. I did my dd a major disservice because I was not a relaxed mom.. CM didn't just want children to get outside for 6 hours (without our orchestration) a day just for fresh air. and she has tons of suggestions including how to make your own cheaply with commonly found objects. if you're searching for used. "Where there is a desire. we were super relaxed because he didn't want to do anything. you may find a better price on one or the other). I made that year harder than it really needed to be. This will be your first year teaching. don't make the object of the game (like learning to count.we use little bean bags we made as the "rocks"). but there are two editions. cut yourself some slack. When we did K with my ds. Otherwise the game is boring and seems trite.. However. I refer to the face of our clock a lot in reference to going somewhere. not a structured. puzzles. It might take awhile to find that rhythm. This is my biggest regret. we use a tape measure and do wood working projects. We bake together and he helps with measuring the ingredients. make the educational object of the game something that you do in passing. improving writing skills) the main *activity* of the game. instead of being merely about arithmetic. So I just did math with him for that year. or occupy my children in order for them to learn. Think building for the future in a way the child's body was designed by our creator.but it is. I want it to be different than the first time I did it. and the most sage thing I learned all semester was to have a broad view of a game.

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