## Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Vito is starting “preschool” math this school year and we are not using any curriculum.  I guess it’s not necessary in our case.  I will be using my experience with Mavi and with the thousand ideas online on setting up “play-based” and Montessori-inspired activities for Vito this school year.  So in order for me to be able to organize and prepare materials ahead of time, I decided to come up with seasonal-themes for the upcoming months.

For September, we’re exploring autumn through mathematics! We’ll have lots of Montesssori(sh) activities as well as playbased.  Here are some of the materials I prepared and the things we’re going to do.

Number Clipcards.  Counting and identifying numbers. We’re using wooden pegs to mark the number so it’s learning how to count, number recognition plus fine motor skills!

Racing Games.  So far, Vito is enjoying this activity.  His 1:1 correspondence is getting better as we play.

Cards and Counters with Control Sheet.  A popular Montessori activity.  I have three sets of cards, one is for a pumpkin themed activity, then a apple and leaves.  When he’s a bit bigger, we’ll be using these cards to learn about odd and even numbers as well.

Cards and Counters.  Similar activity with no guide on this one.  We have a lot of counters as home, but since we’re learning about autumn, we’ll use leaves, nuts, pumpkins etc.

Graphing Game.  We haven’t tried this one yet but I’m already guessing that Vito will love this as well as much as he enjoyed the racing game.  This game is focusing on counting and number recognition.  You can use counters, stickers or markers to mark your graph.

Patterning.  Math is mainly number patterns. So to introduce this to Vito, we’re starting with these patterning cards.  I will present the pattern and we’ll recreate it using the cards which are also provided in the printable pack.  I will start introducing one pattern first and test whether he’s into it.

I will observe Vito throughout these math activities. He loves counting, so he’s always interested whenever I prepare the math materials.  I will share and give “progress” report every now and then on how effective are these materials(and activities), which one he likes and showed no interest.  We’ve started with some of these already and so far, he’s loving it.