Showing posts with label math. Show all posts
Showing posts with label math. Show all posts

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Vito always wanted to join us whenever we play board games but we don’t allow him because it’s too much for him.  Too many cards (and paper money) to scatter, dice which he couldn’t figure out how to use and what to do with it and so much more.  So when I was making Autumn-Themed Math Activities, I made sure that I include a game that’s suitable for his age.

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.

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Vito is 28 months old.

Odd as it may be, but Vito loves numbers and counting more than letters.  Yes, I find it odd because Mavi was into letters at his age and started to learn spelling by the time he’s 2.5 years old. It amazes me on how they can be different!

Anyway, I wanted to share with you this beautiful wooden number peg board I recently bought from a local store (materials are from Europe) and Vito loves this!  A precious piece of math material that teaches little children to count and practice hand-eye coordination at the same time!  I wanted to buy the Montessori Math Spindle, but when I saw this, I knew this is way more better (and a lot cheaper)!

Saturday, March 5, 2016

Vito is 27 months old.
I have this bucket balance years ago and was mostly used by Mavi (Measuring Mass of an Object). He’s been using it to learn concepts like mass units and the concept of gravity.  I’m so hesitant to let Vito use it for the obvious reason that at his age, he might break it or doesn’t know how to use it.  But I was wrong!  One day, I ran out of ideas for him so I bravely took our bucket balance and a bunch of Duplos for him to explore.  Well, lo and behold!  It was a total hit and I didn’t expect that he’ll enjoy using it!

So what did Vito exactly do with the balance and what are the things he discovered?

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Vito loves counting. He’s been counting since he’s 1.5 years old.  He recited and recognized the numbers from 1 to 10 first before the letters.  He is unlike Mavi who recognized and recited the alphabet first (1.5 years old) before he became interested with numbers (3 years old).

And because of Vito’s interest, I am always giving him different counting activities to feed this interest.  One of his favourite is using our counting cards for one to one correspondence.  These were Mavi’s and I barely used them with him.

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Math is one of my favourite subjects, and it always excites me to see math activities in homeschool blogs.  Mavi and I are always having a great time working on this subject especially when he was in preschool.  I collected all our favourite math preschool activities and you can check them out on the link or image below.

Friday, November 13, 2015

Vito uses these cards a lot in my post on TREE ACTIVITIES and even in random days, he would pick this up from shelf and work on it.
You can get the Safari Toob Tree miniature objects from here.

Saturday, October 31, 2015

Mavi didn’t like math.  When he was around 5yrs old, he would rather read books than work with math.  He’s excuse would always be “I’m tired” or “it’s difficult”.  I can truly understand him though. I didn’t enjoy math when I was younger.  Until I stepped into secondary school and discovered why we need math.

So instead of forcing him to solve arithmetic problems and giving him number activities, I exposed him to real life problems so he can appreciate math.  I made him understand WHY WE NEED TO LEARN NUMBERS AND MATH.  We would go to the groceries and count our items all together, doing addition and subtraction in between.  Of course, he’s not aware we’re doing math, all he knows is that he’s helping Mommy do some groceries.  At home, I secretly incorporate addition and subtraction by counting his missing pens, his toys and how many books he has read.

He loves the real life math! He can’t stand arithmetic problems but he enjoys real life problems.  So what I did was create a bunch of colorful cards for us to work on, making sure there’s pictures (and we mostly use counters as well) to make it attractive.  In the problems, I used his friends’ name so he’ll like it, and of course he finds it funny!  He kept asking for more, more questions as he liked solving the problems.    And that was the game changer.

Through these problem solving cards, he was able to appreciate math, and could now understand why he needs to practice arithmetic.  He loves to solve math problems these days  on his own and still loves solving problems.

So I created these problem solving cards for Pre-K students.  It contains:

• 1 step problem solving for addition and subtraction
• 12 unique questions for addition within 10 (with pictures)
• 12 unique questions for subtraction within 10 (with pictures)
• 12 fill-in questions for addition to let the parents change the numbers for more practice (for advanced students, based on the questions with pictures).  You can use counters for this.
• 12 fill-in questions for subtraction to let the parents change the numbers for more practice (for advanced students, based on the questions with pictures).  You can use counters for this.

Mavi worked on these cards when he was 5-6yrs old.  Though this is intended for 5-6yrs old children, older or younger kids can still use the cards as a practice material. Hope you like it and find it useful like we do.  Thanks!

Thursday, September 17, 2015

It's the time of our 12 Month of Montessori Series, and today I'm sharing with you how Mavi learned the concept of the decimal system and base 10 using the Montessori golden beads materials.  We worked on this when he was about 4yrs old and at times he still wanted to do the complete layout (see the bottom of the post for this).   The aim of studying the decimal system is for the child to understand, organize and  classify the numerical quantities into different hierarchies of units, tens, hundreds and thousands.

One of the best thing about these golden beads material is that it provides a sensorial approach in learning mathematics.  In using the golden beads, a child can easily differentiate a unit from tens, from hundreds and thousands through its depth, weight and quantity.  In effect, there is retention to the concepts because the child can easily visualize the quantity of numbers.

So without further ado, here’s Mavi’s presentation of how we use the golden beads in learning the decimal system.
Units, Tens, Hundreds, Thousands

Here’s a short presentation which  Mavi and I created on how to use the materials in introducing units, tens, hundreds and thousands.
The Layout
Now for the overall view of the decimal system, combining the number symbols and the quantity, here’s Mavi working on the decimal system layout.  Sorry if he only worked till 4000, as we do not have enough thousand cubes   Enjoy!

This post is part of the 12 Months of Montessori Learning which is hosted by Natural Beach Living and The Natural Homeschool.

Amazing blogs involved in the 12 Months of Montessori Learning

Sunday, July 19, 2015

To those who are interested, I recorded Mavi’s work a few weeks ago on Montessori multiplication using the bead board.  We do it occasionally for practice. Whenever he does the bead board, he followed this work with multiplication using the bead bars.  Please use the video below as your reference in case you wanted to try this at home.

Sunday, June 28, 2015

A few weeks ago, Mavi brought home some homework about clocks and time reading. I knew then that we should at least have a brief discussion about the clock and telling time as it has been years since we had a clock activity.

Using my latest clock nomenclature cards and workbooks, we reviewed how to read and write the time, compared the difference between analogue and digital clocks and the relevance of time in our lives.

Clock Nomenclature Cards with Borders are from here. You can get the learning clock from here.

We then moved on to our workbooks for more practice on writing time. Have I mentioned before that Mavi enjoys using workbooks? Oh yes he does!

Learning AM and PM

In addition, I asked him to make a record of his daily routine. Like, what time does he wakes up, eat breakfast, lunch and dinner… till he sleeps. He’s very excited about this! I can’t wait to see that routine record and share it with you.

Sunday, June 14, 2015

Each file has:

• 12 hour clocks
• 12 half past hour clocks
• 12 quarter past clocks
• 12 quarter to clocks

More printable and learning resources from The Pinay Homeschooler Shop!

Thursday, June 11, 2015

Welcome to another week of  Learn & Play Link Up!  I know that we are all enjoying summer, savouring the heat and everyone just wanted to play.  But because we are settled in a place where we barely have summer (because it rains all the time here in Ireland!), I made sure that we have activities  indoor to have that summer “feel”.

For this week in The Pinay Homeschooler, I’m featuring our Summer Themed Grid Number Games.  Mavi and I had a great time playing this while it was gloomy for an entire week! Sure the weather spoilt our plan for outdoor play but our grid game kept us entertained!  To know more about it, click the image below or here.

Now I’m going to feature 4 awesome math post from our beloved readers!

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Friday, June 5, 2015

I love grid games! We used to play this a lot when Mavi was learning how to count. If you  haven't heard about it yet, the mechanics are pretty simple.

What you need:
• die/dice
• counters
• grid game board
How to play:
Roll the dice. Identify the number on the die.  Count  that amount of counters and place each one on the picture in the grid.  Continue playing until you fill out the grid.

Subtraction Game:
For a little challenge, I added a twist! Instead of the conventional one, we played a subtraction game. We used two dice.  To play, roll the dice and subtract the small number from the bigger number value in the dice. Say die[1] = 4 and die[2] = 6.  So 6 - 4 = 2.  Take 2 counters and place it on the grid.

If you have die[1] = 5 and die[2] = 5, you get 0.  Therefore you will not have any counter in the grid. Whoever fills the grid first wins!  So if you get lots of 0, you will mostly lose the game.

I love how Mavi easily memorizes the number combination and the answer!
Such a brilliant way to keep him engaged and learn mathematics at the same time! And this can be played by multiple players as well how cool is that?!

Try it now! I've got 8 different grid games for 2 sizes (6x5 for older kids).

Saturday, May 30, 2015

Last week, Mavi and I got a little bit of time to work on fractions.  I've been wanting to do this with him but we seldom have some time together because of Vito.  So it took us around 3 days to complete the activities.

Fractions can be very intimidating to kids. Especially the fact that the numbering is quite different from that of a conventional number.  But with proper manipulatives, and presentation, this can be a very interesting topic... and fun too!

In this case, I used my son's favourite pita bread to present fractions.  You may use a paper, a bar of chocolate or any favourite thing or toy that can be divided.

What is a fraction?
Fraction is basically a part of whole, and each part must have an equal size.  Here I divided the pita bread into four.  You can ask your child the shape it created for a little bit of geometry lesson :)

How to write fractions?
So now, the whole (1) has now 4 equal parts.  You can write this as 4/4 (this is a whole).  Now Mavi wants to eat 1 part, thus we can say that he eats 1 out of 4 equal parts.  And I showed Mavi how to write that part, 1/4.

1/4 means 1 out of 4 equal parts.

What fraction of the circle is shaded?

As we move on, Mavi practised how to write fractions.  We used our fraction pies for this activity. So this is Mavi counting the fraction that is NOT black.

Similarly, I made him form the fractions using the number symbol that I created.  He's working on the pies randomly thus the blue and yellow are not yet done.

There are so many ways that you can practice fractions.  We have this math cubes which we love to use in our math activities and I also presented this to Mavi.  I showed him that fraction is not just about pies, it can be of anything that is equally divided.

We will do a lot more in this subject as he loves making fractions.  We'll try to explore other materials as well like paper, chocolate bars and fraction tiles (if available).

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Saturday, May 23, 2015

Mavi and I started some activities for Applied Science. Here, math and science works together to solve problems. Applied Science enables the child to do critical thinking.

Experimenting and predicting Mass (Weight)

I chose this lesson because I’ve always wanted to use our bucket balance which I got from Learning Resources. I had this since last year but Mavi has been using it for play and have not used it as an educational toy yet.

Materials needed:

Objective:

• To develop skills in predicting and estimating the mass of the an object.
• To use knowledge in science and math to come up with a mathematical conclusion based on the experiment.
Mavi will predict the weight of the materials without putting them in the scale. The prediction of how heavy an object is will be based on the unit material we are using. For example, how many unit trains does the rugby ball weigh? Then we will determine if his predictions are correct by testing it in the balance against the number of units he predicted.

As you can see we keep a notebook here to record his data. There should be three columns with labels: [object] [prediction] [actual]

Once he has tested all the materials, we will then come up with a conclusion if his predictions are correct or not. Then compare each object, from the lightest to heaviest using the number of units each has.
Results:
 Objects Prediction Actual Rugby ball 17 pebbles 35 pebbles Book 20 pebbles 33 pebbles Box 10 pebbles 11 pebbles

We concluded that the heaviest item was the rugby ball and the lightest was the Jenga box.

This was an exciting activity for Mavi.  After our lesson he continued playing with the balance in his room, with his brother.  He’s trying to test how will two different objects balance.  Of course, he has a little helper.

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Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Over the years, we’ve done a lot of preschool math, may it be Montessori, Montessori-inspired or just any spontaneous activity I could think of.  And just like most of you, this is one of the subject that young Mavi was not giddy about.  This can be overwhelming to little children, thus finding it hard to enjoy math activities.  But through the philosophies of Maria Montessori (which I implemented at home), and with the inspiration that I get from homeschooling Mommies, we were able to surpass that stage with flying colours.

So I compiled the math activities that Mavi loved and enjoyed. These activities are suitable for children from 3 years old and above.  We use  A lot of manipulatives, both purchased and homemade. They were all worth-it, for the time I’ve spent creating materials and the amount of money I invested.

Learning how to Count 0  to 9

Popsicle Stick Shapes
Cards and Counters using Cut-out Leaves (Fall activity)

Tally Fingers and Cards
Cards and Counters with Number Ordering