## Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Hello readers! I mentioned earlier in my previous post that we will be doing A LOT of  math activities for this month.  With that, we started with skip counting.

Based on my experience, this is something he is not really interested with.  So to get his attention I used his favorite toy (Lego) to demonstrate counting by tens.

First I made him stack 10 square Legos which he gladly did. I explained that 1 stack of Lego consist of 10 Lego squares.

And I proceeded with 2 stacks of Lego.  Explained that there are 2 tens now, and 2 tens is twenty all in all.

And I made him put 3 stacks of Legos, asked him how many tens are there.  He counted the stacks and answered 3.  Then I explained that 3 tens is thirty.

We did this till we reached 80 because I ran out of Legos.  LOL.

And then we counted the numeral numbers by tens. I really don’t expect him to grasp the concept yet.  I just want him to be familiar with skip counting, that there are “shortcuts” in counting, that we don’t have to count each Lego squares one by one because it would be tiring.

Now we’ll do counting by 2’s and 3’s next which I think he is more familiar with since I count by 2’s whenever we tidy up his animal figures.

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## Tuesday, March 5, 2013

I’m currently cleaning up my hard drives and I came across old files that were used during Mavi’s toddler homeschooling years :) Some of which are these Playdoh mats which I customized because I wanted something plain, smaller and requires less ink. So what I did was to create my own version, and I added number Playdoh mats as well.

So if you are interested, you can grab a copy of it for FREE by clicking the links below.  And if someone wishes to have a copy kindly direct them back here to my site. Enjoy!
Number Playdoh Mats
Uppercase and Lowercase Letter Playdoh Mats
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## Monday, March 4, 2013

This idea was from Deep Sparkle.  This is a great activity and a perfect way to practice cutting and pasting skills.

First we made our background by creating swirls and spots.

Mine is on the left side and my son selected blue and purple for his background.

While we wait for our paints to dry, Mavi cut some small pieces of squares/rectangles for our windows.

An hour later, we added skyscrapers to our background using black art paper (sorry no picture as my hands were busy).

Then I let my son paste the small squares  on our skyscrapers.  I explained that at night you cannot usually see the exterior of the buildings, what you see are just shadows (thus it’s black). So what you can see are the windows that are lit from inside.

Here’s Mavi’s work.  He’s still adding some details :)

And here’s mine.  I didn’t get to design my own skyscrapers as he did mine too LOL.

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