L and E are 31 months old. Here is an update on our preschool math curriculum...
We're still doing RightStart Math Level A. We've gotten through lessons 1-9, with a lot of repetition. The girls don't like practicing the same thing over and over so I always try to come up with creative ideas to bring in new math manipulatives or come up with different games and activities. I'm probably going to stay on these lessons until I feel that the girls have mastered the concepts before moving forward. Considering this is a Kindergarten math curriculum, we can definitely take our time.
The girls have become really good at identifying groups of objects to 5. We practice this in lots of different ways:
We also play a game with a deck of Uno cards, where we flip over one number and then demonstrate that number using objects, tally sticks, fingers, or the abacus:
We sing 'Yellow is the Sun' almost every day. It's a song that helps kids memorize how numbers from 6 to 10 are decomposed using 5 (6 is 5 and 1, etc..). We often use manimulatives to illustrate the concepts as we sing the song:
Add It Math Game Free Printable from Confessions of a Homeschooler:
Patterns and blocks are really popular with the girls, as well. Here is a photo of a game I made for them by cutting up non-stick shelf-liner into various shapes and letting them place blocks on them (blocks came from a game from older kids that we found for a clearance price.. great fine motor activity):
Since all the math activities we do are very hands-on, not just flashcards, the girls are really getting the concepts. I know this, because they demonstrate the things that they know whenever they play (even when they're just playing with each other and I'm overhearing them) - I love that math is not reserved for a special 'class at school', but is integrated into the activities and games that we play every day.
Check out Part 2 of this blog: Ten More Early Learning Math Games - Number Line and More
Some other math-related activities from Learners in Bloom:
- Yertle the Turtle Number Recognition Activity
- Number Olympics
- Math Game: Grouping Fish
- Blocks In Socks: Early Math Game
- Bumblebee Math Game
Here are some links to other Mommy/Teacher Blogs with ideas for math activities and games appropriate for the preschool age-group:
- Everyday Math in Preschool from Deborah at Teach Preschool (with Linky)
- Six New Math Games from Peaceful Parenting
- Everyday Math Play from Teaching 2 and 3 Year Olds