they just adored this 'game.'
|our son and godsons playing with rods|
The rod in my hand is bigger than five, smaller than seven.
The rod in my hand is in between five and seven.
The rod in my hand is more than five, less than seven.
The rod in my hand is longer than five, shorter than seven.
Once the kids got comfortable (and quick) at answering these questions, I started to give clues like:
The rod in my hand is half of an eight.
The rod in my hand is one more than seven.
The rod in my hand is one less than four.
The rod in my hand plus a one makes a nine.
The rod in my hand is two more than six.
The rod in my hand plus a three equals a seven.
If I had two of these rods, it would make a four.
The rod in my hand is two less than seven.
The rod in my hand is as big as a seven and three put together.
( ) + ( ) =
Take out a set for numbers one through ten. Have the kids put them
in order smallest to largest, and then largest to smallest.
Give them a set of beans and have them put one bean, plastic disc, penny, button, acorn, seashell, pebble, or whatever you have over each spot (this is helpful for learning one to one correspondence).
Play War- a great way to learn less than/more than (Divide the deck between two players. Holding their cards face down, the players turn their top cards over simultaneously. The player with the highest card wins, taking both cards)
Play Go Fish- At first this helps with identification, later only ask for pairs of cards that add up to ten, or six, or whatever. Give her a set of small counters to work out the combinations she needs in concrete objects first.
Sorry- the older Sorry which involved rolling the dice. Games like this help them learn counting carefully (one to one correspondence), number patterns (on the dice), adding two dice together, and strategy.
RAcko is another great math game, and they don't even know they are doing 'math.'
it with numbers: 4+2=6
MOnster Math Picnic
One Hungry Cat
More or Less a Mess
Over in the Meadow
I have a short playlist of our favourite counting songs
My children are grown now and four of them have children of their own. The above resources are things I used with them when they were small. I am sure there are shinier, newer things out that are just as good. You don't need to spend a lot of money or make sure everything is perfect. Use what you have or can easily get. I had my grandmother's real button box and used it all the time (Kondo notwithstanding). You may prefer the beads from a necklace that broke, dried beans, acorns picked up in the woods, or something else. Adjust these ideas to your children and your family. Think about the goal first and be flexible in how to reach it. Make it a natural part of your daily lives- and be sure the littles still have plenty of free play time, and especially out-of-doors play.
Tools to help you implement Charlotte Mason methods:
$5.00- Education for All, a new CM journal, Feed Your Mind! This issue contains several articles on handicrafts, outdoor play, nature study and science. See sidebar for purchasing options if you are in the Philippines.
$3.00 Five Little Peppers and How They Grew Copywork (grades 2/3, carefully selected with an eye toward finely crafted sentences, lovely bits of writing pleasant to picture in the mind's eye, and practice in copying some of the mechanics of grammar and punctuation typically covered in these years.