Anyway, we received that package and I couldn't wait to start first activity with Eaton.
You can read about Matrix Math on Elizabeth's website who did amazing review! After going through the package and watching introductory Matrix Math DVD I can tell that Elizabeth's review is very true.
My idea is to present some activities from that program and report Eaton's progress so I will not be writing what is included. The idea of the level 1 Matrix Math is to teach addition and subtraction based on dots. The knowledge of proper situation of dots makes addition and subtraction easier. And that leads to mental math performed with ease.
Here is a picture from my package. (I forgot to include DVD I started to watch)
This is my folder I prepared. I made few copies of extra dot cards, I laminated them. Also, I created some extra cards for Eaton to practice counting backwards from 20 and bigger/smaller number idea. Old activity from Childcareland is very handy for placing dots activity. All together there is some work that needs to be done.
So far, Eaton is very excited about tracing dots on numbers. He already did that many times. I think I chosen good time as tracing and handwriting is his favorite activity.
Here is Eaton doing connect dots activity for the first time. (Number 4 has a different way of tracing than traditional way).
The idea of this activity is to remember the placement of dots on the number as well as understand idea of assigning numbers of dots to a number. At the same time a child can learn backward counting as well.
I will be posting Eaton's progress about that program.
I almost forgot to mention that Chris invited me to a seminar with Dr. Jones (through Internet) where I could ask questions about this program. You can call Chris and find out more about programs they offer as well as new seminars that are coming out (Phone is visible on the first picture).
Have a great week!