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Friday, March 2, 2012

Back To Basic-Counting

"Dr. Wright's Kitchen Table Math" is a great book for parents that teaches child's developmental stages. I really love their explanation because it's not only a book of activities and how to use them but this is the source of understanding your child's developmental steps in math. I didn't find anything like that before. It tells you the way your child thinks in math, and also tells you  how he/she needs to go through phases/stages in order to progress further. The book gives you not only simple examples you can do with your child at home but also explanation for doing them in order your kid to progress.
Math is the subject in which Eaton didn't show me what he knew. It was really hard to figure out the level of his knowledge because he didn't respond to it like to other subjects: science or language. Whenever he counted he did it correctly but then he didn't want to do it for a long time. Not so long ago Eaton started to count almost all the time everything around. He uses his fingers, he add them up, he double them. He uses numbers only to 10. He doesn't want to do above 10, maybe only few times so far. (but he counts to 100 easy)

Anyway, I decided to go back to basic, the other day. I gave Eaton simple activity using Lego Duplo blocks. He needed to put blocks in sequence from 1-10 or 10 to 1. 

After seeing post on Peter's blog -Poznajemy Montessori I added some beads to activity. Eaton liked that idea a lot and he started to put them on top of blocks. 

 We started addition too: by 1.

That was very interesting to see him involved in that activity to the end. He did all by himself and he enjoyed that. That was very important :)


K said...

That's really very easy and fun activity - I will try this one with my younger one:)
Blocks give us so many possibilities and you added one more - thanks Marta!

PS. With my older one we used block for skip counting and with younger for reading too:)

Marta said...

And these blocks are big enough for a boy to point and not miss one ;-) comparing to mini lego blocks

K said...

That's it! We also use the big ones:)

BebeMom said...

My son love numbers, he can express numbers 1 - 10 by using his fingues, but using Lego blocks is really fun, I will practice with him :) Thanks Marta.