Kindergarten Counters: Day 12 of 31 Days of Classical Education Lite

If you are new to this series, feel free to start at the beginning.  For each of the 31 days of October 2013, I will write about practical ways to include classical education in your school routine, whether that is preschool, homeschool, or afterschool.  I will focus on an age range of birth to fourth grade.  This includes the grammar stage of the Classical Trivium. Preparing your Kindergartener for elementary mathematics is actually a lot of fun.  That is because almost everything they need to know can be accomplished by baking cookies with Mom.  Everyone loves cookies, right? The FoundationIf you have been working with your preschooler on counting and one-to-one correspondence, then they are well prepared for Kindergarten math.  If not, then start counting stuff.  It won’t take long to stick. The ConceptsOnce your child can count objects to at least ten, you can begin work on understanding the … Keep reading…

Curriculum Review: Math-U-See Primer

PRODUCTS WE USED: Math-U-See Primer Student Text Instruction Pack (Teacher’s Manual and DVD) Manipulative Block Set Skip Count CD and Book TOTAL COST: All materials were purchased new at a convention for $95 plus tax. STUDENT BACKGROUND: This curriculum was used to teach a 5 year old boy at the Kindergarten level. He began the year with some mathematical knowledge.  He could count to 100 using 1:1 correspondence, skip count by 5s and 10s, do very basic addition, and identify basic shapes and numerals 0-9. PROS: The DVD provides all of the teacher instruction necessary to teach the skill, so there is no need to worry that your own knowledge will fall short. Various learning methods (visual, auditory, kinesthetic) are used in each lesson. No number writing instruction included.  Others may call this a con, but I don’t want handwriting cluttering up my math lessons. Not mastery based at this … Keep reading…

What’s In The Box Wednesday: Kindergarten

I can’t believe that we are already halfway through Kindergarten!  I have enjoyed this homeschool thing so far.  The boys seem happy, too. Here is a look at our Wednesday: 1. Handwriting – Alex already completed his capital letter O practice before I could take pictures.  His handwriting is slowly improving, but this is not one of his favorite things.  I don’t push it too hard.  If I can tell what he wrote, that is good enough.  This is the Handwriting Without Tears block paper that I created. 2. Phonics – These are some letter cards that I downloaded from Mrs. Saylor’s Log. I printed and laminated them so Alex can fill in the missing letter.  I need to make sure that he can do this activity because next week I plan on introducing alphabetizing.  That is one of those small skills that can easily slip through the cracks.  It … Keep reading…

What’s In The Box Wednesday: Kindergarten

Here is a closer look at our super simple day.  And I apologize for the terrible photos.  I am going to have to stop taking photos of these items inside the drawers.  The lighting is atrocious. 1.  Phonics (Beginning ‘R’ Blends) – This is a word search from the Progressive Phonics Intermediate Book 3.  I usually keep one of these in the box all week until Alex finishes it.  I ask that he find at least five words before he quits.       2.  Handwriting – Capital letter ‘Z’ practice using my gray blocks printable paper.  We should finish the capitals before Christmas.  I am very ready to move on to lower case letters so we can get to some actual writing.     3.  Math – Worksheets from lesson 17 of Math-U-See Primer.  I usually include two worksheets per day, one from lesson practice and one from systematic … Keep reading…

Math-U-See Extras Available

So I knew that on mathusee.com there were extra worksheets available for printing, but I didn’t know they had fun activity pages for each lesson!  Go here and look under Elementary Updates.  They have activity sheets for Primer, Alpha, and Beta. So far in Primer, we have found worksheets for patterning, understanding less and more, and a color by shape.  These will be a great addition to our workboxes.  … Keep reading…