Saturday, October 1, 2011

Math land

I thought I would post some pics of our homeschool math work for this week. We definitely just go with the flow, as A's abilities and interests are so varied. I personally want to make sure she has a firm grasp on the basics, so we are reviewing number bonds and math families. So far, all of this is review, but its a good way to start the year.
But, if we just did this for math, I would have one very unhappy kiddo. She likes a challenge, and she asks for one daily. So this is what we have been doing for fun. Nothing like a little algebra to make a kid smile. Gotta love my child.


More practice with multi-digit addition and subtraction.
On Friday, she grabbed her ruler and decided to start measuring her friends that shared circle time with us.

As I said, conceptually, what A understands mathematically is far beyond her age. So we have started learning multiplication facts although many I have found she already knows without any introduction.
We of course play a lot of games, especially in our rainy, wind driven, Dutch Harbor weather. A and used to use this bingo game several years ago when learning teen numbers, but I pulled it out and I called out equations and she could put a dot on the answer to the equation. It was a lot of fun. I think I can come up with a lot of ways to use this. Addition and Subtraction equations, and then of course multiplication and division, and algebra equations will be lots of fun with this game.
We messed around with the tanagrams as well. We haven't played with these in a while but we pulled them out Friday and they were a hit. We messed around with these until lunch. I have had this set of tanagrams since college, but several months ago I found this book of tanagram puzzles for k-6th grade at our library's Friends Room, and snatched it up. Some of my favorite memories for my GT classes in elementary school is of tanagram puzzles and other logic puzzles. I hope A loves them as much as I did and still do.

Hope you enjoyed our little tour of math land. Wow, math land, that brings back memories. My algebra teacher used to call his room Math land.Good old Mr. Evans. Love those memories.

Good night all.

5 comments:

Karin said...

There's also a book called "Patternables" that is a hit here. It uses the pattern blocks to make the pictures. You can find it on amazon.com if you are interested.

Gotta love the algebra! Julie solved her first problems when she was 4 too! We use curriculum...I know you tried Right Start but have you looked into Singapore Primary Math?

Joyful Learner said...

I love all your math activities! I've been reluctant to expose too much too soon because I wanted K to work on her number sense. But she's figured out the higher math concepts with ease just from every day activities and little or no prompting. We haven't used most of our math manipulatives in some time but I think we may take them out again and see how she does.

Love those tangrams!

Freedom Three said...

what a little genius you have! You live in Dutch Harbor! I stayed with a roommate of mine from college (i went to UAA) who lives in Sand Point. I helped out on her dad's boat fishing for salmon (well i wasn't much help). i cooked a little and helped with the fishing just a bit.

Amanda said...

Karin- I am going to have to check "Patternables" out. I think Ansley would love that. I ended up not loving Right Start, I like the concepts and the way of thinking, but it moves so slow for her and takes a great deal of time to explain something that she can grasp in 5 mins or less. I need to check out singapore. Do you like the standard or US version?

Joyful Learner- Thanks. I love math and so does Ansley. I'm not really afraid to just let her run with stuff. I figure as long as I make sure she has that firm grasp at least she will be happier. :)

Freedom Three- Really?! How cool. The plane to Dutch often makes stops for refueling there. It can stop in King Salmon, Cold Bay, or Sand Point. Sometimes it stops at all of them LOL. Yep, Dutch Harbor. We've been here a year now. It's pretty cool. Love it so far.

Karin said...

We use the US Edition. It can also move slow at times but it's easy to compact/telescope.

I would look into the textbook and Intensive Practice book and forget the workbook. The workbook has a lot of repetition and has exercises that build upon each other. The IP book cuts of the "build up" and goes to the meat THEN adds more challenging problems - it's kind of the workbook on steroids!

Definitely use the placement test found on the Singapore website!