Basic math requires a lot of practice to master, especially when it comes to building fact fluency. Even kids who love repetition can get bored with the old "drill and kill" approach to practice. Practicing basic math facts is necessary, but we can make it fun by using games. These three free games are low prep and lots of fun.
Comparing and contrasting can be a tricky skill. It seems so simple, but it trips up a lot of kids. Using the right books is really important. It really helps if you can find two books that have both strong similarities and clear differences. Ones that really lead the kids in the direction you want them to go.
It’s Friday! It’s been a great week. I wanted to share some of the things we’ve done recently. 1. By far the coolest thing we did this week was attend a Maker Faire. We got to really explore some fabulous STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, & Math) activities. We got to explore a wind tunnel, build geometric shapes with straws and pipe cleaners, screen print a t-shirt, use light reactive dye, build circuits, and even forge a copper bracelet.
Recently, I’ve been seeing a trend towards virtual field trips. While it’s a great option for exploring cultures and places that are simply too far away to get to, there is something particularly awesome about the interaction that occurs on a real, honest to goodness, field trip. When my daughter can explore things and actually physically immerse herself into the learning she engages at a level I don’t otherwise see from her. A little planning and knowing a few simple tips have allowed us to have many successful field trips.
Math skills don’t just happen. Most kids need lots and lots of repetition to develop fluency with basic math skills including reading number words, counting, and number recognition. Why not keep it fresh with some seasonal activities? It’s that time of year when all things pumpkins are cool and when the kids are counting down the days till Halloween. Why not take advantage of that excitement?