We then took a break and watched Sid the Science Kid, did morning chores and played. Next, came Math. My approach this year is to do an extraordinary amount of hands on work with manipulatives. After much research, I think this is critical to later math success. We worked on logic and patterning using Reasoning with Teddy Bear Counters.
Mondays are 100's Board Day! So we used today as an opportunity to explore the Hundred's Board. SharkMan made pictures and then methodically used different colors to fill in all the rows on the board. I asked SharkMan how many green tiles were in his row. We then "discovered" that all the rows had 10 and the columns too (yes we did a great deal of counting.) This will be useful information in the next few weeks with our activities on the board and it just came so natural in the converstaion. Amazing - no worksheet - just observation and discovery.
We spent a few minutes clapping patterns and then we started our book on three. My research from this summer showed that children need to have multiple exposures to how a number looks to really internalize this. Although SharkMan is great at counting, I figure this can't hurt. Today we played with wooden cubes and came up with different combinations (of colors) to make three. As if he had read Mathematics Their Way, SharkMan said, Let's draw this." All this week, we will use different manipulatives to come up with combinations of three (more to come on this later.)
We also did 1 worksheet today identifying the 3 sounds of A and practiced writing A a couple of times. We also read some books about how fish breathe and about how dolphins used sonar. SharkMan jumped up and started clicking like a dolphin around the house. So, cute.
I know it seems like we did a great deal, but really it only took about 2 hours with several breaks. I even made it to the gym today to workout!
I am awed at how much fun we had today. All of my education classes said learning should be full of hands on discovery. Today, I saw that realized. Having time to work one-on-one was fabulous. I realize all days won't necessarily look like this but I am so grateful that I was able to spend such a great day with my son!