Be sure to see Our Twist on Math webpage and download our FREE handout for tips for using math manipulatives!
Now, about this curriculum book…
Very easy to use and reuse, this math resource gives lessons and activities geared towards the non-writer/ beginner writer. Introduce mathematical concepts with manipulatives, many of which may already be in your home! Topically arranged and designed so that a busy mom can see an entire lesson plan of math activities for 1-2 weeks at a glance so we hung our book on a wall because it was bound on the top!
Skills covered include: calendar/ seasons/ months/ days of the week, 2-D shapes, sorting, counting/ identifying numerals, day/night/time/clocks, measurement, patterning and sequencing, writing numbers, graphing, identifying Canadian coins, and fact families ( -) to 5. Suggested scheduling: 2x each week of the school year(s).
This resource with reproducible student pages can be used for both of the JK and SK years of study because the lessons are fun enough to be repeated for reinforcement.(Most of the book involves hands-on work but there are a handful of pages which would use a crayon or pencil.)
(Some moms have also bought this resource to introduce Grade 1 math for later beginners or review concepts for struggling students in a fun way that “sticks”.)
This item is our first edition and is printed as an 8 1/2 x 14″ (legal size) book with a hole for hanging it if desired.
As of 2019, it was updated into a second edition with a few changes, including making it into a regular 8 1/2 x 11″ size of a book so it could be more conveniently printed as an e-book on a home printer. This second edition is called “Beginner Math Sticks“.
Notes about the sample pages of the number “6”:
After colouring the pictures, the child would read verbally, left to right, top to bottom:
“Six muffins or cupcakes, six lollipops, six pencils, six flowers, six buttons.”
In this lesson, the parent also mentions that a group of 6 is commonly called a half-dozen, for example, a half-dozen roses. Items used to teach math are purposely relevant to the life of a young Canadian child (i.e. no alligators or monsters).
The child can make the number pages into a homemade book to read or the parent can just flip to the page, hang the whole Beginner Math book because there are drilled holes along the top, and use the page like a poster/visual aid for a day or so.