I was very happy to purchase on Amazon this kit called “Teach my Preschooler”. It has 4 categories and only needs 20 minutes of concentrated time.
The Kit includes numbers, math, writing, and intro to reading. Joshua is pretty excited about it and he can’t stop going through the bag.
I told him, “Mommy is going to be your teacher.” And he then answered in curiosity, “You are my teacher? Like teacher Alvin (his swim teacher)?” Of course I answered, “Yes! Mom is going to teach you and we are going to have lots of fun!”
So we started with numbers. It has a booklet that helps your child get familiar to numbers from 1-100. When we went through it, I was really having so much fun because Joshua was able to count 1-100 on the first round! Not bad for a 3 year and 1 month old.
2 days later, Joshua begged to try out the math. He is getting more and more familiar with the concept of addition. The concept of zero is actually more difficult to comprehend than adding actual number values. But the more we practice, the more he will master it.
So yes, home school has started in our home. At this age, a lot of it is play. It helps being creative when bringing up the concepts learned when we play.
For instance the concept of addition. As we play “guess how many in your body?”, we ask questions like, “how many eyes do you have?” and then we check by counting the body part. I will keep asking till we reach fingers and toes because It is more challenging to count.
It’s been a blessing more than a challenge to teach my son. Looking forward to witness how he is growing in knowledge and wisdom.
Since I want Josh to practice the concepts of numbers I prepared another activity just by using simple materials. The objective is for Josh to really count and understand what the number means.
What I used are the following:
1. cardboard from a used folder
2. Colored paper
3. Play dough
4. Marker Pen
I cut out into similar rectangular shape the old folder. Then I cut circles in different colors from the colored paper. Those circles I would paste at the top part of the rectangular board. Below the circle, I would put the number.
With the play dough I made small round circles. There should be enough to be placed for all the card board numbers that the child will complete.
It is a guided play. I tell Joshua he has to help the circle get their seeds. The seed should be the same as the number. Oh he enjoyed the challenge! But of course, you have to help him count and understand that those “seeds” have to be inside the circle.
This was Josh doing number 8. When I presented the card board it was one at a time and in random order. This way he won’t be so overwhelmed and just feel like he is playing a game.
Here are some of his completed work. The plus part was he enjoyed this activity he kept asking to do it again and again. Of course, that brought a huge smile on my face 🙂
Teaching this math concept will lead him to understand later the concepts of addition and subtraction soon!
I have been contemplating about teaching the concept of Math to Josh. He can already tell numbers 1-10 and he is exploring 11-20. Looking at numbers helps memorizing the look and shape of the number. But how about the concept of the number? He sort of understands because we count the picture items on number books.
I am praying I will be able to teach him addition and subtraction soon. But first, I must establish his understanding of what the number means. We try to count things like his cheese and pomelo.
So I decided to do a game with Josh. I will put a number card and an empty container beside the number and a bucket filled with blue bead balls. The game works like this… I must put a number card and then he must put the corresponding balls by counting. Then if he correctly gets it, he gets pieces of his favorite snack. (Ok, it’s chips and I know some moms will debate how bad this is for my son. I agree with you… But for example sake, please bear with the illustration).
When he answers correctly he gets a reward!
Of course, in the beginning I needed to coach him how to do it. I did it about twice until he did it himself. The trick here was to just let him do it himself. When he holds the balls and gets to count them, it helps in grasping the concept. We have to keep practicing so that he would get better and better. If we keep at it we can start doing math concepts such as addition and subtraction soon. I am looking forward to that day!