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Back 2 School Montessori Extras

10 back to school or homeschool activities to give your child a leg up on learning

By Anitra

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Whether your child is going back to public school, preschool, or it is time to get back to your homeschooling routine, it means that it is time for your child to buckle down and get back to the academics.  In most cases, the time your child spends at school or preschool is not enough for them to them to master, learn, and even practice many skills necessary for their academic success. Phonetic letter sound recognition, number recognition, the ability to communicate effectively & use problem solving skills, and fine motor skills are all important aspects that are customary for children to know and master.

 

 

 

 

 

I have parents all the time asking me if there is something that they could be working with at home with their child.  I normally tell them to have their child read (if they are a reader), and advise them of a few resources for them to possibly purchase and/or add to their home.  As a teacher, I do not have just one academic area that I find is important over another one.  In my opinion, they are all equally important, and play an important part in the development of the whole child.  It is important to incorporate all aspects of a child’s development, as well as finding ways to promote fine motor, cognitive skills, and critical thinking skills.  Trust me, no teacher would be disappointed to have a class of well rounded students!!

 

The activities I chose for the list are ones that can be used in a variety of ways and incorporated for use at home as extra support, for your homeschool, or in a classroom to enhance your curriculum.  I have direct knowledge and have used many of these items from the list in various ways either in my classroom or as an addition to my curriculum.

 

 

10 Activities that can used as extra support for your child’s academic learning

 

Add & Subtract Abacus

The Add & Subtract Abacus is for three to six year olds.  It comes with a wooden base and the double-sided wooden boards.  The colorful beads make it easy to distinguish between each of the numbers.  This work is a way to explore numbers, colors, patterns, addition, and subtraction!  It is very multi-functional.

     Self-Correcting Alphabet Letter Puzzles

The Self-Correcting Alphabet Puzzles are for four to six year olds.  The wooden puzzle pieces have a colorful object for the corresponding letter sound on one side, and letters from A to Z on the other side.  The interlocking pieces make it easy for young children to self correct and promotes independence and success!

Alphabet Puzzle Cards

The Alphabet Puzzle Cards are for four to six year olds.  The interlocking alphabet cards come in a great wooden box for easy storage.  The self correcting interlocking pieces insures that the puzzles are solved and matched correctly!  These puzzle cards promote independence and

Wooden Letter Alphabet Magnets

The Wooden Letter Alphabet Magnets are for three to six year olds.  There are fifty two magnetic upper and lower case letters, that can be used for spelling, stenciling, matching upper and lower case, and for building words!  These letter magnets are great for all kinds of language ideas!

Self-Correcting Number Puzzles

The Self-Correcting Number Puzzles are for four to six year olds.  The wooden puzzle pieces have colorful, objects on one side, and numbers from one to twenty on the other side.  The interlocking pieces make it easy for young children to self correct and promotes independence and success!
World Map Floor Puzzle – 33 Pieces

The World Map Floor Puzzle is for six plus years old.  Although, we a little assistance, I don’t see why a four or a five year old couldn’t be successful with this puzzle.  The puzzle pieces are made with an easy, clean surface.  This puzzle map is perfect for introducing and learning about the continents of the world.

Turn & Tell Wooden Clock

The Turn & Tell Wooden Clock is for four to seven year olds.  The wooden base and large numbers make it easy for your child to be introduced to and practice telling time.  It has clickable hands to help mark off the minutes, it details hour, minute, half past, and quarter past.  There are also 13 double-sided time cards for practice as well!  This all-in-one clock is perfect for learning to tell time.

U.S.A. (United States) Map Floor Puzzle – 51 Pieces

The U.S.A. Map Floor Puzzle is also for six plus years old.  I believe that with a bit of assistance, a four or five year old would be able to do this puzzle in its entirety.  The extra thick puzzle pieces make this puzzle durable. This puzzle is great for introducing, learning, and studying all 50 States!

Magnetic Wooden Numbers

The Magnetic Wooden Numbers are for three to five year olds.  It comes with enough numbers to count from zero to twenty, and it includes five number signs as well!  These magnetic numbers can be used to introduce counting, number recognition, and simple addition & subtraction!

See & Spell Learning Toy

The See & Spell is for children four to six years old.  You can use the letters to spell the three and four letter puzzle words, spell other words, or use the letters as a stencil.  The cardboard puzzle boards and pieces are built for long lasting durability.  This is a spelling and fine motor activity wrapped into one!

 

 

Adding one or many of these activities to your child’s daily teachings will put your child on the right path to mastering many of the necessary skills needed for their future learning.  The activities are adaptable and allow for use in a classroom or homeschool environment, or just as a supplement at home for your child.

 

Anitra

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Math

How to teach your child simple addition and subtraction

By Anitra

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I know what you’re thinking…a young preschool child cannot grasp the understanding and meaning behind addition and subtraction.  It is not age appropriate or developmentally appropriate.  Well, what if I told you that you are ABSOLUTELY WRONG in your thinking!!  Children as young as four are capable of completing simple addition and subtraction problems.  It is all in the way it is presented to them.  Remember, presentation is EVERYTHING!!  Beginning lessons on simple addition and subtraction can be done once a child has mastered their numbers from one to twenty.  When I say mastered, I mean that if you show them random numbers (out of order) from one to twenty, they should be able to tell you what it is without hesitation.  I have however, scaled down and introduced and even simpler version of addition and subtraction using numerals from one to ten.

Depending on what lessons the child had already had, determines on which method of teaching addition I start with.  If a child has had lessons on learning and has mastered the one to nine bead stair and the teen bead stair, then I will introduce simple addition using the double bead stair.

The bead stair is a set of beads from one to nine with a colored bead that represents each number.  The 1 bead is red, the 2 bead is green, the 3 bead is pink, the 4 bead is yellow, the 5 bead is light blue, the 6 bead is purple, the 7 bead is white, the 8 bead is brown, and the 9 bead is dark blue.  The children are supposed to master recognition of numbers one to nine, as well as the color that corresponds with each number.

The teen bead stair introduces the 10 golden bead, and pairs it with the one to nine colored beads to master numbers eleven to nineteen.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The double bead stair is just that.  It is a tray that contains two sets of bead stairs; one to ten.  The children use it to complete simple addition problems.  I write out problems in random order, and the children select the first number(corresponding bead) in the problem from the first bead stair, and the second number(corresponding bead) in the problem from the second bead stair.  I point out that the symbol in the middle of both numbers is a addition sign, and that we will be adding the numbers of both beads together.  I then have them count all of the beads, and write their answer in the empty box on their paper.  The beads are very close together, so  I give them a “bead counter” to use; which is just a bread bag tie broken in half!

 

The other way that I introduce simple addition is by using inexpensive glass beads.  I use these glass beads to introduce simple subtraction as well.  Just like in the other lesson, I write out random addition problems and have them get the correct number of counting beads for the first number.  I have them leave a small space, and then have them get the correct number of counting beads for the second number.  They then put them together, count them all, and write their answer in the empty box on their paper.

For simple subtraction, it is presented a little different.  I have to introduce new language to the child.  I use the words “take away” when first introducing subtraction so they know that is what they are going to need to do.  I also point out that the symbol in the middle is different than before; it is a “take away” sign. I again write out random problems, then have then get the correct number of beads for the first number.  Then I make it a point to remind them that we are going to “take away” the correct amount of beads for the second number.  They then write the answer in the empty box on their paper.

 

It is that simple!  Teaching simple addition and simple subtraction can be just that easy.  If you would rather not purchase the Montessori bead stair works or the beads, you can use whatever you have at home.  Spare change, small candies, beans; the product you use does not matter.  The process of doing the operations of addition and subtraction is what matters.  Just have fun with it and let your child learn from the materials you have!  Enjoy!

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