children, etcetera

And a little bit of math!

(This post contains affiliate links!)

Today I’m sharing another sneaky-peak into our homeschool life :). Last month I shared about our math curriculum, Right Start Mathematics* (see last month’s blog post here). We are *almost* at our first “Assessment”! I did think we’d get there sooner than this, but it’s been a very busy month for me, so it is what it is.

 

I do have to say how blown away I am with how much my 4 year old picks up. There are so many times where I don’t think he’s paying any attention, and then I’ll give my kids a math problem and he’ll be the first to answer it – and get it right! I have a hunch that he’ll be my math kid, whereas my daughter will be my history buff. (Just today she was getting mad at herself because she could “only” remember that the Civil War started in 1861 😂😂).

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For this month, I didn’t do many of the Right Start* Songs as much (my son loves them but my daughter not so much). The highlights for my kids were practicing writing numbers, and the big highlight for my eldest was getting to cut up equilateral triangles and, after using them as tangrams, pasting them onto a larger triangle to show the Tens Fractal. If something is an art project, she is ALL ABOUT IT!

One discovery on this particular lesson was that we could also use our equilateral triangle Magnatiles* to accomplish the same thing with less time devoted to cutting paper up.

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In addition to our Right Start* games, I try to find other games that incorporate math concepts. (You don’t have to add to the curriculum at all since it has plenty of games included, but if I’m going to get other games, I’d rather they be educational!). We have a couple that she loves to play. The first is Halli Galli (known as Spot Five in the USA)*. This is a German card game where each player flips up a card in their own pile, with the goal to have exactly 5 of the same fruit present on the cards. If you spot it first, you ring the bell and acquire all the previously played cards.

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Our other favorite is Royal Roundup*. This is a strategy game and on each turn you have a choice of 3 directions to travel. Each direction will have a different point value associated with it, so the idea is to go in the direction that will yield the most points. At the end of the game, the kids have to count up their points to determine the winner. All the point values are between 1 and 4 so I’ve been using this as an opportunity to practice skip counting. I also have the kids use our Right Start abacuses to tally their points.

I’d love to hear your thoughts on RightStart Matheatics* or teaching math in the comments! And if you’re wishing to purchase the curriculum, it’d be awesome if you used my affiliate link 🙂 🙂 (the price stays the same for you – I just get a referral bonus!). Have a great weekend!

*I am a RightStart Mathematics Affiliate, and am committed to writing a monthly blog post about our journey with this curriculum. Any purchases you make using my affiliate links will earn me a small commission (this will not affect the cost to you!).

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