Math: Toddlers & Staying Flexible

When people learn that I homeschool AND have a toddler, I’m often asked what she does while I’m teaching. Her favorite thing to do, actually, is participate! Her favorite time of day is Math lesson because she just ADORES all the manipulatives! I have an Ikea abacus that she plays with during our lessons, but her favorite things are the RightStart math* tiles, tally sticks, and geo boards. It didn’t take her long to work out how to make a triangle (and a mess)!


My older two have been enjoying playing Go To The Dump together. This game is like Go Fish except the goal is to make pairs that add up to 10. I decided to play this game with my kids this month for my daughter’s benefit, as she still insists on using her fingers to add quantities up to 10. One of RightStart’s goals is for students to memorize math addition facts up to 10 (i.e., 1+9=10, 2+8=10 etc.). My son will be 5 in January and can usually do them quite easily, but it’s a struggle for my daughter (7 next week!!), so this is good practice for both of them!


Another thing I did this month was skipped ahead towards the end of the Level A book because my son *desperately* wanted to do the lesson on the 3D figures. I’ll revisit this lesson again when we actually get to it (some of the concepts in that lesson were a bit beyond him), but he had lots of fun with it. I’m a big believer in staying flexible!

(he loved turning the sphere and hemisphere into BB8!)

Are you looking for a math curriculum you can use with your whole family? We’ve loved using RightStart Mathematics* this year. You can learn more by checking out the rest of my blog posts on this curriculum, or visiting the RightStart website* to get started!


*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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