Before dealing with numbers and operations, I decided to go over a few math concepts/ skills that are also essential in understanding math.
Here are some of the activities we did.
Ability to compare
Compare or differentiate between long/short, big/small, more/less, light/heavy, same/different, empty/full.
My kids always notice what’s full/empty, big /small, I just forgot to take pictures. Some comparison activities were just done via a workbook, but will add hands on activities for reinforcement.
Sorting or Grouping
Sort or group according to size, color, texture, etc.
Follows a simple pattern or sequence
My son is having a hard time with the shapes triangle and square, I guess we need more hands on activities for this.
My son can easily count from 1-20 but I noticed his having a hard time doing so if the counting does not start with number one. So I had him count starting from 2, then 3 then 4 and so on…
We also did a few count and match, and find the missing number activities.
Once he’s mastered these pre-math skills we’ll proceed with learning the ff:
1. Number words (e.g. 1- one, 2 – two)
2. Which number is greater/lesser
3. Ordinal numbers
4. Number tracing and writing sessions– we do this every once in a while though, more frequent this time around.
5. Time and currency
I’m not rushing on these though, nor will I teach it in the order I mentioned. I’ll just take advantage of teachable moments here and there. Ultimately the goal is to make learning fun!