I love teaching Math.
There- I said it! I know that I am going to have people hating on me for saying that. I'll take my lickin'.
We have been working through A+ Tutorsoft's 1st grade interactive online math (Crew review). It has turned out to be more of a review for Luke, but I am finding some things that both kids could use some mastery work on.
My kids are not-at-all familiar with multiple choice questions so this has been a learning curve (and not one I care for). I am glad that they have at least been exposed to them though. I had flashbacks of my absolute loathing of them when I was in school. I would have rather written an essay any day than check a box or color in a circle. Is it any wonder I love notebooking! I am so glad the kids do also.
I could go on about notebooking, but that is for a post coming soon. I am creating some things to use with the kids and also share as I go. I am hoping to create units/activities/ideas (not sure what to call them) for the different math topics.
As a homeschooler, I teach very differently than a public school teacher. This makes it difficult to find helpful things for me to use at home. Not only do I teach differently, I am frugal/budget conscious/cheap. I am an ink hoarder and many of the printables that would work use large amounts of colored ink. With the kids being only 11 months apart, I am not going to reuse many of the things I need, so I prefer not to spend a bundle on ink for a one or two time use. I splurge when I feel it is necessary and helpful, but it has to be high on the "must have" list.
I don't think I am alone in this. I read the same comments all of the time from other homeschoolers. Most of the printables I make will be light on ink and use line art vs. colored art. The other reason for this is that my little ones prefer to color in everything and would be upset if it was already done for them.
Now on to the 100's chart stuff. Sophie is my pattern loving girl and Luke not so much. He does like them, they just don't come as easy for him. This has followed over to seeing the patterns on the 100's chart. He knows how to count to 100's by 1's, 2's, 5's, 10's and 25's, but seeing those patterns is another story. I have created some 100's chart activities and am hoping that he will become one with it and know it inside out, upside down, and backwards. He can use mental math to the problems I give him, but I want him to visualize them also. So here is what I am doing to make the kids become one with the 100's chart.
That took way too long. Hoping next time it will be a bit smoother to get all of the pics and stuff in order. Whew!
I hope you or someone you know can use them. Many more coming.
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