We’re doing math differently this year. We’re focusing on math journals as our primary math learning. We’re using Life of Fred and Singapore Math as our math texts. I’m gathering living math books from the library and our home bookshelves. And I’m adding them to our holiday wish list!
Math Journals Update
I found some interesting articles and supplemental materials.
- Scholastic has an interesting article explaining why math journals are successful for understanding mathematics.
- Let’s Play Math! has math journal prompts and links for articles about what to add to journals.
- Information and videos about how to use Kindergarten and 1st grade math journals. These are from a classroom teacher, but the ideas can be adapted for homeschool use.
- Graphic Organizers and a video help get you started with interactive math journals.
- Mathbooking info here
- This math teacher has a plethora of information on his site and in videos. He discusses living math books and has a lesson plan with a fun math video.
- And look what I found! I am so excited! The girls have been using them all week! I just Googled Life of Fred notebooking pages and I found some here. Perfect! I love the format and I know I can probably make some similar for Elizabeth for her Fractions book.
Here are Katie’s and Tori’s journal all decorated. I’m sure they’ll add to them, but that’s it for now. I made stencils out of cardstock. Cutting Duck Tape with cardstock stencils is work!
Here is a page I made for Elizabeth to put in her math journal. Tori and Katie don’t have a fear of math like Elizabeth does. I hope this will serve as a reminder that she can do all things through Christ.
And here I am, getting all organized. When I find something awesome to go in the math journals, I pin it, I save it, I print it, and I put it in my folder here. Now, I just need to remember to use them when we get to it in the math lessons!
I found this neato mosaic puzzle at the Target dollar spot. Everyone has been fighting over it! Maybe I should go back and get a few more. It’s great for art and history too.
Tori and Katie are starting to learn skip counting and multiplication. Liz is reviewing the concept since I realize there are gaps.
I made this little booklet out of these charts and look at these fun mazes! The mazes will go in their binder too. Gotta keep those journals special! The girls use the booklet when working on their Singapore math workbooks. They’re learning beginning multiplication.
I had to help Katie a bit more with the whole skip counting concept, but she understood after trailing off on her own a bit. That rabbit finally got his carrot!
They’ve been singing the rather catchy skip counting song from this DVD. The kids all love them and Alex is learning so much too! We have several LeapFrog DVDs and keep them in the car DVD player.
Multiplication activity: making squares and rectangles on the geoboards…I told them to do a 4 by 5 or a 3 by 4 and they counted the pegs to put the rubber bands in place.
I also found these fun cards for geoboards!
I have some printables to go in their math journals to help with multiplication.
I hope these changes to our math program help my girls (and me!) to understand math better and learn to love it!