Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Teaching Elementary Math - No Textbook Needed!

Teaching elementary math is one way The Checklist comes in handy! Go to page 132-134 in The Checklist and use that for the order in which you teach math.  Go down the list and check off as your child masters the concept. Here is a suggested order:

Basic Math Skills:
  • Use manipulatives to teach counting, adding, subtracting, etc. (this is ongoing)
  • Learn to count to 10, then 100 (practice until done)
  • Recognize shapes - squares, etc.
  • Work on and sort by size (bigger, smaller, tallest, etc.), color, shape 
  • Count by 10's (practice until done)
  • Start simple adding - use manipulatives until child can write
  • Work on amounts - 1/2, 1/3, 1/4
  • Continue drilling counting by 2s, 3s, etc. Preferred order: 10s, 5s, 2s, 3s, 4s, 6s, 7s, 8s, 9s
  • Start simple subtracting - ditto (by now your child should be able to write so you can use both)
  • Take some time to teach measurements, weights, volumes, reading thermometer, counting money, and time while continuing above
  • Once simple adding and subtracting has been mastered, work on carrying and borrowing.
  • At the same time, introduce simple multiplication (if your child has learned to count by 2's etc. this will be easy.
  • Then add simple division.
  • Now your child should be ready for harder adding, subtracting, multiplication, and division, so it's time to get a textbook. 
  • After this has all been accomplished, your child will be able to go into Saxon, Math-U-See or other curriculum, grade 6 or 7. You can skip all the rest!
Use free worksheets or make up your own to teach the above until you decide on a textbook. 

Read over: Math Manipulatives,  PreSchool and Kindergarten Guidelines and Math on the Internet (particularly the Worksheets)

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