Math is not my favorite subject - at all! Numbers are not my language. I like regular words that don't confuse me. As a homeschooling mom, I also try very hard to instill a love of all learning (including math) in my boys. Sometimes I feel I'm failing miserably at it. Unfortunately, my boys tend to take after me in this subject rather than their dad - who is an engineer by trade and can manipulate numbers effortlessly.
I was recently given the opportunity to try out Carlito C. Caterpillar's Math House Game Cards ($23.95) and jumped at the chance. My youngest is just delving in to the world of math and I thought it would be fun to try it out with him. I was right.
The math games were developed by Domenico Marcario who created a Sensory Math Teaching System that shows a child can learn math in twenty steps. The game cards use 40 games to show each step (there are two games per step). They are fun, hands-on, and show in concrete ways basic math concepts. The cards include 30 double-sided, full-color cards that are 8x4 inches printed on heavy cardstock and lacquered. These will definitely stand up to heavy-use.
Carlito C. Caterpillar's goal is to make math a complete sensory experience for young children ages 2 to about age 8. As mentioned, each game has two steps to show the concept. I love how the cards are set up. The "what, why, and how" of each step is concisely explained. Each game uses either common household items and/or free printables you can find on the website. Easy to understand and implement makes this a fun way to learn math.
I plan to continue using these with J7. There are some very neat ways of showing things such as "take away" and even "multiplication." My boys - as do most - learn best with hands on learning. J7 is having a blast using the "fun math" to help reinforce what we are learning in his books.
One last thing that caught my eye was the support of MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers) by this company. In fact, I noticed on their Facebook page that they handed out over 1700 of these card sets at the MOPS Convention this year. I am a "graduated" MOPS mom and I love anything that supports moms and their children.
Would you like to win a set of math cards? Simply leave me a comment and tell me one game you love playing with your children. I'll pick a winner on Friday, October 7th.
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