Monday, September 13, 2010

A Fair Bear Share

With all DreamBox playing that Anna has done recently her understanding of place value definitely took off. I think to myself that I’ve seen that virtual abacus a few times too many lately, but she is plodding through the exercises that make her build bigger and bigger quantities on an abacus, recognize them at a glance and match them to their digital representations. We do “warm up exercises” before playing on computer. We use real abacus and review counting by 10s and recognizing ones. It’s still tough for Anna on the quantities over 50, but she is progressing very quickly. She can also now count money correctly with dimes and nickels, so some of her DreamBox knowledge transfers into practical activities as well.

We also read A Fair Bear Share from MathStart series. Again, this book had a good story, and it also contained a fair share of math. When I saw the title I thought that it will be about fractions, but it turned out to be about collecting things for a pie and counting berries, seeds and nuts by 10. A more complex part was carryover addition, but we didn’t focus on that. Anna really enjoyed the book and read it on her own many times last week. She was also begging to make a blueberry pie, so we had to discuss the fact that certain fruits are seasonal, because their plants bear fruit at different times of the year. Maybe we will make an apple pie instead when she is back.

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8 comments:

Christy said...

We are hoping to make an apple pie soon too.

This book looks good.

MaryAnne said...

I am so impressed by Anna's math skills! We tried Dreambox, but even the lowest level was too advanced for her, and she got frustrated.

Interestingly, she does seem to understand fractions quite well, possibly because they don't involve counting past 10 most of the time...

An Almost Unschooling Mom said...

That book looks great! We need to work more on skip counting, so I think I'll see if I can find it - although I always think two's are harder than 10's.

Debbie said...

I am really going to have to consider paying for Dreambox after things slow down a bit here. I know that Selena enjoyed it and she was learning.

The girl who painted trees said...

It's great how she is blossoming in math. Dreambox is doing for Anna in math what Reading Eggs is doing for Bear in reading. We'll look into Dreambox next year for Bear. She found the repetition of the ten frame and abacus a bit much b/c the level was a bit advanced for her.

Infant Bibliophile said...

I've been hesitant to start the counting by 5's and 10's idea, but then I was starting to explore telling time with a toy clock (he keeps asking me "what o'clock is it now?" so I feel like he is very interested), and I realized you kind of need to count by 5's to get the minutes. Maybe? I don't know. PS I think I am talking to you more than my husband lately between our comments back and forth. :D

My Family My Forever said...

Joe is still doing Dreambox too. A few times a week. He loves it:-).

I hope you are enjoying your time alone!

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