With all DreamBox playing that Smarty 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 Smarty 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. Smarty 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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