Monday, September 27, 2010

Sep26_DreamBox

One of the first things Anna asked to do while she recovered somewhat from her travel ordeal is to play on the computer. I was curious to see how much of DreamBox exercises she remembered after 2 weeks break. Wisely she chose activities that were a snap for her – anything that involves manipulating the numbers below 20. Her favorite virtual manipulative in DreamBox is “a math rack”. It looks like an abacus with two Sep26_Counting lines, each containing 10 beads. I have never seen it in real life, but one of our close friends in Germany sent her a present that she excitedly called “a math rack”. It’s a set of 20 beads with alternating sets of 5 red and 5 blue beads that is set on a long sturdy string. Anna kept playing with it on and off all day saying I am practicing with my math rack. It would be very easy to do at home for anyone so inclined – I actually feel kind of silly for not thinking of it before.

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13 comments:

Christy said...

That's neat. I have never seen anything like that.

MaryAnne said...

That is cool, and I've never seen anything like it either.

Ticia said...

Now I'm trying to think if my kids would use it for math...... I know they'd use it to make traps and tie things up, but would it be used for math......

Glad she's bouncing back.

Debbie said...

I am with you I have never seen anything like that either. I wonder if Selena would use something like that or not. I am thinking probably not other then for just plain play.

Phyllis said...

Reminds me of Right Start's abacus, but is much more portable. Very cool.

Infant Bibliophile said...

I tried the 2 week trial of Dreambox, but I haven't looked at the options very closely - is there a way to get him off of a certain section? He is so sick of the "less more" activities, so he's not getting anywhere because of the repetition. He likes the games in the carnival but they are limited because he's not earning coins because he's sick of the same activities. Does he just need to stick with them and they will eventually change? We won a 3 week Jumpstart trial so we stopped with Dreambox for a bit, but I should look at it again since it is only 2 weeks free.

Infant Bibliophile said...

(Our Jumpstart trial is 3 months, not 3 weeks, not that it matters).

An Almost Unschooling Mom said...

It's very neat that Anna connected the toy with what she's learning on the computer.

I'm with Ticia though, I think it would quickly become a weapon of some sort in our house :)

Christianne @ Little Page Turners said...

What a simple and great idea!

Our Homeschool Fun said...

I've seen this math rack on Dreambox too, but never in real life. This is a great idea Natalie! Thank you!!

Joyful Learner said...

I love how simple it is! I think JC would think it was a necklace and tie it around her neck or something.

When we did Dreambox, I realized that she can solve the problems on the math rack but it didn't transfer to other aspects of life. We've been doing different kinds of activities and have seen more progress that way.

Like IB, JC wasn't too crazy about the repetition. I wished they could have varied it a bit more. The more variations, the better chance they will make connections to real life rather than just when they are used as beads.

Elise said...

What a great idea and so simple. Sometimes, I also discover things like this and wonder why on Earth I didn't think of the idea!

I was sorry to read that Anna was unwell during her first night at home. I hope that she has fully recovered now.

Scotty said...

Real MathRacks can be found at www.mathrack.com and those ones won't be used like a weapon like the string one could be.