Years ago, when I was still a young student, I remember my Mathematics teacher told us that the chances of us getting strike by lightning is higher than striking the lottery. He was teaching us probability. I remember listening attentively to his lesson as his ‘starter’ got me interested.
I have never been a numbers-person so I always feel bless to have my hubby, who, to me, is a mathematics genius. Hence, in teaching mathematics, I always believe, unless you’re a genius sort of kid or what we call ‘numbers-kid’, the lesson should be engaging and if possible, taught with manipulatives.
Last year, one of my best friends gave me this set of Mathematics Smart Tray where she purchased from Big Tree Singapore. This educational set is actually sold by Junior Learning, which is located in Southern California. Duncan and Anna, who founded Junior Learning, who wanted to establish synergies across the fields of toy design and educational publishing. The educational toys sold on their site are definitely worth checking out to aid teaching our children, and especially for those who are visual or tactile learners.
Read on to see how I use the Smart Tray to get C to be more interested in learning Mathematics concepts and view the step-by-step instructions to decide if this set is suitable for your child.
What is the Smart Tray Calculating Accelerator?
- ages 5 to 7
- whose be able to count from 1 to 20.
- follow at least two-step commands
- sit down for at least 20 minutes in order to finish one or a few activity cards
- follow a set of instructions (as you can see why below)
- control the urge to eat the ‘squares’ (Yes, C wanted to eat it initially)
Instructions on how to ‘play’ the game:
Ultimately, I am hoping C can use this tray on his own, meaning he is able to work on his own and monitor his own progress. However, for now, I am happy to have a ‘starter’ that captures his attention and gets him excited before we even start.
Follow up activity:
In addition, we also made an instructional video on how to play this game. I am unable to upload the video on this site. However, I think this is a good way to follow-up on this activity. When we completed the video, we uploaded it onto the family’s Whats-app group for the other young and/or old members in the family to view. It’s a confidence booster for C when he sees the video being uploaded as he would ask to view the video repeatedly for the next few days. He will get even more excited when one family member ask about the video he’s made. Although he is unable to express and answer their questions well about the video,
His joyful expressions are the only answers I need.