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.
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identify morning, afternoon and night (followed up with when questions)
I always think that by infusing what is required with the goals that we are hoping to achieve will receive an all-rounder positive result. As I conduct the activities, I will provide links to the relevant pages. Hope this helps other parents or teachers out there. If you have any suggestions on how I can make the blogs or pages more user-friendly, do drop me a comment.
Infuse newly taught concept into home-based lessons
Time needed (1hr 15 mins):
15mins for preparation of materials
1 hour for lesson (conducted over two sessions within the day)
Small white board (bought ours for $2 from Diaso – we love this store as everything inside this store is $2, and they have a variety of stuff from toys, stationery to even gardening tools. You can check out the site here:http://www.daisojapan.com/)
Whiteboard marker and duster (the marker came with the board with a duster on the cap of the marker)
Materials on what you want to teach (I bought this rhyming book and drawing book produced by Kumon – time saver for working parents, C’s school also provide additional worksheets which I use to revise with him)