Product review: Mathematics Smart Tray

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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Life cycle of a Butterfly

Objectives:

  • Learning about the life cycle of a butterfly (English & Science)
  • Training of Penmanship through colouring (Penmanship)
  • Training of Motor skills through opening of the plastic bag (Motor Skills)
  • Use of geometric shapes to create a butterfly (Mathematics)
  • Listening activity using The Very Hungry Caterpillar (Listening)

Time needed: (80mins, divided into two sessions)

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Lesson Plan for the month of July 2015

I have drafted out a plan to infuse what is taught in C’s mainstream school, early childhood intervention programme and speech therapy.

Briefly, his mainstream school will be covering:

His Early Intervention programme will be covering:

  • Fine Motor – cut out shapes with straight lines; writes name with uppercase form
  • Cognitive Area: Sequencing; Counts up to 20

His Speech Therapy will be covering on:

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.

Cheers,

A

Let’s draw a balloon

This is a copy-and-paste activity from my Lesson 3 in teaching ordinal numbers. I wanted to include this on a separate blog so that I can link it to the other blogs on drawing that I have done with C.

Objective:

  • To build interest in drawing
  • To build on penmanship
  • To recap on Ordinal numbers
Book we use for learning how to draw
Book we use for learning how to draw

Let’s draw a balloon: 

  • Building on what we have learnt about ordinal numbers in Lesson 1 and Lesson 2, I used ‘First, second, third’ as steps in teaching him how to draw a balloon.
First, draw a circle. Second, draw a small square. Third, draw a long tail. Fourth, colour the balloon.
First, draw a circle.
Second, draw a small square.
Third, draw a long tail.
Fourth, colour the balloon.
I drew the balloon on the top, and he drew the one on the bottom unassisted. Good job C!
I drew the balloon on the top, and he drew the one on the bottom unassisted. Good job C!

Teaching Ordinal Numbers_Lesson 3

Objectives:

  • 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)

Materials needed:

  • 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)
  • Easel
  • Coloured markers
  • Two figurines
  • 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)
  • Writing tools for parent and child
Basic table set-up (clockwise):
Basic table set-up (clockwise): Child’s pencil case, parent’s pencil case, motivational chop (C’s one says ‘Well-done’), whiteboard with lesson plan, materials to be taught
Lesson plan written on whiteboard (acts as visual reminder and motivation)
Lesson plan written on whiteboard (acts as visual reminder and motivation)

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