Category Archives: Homeschooling_toddler

Math and pre-reading

We're combining tens and units (and in another few weeks, hundreds and thousands), both in written form and in bead form. The teens stil give him trouble, but that's normal for most kids. (Those pesky teen numbers which say their unit's number first – fourteen).




The pictures were all taken by Ronan – he was quite proud of his work. These beads are from Montessori Outlet. I like them for math and geography materials, but would not recommend them for language stuff (it's too small and not quite helpful for small hands).

And, since Calum has started to calm down a bit more (and we're doing our lessons pretty consistently in the morning), he wants to do some "work" too.


He matched half of the letters before he got bored and started goofing around. A pretty impressive feat for a barely two-and-a-half year-old. No, he cannot recognize any one letter by sound or by name (though, Ronan and I have started teaching him "m"). This is a homemade alphabet roll. I traced the letters on muslin and painted them with fabric paint. Then, once dried, I sewed double-fold bias tape to the edges which connected the two pieces of muslin (one that was painted and another for the back). I used this in my classroom and it was a requirement for my Montessori certificate.

Learning numerals 1-5, Montessori-style

I had every intention of posting about some of the very cool books I have been reading lately, but I've got Montessori on the brain (I'm finishing up my 3-6 Language album). I've been skimming my pictures as I write and I came across these two:


(Sea-Life matching)
These are two activities I came up with for my Montessori math album originals. Since I am not teaching this year, these two activities were created specifically for my son, who turned three in November. I don't have the sandpaper numerals and they were never a big hit in my classroom with the younger kids. So, I was trying to think of a way to continue to expose him to the numerals 1-5 and their associated quantities. Ta-da!

(Play-doh numeral shapes)
This activity was based on a reverse of another I saw at the training. I was hoping to get him to notice the shapes of the numerals by filling them in with play-doh (or salt-dough). Unfortunately, in September, when I tested these on him, this was a little too advanced. But, I am happy to say that he is now making a few of the numerals – and I see him trace them with his finger. Ooh – I am so making some sandpaper numerals (or salt dough numerals) for him this weekend. Plus, he expanded this work and we started to make little balls to fill in the black dots.

He has outgrown the Sea-Life Matching and has 1-5 and their corresponding quantities down pat. I am brainstorming a new activity that will address numerals 6-10 in the same manner.