With each week’s lesson, we learn a new number. This sounded like a good concept at the beginning, and it was…in the beginning. I didn’t realize how quickly Trevor would catch on to both counting and visually recognizing the numbers, so I had to think of other ways to supplement our number day. So instead of just focusing on learning a number, I am starting to teach early math skills. Some things we are working on are counting objects, copying patterns, recognizing ‘same’ and ‘different,’ and translating between the verbal, written, and symbolic (ex. number of fingers held up or stickers on a page) numbers.
My favorite manipulative is this Lauri Toys Tall-Stacker Pegs and Pegboard Set.
Pointing and counting the number of pegs in the board
I also love Melissa & Doug puzzles, and this number puzzle is a perfect passive teaching tool. I like to have set times (blanket time when he was younger, and now table time after we do school) for him to independently work on something like this so he can freely explore a new concept and challenge himself to do something without my help. Believe me, it doesn’t always (usually) work as smoothly as it sounds, but it’s a goal!