Saturday, August 25, 2012

Houston we have a problem {solver}!

All summer long I have been working on a calendar set and problem solving pack for Christian to use since he loves numbers, patterns, counting, and just about anything to do with math!  Even though the problems that I created are very simple and take him about 5-10 minutes to complete, he loves it!  I have created problems for August-October so far, and I will create problems for the rest of the months over time.  These are designed for pre-k/kindergarten students.  They are designed around a simple theme which corresponds to the entire month.  August/September has a theme of apples.  The problem solving question is "What does my apple tree look like?"  This month's problems include skills like patterns, one to one correspondence, greater than, less than, equal, odd, even, and simple addition.

I was really impressed with Christian because he is the type of kiddo that won't always try new things if he can't do it "perfectly" the first time!  He also wants to do things ALL BY HIMSELF so he needs major coaching in the area of knowing that it's o.k. if you're not sure how to do something.   We started off with a pretty easy problem for him.  I was a "hands off" mama for the most part, and I tried to allow him to do everything that he could without interfering.  That wasn't difficult for me in the classroom, but boy oh boy is it hard when I'm the "mom."  I did quite a bit of modeling up front with a dry erase board, but once he got going he really surprised me.  He was finished in less than 10 minutes. . .he's just four years old!

 If you're interested you can check them out here.  August-October are freebies as part of my "Calendar Math for Pre-K Pack."  You can take a look here.  So glad Christian got Mr. Perry's math skills because he says he wants to be a doctor {today}!
I love the calendar and problem solving packs because they're so simple to use.  We do a short calendar activity each day and problem solving about 3-4 times per week.  The calendar math pack also has a set of introductory vocabulary words with lots of pictures, colors, shapes, numbers, and weather tracking pages.  Happy Saturday. . .it's 4a.m. and I'm the only one who's up.  Jax has been sleeping so well at night so I must be crazy for not catching some extra zzzz's.  The early morning hours seem to be the only time when I can get some things done in peace and quiet!


  1. Good Morning!
    Christian is a smart little fellow. I enjoyed seeing the pictures of your family. Thank you for the freebie and I will continue following your post. Thank you again.



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