Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Part-Whole Circles and Recording Tens

After a couple of weeks of road-tripping and focusing on handwriting and reading, we jumped right back into math. We've been working on solving story problems by partitioning into parts. According to RightStart, research in the US shows that kindergartners who use the part-whole circle concept are better able to solve problems. The one we are using is a modification of one used by Japanese teachers. Here is Annaliese practicing this application as I read her the story problems.

We've also begun discussing place value. This week we are focusing on recording and recognizing written 10s. Our abacus and place-value card manipulatives are excellent for this.

And, of course, no homeschooling day is complete without little Maggie doing something memorable. This day she was a black swan princess on her green bike...and of course, pulling her green frog behind her (she had it tied to her bike)! ;)

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