|The first page of the lesson from the Teacher's Manual. I read this while Caleb gathers the materials for the lesson from the Math Drawer. It is that fast. I do no planning ahead. Crazy, but so far I have not needed to.|
|Then we start the lesson. You can read that in the picture under Activities.|
|Addition War game. Caleb loves the games. I love that they are built into the lesson and therefore do not take added time in the day. The games are another way Review is done.|
|Caleb adds 7 + 9 in his head using the Two Fives Strategy we just learned. Mama adds 8 + 9. Whoever has the higher total wins the cards. If it is a tie you have a WAR!|
|Happy Math Boyo with messy hair. I sure love him!|
Now a few thoughts.
- It may seem strange that Caleb is learning addition at age 8. First of all, we wait to start math till the kids are older. There are many reasons for this. You want to know them I can email you, just ask in the comments. But I'd recommend doing this whether you have a math child or not.
- Next of all, Caleb is not a math person. So we go slow and steady, always moving ahead. We don't like stagnant or behind. But we want Mastery and could care less how old Mastery happens.
- And last of all. Right Start teaches math in a different order than public school or even many homeschool math curriculums do. I even read from a mom that parents worry because their 8 year old is learning addition while other 8 year olds might be learning multiplication. But by 3rd or 4th grade your child will be advanced compared to most other 3rd or 4th graders. Mainly because Right Start is not just teaching addition. They are also teaching Geometry, Telling Time, some Money lessons, Critical Thinking, etc all tied in with Addition. So yes, addition may seem to be moving at a slower pace. But remember your child is learning more. And the more that they are learning is helping them to really know addition, not just memorize and drill.
- On memorization and drill. There is about 5 percent memorization in Right Start. Drill is more like Review built in by the Warm Up each lesson, Games (that they provide all the materials for), a Math Journal and some Worksheets.
- There are also a selection of Worksheets not assigned in a lesson that you can decide to use as more Review if you want to. That way you can use them if needed and not have needless busy work.
- Review is very important. I love review! But I detest busy work. No need to exasperate your children as Ephesians 6:4 says. I'm telling you, God is the author of education. So every once in awhile He gets through my thick head and I take His wisdom and go with it! Busy work AKA worksheets and flashcards tends to equal exasperation. (kids that like worksheets and flashcards tend to be the kids who don't really need them.)
Here are some photos from the second half of the lesson that I chose to do the next day!
|Right Start Level B came with 2 geoboards. So there was one for Charlotte too!|
|Apparently it is interesting enough that Caroline wants to watch.|
|Charlotte's (3) creation. "Look at my math!!"|
Disclaimer: I am not a mathematician. I am not an affiliate of Right Start. I make no money if you order Right Start. My family members do not work there. My oldest is 8, so keep that in mind. BUT if you read the first two posts you know a bit of our math journey. So I posted this to show you how God blessed our family with Right Start. Now I just don't sleep at night because I drank sweet tea with supper, not because of prayer and petition over math!