Don’t be afraid to use your curriculum differently to fit your current needs. We use RightStart math and we love it. I can’t tell you how much I love this curriculum. My son never complains about math and I know this curriculum is a big part of that. He feels like a math genius and that makes this mommy pretty happy. I am not being compensated anyway for this statement. That is just my honest opinion.
We are not able to move through the curriculum as fast as I would like, due to general time constraints. This means that sometimes there are larger gaps between concepts than was intended by the curriculum. That is where flexibility and a little ingenuity comes in.
We have been doing a lot of work with combinations that make 10. We have not been doing a lot of work with number sense over ten. We kinda took a step back. I would consider this a Montessori inspired activity. I LOVE tally sticks. RightStart also uses place value cards. I pulled out the place value cards and tally sticks and we went to town building and talking. I started out laying out the tally sticks and asking him find the place value cards. Then I reversed it.
Then he got a turn. He layed out the sticks or place value cards and I had to find the match. I would make mistakes to see if he understood, and he did a great job.
This was a quick and easy way to review a concept and reinforce previous learning. He also got a chance to remember that he is a math genius. This could easily be adapted for older or younger kids.
I am sharing this post at Math Monday and the Link & Learn at No Time for Flashcards.