Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Playing Outside

Tot School

Boogie is 36 months

The other day we were enjoying the nice weather in our backyard, and worked in a little lesson. 

She counted the steps on the slide.

Then we did opposites, she ran fast, 

and walked slow.

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

What Do You Have? Game

Tot School

Boogie is 36 months

Small Number Quantification

This is a game Boogie and I spontaneously came up with the other day. 
It started by her saying "I have eyes". 
"How many eyes doe you have?"
"I have one, two eyes"
"What else do you have?"
We kept this going for about 15 minutes. 

One nose (she had decided to wear her brother's jacket)

Two ears

Two feet

Friday, May 18, 2012

Happy 3rd Birthday Boogie!

Yesterday Boogie turned three. She's getting to be such a big girl. Between all the birthday festivities, we fit in some small math lessons.

She helped me make her cake. We counted the eggs, talked about the measurements, baking time and temperature. Baking is such a gold-mine for learning math, from basic counting to fractions.

She got a piggy bank, so we counted pennies as she put them in.

We worked on counting three fingers.

And we counted the three candles we put on her cake.

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Grocery Store Number Hunt

Tot School
 Boogie is 35 months

  • Recognizing numbers
  • Understanding numbers can mean different things
There is so much fun and learning to be had while grocery shopping. On our last trip to the grocery store I decided to show Boogie some of the important numbers Adults use in everyday life. 

I asked her to find all the numbers that she could.

She had lots of fun running around and pointing at all the the prices. We talked about how they tell us how much money for each thing. 

Then we noticed that some foods have other numbers, like this box telling us how many slices of cheese it has. 

Last we weighed our bananas, and talked about the numbers on the scale telling us how heavy they are. 

She had a blast with this activity!

Wednesday, May 9, 2012


Tot School

Boogie is 35 months
Bug is 13 months

  • Develop spatial awareness
  • Develop logic
  • Develop hand-eye coordination
  • Strengthen hand for pencil grasp
We love doing puzzles. They're so great for a kid's developing brain. They help with building logic, hand-eye coordination, and spatial awareness. Peg puzzles use the same type of grip that is used for holding a pencil, so spending time doing peg puzzles is another way you can help your child build the fine moter skills needed for writing. 

Concentrating hard

Bug just took the pieces out. 

 Boogie took all her pieces out,

Then put them all back in.

She can do harder puzzles then this, but this is the one she chose. She loves Curious George. 

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Snack-time Math.

Tot School

Boogie is 35 months

  • Build muscles for pencil use
  • Practice colors
  • Sorting by color/shape
  • Counting
  • Building familiarity with written numbers

I love when we can combine learning with everyday activities. We decided to use snack time to work in some learning.

First I printed coloring pages of a fish and a bunny. 

I had Boogie color the fish orange

and the bunny brown. you could skip the coloring, but coloring helps build the fine-motor control and muscles needed for writing later on. 

I gave her a mix of goldfish crackers and chocolate bunny crackers. 

She sorted them onto the corresponding pictures. 

We counted how many of each. 

We wrote down how many there were.

Finally she enjoyed her snack. Yummy!

Thursday, May 3, 2012

Welcome to Off the Path Math!

I love math. Math can be used do so many amazing things.  Budgeting, trip-planning, baking, telling time, building robots and siege engines, making the best volcano, and so much more. So why then do we insist on making math boring when teaching it to kids? We drill multiplication table that kids don’t really understand until they start to think that math has to be confusing and boring, and they start to hate math. We’re doing things a little differently, we plan on teaching math to our kids without using math books. Even if you feel like you need the guide of a math book, I hope you’ll also try to incorporate games and hands-on activities into your child’s math learning.

So let's meet the kids:

Boogie will be three in a couple weeks. She counts to 10, but always skips 5, and can quantify up to 3.

Bug is 13 months. At this point we're exposing him to math concepts, but he's not ready to master anything yet.