IntoTheirHearts wrote:Does anyone have any good online references for hands on math activities to do around the house? We are going to be doing MFW 1st grade but I did not purchase the recommended math book (The Complete Book of Math). I got a different book to use instead that is a Charlotte Mason inspired math book. I will still use the activities and games that are written into the 1st grade teachers manual. But would like some additional activities to do which I have since learned the Complete Book of Math has ideas in it. But since I didn't buy that, I would like to have an online resource with some ideas, preferably broken up by math topic so it is easy to find an activity for patterns or addition or time, etc.

Then again, it isn't that expensive, so perhaps I should just buy the Complete Math Book anyhow. Any thing else out there you can recommend? Thanks,

Laura

This isn't an online suggestion... but in the MFW 1st grade manual, you'll have a list of math literature books. Many of those books will have fun ideas in them as well. There are some extra ideas on some topics in Complete Book of Math, but it's mostly a workbook that is supplementary to everything else in the math program in MFW 1st.

I'd start with the library books that are listed.

Then look around in the Math topics on the 1st grade forum.. here's a quick link

http://board.mfwbooks.com/viewforum.php?f=22
I was sitting around glancing through the spring 2011 edition of The Old SchoolHouse magazine. There was an article in there on basic math around the house. Maybe someone you know locally gets that magazine? It has a lot of simple and fun stuff.

Some ideas for measurement from my kitchen....
Let them cook with you and measure it all.

Have fun finding out how many teaspoons fills up a tablespoon, or how many 1/2 cups fills a 1 cup.

Stack and unstack your measuring cups and see which is larger - 1/3 or 1/2 or 1/4.

get a kitchen scale: weight things.

Read labels on packages - how much does this weigh

how many cups of flour are in a 5 pound bag?

Take a ruler and tape measure and measure everything.

Make math games at the grocery store: tell them to find and name 5 things that cost almost $5 (i.e. 4.99). cost almost $10. How much does it cost for that box of cereal per ounce?

Or, get a small calculator and let them track your purchases. (don't sweat that it's a calculator... they are keeping up with a lot of information.)

can someone get a fun treat to use U Scan at checkout and have to follow the screen to weigh the produce?

laundry: pair the socks. count them by 2's. sort laundry by person. sort laundry by other category (undies, shirts, socks, color of item)

shapes: do the C. Rods and Animal Patterns books in MFW k and 1st. lots of ideas in that animal pattern book.

uhmm..... organize books on shelves at home by height, etc. toys...

have them count their collections of toys and sort them.

play grocery store at home when you have them put stuff away.

and definitely do the games in math first grade.

-crystal