As a former Pre-Kindergarten teacher and now stay-at-home mommy of 2 boys and a sweet baby girl, many people ask me how they can be implementing educational concepts in the lives of their young children at home before they enter school. Instead of trying to come up with a quick list of ideas off the top of my head to answer these questions, I have decided to put all of my lessons into this blog. I, along with so many other parents, want to be purposeful at home with my children and make the most of the time I have with them.
I hope that this blog can help, encourage, and inspire you to work with your kiddos and
get involved in the learning process! The benefits will be endless,
and the moments you share together will be priceless! As Dr. Seuss once said,
"The more that you read, the more things you will know.
The more that you learn, the more places you'll go!"

Monday, November 5, 2012

Mighty Math Monday: Math Monster Munchers from Maisyflops and Ollipops

* To understand the concepts of greater than, less than, and equal to
* To determine which number is bigger or smaller in a set of two numbers
* To determine if two numbers are equal to each other
* To recognize the symbols <, >, and =
* To determine which symbol to use in a set of two numbers

* Popsicle Sticks
* Markers or Paint
* Glue
* Googly Eyes
* White Construction Paper
* Scissors
* Dry Erase Board and Dry Erase Marker (optional)

* I found this adorable craft/math lesson on pinterest from Maisyflops and Ollipops. You can follow the procedure for making your "monsters" from the site.  Ours are not as fancy because we just used markers instead of paint. :)

* Once your math monster munchers are made, use a dry erase board and marker (you can use paper/pencil, as well) to write two different numbers, leaving enough space in between for the monsters to fit in the middle.  Have your child determine which math monster muncher to use according to the relationship between the numbers.  Explain that the "monster" wants to eat the biggest number.  This will help them determine which symbol to use.  As you are working, use the vocabulary of greater than, less than, and equal to.

This is also a great way to introduce negative
numbers and talk about how they are smaller
than positive numbers.

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