I was catching up with a friend, the other day, and we started talking about the different homeschooling activities my three-year-old did each day. I explained that his day is a lot like his siblings with math, art, and literacy lessons, just a lot shorter. My friend was particularly interested in how I went about teaching math to a three-year-old. This was a great question, because what math concepts does a three-year-old really need to know and what’s the best way to teach them those concepts? If you had asked me these questions a few years ago, I would have had no idea how to respond. However, now that I’m in my third year of using Mother Goose Time I know much more about what mathematical concepts a three-year-old is capable of learning. This month alone we have worked on counting, identifying numbers, identifying shapes, sorting shapes, identifying and creating patterns, comparing sizes of different objects, and even solving simple word problems.
Using the Mother Goose Time curriculum has made teaching these math concepts easy for me and fun for my son. Here is a peek at one of our math lessons from the other day, during which we used math story cards and tangrams to solve different word problems. Both the tangrams and math story cards were provided in our Mother Goose Time box.
We started off reading each card together then followed the directions on the card.
Using stories like this, little ones become engaged in the mathematical process. My son had a great time pretending to be the wind blowing one of the triangles away. Afterward, he was easily able to tell me how many triangles were left. However, if I was to ask him what 2-1 equaled he would probably have no idea how to answer.
One of the other story cards instructed my son to make a tree using 1 rectangle and 4 triangles. At first, he was stumped and actually got very frustrated. Luckily his older brother stepped in and gave him some ideas of what he could do with the shapes. He was quite proud of his finished project once he got the hang of things.
It is amazing to watch the progress my son has started to make in the area of math this year. Last year it was a struggle to get him to even count to 5, but this year he seems to be taking off. The Mother Goose Time program continues to amaze me with the amount of learning packed into each monthly box. Next week we will dive into fall and began our Orchard Harvest theme. As always let me know if you have any questions or comments. See you soon for more Chaos on the Creek.
Disclaimer: I am so grateful to have found this curriculum and am excited to share our experiences on the blog. In exchange for my unbiased and honest reviews, Mother Goose Time has provided us with the curriculum free of charge.