Latticed Learning - General Math

Learn while playing with Latticed Learning!  This week's theme has plenty of activities to go along with it - keep reading to find out more!

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Welcome back to Latticed Learning!  This year, we're continuing to learn while we play - repeating many of our favorites from the past while adding in all sorts of new activities as well.

This day's post is devoted to our weekly themes - some weeks have more activities than others, but each lesson will be fun for you to explore with your little one!

Read All About It

One Was Johnny has been one of our favorite books for quite some time now - it's even one I can "read" to Gv while driving around in the car!

Ten in the Bed is a song we'd been very familiar with, but we hadn't read our copy until this week and it added a whole other dimension to the song.

Five Little Ducks is another favorite action song of ours - this book has fantastic little peek-through holes to engage readers as they turn the pages.

How Much is a Million? is great for helping kids understand the concept of really big numbers in a clever way.

Math Fables and Math Fables Too are the best Greg Tang books for early learners.

Sing Some Songs

This albumthis one and this one were perfect for this week of numbers.

Watch Some Videos

We watched several of these Schoolhouse Rock videos for some math fun.

And, of course, we watched plenty of Peg + Cat episodes -- read all about this amazing show here!

Finally, we watched several of the great math videos I wrote about here; head on over for free playlists to click and enjoy!

Play and Create

We did several things to correspond to our topic this week, mainly just exploring and playing with a bunch of math ideas and activities:

We practiced creating numbers first, beginning with bending pipe cleaners into a number and then threading the appropriate number of beads onto it:

We just used the same pipe cleaner over and over to make each number.  If your child isn't ready to try making the numbers, you could just create a set of numbers yourself and then they'd be ready for threading.

Then we made numbers out of Unifex cubes:

And then pattern blocks:

Gv did a few of the squares on these number formation printables.

And then she spent time working with these sticks:

...which I'd made her along with some for the alphabet (& these puzzles), just to have as toys.

We did a few pattern activities - both free-form with the cubes and blocks above, as well as using counting bears and these printable cards:

We made some coin sticks:

Just glue play (or even real!) coins to craft sticks and label them.

Everything else we did centered on shapes (because we'd talked about them in previous weeks, but hadn't really done many activities with them).

First, we made this shape book:

Then we went on a shape scavenger hunt (like this alphabet hunt) around our neighborhood:

We also looked for shapes while doing our weekly shopping.

We built shapes using toothpicks, playdough, and these printables:

We built shapes out of cubes, pattern blocks and clothespins:

I had to help her with a few of these, but it was still great fine-motor-skills practice!

Gv counted up shapes on this printable:

I just act as scribe when we do something like this, so I was wondering if Gv would catch that other square on her own - which she did, but only after asking me if the buildings counted for the rectangles.

And then she did several of the pages from both this pack and this one:

We also continued to play through our fabulous Preschool Math at Home book -- read my post here on this fantastic resource!

Looking for all the great posts associated with this concept in one place?  Check out my Latticed Learning page here!

What's your favorite thing that we did this week?  I'd love to hear!  Either leave a comment below or email me at lisahealy (at) outlook (dot) com.

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