Friday, 1 May 2015

Multiplying knowledge

multiplication came very naturally, here's how we got there:

    (at 6-6.5 y.o.)
1. Singing skip-counting by 2's, and by 3's,
with various youtube songs/ cartoons - WATCH in youtube

2. Creating our own "skip-counting by 3's" song.
Watching other kids learning and singing in youtube was inspiring.

Creating our own simple music (do-sol-mi.. fa-mi-re), and lyrics - 3-6-9; 12-15-18...till 100, 
recording our own video and watching - was very exciting.

3. After a couple of months - solving fun word problems  -
5 boxes/ 3 hamsters in each box/ how many hamsters are hiding in the boxes?
3 times 1-5 was easy, 3 times 6-9 - at first Aleks was using her fingers to count - in order to calculate 3 times 7, she needed to count 7 fingers and sing her song (3,6,9,12,15, 18, 21...etc) later she noticed that 3 times 7 is always 21, she doesn't need to count fingers.

4. Learning skip counting by 5's.
Aleks enjoyed how easy it was, it's always ..0 / ..5 / ..0 / ..5 , she told she's ready to count up to1000... 5,10,15,20,25.... at around 230, she needed water, she couldn't talk anymore and told - "ok, etc, etc, etc up to 1000..." I was happy to see she has understood the idea.

5. Watching skip counting by 4's - 
noticing that "ones" or "the numbers at the end" also create patterns - 4-8 / ...2-6-0 / ...4-8 / ...2-6-0

    (at 7-7.5 y.o.)
6. Drawing colorful multiplication table with stickers.
Thick kraft paper, vibrant sticky bookmarks, tape to "laminate" bookmarks and "yellow sticky thing like a chewing gum" to stick bookmarks to the paper.

7. Listening/ watching/ SINGING / dancing with youtube -

Multiplication (singing, drawing, organizing stickers) became a part of Aleksandra's self-entertainment, and a convenient tool, when she needed to count (ponies, gifts, pencils, etc).

8. Watching and drawing RIGHT BRAIN Number Wheels

This was a thrilling task. She wanted to draw these patterns with me, and couldn't stop for hours, unless we finished all the patterns.

10. Working with multiplication worksheets. (7-7,5 y.o.)
Here: Math-Salamanders