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  1. Stacy Wolfmeyer

    That’s awesome!!! As for math, you absolutely do NOT have to do any writing. Mental math is how I have distracted Jacob since he was 2 or 3. Just talk about it. Talk about sharing cookies. Talk about cutting a pizza, talk about how many bunnies are in the yard and how many are left after two hopped back into their hole. Chances are, you are already doing this. Talk about more than and less than (examples are their more girls or boys in our family? How many boys, how many girls? HOw many more boys would we need to be the same, etc. We need to find aisle 2 in the grocery store to find bread, where is it? Okay, now we need crackers in aisle 4, how many aisles away is that? And when Jacob started paying attention to the speedometer (he was 4) and said “Mom, you are going 65 and the speed limit is 55!” then it became “oh, so is mommy going over or under the speed limit? How many mph is mommy speeding?” Or how much does mommy need to slow down so she doesn’t get a speeding ticket?” THere is SO much you can do with math without even trying. She’s awfully little for pencil paper math. Manipulatives would be great. Most non-teachers don’t have “real” manipulatives but how real they are doesn’t matter. use spoons or cups or stuffed animals, or fingers and toes (the original manipulatives). Jacob has been playing for years with the fraction circles I made while student teaching. I assume K can identify a number if it is written, but if not, that’s the only “written” math you need to focus on. THe standards for what kids need to know to get into kindergarten are not very high (though it’s amazing what they should know when they move on to first grade), and I’m fairly certain that except for writing the letters, which you said is really beginning to emerge, she is already doing what she needs to for K. And she has over a year and a half to learn even more. You’re doing great, momma!! So is she 🙂

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