An Easy Start in Arithmetic

I recently posted about The Three R’s Series of Ruth Beechick and I mentioned that I will share some highlights from the 3 booklets. Today, I want to share some concepts about learning arithmetic which can help you teach your little ones about basic math.

Ruth Beechick mentioned in “An Easy Start in Arithmetic” that children grow through 3 modes of thinking about arithmetic. The first mode is manipulative. You need to use real objects to help your younger kids to learn about math. You can use the objects commonly found in your house. Like toys, sticks, chairs, pencils and other stuff which your kids can count. The second mod is called the mental image mode. Your kids can now imagine the objects in her head and count them. If you notice, sometimes, just by merely looking at the pictures on a book, your child can now answer the problem without using manipulatives. The last mode is called the abstract mode. This is the stage where in the child no longer needs images or objects in her head to count.
Ruth believes that to have good abstract thinking, a child most be exposed to lots of manipulative and image thinking in her early years.
She also suggested several activities in arithmetic learning:
– Domino type games
– Lotto or Bingo type games
– Board games
– Pick up sticks
– Building toys
– Follow simple recipe
– Help fix things
– Help with shopping
– Follow directions
I find this book really useful especially for newbie homeschoolers like me. She has included many teaching suggestions for the early grades. My daughter had a hard time when we began to learn about multiplication this year and after reading this book, I understood why. Now, I take things slower with her, giving more room for learning and more manipulatives in Math.
Note: This is my personal review for this book. I have not been paid for this.