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    Default Printable math activity guide or curriculum for K

    Sorry for asking what is probably a repetitive question that has been answered many times, but I have trawled through old threads and just wanted to check I am not missing anything.

    I am after a math activity guide or curriculum for my 4.5 year old to start later this year for kindergarten. I would like it to be something that I can download and print here, or on kindle. I don't want to be having to order anything else to ship to NZ from the USA, as I already do my older DD's Beast Academy, as it is expensive. I don't have many options for things that I can buy direct here.

    So is my only option MEP? I am happy to do that, and have downloaded all the reception level, but just wanted to check I am not missing anything. From what I can see, Math Mammoth only starts at Grade 1.

    At the moment the other resources we have are the Right Start card games book + cards and the Right Start AL abacus book + AL abacus on ipad. I am also going through Preschool Math at Home by Kate Snow with her, which is kind of game/hands-on play counting stuff, and she does Math Seeds. She always asks for more math and then just wants to do more Math Seeds, which I try to limit because of screen time.

    I regularly get picture books with math out from the library, but she would like more activities. I know there is a bunch of stuff that I could do, and we do all the discussing math/numbers as part of everyday life and various activities. However, she still asks for more, and if I don't give her something to do, she is then the sort that decides to become mischievous and go entertain herself by creating trouble with her older sister. With me working as well, it is so much easier if I have something that gives me ideas of what to do when I don't have the time to plan/come up with an idea.

    Like this morning, she has already used up her allowed time of Math Seeds, we have done another 15 min or so of the Preschool Math activities, she has sat in on Spanish with her sister, we have done some music (just playing around), she has had a lot of free play time, and now she has come to me asking "can I do more math....with the buttons". So at least she came up with an idea, but if I don't have some inspiration for a more in depth plan of what we are going to do, it then all generally descends into her just pestering me. If I have a plan, then I can set her up to quite happily do something along side me as I get some work done. I also have a 20 page job to finish in the next 3 hours that I have not had a chance to sit down and even look at yet, so that is adding to my whole feeling.

    Edited to add – any tips on how to occupy/entertain a curious and very active almost 5 year old greatfully accepted. Because I guess my post is also a question of how do I occupy her. I am latching onto math at the moment, because that is what she seems to ask for the most. But she also loves practicing her writing and reading. I have some writing stuff in a folder that she can just grab whenever she wants. One is a alphabet activity/tracing/writing letters type workbook, and one day when I was busy working she just went off with that and blasted through at least 10 pages of it on her own in a very short length of time. I just need something to give her that she will be happy to play with or work on, for even 15 min, so I can get some work done. Her and my oldest generally do not work or play well together. My oldest loves to sit and play (or work) quietly on her own, and is very structured in what she does. For example, she loves to arrange her toys into what she calls 'a setup', and then my youngest will just tear in all loud and wild and want to play in her way, but to my oldest it is just ruining what she has done. So it leads to lots of arguments and tears. Its generally the same with work, unless its something they can both work on (Spanish, music sometimes) and my oldest decides she wants to teach my youngest. Then it lasts about as long as my youngest can tolerate being told how to do whatever it is in the very structured way my oldest wants her to do it.

    My youngest turns 5 in June. In NZ, children typically start school on their 5th birthday (its rolling entry all year round). Legally you don't have to start till 6, but it would be a very tiny percentage that don't start on their 5th birthday. So I am getting pressure from my mum, who is not a great fan of homeschooling (even though she sees it helps my oldest), that my youngest might "have fun at school" and "its not fair not to start her when she turns 5". Then worries about friends/play time because currently her main friends are in her play-based preschool, and they all turn 5 before her and will leave very soon. In the homeschool group, there are not many around her age that we can meet up with regularly. So on top of all that, I feel like if I can't get the whole working + homeschooling two very different children sorted, then I might have to send her school just for some sanity even though idealistically I would like to homeschool her.
    Last edited by NZ_Mama; 04-12-2018 at 08:23 PM.

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    Well, first, I ADORE MEP Reception and it's so cute and short. So definitely do it anyway. If she flies through it, then that's fine. You can move on.

    There are other options though. You could download the pdf version of Miquon Orange, which is suitable for kindy, IMHO. You could do some of the early CSMP math, which is free like MEP. Ronit Bird does C-rod books and programs that are available as ebooks that are meant for kids who have math disabilities, but which I know some families like for very early math too. And the Gattegno math books you can find online and start as well. I know I'm naming a lot of Cuisenaire resources, because that's what I know... let me think...

    Oh, you could also consider doing the grade one of Math Magic, which is the national textbook of India. Super cute, also free.
    Download NCERT/CBSE Book: Class 1: Mathematics: MathMagic

    And, really, if she flies through doing MEP and a few other things, then it's okay to start Math Mammoth or another first grade program and just go really slow - if she seems ready and interested.
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    Thanks so much Farrar! That has given me a lot more to download and keep us going.

    Do you know where to download the Miquon Orange pdf, is it a purchase or just free somewhere.

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    Currclick is still selling the Miquon pdfs:
    Miquon Math, Orange Book, Level 1 Gr 1 - Rainbow Resources, LLP | CurrClick

    If you were in the States, I'd say just buy the book. It's the same price and then you don't have to print. But from abroad, the pdf is probably a better deal.

    I'm assuming you can get Cuisenaire rods, I guess? They're kind of integral.
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    Do you have access to the following books? They have some great games and activities to do with math.

    Math Games & Activities from Around the World by Claudia Zaslavsky

    Games For Math Playful Ways To Help Your Child Learn Math by Peggy Kaye

    Big Ideas for Small Mathematicians: Kids Discovering the Beauty of Math with 22 Ready-to-Go Activities by Ann Kajander
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    Quote Originally Posted by farrarwilliams View Post
    Currclick is still selling the Miquon pdfs:
    Miquon Math, Orange Book, Level 1 Gr 1 - Rainbow Resources, LLP | CurrClick

    If you were in the States, I'd say just buy the book. It's the same price and then you don't have to print. But from abroad, the pdf is probably a better deal.

    I'm assuming you can get Cuisenaire rods, I guess? They're kind of integral.
    Thank you. Yes I can get some of the rods.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mariam View Post
    Do you have access to the following books? They have some great games and activities to do with math.

    Math Games & Activities from Around the World by Claudia Zaslavsky

    Games For Math Playful Ways To Help Your Child Learn Math by Peggy Kaye

    Big Ideas for Small Mathematicians: Kids Discovering the Beauty of Math with 22 Ready-to-Go Activities by Ann Kajander
    Thanks for the ideas. Our library has the first and last ones. I think we have had the first one before, but it must have been a while ago as I can't remember details. I will get them out.

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