On the Shelves – Maths

Addition Activities - An Everyday Story
Homeschool Room Design for Small Spaces - An Everyday StoryA few weeks ago we were visiting some friends and Jack and Sarah noticed that their friends shared a bedroom. When we got home, they begged me to move Sarah's bed into Jack's room. It took a lot of squeezing but I made them fit. And now we have Sarah's little bedroom as a homeschool room. We're still working on our outdoor homeschool studio, but until that's finished, we have this lovely little room. I thought I would show you want we have out on the shelves at the moment. First up, our maths explorations. Montessori Math Activities - Multiplication Activities - An Everyday StoryMultiplication Activities with Math Beads - An Everyday Story

Practising Multiplication

This one is for Jack. Each bead chain contains ten beads. The beads help him to visualise quantities as he practises multiplications of ten. 

Wooden numbers | Counting beads (I made these myself | Wooden tray  Addition Activities - An Everyday Story Addition Activities with Loose Parts - An Everyday Story

Practising Addition

In this activity, the kids roll the dice and use the shells to calculate the answer. As an extension, Jack can write the sums on the small (A5 size) clipboard. 

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Counting to Twenty

This one is for Sarah. She reads the number and places them in the correct order from 1 - 20. I made the Ten Frame cards myself and cut the number cards from an old poster. Number stones would also be nice. 

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Quantifying to Ten

This is another one for Sarah. Here she places the number cards in order and then counts out the correct number of glass gems. There is the right number of gems in the clear tray for her to count 1-10, so if she makes a mistake, she is able to correct herself. 

Number cards | Glass gems (discount store | Purple tray (IKEA)

We spend about 45 minutes most mornings in here. Jack and Sarah can choose whichever activities they would like to work with for as long as they would like to work. Along with these maths activities, there are also handwork, science, fine-motor and language. 

Jack and Sarah really like spending this time with me. They like having the freedom to choose. Our time together is quite peaceful and productive. I usually keep the activities out for about a fortnight but will change some slightly as their interests change. 

Next time I will share some of the language activities I have on the shelves at the moment. 


6 Replies to “On the Shelves – Maths”

  1. These are so simple and so lovely. It really would take a lot of the stress out of preparing lessons when you have a set up like this. I like too that there is a nice range of activities for the kids to choose. I bet you have fun setting up all those baskets with those beautiful materials.

    1. I really do 🙂 I love going through our materials and putting baskets together

  2. Thank you so much for sharing all your gorgeous activities. I am always inspired by your posts Kate. Truly so much gratitude flowing from the Sunny Coast to you from me. <3

    1. You are so very welcome Missy 🙂 I went to school up on the Sunny Coast. It’s such a lovely place.

  3. Thank you for this post! I am looking forward to the language activities post, too! My oldest daughter is 5 ( will be 6 in October). She is very smart (or so we have been told by many people), and her comprehension level seems beyond her age. But she does not know how to read yet. Just yesterday, she cried when I told her that we will be starting “school time” (this will be our first year homeschooling and she is In Kindergarten). She saw me making our daily rhythm, and I shared with her what we will be doing. When she heard “reading” she said she does not like reading and reading is boring. She said how she does not like just sitting and doing nothing for reading. I told her that she loves listening to stories (audio books and me reading to her), and she said “it is different because it is not reading, it is listening”. I felt so bad when I saw her crying, but at the same time I want her to be able to read. I felt bad because what she associates with reading, is “just sitting and doing nothing”. I would really love to see what you do with your children! (Sorry for the long post…)

    1. No don’t be sorry at all. My son Jack is 6 and a half and is still learning how to read. I think reading is a really important skill but I also think that it is one which we need to teach and encourage gently. We want our children to want to read and this will only happen if they are trusted to reach that place in their own time and in their own way. There is no rush to have your daughter reading. She is still being exposed to language through audio books and reading aloud together. And while she is sitting with you reading, she is seeing the words and taking them in. Like Jack, she may already be able to read better than she thinks she can.

      Jack really enjoys audio books too but he doesn’t like when I ask him to read aloud to me. He prefers to listen to me read. I think this is ok. We have some activities on our shelves which help to reinforce sight words but mostly we read a lot, listen to audio books, and I try to incorporate as much literacy into their day naturally as possible. Here are a couple of posts which you might find helpful:

      Using Books to Enhance Materials
      Creating a Language Rich Environment
      25+ Literacy Explorations: Ideas for Hands-on Learning

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