After addition with the golden beads, Pumpkin 1 wasn’t keen on subtraction, so on consultation with other Montessori moms, I introduced multiplication. Multiplication? For a 4 year old? Yes! Multiplication is only the addition of the same number multiple times. Usually this is done in the Montessori classroom with a group of children. Since we don’t have a group, I used little peg people. I thought that would make it more fun for her.
After giving each “person” the same amount. We added it all together.
Who knew multiplication was so simple and fun? Pumpkin 1 didn’t want to try it again so I made it more engaging by appealing to her sense of imagination. We said the golden beads were treasure each person had and we had to figure out home much they had altogether. After the second calculation she told me the people were tired and needed to go to sleep. Oh well.
We actually had a really good work session today (in between Pumpkin 2 throwing things, climbing on me and treating me like a jungle gym while I tried to work with Pumpkin 1). He always wants to be a part of everything but he’s still in a key time for gross motor skills. I really should put an oval line on the floor. I wish I had a balance beam. He did work for a bit on the Animal and Plant sorting cards.
Pumpkin 1 did some Pink Series writing and reading. I’ve put all the materials for the Pink Series in tackle boxes. She’s good at writing with the moveable alphabet but she still really struggles with sounding out. She’ll say the sound of each letter but when she puts it together will use different letters or say what she thinks not what she read. She is really good at sight reading and knows a lot of words that way so she gets frustrated at having to sound out, she wants to just memorize every word.
We did the life cycle figures and read the little life cycle books, Pumpkin 2 sat on my lap to listen. Then the two of them worked on patterning with the math link cubes, Pumpkin 2 just did whatever Pumpkin 1 told him.
After that Pumpkin 1 did the North America continent map with flags, and matched the objects in the continent box with the cards. We also read the little book about North America and she looked at pictures of Banff Park with the ViewMaster.
Then that I suggested lunch but she wanted to do the Flag Map. Somehow, the key I made, is lost but she remembered almost all the flags and even corrected me when I confused the Algerian flag with Pakistan’s.
It’s great when we have a good work session, especially since yesterday’s was a bust. I just need to find more for Pumpkin 2 to do.