It seems there is typically a larger focus on literacy skills than math skills, so I wanted to make sure to give both of these skills their equal share of practice with our students. We sent home take home literacy kits earlier this school year, so now we will be sending home take home math kits. With the help of Oriental Trading, we were able to make five different kits that target specific skills and are engaging for parents to do at home with their children.
The target skill for this kit is one digit addition and subtraction. Included in the kit are Counting Monkeys and Flashcards. Parents can quiz their children with the flash cards and use the counting monkey for manipulates. Once students have mastered this skill, I plan on adding sand timers, so they can work on fluency.
This kit is for students who are still learning numbers and number sense. Student count the number of objects on the sheet and place the correct magnetic number on the tray. Included in this kit is a Cookie Tray, Counting mat, and Magnetic Numbers.
The focus of this kit is Number Bonds. Children fill in the blank circle with the correct number to complete the “bond”. Each tote includes a set of 15 Number Bonds, dry erase marker and eraser.
For this kit, I made an activity sheet so students can create equations with the numbers they roll. Each kit includes a blue and a red number cube, as well as an operations cube. Students role the cubes, fill the numbers into the corresponding color box and then complete the equations. The contents of the tote include a dry erase marker, activity sheet, and Math Connecting Blocks.
The final kit focuses on place value. Each kit includes 15 Place Value Puzzles which consists three separate pieces. Parents can build the puzzles with their children and practice math at the same time!
Students have enjoyed receiving their colorful tote bags to take home to use with their parents. And parents have appreciated the engaging and hands on activities to do at home with their kids, which is a welcomed alternative to worksheets or other homework!