As a homeschooling parent I am always looking for fun ways to introduce math concepts to my children. Most often we learn through life when the children are wee but it is always fun to throw in a math game with manipulatives from time to time. About a month ago we received Carlito C. Caterpillar’s Math House Games and since then my eight year old son has had a lot of fun teaching his younger sister the various games and activities included in this 20 step package. It’s been a lot of fun for me to listen to their lessons in the morning and Carlito C. Caterpillar makes it easy by giving you everything that you need on their website here – from manipulatives to cut out and certificates to award at the end of each stage. These brightly coloured, sturdy and easy to understand cards are wonderful but my only criticism would be that they are attached by a metal ring that is very easy to open so it might  be necessary to find another way of holding the cards together if you have little ones in the house. Sereveral times we had to resort the cards after the 18 month old threw them all over the floor and that just wasn’t fun!

Here’s some more information about this math program for young children from the creator:

eet Domenico Marcario, M.S. – The creator of Carlito C. Caterpillar’s MathHouseTM Sensory Math Teaching System, is a retired high school mathematics teacher and full-time passionate grandparent!

What is your favorite subject? When primary age children are asked this question, a great number say “math.” Ask the same question to older students, and the answer changes. Why? The approach veers away from play and games to the 3 R’s: rules, repetition, and rote.

The Carlito C. Caterpillar’s Sensory Math Teaching System is the outgrowth of years of research and development. It utilizes the natural way children learn.

From birth, children discover facts through sensory experiences. Fueled by curiosity and imagination, children use their eyes, hands, ears, noses, and mouths to learn about their world. They gain understanding by doing rather than by sitting passively and watching someone else do the thinking for them.

Games and play are the learning media for young children. Early childhood development professionals note that young children are most open to learning when they play. Thus, we have created activities and games for parents to play with their children. The material is presented in 3 stages, with a total of 20 steps and 2 games in each step covering quantity, numeration, and operations.

The games are designed to build upon the knowledge young children already possess. Only when a child fully understands a concept, will you increase the complexity, such as reversing the roles of the players and designating the child as the leader.
If you focus on maintaining an environment of play, the child will experience the learning as an active participant rather than a passive spectator.

Knowledge acquired by the Carlito C. Caterpillar’s MathHouse Sensory Math Teaching System is internalized because it is experienced with the senses through child-centered activities. The system, rooted in a child’s natural learning capabilities, utilizes Math-Tools to model mathematical concepts and results in a deep and thorough understanding of such concepts.

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