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 3stages, with a total of 20steps 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.
The Math House games come on 30 cards, printed on heavy card stock that is lacquered to protect the cards. They are connected by a ring to keep the cards together. In addition to the games, the set includes information for the parents about the what, why and how of each step. I like this- it really helps me to understand the thinking behind the game and what I'm going to be teaching my kids.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.
I had the cards sitting on the counter one day shortly after they arrived, and planned to use them with the kids at some point in the future. However, when Ethan spotted them and started looking through, he asked if we could play right away. I gathered a few items up from our house, and we were soon sitting on the kids' bedroom floor, working on the first two steps. I was impressed by how quickly both Ethan and Vivian caught on to the first concepts that we were discussing. The kids had so much fun that they really wanted to keep going on to the next game and the next. I love it when something is educational but my kids are having so much fun that they don't notice they are actually learning.
Many of the games use little things that we all have lying around the house. For others, there are free downloads and printables at the website. I'm really happy to have these games, and I think they're going to be a great tool for me to use with Ethan and Vivian. These Math House games are designed for use with preschool-early elementary age kids, so if you have anyone in that age at your home, definitely check them out!
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