Okay, onto other things. I have made it to Topic 4 in math. We use the enVision math program and it's been a learning experience and I still can't decide if I like it or not. This is 3 years later and the jury is still out. My biggest gripe is that it tends to introduce a brand new concept (for example, adding in any order) and then that's it. New lesson and concept the next day and we never see it again until the test. And as you know from all of my previous posts, it's practically a MIRACLE from HEAVEN that I have enough time in the day to teach math between Language Arts and Recess. Seriously.
So Topic 4, Lesson 1 introduces subtraction but without really teaching subtraction. It's the part, part, whole model which is really quite interesting seeing as how that's not how I learned subtraction!!! :) At any rate, I just don't like how we jump right into the missing part without really "explaining" how to find it. I have read the Teacher's Manual over and over to see if I'm missing something but apparently all I'm missing is the missing number. And it's supposed to just magically arrive in my kids' brains. Really. Even the fun little animation video that we watch doesn't explain how to find it. It just magically appears. Here's what it looks like:
Well, either the dog ate them or they are in the bowl, right? I mean, where ARE they? What kind of question IS that? I know two bones are missing but that's because I am SMART. :) My kids, on the other hand, are just learning how to figure this out and apparently, I get to decide HOW. I prefer the counting up model . . . as in, one, two, three, four, FIVE, SIX but I present many different ways to help them since the Teacher's Manual does not give ONE IDEA at all. And let's face it: this is a life skill so I've got to help them with this! I use this all of the time! I can't count how many times I've been to Target with a $20 bill and walked out with $3. I always know where my missing part is - the Dollar Spot!!!!! To help the kiddos, I made this . . .
I printed them on cardstock, laminated them, and stuck magnets on the back. And then we practiced and practiced and practiced with these. Maybe you could use them for a center? Or a smartboard activity? I don't know. My kids love them but that's mainly because I have forced my love of dogs onto them and they can't love cats. Must Love Dogs is rule number three right between Follow Directions and Be Kind to Others. Click the pic to grab it.
I am off to watch the Finale of Bachelor Pad. Then what????? Does anyone know what's coming on next Monday??