The other day while at a bookstore, I was looking for more ideas to teach my four year old son about addition. Disney makes this great line of books called Disney School Skills – Let’s Learn Addition
We started the book yesterday morning and it began using number stickers to fill in the missing numbers from 1 to 20. On the next page, he then had to write in the missing numbers. Next he had to do number sets which included drawing in the correct number of items as requested on each question.
The entire book has the Disney Pixar Cars theme so it’s familiar and fun for Dylan. At the end of the book, there are two pages where it lists all the new things I can do. Such as I can… Count and sequence numbers to 20 and I can show different ways to make 4. There are 24 of these “I Can” and once your child can do these things, he/she gets to put a trophy sticker. I told Dylan, after he finishes the book and gets all 24 stickers, he could pick out a new Pixar Cars at the toy store. He is very happy with this and even more excited to learn the different things he needs to, to be able to pick out his new car.
This morning, we worked on showing different ways to make 4, 5, 6 and 7. For the first one, it shows the number 4 and then 4 uncolored cars. The directions say to color the cars blue and yellow to show that you can make 4 in different ways. The first activity was done in the book showing the first two cars colored in Blue and the next two cars colored in yellow. Underneath the picture they wrote in 2 and 2 makes 4. Dylan caught on quick. Honestly, I wasn’t expecting him to! I asked him how else we could make 4 and he replied “1 + 3 makes 4”. And he colored one car yellow and three cars blue and wrote the numbers underneath. The next couple of pages does this for the number 5, 6 and 7. He got each one and loved it!
In fact, over lunch today I would say to him “Dylan can you name 3 ways to make the number 6?” or “I bet you can’t think of some ways to make the number 10!” And he proved me wrong each time! I was so surprised when he was just rattling off what numbers added together make up 10 and he is loving that learning can be fun!