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Hands-On Math

Some of you have asked me about how my math curriculum works, so I have been taking some time to organize my math posts in a more orderly manner. Because of this, I will be re-posting some older math posts, but I will be combining them into more step-by-step themes. I hope this will help some of you looking for more structure. For others, I appreciate your putting up with a bunch of re-posts.
Here is the basic order in which I do math...

Pre K-2nd Grade: (Math Their Way) I do this list of activities in this basic order, spiraling around each of these four years. I stop each area when the activities seem to hard for them, because I know I will be getting back to them the following year, or when they seem to have mastered the content of that area. I will be adding links when I finish with each area's post.

Free Exploration and Counting (3-5 weeks)
     Free Exploration of Math Materials
          Application and Extension
     Counting (Assessment)
          Invariance or Conservation of Number`
          Counting On
          Counting Backwards
Patterns, part one (2-4 weeks)
     Application and Extension
Sorting and Classifying (3-4 weeks)
     Application and Extension
Comparing (2-4 weeks)
     Application and Extension
Number (2-5 months) (Assessment)
     Concept Level
          Application and Extension
     Connecting Level
          Application and Extension
     Symbolic Levels
         Application and Extension
Place Value (3-4 months) (Assessment)
         Application and Extension
Patterns, part two (3 months)

3rd-6th Grade (Mathematics; a Way of Thinking, Bob Baratta-Lorton) (in this basic order)
Patterns on Number Tables
Patterns on Tiles and Cubes
Beginning Addition and Subtraction
Beginning Multiplication
Beginning Division
Word Problems
Advanced Addition and Subtraction
Advanced Multiplication
Advanced Division
Sorting and Classifying
Metric Measure
Coordinate Graphing
Negative Numbers
Problem Solving

I then use Math On The Level  for grades 7 & 8 to pick up any math concepts not yet covered, along with beginning Videotext Algebra, which continues into high school.


  1. I'm looking forward to this. It seems like you get SO MUCH done, I'd love to know how you do any of it!!!


  2. Anonymous24.1.12

    Thanks for your sweet comment! Looks like you are one hardworking mom! We studied many of the countries last year and posted about them on my blog. This year we're working our way across America. I love the ideas on your blog!

  3. Phyllis I think off the blogs I read I am most impressed with all your bunch does! You always have the best resources. Hoping you and your family have a great weekend.

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