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If you have spent any time researching school curriculum you probably already know that the there are some awesome tools to support almost any learning concepts you could think of. But there is also such an overwhelming amount of resources out there that it can be intimidating to choose from it all. With that in mind I want to regularly share with you, my lovely readers, some of our most loved manipulatives and resources in a new series – Friday Favorites: Homeschool Edition.
Now let’s be clear here: I do not have it all together. I simply want to share with you some things that have worked in our homeschool and co op classes. There are a few things I have come to realize and accept the last few years of homechooling with my daughter:
- I do not need all the things. Too much stuff overwhelms.
- What works for someone else may not work with her style of learning/my style of teaching and that’s OK.
- Almost every manipulative can be used in more than one way. Often times it’s my little one who comes up with the best ideas!
Today I want to share with you one manipulative that has been such fun to use and also has so many different uses.
Paw Print Counters
These are meant for use as a counting aid. But there are so many other uses if you’re willing to get creative. For example, if your kiddo is struggling with a particular reading assignment, place several paws on the page at different stopping points. Each time they read to a paw have them stack it and watch that tower grow! It will be encouraging to them to see that they are actually making progress on that reading assignment. (By the way, doing this with gummy bears is even yummier! My favorite brand is linked below.)
Our favorite uses so far are:
- Pattern building and recognition
- Learning the order of the colors on a rainbow
- Memorizing the colors of a nation’s flag
- Math: addition and subtraction. Also measurements.
- Reading: using them as a marker on a page when a reading assignment gets tough. (see example above)
- Fine motor skills: build a tower or stack as a pyramid
- Playtime while studying about animals
- Use to “trace” over large letters for letter recognition Montessori style
- Bingo, tic tac toe and game board pieces.
- Entertain the kitten by flicking them across your floors.
Are you needing these cute Paw Counters for your homeschool? Here they are!
I’ve also included some others you might want to consider…. and my favorite gummy bears as well *wink*
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What is one homeschool tool that you have been able to use in multiple ways? I’d love to hear about it in the comments below!
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