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Tuesday, March 12, 2013

M&M Math for Little Ones

Math has never been one of my strongest subjects and I know that was one of my biggest worries when I became a teacher, let alone began homeschooling Lo. The one thing though that my "deficiency" taught me was to think outside the box when it came to the actual tools needed to teach my students and then little ones. 
Since this year we started from scratch when it came to adding and subtracting I knew I need to use something that would engage my little man. So what better item than to give him instant gratification with each learning experience. Not just by having the feeling of success by getting the problems right but a tasty treat to top the experience off.  I began using M&M to teach counting. Making them such versatile items due to their color & size.
 

After learning how to count we moved on to Adding & subtracting them. Simply using these manipulatives keeps him focused because at the end if he does what hes supposed to and follows directions he gets this delicious little candy.





 
The sky's the limit when it comes to teaching using M&M's (or any candy manipulative) you can :
  • group them by colors teaching about likeness
  • teach your little one about graphing by charting them and graphing how many you have
  • teaching about ones,tens and hundreds (use different colors for each grouping) 
  • measuring items using M&M's  (There's 13 M&M's in 6inches) 
  • Learning colors through M&M's
  • and so much more!....
 You can of course use any candy or item (I've even used legos to teach Math) when teaching your little one these basic concepts. The point is to always think outside the box. Teaching/learning don't have to be exclusive to worksheets and books. Learning happens with items all around us. If you start teaching your little one to use everyday items when learning you will notice they will start using other items to bring the learning experience into their everyday life.













 

13 comments:

MD Kennedy said...

What a great idea - and nothing like a little sweet treat to commend the little ones for a job well done - although not ALL the time!

Conservamom said...

Absolutely! I don't use them all the time but on special occasions. I also limit the number he gets for example we are working on adding and subtracting to/from 10 and so he only gets 10 pieces :) Thanks for stopping by! :)

Jenny said...

I remember doing that in school. Totally helps :P

MikiHope said...

Love this idea--I had (and still have) double vision--math was very difficult for me. My Dad used to make me sit there while he had the flashcards--and I worked at it! And just maybe they would have figured out a lot sooner that I had double vision!!

Anne Sweden said...

Math plus sweets - genius! Mine are now struggling with times tables and we just bought some manipulatives to help out.

Mindy said...

Cool idea! I think my kids would totally go for this.

amy2blessings said...

This is a fun and a great way to learn math, I want to instill the love of learning at an early age, then they love to learn in high school:)

Pollyanna Valenzuela said...

i to agree this is a great idea.. i will be trying this with my lil adry she has been struggling with numbers a bit so i'll try this and see if it works. :)

Alaina Bullock said...

I used to use these and other items to teach math when I taught! It is amazing how well children will learn when you make it fun for them!

Kelli said...

What a great idea and a way to make learning fun. Thanks for sharing this.

AMBER EDWARDS said...

We use M&Ms for teaching math too! It works like a charm!

J a c q u e l i n e M u k w e t o said...

I never looked at m&m's that way. I am pinning this and using it in our homeschool

Andrea Kruse said...

Great idea! My kids can't have chocolate, but I could use Skittles and they would be so excited to work on math problems.

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