Yup: Day 2, and we’re still on Page 1. You are supposed to use this page for a few different things. We have coloured in the dots, we have used rods & tally marks to represent the dots. I think we just may be ready for Page 2.
This is totally different from the way I learned math. Very manipulatives-based, and that’s why I chose it.
Naomi was easily able to “show me a rod that is the same as two red rods,” and even “three red rods.” She’s beginning to grasp the “number” values of each rod. She built her own staircase “valley” (two staircases with the small ends together) and we climbed down, up, and then slid down a slide she made off to the side.
The wooden tray to use the rods is homemade – it’s a dollar store wooden box with 1cm gridlines printed on photo paper, then trimmed & glued into the bottom of the box. The rods don’t line up exactly, but it’s good enough.