First the little guy used clothespins to hang his little pretend laundry and practice his pincer grasp. I made the clothes from foam sheets a long time ago. His sister loved this activity.
Then, I gave him his first math lesson with the number rods. This time I am using the Montessori Printshop teaching Manual. So far I love it. I need the pictures to keep me motivated (just like I need pictures to follow a recipe.. I am a visual learner). The album is very organized and appealing to the eye. I didn't care much for the math album from KHT. It was just collecting dust.
After the the naming period, we moved to the recognition and association period. Here I asked him to move, place or hide the number rods I was calling. I was surprised at how much fun he had! He simply loved hiding it next to his sister! We did a lot of of, "move the rod #__ to..." He wanted to continue on and on.
He did great at the recall period. We only focused on the rods 1-4.
As he was putting the rods away, he took rod #10 and counted up to ten. Maybe this activity was too easy for him. I know he knows how to count, but he also had so much fun. I think that is important too.
Later on, they took a break for a snack, and I put on some clothes! They found the bead chains. The little guy wanted the blue ones, the big girl wanted to count the golden beads. She and I counted to 100 for the first time!