Friday, July 19, 2019

Interactive Math Curriculum Notebook K by Crafty Classroom Review

F is officially exiting the PreK realm and diving head first into Kindergarten this year.  I was super excited when I was offered the opportunity to review the Interactive Math Curriculum Notebook K from Crafty Classroom.  We jump started this program this summer and he is really enjoying it!  I plan on finishing the rest of it in the fall as part of F's Math curriculum.  Crafty Classroom doesn't just offer this math option but they have a variety of subjects with fun lessons for tots to 3rd grade.

 Our Curriculum

Our Interactive Math Curriculum Notebook K is a low-prep, hands-on and ready to go digital program.  Most of the consumable pages are printed in black and white while more non-consumable items like charts and games are printed in color.  This is great news for my printer!  I also appreciate that I already have most of the items needed, another win.

Here is a list of items to keep on hand for daily hands-on activities.  Items like cards, dice, Q-tips, etc.

Getting ready to set up daily warm-up folder

One thing that you need to set up for your student is the daily warm-up folder.  You glue two manila file folders together to form a tri-folding folder and attach the appropriate graphics to the folder as shown.  It is fairly easy.

F's assembled daily warm-up folder

Closer view

The daily warm-up folder is used by the student every day for review prior to starting new lessons.  It's a great way to isolate and work on key math skills in very small chunks of time during the year.  This curriculum includes teaching suggestions for the daily warm-ups but it is intended to be fast, unscripted time to connect and work with your student on key math concepts.

Checking out his warm-up folder for the day.

This comprehensive K math curriculum includes a full year of hands-on math lessons, games and activities as well as the previously mentioned warm-up folder and printable math manipulatives.

The appendix is where you will find the printable math manipulatives.

Curriculum Overview

I really like the at-a-glance one page curriculum overview and weekly schedule page (seen above).  You can easily see the topics for every week and corresponding page numbers in the curriculum.  This is super helpful if you need to reprint worksheets.

General Setup

This curriculum is meant to be used 4 days a week for 36 weeks.  Students complete a daily worksheet along with a game or interactive activity.  I like the idea of schooling 4 days a week at this age.

Review Weeks

Every 5 weeks, there are review weeks which allow you to see if your student has mastered the topics covered the previous 4 weeks.  There are fun, online games suggested during these weeks that are used for assessing student skill and for extra math practice.

F's first worksheet of this program.

 F making apple seeds using Q-tips and paint.

Finished worksheet

Another worksheet

Playing the game

 Completing his lesson worksheet

 Finished worksheet

F really likes this program.  It's a good fit for him.  He is enjoying the worksheets.  He does not find them too difficult and he is learning.  I like that the lessons are short, ~ 15 minutes.  It's hard for him to write for long periods of time at this age and these sheets are perfect.  I really like that he gets practice writing his numbers!  I personally really like that the worksheets include ruled handwriting sections so that he has guidance when making his numbers.  F really likes the games and activities that we have done so far.  I'm not surprised as our family is really into games!  I love how they incorporate different skills that he has learned.

F is really looking forward to learning more about time!

I want to mention that before starting this program, your student should have a good foundation in number recognition and number names or it will probably be too difficult to jump in.  Topics that students will cover include number patterns, ordinal numbers, number value, addition, subtraction, counting by 2's/5's/10's, place value, even and odd numbers and more!  Some practical math skills that are covered include counting money, telling time, using a ruler, reading a calendar and more.  I like that it is low prep-work.

This program corresponds with Crafty Classroom's  R.E.A.D. Curriculum Notebook as well but I have not used it myself.  I may look into it for the future.

Check out the fantastic video from Crafty Classroom below to see a complete overview of how the Interactive Math Curriculum Notebook K works.

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