Other posts have elaborated on how 'math' is everywhere, at the grocery store, playing 'store', etc. You might want to check out 'The Big Book of Home Learning" by Mary Pride. She writes reviews of programs marketed to homeschoolers at all age levels. I found the book very helpful when it came to picking out teaching tools.
We use Singapore also.
It really stresses understanding how numbers work rather just computing and memorizing. When my older DD was 5, she did Early Bird 2 and really enjoyed it. Early Bird 2 is a lot more fun that Primary 1, and it only costs $15, so I would let your child start there even if it is very easy and only takes a couple of month to fly through.
I also bought Miquon for her when she was 5, but it turned out that she wasn't ready for it so it sat on the shelf for a long time. She is now 6 and really really enjoys Miquon. Miquon was designed to be used as a supplement in gifted programs. It isn't a complete program but it looks at things from a different point of view. The first book introduces all 4 functions.
My DD is going back and forth, using Singapore Primary 1 one week, and the using Miquon the next week. She really likes doing math this way.
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If you're not interested in a curriculum at this point, I second the suggestions above (I've really unschooled math to this point, using real life as a teacher) and adding that learning *doubles* (1+1, 2+2, etc) is another fun skill for them to learn. We also do lots of coin counting (Hayden's a money freak!), comparing the number of coins vs the value of the coins. I found some really cool wipe off books at Walmart for less than $5 each if you want to start out that way.
we use the grocery store,cooking,comp. games. play pretend bank,beauty shop,restaraunt,etc......
dd loves singapore!!!! loves shopping and price-comparison shopping!!
Discovery Toys have some neat games that use math concepts also. Their cd rom game Dollarville is really great to teach money concepts. This is a great time of year to ask for games for presents, deck of card games like UNO, etc.. Legos, Connect Four, yahtzee come to mind right away. Somewhere there is a website called Pig Out on Math that has lots of neat dice games- stuff I have not seen elsewhere.
Mel, if you want to just make up some mazes, simple math worksheets - not buy anything - pm me and I will post a list of links that you generate your own worksheets for math & print out as needed.
I made some of my own up using things from the dollar store and craft department. I made spider web boards and used plastic spiders for counters.
I made my toads and frogs from pompoms, I use gold fish crackers for the fish. There are so many things to count. My son is 3.5 and loves them. We haven't gotten into formal lessons or anything, but he loves to tell stories with them. I enjoy making the kits also. I have considered writing my own ideas for a book for homeschoolers. I have some ideas that go past the original ideas. The book is still available on Amazon or Barnes and Nobles. It is getting harder to find.
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