Sunday, October 2, 2011

Carlito C. Caterpillar's Math House Games Review with #Giveaway - ends (10/16)

Carlito C. Caterpillar's Math House Games

Carlito C. Caterpillar's Math House™ Games
  • Step by Step introduction to math concepts for young children
  • Math Skills are developed through the use of the senses
  • Skills are divided into thee stages of learning, building on what was learned previously
  • Complimentary materials are available through the website
  • 20 steps, 40 games
  • 30 double sided, lacquered, illustrated, ring bound cards include games and parent information
  • $23.95 (free shipping)
  • Suitable for Pre-K and early learners
Carlito C. Caterpillar's Math House Games

Carlito C. Caterpillar's Math House™ Games is a new product for teaching young students about math.  Using a sensory teaching system, these games will help little ones to understand the basic concepts math is built upon.

My boys have always been sensory learners.  While they find it easy to memorize facts, they don't really gain comprehension until they can process a concept in a concrete way.

These are kids who when they were told "Don't touch that, it's hot!" had to see what "hot" was by touching.

The same is true for math.  They can memorize tables of information, but until they hold manipulatives in their hands, there is not very much interest.  This has always been, and still is true for us.  When I discuss and diagram concepts such as angles, they glaze over.  When we cut a triangle into three pieces, fit the angles together and form a straight line of 180 degrees, they light up.

The main benefit of showing a concept is that the meaning is internalized and imprinted onto their brains by doing.  One plus one equals two is useless information if "one" and "two" have no meaning.

The games are broken into three main concepts; quantity, numeration, and operations.  Each stage has steps, and each step has two games.  The first is a little bit easier, the second slightly more challenging.  They provide introduction to a concept, and then reinforcement of a concept.  Each game uses items that can be found around the house.  Objects and snacks are suggested, but a parent's discretion also comes into play.

Before playing, the parent should learn the game, have the materials needed available, (some may be printed from the website) and understand how it is going to go, so it runs smoothly.  Once the child masters the ten steps to the concept, there are printable certificates available through the website that look like this:

Carlito C. Caterpillar's Math House Games

I like the games, and the use of sensory learning.  They are easy to play, and if a parent can consistently find the time to make these a part of their day, their child will internalize the concepts needed for basic math.

I also like that the instructions and games are on durable, kid resistant cards.  Putting it all together on a sturdy ring keeps all the information in one place.

If you like the Math House Games, there are some other products due to be released soon.  For example, these books:

Carlito C. Caterpillar's Math House Games

There will be 20 books, and each will have 24 pages. The story will include full color illustrations, and four black and white coloring pages for concept reinforcement.

These will be sold for $99, but if you pre order now, the price is only $49.95 with free shipping.  The first 500 orders will also receive a bonus, commemorative color print.

There will also be an iTunes app for practice on the go.

The website also has information about fundraising opportunities.

I have been given the opportunity to offer a set of Math House Game cards for giveaway.
[Giveaway Closed]

***In order to write an informed, blogged review, I received a set of math house cards. I was not paid to write this post and my opinons are my own.