When I made the decision to homeschool, the idea of teaching math beyond the simple, foundational concepts intimidated me. But with the help of my spouse and resources like these math videos from Rock N Learn, my personal dislike of numbers will not prevent my children from getting a proper mathematical education.
The Rock ‘N Learn Early Math DVD Collection provides supplemental learning and entertainment by combining math concepts, animation and music. I love any chance I get to integrate music into learning time.
Concepts included in the math videos:
- Money & making change
- Addition & subtraction
- Telling time
If you have students who struggle a bit in the area of math, this is an approachable way to introduce foundational math concepts. Each DVD has 12 to 18 video segments, each lasting about an hour long.
For the past few days, my daughters and I have carved out time each day to dive into learning about money, telling time, addition and subtraction right in our living room. We’ve worked on these topics before, but this was the first time we made new discoveries in these areas. The videos are auditory, visual, musical, fun, and folds history with math to help the learning stick.
Money & Making Change
I don’t know any child who doesn’t show interest in money, including my three and four-year old daughters. Recently we gave them a large water jug to encourage saving money. Any money they receive or find around the house they can keep, as long as they identify the name of the coin or bill and its value.
Naturally, the first math video they wanted to watch out of the Rock ‘N Learn Early Math Collection was the Money & Making Change DVD. The DVD is recommended by its makers for 2nd grade and up, however, kids as young as preschoolers will be engaged throughout the entire video.
Not only can viewers learn practical uses for money, but the history behind each coin is given. From information like who is pictured on each coin to that person’s significant U.S. contribution (like the early explorer, Sacagawea) to where money is made, the 58-minute video provides both a math and history lesson in one viewing.
I learned that the half dollar is the biggest (in size)! It’s worth 50 cents! -My 4-year-old daughter
Money Homeschool Lessons
Create a unit all about life skills like shopping. Discuss paying for items and receiving the correct amount of change. Review the videos and take a trip to the store to put the newly learned knowledge to practice. Practice before your trip with the Play Money set.
Addition & Subtraction Rap
I have introduced addition and subtraction problems with sums 10 or less to my three and four years old. I have noticed that this may be an area we will need to take our time. The Addition and Subtraction Rap DVD is suggested for 1st grade on up. Each lesson after about the fourth moved a little too quickly for my children, but will be an awesome tool as they progress in the area. Nonetheless, the rapping mouse and music had them up on their feet, dancing and soaking up the foundational addition and subtraction facts. When they could, they yelled out answers to the equations.
Addition & Subtraction in the Classroom
First and second graders can use these math videos to get students excited about addition and subtraction in many ways. After watching your favorite segments of the video put students into groups and have them create their own one-minute rap using math equations. Add extra fun by recording each group separately to create a video to share with other classrooms. The Ready, Set, Move Activity Set will help the students to add dance moves and props to their rap. Check it out!
A rapping analog log helped introduce my daughters to a more in-depth look at telling time. We have spent only a brief amount of time learning about telling time with analog clocks, but have totally rocked using digital clocks. The Telling Time DVD was a great way for my girls to get a better understanding of the concept and to see the slight complexity of an analog clock. Every aspect of telling time, from understanding AM and PM to telling time to the quarter hour was covered in the 46-minute video, and it was colorful and interactive enough to keep my littles engaged the entire length of the video. They gained a better understanding of AM and PM and their enthusiasm towards the material was shown through their continuous yelling out of answers to the short quizzes and jumping around the room.
Analog clocks count by fives! -My 3-year-old daughter
Learning to Tell Time at Home
After reviewing the Telling Time DVD, have your child create an ideal weekend schedule, writing down specific times to do desired activities. For one day, make it their responsibility to keep everyone organized and on schedule by making them in charge of keeping the time for the day. You can also give your child more practice with discovering time with the Time Telling Wall Play Set.
Use the Math Videos Again & Again
Your kids are learning songs in the math videos, so it’s fun to watch the videos again and again. First, listen and enjoy the songs. Then, sing along with the videos. Finally, master the concepts by singing songs about the concepts as they come up in your other studies.
About The All-Star Blogger
Teri Watters is a new homeschooler who enjoys spending time with her husband and two daughters. She’s also the creator of MommyWifeLife.com, where she regularly blogs about ways to keep the family connected through education, activities and new products.
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