Carlito C. Caterpillar's Math House Games are based on Domenico Marcario's sensory math teaching system and feature 40 games designed to teach each of the 20 steps.
Each set contains 30 double-sided, full color, illustrated game cards printed on heavy card stock, and are laminated & ring bound. They currently sell for $23.95 and include FREE shipping. They can be purchased by clicking here.
Domenico Marcario is a retired high school mathematics teacher and full-time passionate grandparent.
"The Carlito C. Caterpillar’s Sensory Math Teaching System is the outgrowth of years of research and development. It utilizes the natural way children learn.
Games and play are the learning media for young children. Early childhood development professionals note that young children are most open to learning when they play. Thus, we have created activities and games for parents to play with their children. The material is presented in 3stages, with a total of 20steps and 2 games in each step covering quantity, numeration, and operations.
The games are designed to build upon the knowledge young children already possess. Only when a child fully understands a concept will you increase the complexity such as reversing the roles of the players and designating the child as the leader.
If you focus on maintaining an environment of play, the child will experience the learning as an active participant rather than a passive spectator.
From birth, children discover facts through sensory experiences. Fueled by curiosity and imagination, children use their eyes, hands, ears, noses, and mouths to learn about their world. They gain understanding by doing rather than by sitting passively and watching someone else do the thinking for them."
I've read several other reviews on the Math House Games and they have all been positive, but I will be honest with you and tell you that there are quite a few things that I did not like about this set.
The first thing is that the supplemental manipulative links listed in the cards do not work. One example is that the Post Game Wrap-up activities are supposed to be found by visiting www.c3pla.com/parents but a "page cannot be found" error comes up instead. If you visit the website and click on "Parents" directly, there are also no activities listed although there is a message to "return frequently.....as we post extra game opportunities".
There are supposed to be free music downloads in the "KIDS" section, of which there are neither on the site. The cards mention a "media player" and that was no where to be found either.
The cards are ring-bound on the bottom left which makes it a bit awkward when flipping through the cards.
Manipulatives can be downloaded for free in the "DOWNLOADS" section but they are best printed on a color printer, which I do not have. I also don't like the fact that they have to be cut and taped together.
I, personally, felt that some of the concepts were too advanced for pre-schoolers.
What I DID Like:
- The colorful, fun graphics are sure to appeal to kids.
- How each stage is broken down, and thoroughly explained, making it simple even for a first-time homeschooler to understand and feel comfortable teaching.
- Games that only require items found around the house like Step 1 "Alike It or Not" which teaches the concept of how many and Step 10 "Measure Up" which teaches them to see how a number is used to measure everyday things.
- Games that will appeal to children older than pre-K and K.
- Games that children will enjoy playing over and over again, which is important since repetition is key to learning and retaining.
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