Pumpkin season is full swing. The manager at our grocery store told me it’s time to start stocking up on canned pumpkin because there will be a shortage. Pumpkin spice lattes are everywhere. We even had pumpkin spice donut holes at Dunkin Donuts (they were absolutely amazing too). It just doesn’t feel like fall so we are doing our best getting into the seasonal mood!
Royal is slowly working on multiplication in his math books so I am pulling out more and more beginning multiplication work for him. I love seeing the idea finally click to him using this gradual method. I remember multiplication being brought up very suddenly in school. Not how we are approaching it with our curriculum!
Royal has been slightly interested in multiplication since we bought Times Tales for Baloo…and that was quite awhile ago! He was able to memorize a few facts but he didn’t really understand what he was doing. Now that he is learning what multiplication is, I can see how it’s all fitting together for him!
What’s in the Pumpkin Array Set?
This is a very basic set intended for matching purposes. There are 20 cards – 10 with pumpkin themed arrays and 10 with matching equations. I simply put them into two piles…
And then we matched! The top number is the column and the bottom is the row, although it really doesn’t matter. We turned the card to the side to illustrate that even if the top number was the row and the bottom the column, it would still be the same.
I think array’s present an interesting way to visualize multiplication. Unlike the equal group exercise, an array features orderly groups of numbers. Creates a great visual for kids who learn visually!