Hands-On Math (HOM) for Early Numeracy Skills is primarily for preschool students with an intellectual disability or autism. It is based on two premises: (a) students with a disability learn well when their hands are purposefully engaged, and (b) math manipulatives help students understand abstract concepts. The HOM for Early Numeracy Skills Curriculum is an introduction to concepts included within school math standards. It is a skills-based program focused on early numeracy concepts. The Teacher’s Guide provides direction for teaching concepts with the hands-on manipulatives, and the Student Workbook provides additional practice with symbolic representation. Each student may use their own workbook to document answers for each activity.
The Student Workbook is designed to accommodate a wide variety of fine motor skills. Teachers may encourage students to share their answers by using the pegs, writing, circling, marking, or dotting onto the page. A set of peg and button cards are even included at the end of each workbook that may be cut out to help generalize skills!
The lessons are organized into four Skill Areas (Counting, Sets and Categories, Symbols, and Patterns) which are then divided into Activities. Activities progress in difficulty from using concrete to representational to abstract understanding. Concrete learners are exposed to the math concepts incidentally and may participate in the lesson without a complete understanding. Representational learners are provided picture cues or other hints to help them complete the lesson. Abstract learners who successfully complete the lesson attain its objective by demonstrating understanding of the underlying math concept.
The Curriculum Plus includes: A Teacher’s Guide with PDF flash drive, a Student Workbook, a total of 10 consumable Student Workbooks, Number Book, number lines, tear-off number lines, activity & symbol cards, pegs & bins, dice, daubers, and other manipulatives, the entire page set of workbook pages as accessible GoWorksheets (iPad only), and samples of communication overlays. The GoWorksheets can be used with the free GoWorksheet app or the full GoWorksheet Plus app available on the App Store.
|Age Group||Pre-K, Elementary|
|Author||Don Bastian and Leah Bastian|