ShillerMath Kit I for 4-8 year olds PLUS FREE downloads for 5 years
Kit I is intended for ages 4-8, and is a complete math program for 5 years of instruction. Remember, the child sets the pace, so it can take more or less than 5 years to complete the contents of this kit. The kit includes Lesson Books 1-3, Answer Guides 1-3, Parent Guide, Volume I CD, 4" yellow foam ball, nylon bag with string tie, geared clock, assorted plastic U.S. coins, 8 crayon set, 2 standard dice, 1- and 2-cup measurers, safety mirror for symmetry work, 22"x34" cloth work mat, 3-ring binder, 0-9 set of wooden dominoes, #2 pencil, 12" clear plastic ruler, pan balance for weight comparison, set of 16 thousand cubes, set of plastic operation signs, complete number card set w/ wooden tray, base ten set, materials bank wooden tray, 8 each of 7 shape tiles, number tile set, and free downloads of consumables for 5 years. Downloads are the consumable pages for each lesson, 'Completed Worksheet' pages, and 'Review Test' scoresheets.
CHOKING HAZARD (1). Not <3yrs.
The kit parents and educators are raving about! Includes everything you need from preK through 3rd gr: 12 Diagnostic Tests; Parent Guide; Lesson Books 1, 2, and 3; Answer Guide PDFs 1, 2, and 3; 25 math song downloads; all manipulatives! Includes 22in x 34in work mat, wooden tray, 100 unit cubes, 27 ten rods, 27 hundred flats, 17 1000 cubes (1 plastic, 16 oak tag), foam ball, balance, mirror, ruler, crayons, 2 dice, 108 color-coded number cards in partitioned wood tray (3 each of 1-9,10-90,100-900,1000-9000), 108 number tiles (27 each of 1, 10, 100, 1000) in a partitioned wood tray, 14 operator cards, dominoes, probability bag with tie, geared clock, 1 1-cup measuring cup, 1 2-cup measuring cup, 64 painted wooden geometric shapes (diamond, circle, heart, square, rectangle, trapezoid, parallelogram in assorted colors), plastic coins, and pencil. Free downloads of consumables for 5 years; kit works for the whole family. There is nothing else to buy.
Montessori-based Multisensory program ShillerMath
Not just another math program; this one is different. ShillerMath is a Montessori-based, multisensory curriculum for grades PreK to 7th which meets all NCTM standards. "What is Montessori?" you may be asking yourself. It is a method of educating children that stresses development of a childs own initiative and natural abilities, and the role of physical activity in absorbing abstract concepts and practical skills. But dont panic, no Montessori or math knowledge is required to use this curriculum, and there is little to no preparation for the lessons.
ShillerMath incorporates an incremental spiral approach (which guarantees plenty of practice) into their math program along with a 3-step presentation of concepts. The three steps are: "This is" "Show me" and "What is" Parents use this process developed by Dr. Maria Montessori to ensure that the child understands each concept. The example given for this in the Parent Guide is for teaching two-digit numbers:
Step 1: The parent says while pointing to the numbers, "This is 10, this is 11, this is 12."
Step 2: The parent leaves all three numbers out and says without pointing, "Show me 12; show me 11; show me 10."
Step 3: The parent points to one of the numbers and says, "What is this?"
The Lesson Books provide lessons which are colorful, easy to implement, and take an age-appropriate amount of time: 15 minutes for four year-olds, 20 minutes for 5 year-olds, 25 minutes for 6 year-olds, 30 minutes for 7 and 8 year-olds, and 30-45 minutes for children 9 to 12 years old. Each lesson begins by stating the objective, manipulatives needed, the learning style to which the lesson appeals, and whether the page is consumable.
Student Paced Math Instruction
Instruction is scripted and diagrams, drawings, and illustrations are provided for clear teaching of concepts. There is no set time per lesson or for the number of lessons per day. Each child is different and the child should set the pace according to their learning ability and skills. A Quick Start Guide is printed in the front of the Lesson Book which gives options for use and tips to reduce frustration for the student and the parent.
The Answer Guides include the pages from the Lesson Book with the answers printed in color. A Completed Work Sheet chart provides space for tracking completed lessons, lessons to revisit, and minutes worked on each lesson. This is found in books 1-3. A Review Test Scoresheet allows space at the back of the ShllerMath Answer Guide in Books 1-3 to track test scores and lessons to be revisited and is provided separately for books 4 and up. Additional sheets can be purchased for additional students or they are included with the consumable downloads available with each kit.
ShillerMath Teacher Guide
A 15-page Parent Guide tells you how to get started with ShillerMath, how the program works, how to build confidence in your child, and much more. This booklet even offers an explanation of parent responsibilities within the parent-child relationship.
Math songs available
ShillerMath songs are included in each kit or can be purchased separately. Each cd includes 25 original math tunes by Ron Brown of IntelliTunes. Listen to the songs in conjunction with the lesson while riding in your car, or while the kids are playing. I will say that the tunes are catchy, lively and upbeat and I caught myself singing them later in the day. They teach concepts such as the power of ten, counting by 2s, 4s, 5s, and mass on Volume I and fractions, negative numbers and square roots on the Volume II CD.
Shiller Math is the perfect place to begin math instruction for a child
The Beginner Base 10 Workbook is for the young child who wants to begin math, but isnt quite ready for Book 1 in this program. This book provides children with a complete and solid understanding of the decimal system. It introduces them to numbers in a very concrete manner using a multisensory approach, yet there are no manipulatives to purchase.
Power Solids Activity Guide and Fractions Quick Study Guide arent required to complete the ShillerMath program; however they are an excellent supplement to be used as a reference or for the student who loves the geoshapes and/or fractions and wants a little extra practice.
Help your student master math concepts
The goal of this math program is for students to speak and write mathematics clearly, accurately and concisely, and to achieve a solid understanding of math concepts. It seems Mr. Shiller had the right idea as he thought about how children learn and the best way for them to understand math concepts. As children hear the lessons and songs, play with manipulatives, and see the concepts applied, they can truly learn math in a way which would make Dr. Montessori smile.
1 year ago
over 2 years ago
What I struggled with the most was trying to figure out how to continue her math education after a year in a common core program. After a semester of flailing, I decided to reassess my approach. I researched ShillerMath and was drawn to the hands on multi sensory approach and especially wanted to try the diagnostic testing that allows you to figure out EXACTLY where my child is in maths. The diagnostics are incredibly easy to administer and then you punch it into their lesson planner, then you get a print out of what lessons to start with! This is so incredibly helpful, that I wanted to cry! We jumped right in and enjoy our half an hour a day of math activities. I like the scripted lessons a lot more then I want to admit and I like that the kit blends well with the Montessori decimal materials I already have.
Each lesson is cross indexed and easy to reference. When my child pulls out a material and wants to use it, all I have to do it take a quick scan of the material index and quickly turn to an interesting activity!
The peace too I have gained from knowing I have everything I need right in the box has saved me a lot of time looking online for Montessori materials at an affordable price. I definitely recommend that the money you invest in ShillerMath Kits are well worth it, especially considering that they can all be used with multiple children at different children. I have two, so that means that five years times two kids divided by $350 = $35 a year per kid! Not bad for an all inclusive, out-of-the-box math program!