I’ve mentioned before that my youngest is a bit obsessed with numbers. He has this uncanny ability to see math in everything. Ask him to eat his lunch and he’ll count bites or talk fractions. Take him on a hike and he’ll talk about the symmetry of tree leaves. You should see his excitement when he discovers a hidden pattern somewhere in his little world. His favorite activities are extreme dot-to-dots, puzzles, and math games. Last night, as I was tucking him in, he asked me how he could measure the world.
Recently, he’s started to refer to himself as a “mathemagician”… and I thought it was a perfect description. He is a mathemagician! He helps us to pause and to see the magic of math around us.
The only problem with living with your very own mathemagician is that it can be hard to keep up with him. He delights in math and he devours math. I am constantly on the hunt for more math resources and so when I was given the chance to check out Kendall Hunt Project M2: Mentoring Young Mathematicians, I had to check it out!
Gifted Math Curriculum
*Disclosure: I received Kendall Hunt Project M2: Mentoring Young Mathematicians (units 1 and 2) at no cost and was compensated for my time to write a review. I was not required to write a positive review and, as always, all thoughts and opinions are my own. I only choose to review products that I would use with my own children and those that I believe other families would enjoy.
Keep gifted learners engaged with this math curriculum
We were excited to try out Kendall Hunt’s Project M2: Mentoring Young Mathematicians.
Project M2: Mentoring Young Mathematicians is a series of six curriculum units designed for grades K-2. The program is aligned to Common Core State Standards for geometry and measurement. It is designed to foster inquiry and engage students in critical thinking, problem-solving, and communication activities. The lessons utilize research-based practices and standards in early childhood mathematics education. At each grade level, one unit focuses on geometry and the other on measurement, and each unit features colorful, engaging characters.
For example, I selected the first-grade unit, which features Imi and Zani, a macaw and toucan from the Amazon rain forest. Imi and Zani guide students through 2-dimensional shapes and help to explain shape properties, relationships among shapes, symmetry, and congruence. They help children to understand units of measurement and the measurement process.
Here are some of the reasons I was drawn to this program:
- This curriculum is research-based
- It is a curriculum designed for gifted learners
- Project M2: Mentoring Young Mathematicians features tons of great vocabulary
- Project M2: Mentoring Young Mathematicians incorporates math games
So, what did the ‘Mathemagician’ think?
You guys, he loved it! We have only been using the program for a couple months and he is head-over-heels. He adores the characters, loves the emphasis on geometry, and the program is feeding his math appetite!
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