My Book of Numbers 1-30 Paperback – Feb 1 2004
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Please note, I praised him by giving a gift after finishing each Kumon book. They love it. This way, when we go to the store and when they ask me for a toy, I say “sure, I will buy it for you but only after you finish your book.” And I do buy it for them after they finish the book. So they know they will get the toy some other day if not today. I guess this might have motivated him as well.
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There are plenty of Kumon books for numbers ( 1-30, 1-70,1-120, 1-150 etc). While it is a legitimate wishful thinking of every parent that their kids be good at numbers of over 100, my suggestion is that the kids have to first get past this book on numbers before stepping into others.
My kid is in prek at a Montessory school, So my purpose of buying the book was to reinforce what is taught at school.
The book is very good in a way it takes the kid through the complexity of numbers in a clean fashion.First a generic drawing connecting the numbers etc.. However the biggest drawback I found in the book is the number of pages.There is virtually no repetition possible if the kid is not getting past a set of numbers.
I will use number 2 as an example from a kid's perspective
Exercise goes like this :
Chapter 11 :
1,2,3 (the kid writes 4 times)
2,3,4 (the kid writes 4 times)
3,4,5 (the kid writes 4 times and so on )
Problem is the kid gets to write, for example a difficult number like 2 total of 8 times. Again the kid gets a glimpse of number 2 in chapter 15 ( assume this happens after few days where kid has forgotten how to write it)
1-4 ( write 3 times)
And then the chapters pretty much assumes that the kid knows the numbers and gets into exercises like matching the numbers with number of fruits etc.
Similar to most kids, my kid had problems writing 7,9 and 10 ( In spite of my kid writing at school) .I had to make between 3-5 copies of every exercise and asked her to write it out,so she became familiar and ready for the subsequent exercises.
If the kids dont grasp 1-10 effectively, the whole subsequent exercises till 30 goes in vain.
And if you need a photocopier , then the purpose of buying a book is defeated, afterall there are so many websites from where you can download similar lessons!
Kumon Publishers,you are doing an awesome job ,but please do not do penny pinching...Charge few dollars more and make the book over 200 pages with several optional exercises.!
Numbers 1-30 starts with simple curve excercises that allow the child to
1. learn drawing curves
2. reading and writing numbers
3. introduces children [ and parents ] to focus on the stroke and the right way to write the numbers.
4. Counting as groups and allows build up pattern recognition skills
My son who was used to counting with his finger, now can count in groups by looking at a group of dots. Thanks Kumon.. I just purchased the next book .. counting 1 to 120
I wish it wasn't only the first ten pages that are in full color. The rest of the book uses spot color, different shades of one color per page, so it misses the charm of their mazes, cutting and tracing books. I wish there was a greater variety of exercises, but perhaps there is only so much you can do. I definitely like having this book rather than coming up with worksheets myself.
Breakdown of the book exercises (2 pages per exercise):
1-5: Number puzzles (connecting dots using numbers 1-10)
6-16: Writing numbers 1-10 (3 different ways of tracing)
17-18: Count and match to the correct number
19-21: Various tracing, counting and filling in missing numbers 1-10
22-22: Number puzzles (using numbers 1-20)
23-29: Counting and circling numbers, various tracing and filling in missing numbers 1-20
30-31: Number puzzles (using numbers 1-30)
32-40: fill in numbers missing in sequence
The last exercise has almost all the numbers missing, so clearly kids need a lot of practice to get to that point. Especially if they are younger. My three year old will focus more on practicing writing the numbers. The books helped me realize she couldn't recognize a number when it wasn't in sequential order. With the page protectors and dry erase markers, I don't need additional books, and it's clean enough for younger siblings.