Friday, September 30, 2011

Carlito C. Caterpillar's MathHouse Game Card Set

Carlito C. Caterpillar's MathHouse Games
Domenico Marcario, M.S. and Art direction by Ron Eddy
Copyright 2011
Eyes for Learning LLC
Winetka, IL
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I recently received a free copy of Carlito C. Caterpillar's MathHouse Game Card Set, a new game and educational tool, to use and review.  Created by Domenico Marcario, M.C., this game card set helps parents teach their kids math skills through games while building relationships at the same time.

Carlito C. Caterpillar’s Sensory Math Teaching System takes advantage of the natural way children learn, through sensory experiences.  This helps kids understand by doing rather than  passively watching someone else do the thinking for them.

The system contains activities and games for parents to play with their children. The material is presented in 3 stages (with a total of 20 steps and 2 games in each step) covering quantity, numeration, and operations. The active learning mode of this system has been noted to result in deep and thorough understanding of the concepts.  The games suggested can be played with items you already have such as socks, paperclips, fish-shaped crackers, cereal oat rings, etc.

Here's a breakdown of the Stages and Steps included:

Stage 1: Quantity

Steps 1-10 include:  Alike It or Not, Hungry Lion, Climb Up, Neighbors, In a Row, More or Less, Eye Spy, What Do They Make?, Put It Together and Measure Up

Stage 2: Numeration

Steps 11-14 include:  I'll Trade You, Counting Bead, Piggy Banker and Jump and Skip-Count

Stage 3:  Operations

Steps 15-20 include:  Gluing and Scissor Action, Grid/Matrix & Folding Action, Combining Operation, Taking Away Operation, Duplication Operation and Folding and Sharing Operation

The designers of Carlito C. Caterpillar’s MathHouse Games have a goal of making it fun to experience and play games while learning math.  Parents play games with their children – special games designed to demonstrate mathematical concepts to children.

The makers of the Carlito products say that one of the secrets is "JUST DON’T TELL YOUR CHILD THEY ARE LEARNING MATH WHEN YOU PLAY THESE GAMES."

You can visit the makers of the Carlito products here .  At the website are a few downloadable goodies too.  You'll find Carlito C. Caterpillar’s Hall of Fame Certificates of Excellence and Manipulatives to simply download, print and tape.  Kids can check out Carlito's Free Music Downloads and become enrolled in the Carlito Hall of Fame.

You'll also find information about new products at the site such as the new Carlito books and iPad app.

You can also visit the Carlito Facebook page here .

My thoughts:  This is a fun tool for parents to use with their kids.  The games are simple, easily assembled from items you most likely already have, and engaging.  I liked that the kids really get into the games and don't even think about the fact that they are learning something.  We've taught our kids a lot with a great variety of games--because it works!  I'd really encourage checking out the Carlito products if you have a child that loves games.  We really like relationship-building activities like games for connecting with our kids, and when they learn something in the process it's a win-win situation.

At first glance at the product name one might think this is a deck of cards of some sort.  It is actually a durable set of cards, attached with a metal ring, which describe the stages of learning math.  Instructions for gathering needed materials and game directions are found on these cards--not the games

Bring on the Fun - Now For the Giveaway

Are you interested in checking out the Carlito C. Caterpillar's MathHouse Games 20 Steps to Learning Math?  I will be drawing a winner of the MathHouse Game Card Set on Saturday, October 8th at noon.  Here's how you can get in on the random drawing:

1.  Leave a comment here that you're interested.
2.  For another entry leave a comment here about your favorite learning game.
3.  For another entry leave a comment here about another one of my blog posts.
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Blessings and good luck to all who enter!! 

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above for free in the hope that I would mention it on my blog. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."


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I commented on the RSJ post/book

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I follow on NB

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