With Halloween past, it was time to change our math manipulatives over to celebrate the fall harvest. Large apples, small green and red apples, gold and brown acorns, pumpkins, multi-colored leaves, and some skulls and candy corn (the spirit of Halloween lives on!).

The boys immediately took to sorting and counting and collaborated on finishing the ABAB pattern I began. Without prompting, Anthony made his own ABAB pattern and John did an AAB pattern.

<–Counting to 40 all by himself.

I began a “number pattern” for John, adding one more to a row of three leaves. He continued the pattern up to ten and down to zero on his own.

After going over “greater than” and “less than” with the manipulatives in the morning, I introduced “>” and “<” in the afternoon while Anthony napped. John copied about three dozen “>”s until he got it right.

After going over simple 6>3, 5<9 statements, we played “get out of the pumpkin patch!”. I set up X<Y<Z, with “Y” as the “mystery number” and gave John two choices. The number that didn’t fit the statement had to “Get out of the pumpkin patch!” (complete with yell and vigorous brushing aside of the offending number). After his initial choice of two, John would pick through the remaining stack to see which other numbers fit the problem.

After about ten or twelve problems, he began making up problems for me and trying to be “tricky” by giving me two choices that both fit, or two choices that did not fit (“that one was super tricky, Mom!”).

(Math in Focus 1A, Chapter 1: Lesson 2-3.)

It’s not all hard math work around here! The boys made sticky trees with Dollar Tree leaves and spider cut-outs.

<–John made sure his had the same number of spiders as Anthony’s (but wanted more leaves).

I’m pretty sure more candy was eaten than made it onto the Spooky Halloween gingerbread houses, but everyone had a great time doing it.