Why group handwriting and math together?
Because I am just following a guide for both so there isn't much to say!
We are using Shiller Math and I love it. The lessons are 5-10 minutes each day. The activities are very hands on and build a great foundation. (as far as I can tell) This is our first year with Shiller Math. We did about 5 lessons at a time this summer until we hit K's ability level. We'll begin at lesson 90 this week.
I am glad we didn't skip the first 90 lessons even though they were pretty easy for her. There were some great lessons on True/False; even/odd; and left/right, which she needed. She passed her first review test with flying colors so I am confident she knew the earlier material.
By the way, I was a middle school math teacher pre-children. I love Algebra. Not so much these basics. This is actually kind of hard for me. But the guide is very straight forward and scripted, so it is working for me.
We are trying Handwriting Without Tears this year, but without all the jazzy stuff. I only bought the Kindergarten handwriting guide and some of the practice paper. I am sure the slate boards and wooden pieces are a blast, but they just aren't me. I am pretty business like about handwriting and would rather focus my time elsewhere.
K practices handwriting on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. I think that is plenty for now. We add in a new letter and review previous ones. She knows most of them, so I think we'll get through the book fairly easily.
I really like the gray blocks used for letter writing. I have already seen a better awareness of letter size and proportion develop in K's writing.