UPDATE:  The winner is Cyndy!  This year I planned to ease myself into homeschooling.  I planned to get Bookworm into the swing of things and then next year start Peanut Butter and Jelly Girl on kindergarten work.

PB & J Girl, however, had different plans.  Unlike my other two kids who love to be read to and read, PB & J is all about movement and action.  She has already told me the 5 different sports she’d like to play when she’s old enough, and she loves math.

When I got the chance to review Arithmetic Village, I was excited.  This seemed like the perfect flexible program for PB & J Girl.

Arithmetic Village was designed to teach math in a new, fun way.  Students follow along and read the tales of Polly Plus, Linus Minus, Tina Times and King David Divide.  We used Polly Plus for the purpose of this review.

The books are available as either PDF downloads or paperback.  We used the PDF downloads, and ours weren’t quite as attractive because we don’t have a color printer.  Still, PB & J Girl and Cuddlebug didn’t seem to mind.

Using guidance from the website, I created a castle on a chalkboard.  The girls loved it.  Then, I added lines and the plus and equals symbol for them to write their equations.  For counting the book has Polly Plus find jewels.  I didn’t have any jewels, but I did have colorful beads, which seemed to work just fine.

After reading the story a few times, I placed the beads on the chalkboard and the girls counted them and wrote the numbers and then added them together.  They each took turns and were thrilled with the process.

We’ve since done this activity a few times, and the girls have loved both the story and using the beads each time.

Of course, my girls are only 4 and 3, so I gave them very light use of the Polly Plus book.  If you’re child is a bit older, you can use more supplemental material on the website.  For instance, if you don’t have a chalkboard, the website has sheets to print for the kids to practice their addition.  There are also “field trip” ideas to bring math to life as well as a game your children can play.

Bookworm hasn’t tackled division yet, but when he does, I’m going to break out the division book in this series.  I love this fun way to bring math to life for young kids.

If you’d like to buy these books rather than wait for the giveaway to end, through September 20, these products are 20% off.  More details can be found on the website.