Hi Homeschool Mom,
Welcome to the journey though numbers, I am so pleased that you have joined us on this path. The first block is titled "The place of great gifts" and is set in the Knysna area, but you can easily adapt this to be an area that you have visited with your child.
SUPPILIES NEEDED FOR THIS BLOCK
A small basket to hold the items used in grade one maths,
A large shell for story telling,
A cloth to wrap the shell in, preferably silk - this to for protecting it and so the children learn that it is very special
A mainlesson book,
Stockmar crayons, for grade 1 the recomendation is 3 colours but I like colour so have more. :-)
Good quality paper for wet on wet painting [27cmx55cm] - by the best you can afford
Stockmar paints [1 red, 1 blue, 1 yellow],
Some counting beads [we use odd shaped genuine pearls that we bought from the local bead shop for under R50 for a long string]
And a cave dweller gnome
Several shells for counting in [black mussel shell is great!]
A blue ocean coloured playcloth for setting the table
Kristies 6th sense maths book is not essential but is a great additional resource. I use it and find it to be inspiring. I read her writings on each number before we start schooling and her words remain with me through the lesson. Very supportive. :-)
NEED HELP WITH YOU SUPPLIES?
I sell a pack containing 10 black mussel counting shells [I collect them from the beach], 20 pearls in a bag, hand crafted cave dweller gnome and a 10cmx 15cm silk bag for your story telling shell.
The stockmar paints and block crayons as well as the water colour paper can be purchased from Mercurius or a waldorf school.
The story shell is nicest if it is a shell that was found with your children. I use a beautiful Caurie shell [pictured above]that my hubby found on the beach during our last vacation. I'm a lucky girl! (o:
Most of these supplied will be reused in block 2 and block 3.