Meet Domenico Marcario, M.S. – The creator of Carlito C. Caterpillar’s MathHouseTM Sensory Math Teaching System, is a retired high school mathematics teacher and full-time passionate grandparent!
What is your favorite subject? When primary age children are asked this question, a great number say “math.” Ask the same question to older students, and the answer changes. Why? The approach veers away from play and games to the 3 R’s: rules, repetition, and rote.
The Carlito C. Caterpillar’s Sensory Math Teaching System is the outgrowth of years of research and development. It utilizes the natural way children learn.
From birth, children discover facts through sensory experiences. Fueled by curiosity and imagination, children use their eyes, hands, ears, noses, and mouths to learn about their world. They gain understanding by doing rather than by sitting passively and watching someone else do the thinking for them.
Games and play are the learning media for young children. Early childhood development professionals note that young children are most open to learning when they play. Thus, we have created activities and games for parents to play with their children. The material is presented in 3stages, with a total of 20steps and 2 games in each step covering quantity, numeration, and operations.
The games are designed to build upon the knowledge young children already possess. Only when a child fully understands a concept, will you increase the complexity, such as reversing the roles of the players and designating the child as the leader.
If you focus on maintaining an environment of play, the child will experience the learning as an active participant rather than a passive spectator.
Knowledge acquired by the Carlito C. Caterpillar’s MathHouse Sensory Math Teaching System is internalized because it is experienced with the senses through child-centered activities. The system, rooted in a child’s natural learning capabilities, utilizes Math-Tools to model mathematical concepts and results in a deep and thorough understanding of such concepts.
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