Margaret's workboxes are heavy on the letter and phonics instruction, and lacking on the math activities. I try to include a couple math boxes each day, but besides worksheets it's hard to come up with activities that she can complete on her own.
One thing I have come up with is practicing patterns. We always start with saying, "A pattern is something that repeats." I have her tell me this several times, even if she doesn't fully understand what it means. For her pattern practice, I fill the workbox with unifix cubes. You can find a package of 100 of these on amazon for around $12.00.
I will start the pattern for her by doing at least two repeats of the pattern. Then I have her add the next five to ten blocks. That way she is practicing counting and patterns.
Patterns don't come easily for her. She has pretty much mastered two-color patterns, but add a third color or a repeat that involves more than X-Y-X-Y and she is pretty confused. The nice thing is that the variety of colors and the fact that they stick together holds her interest and increases her enjoyment.
An added bonus is that they are entertaining for little brother as well.
WORKBOX OF THE WEEK
Activity: Pattern practice with Unifix Cubes
Materials Needed: Unifix Cubes
Level: Preschool to Kindergarten
Cost: $12.00 on amazon
Fun Factor: 4 out of 5 for my girl
Work for the Teacher: Minimal