Math is one of those subjects that is important to keep fresh over the summer. But who wants to sit and do worksheets in the summer? We like to use math games, projects, and life skills to keep our math skills sharp. One of the best places to strengthen math skills is in the garden! … Continue reading 10 Math Skills You Can Practice in the Garden
When it comes time to introduce multiplication facts to your children do you have a plan? In What Order Should We Teach Addition Facts In?, I laid out a four step plan for introducing the addition facts. It is helpful to have a similar system for teaching multiplication facts to your children! There are different … Continue reading What Order Should We Teach Multiplication Facts In?
If you have been following our number sense series, you know how important it is to build the understanding of number relationships in your children. Specifically, they need to develop the skills of subitizing, one and two more or less, how to make the benchmarks of 5 and 10, and understanding part-part-whole. As your children … Continue reading What Order Should We Teach Addition Facts In?
An important part of building number sense is learning that numbers can be broken apart (decomposed) and put together (composed). This helps children make friendlier numbers to work with. For example, if a child needs to add 9 + 6 = ?, he could break apart 6 into 5 and 1, add the 1 to … Continue reading Build Number Sense with Part-Part-Whole Circles
Last week, I talked about a simple number sense routine in which you could use an abacus to build number sense and mental math skills. But, if you are like me, you are on the go a lot and also need some simple number sense routines that don't require any equipment! I have one for … Continue reading A Simple, On-the-Go Number Sense Routine