In Teaching Math With Story Problems, we talked about why math word problems are such a powerful teaching tool and why we should think of them as story problems instead. But, what if your child still struggles with understanding how the numbers in the problem relate to each other? Then, it is time to remove … Continue reading Numberless Math Story Problems
Do you use word problems to teach your children math? They can be one of your most powerful teaching tools. But, only if we think of them as story problems, not word problems. So, what are math story problems? 'Story problems' is really another way to say math word problems, but it should totally change … Continue reading Teaching Math with Story Problems, Not Word Problems
Are you familiar with the different types of math story problems? In Teaching Math With Story Problems, Not Word Problems, we talked about how powerful math story problems can be to help children learn and understand math and how it relates to the real world. As you use math story problems into your math lessons, … Continue reading 14 Types of Math Story Problems Your Child Should Know
There are plenty of Christmas math worksheets to use with your children this time of year. But, does putting a few Christmas pictures on an otherwise typical math worksheet make it fun? Maybe a little, but think how much more fun Christmas Math Projects that are hands on and based on real life would be! … Continue reading Fun Christmas Math Projects
We have been talking in our Developing Number Sense series about how math can become hard for children (and adults!) when they have not developed good sense about numbers early on. Today, I want to talk about the four key number relationships children need to learn to become proficient with addition and subtraction. Children should … Continue reading Four Number Relationships Children Need to Learn
Math can be a difficult subject for many people. Often this is because math has been learned as a series of steps without learners understanding the 'number sense' behind what they are doing. Below you will learn what number sense is and find several articles about how to develop it in your children. This post … Continue reading Developing Number Sense in Your Children
Last year, the kids and I explored dyeing eggs for Easter using different foods. The results were amazing and we had so many opportunities to experiment with the process! They were able to practice their math and science skills and have lots of fun at the same time. Here is the step-by-step process for dyeing … Continue reading Experimenting with Dyeing Eggs Naturally
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