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
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
When we started homeschooling, I looked for a number line that I could hang up in our classroom. When I couldn't find one the right size for our space, I made my own. But, did you know that children are not ready to use a number line until their math skills have reached about the … Continue reading Stop Using a Number Line (Before 2nd Grade)