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)
I talked in How to Get Your Children to Stop Doing Math on Their Fingers about the need to build number sense around four number relationships. To review, these relationships are (1) subitizing, (2) one and two more or less, (3) make 5 and 10, and (4) part-part-whole. An abacus is a great way to … Continue reading Using an Abacus to Build Number Sense
Do your children still use their fingers to figure out some math facts? I have to admit, I catch my 4th grader still using his sometimes. It wasn't until I researched how to build a good math foundation for my younger son, who struggles in this area, that I realized why children continue to count … Continue reading How to Stop Your Children from Doing Math on Their Fingers
Do you have a math curriculum you love, but frankly get a little bored with the same activities over and over? This can especially happen if you have a child that needs lots of repetition of activities to learn concepts. This is the case in our homeschool, so we add novelty through fun seasonal pictures … Continue reading Winter Math Activities for Kindergarten and 1st Grade
In my last post, I talked about how we were incorporating Number Talks in our homeschool this year and gave you lots of ideas about how you could start them in your homeschool, too. Today, we did a practice session with the two types of How Many? cards I created for our number talks for … Continue reading Homeschool Number Talks: How Many Do You See?
Have you heard of number talks? I was recently watching some webinars about building better math skills, as this has been a challenging area for my youngest, Little Fish. And, I kept coming across the idea of number talks to develop number sense, mental math skills, and math language. When I worked as a speech-language … Continue reading Nine Ways to Incorporate Number Talks in Your Homeschool