# Using an Abacus to Build Number Sense

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

# How to Stop Your Children from Doing Math on Their Fingers

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

# The 5 Math Skills Kids Need Before Learning Math Facts

How do you know when your child is ready to learn basic addition and subtraction?  Well, there are five foundational math skills that children need to develop before they will be ready to learn addition and subtraction.  These skills are best learned by creating lots of opportunities to practice them and by you modeling each … Continue reading The 5 Math Skills Kids Need Before Learning Math Facts

# Winter Math Activities for Kindergarten and 1st Grade

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

# Subitizing Games with FREE Printable Subitizing Cards

In our last post, Visualizing Numbers: A Key Skill for Learning Math, I explained subitizing and how critical it is to developing strong math skills. Here are a variety of games you can play with your children to help them develop these skills.  Just download the cards at the bottom of this post, decide what … Continue reading Subitizing Games with FREE Printable Subitizing Cards

# Visualizing Numbers: A Key Skill for Learning Math

Do you have a child who struggles with math?  It may be because he or she has not developed the ability to subitize, yet.  This is a skill that should develop in the early preschool/kindergarten years, but its lack of development in some children, especially those with visual processing challenges, can persist through the elementary … Continue reading Visualizing Numbers: A Key Skill for Learning Math