My mission is to provide a positive learning community for both my students and myself every day in every way. I believe each of my students is an individual and has a right to have their needs met academically, socially and emotionally, to the best of my ability. In this class we are proud to do our best every day and in every way!

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Let's Talk About Math...

I have posted a few comments about learning to read but have not yet mentioned math...Like reading, math is developmental, so if you want to help your little one to succeed in math you need to make sure all parts are in place or they just won't understand what they are doing. In "our day" we did a lot of memorizing - if you forget the rule- you are out of luck. Research says that the way students should learn math is through developing an understanding of the mathematical process- developing number sense- while applying mathematical skills to everyday learning. No more "why do I need to learn this"!

Here are some activities to develop the beginning stages of mathematical understanding of numbers:
  • First have your child simply count - try to get to twenty - do not forget about 13 & 14! 17 either!
  • Now have them identify the numbers in order 1-20 simply written in a row.
  • Now mix those numbers up and have them put them in order.
  • Now you are ready for the number grid. Play with the interactive number grid at the site below.
Interactive Number Grid

Here are some number grid activities you can do to develop number sense:
  1. Call out a number and have your child color it.
  2. Find patterns: count by 2s, 5s, 10s. Numbers beginning with... ending with...
  3. Count to a number and back from a number.
  4. Race to 100 with a roll of dice.
  5. Roll two dice use the number grid to add...subtract.
Have fun and contact me with questions or problems...

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