Published at Friday, September 06th 2019. by Laurene Lemoine in addition worksheet.
Use any board game. Have the markers advance as many steps as a die or dice show. The child will need to count the dots on the die or dice, and then count steps to move his marker.
But, when children visualize numbers as organized groups, they can get out of the counting and memorizing rut.
When you go straight from teaching what addition means to memorizing the facts, your child is missing an important piece of the puzzle.
+9 facts (purple)
Here’s a simple game: Have a bunch of foam numbers and/or plastic magnetic numbers, and make a heap of them between you and the child. You pick one, hold it up high and call out loud its name, such as ”Number five!” and put it to you personal pile.
So, a child trying to add 9 + 4 imagines a pile of 9 counters and a pile of 4 counters. He knows that he needs to find the total, but the only strategy he has for adding them together is to count each counter one-by-one or to count on his fingers.
You might be surprised to hear that visualizing quantities is an essential step. But think about it from a child’s perspective. When most kids think about numbers, they tend to see in their minds’ eye piles of disorganized counters.
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