Friday, May 15, 2009

Friday Focus : A Mind for Math, Part 1

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Beginning Math
Math is easy to incorporate into day-to-day happenings: "Count the number of red cars you see." "Please set the table with 6 spoons and 6 forks." "Let's each pick up five toys." "Divide those fruit snacks evenly."

Lately, my four-year-old poses large number addition problems to the rest of our family. He is proud to understand that if 1 +1 =2, then 100 + 100 =200. We hear variations on this throughout the day. "So," he asks slyly, "what's 500 + 500?" He's even upping the ante with, "Do you know 500 + 500 +1?" The kid loves calculating.

We have found a couple online activities for more formal practicing.
This is a basic addition game for construction lovers.
My kindergartener prefers this higher addition game.
This game is excellent for visualizing groups of ten.

We also like this organized site for finding games by topic and grade level.

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