Graph paper is beneficial for all math students!


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When you are shopping for school supplies, think about an extra journal or package of three ring binder paper: quad lined paper is the first and most economical help for your struggling Math student. A small minority of students gets visually confused by the squares on the page. So it is always best to search for paper that is very lightly printed with ‘unobtrusive’ squares: the emphasis should be on what your student is writing and drawing not on the grid. 

Neatly lining up calculations prevents errors. Quad paper can also help illustrate many concepts that are more complicated to explain in words but are easily seen on paper, such as multiplication, area and perimeter, for making graphs, and drawing congruent shapes, when showing transformations in size, slides, flips, and rotations and many more. 

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Shapin’up: first, second, and third place


 

This new free download is a game to practice the use of cardinal numbers.

It uses shapes in different colors and sizes, and other manipulatives like lego’s and is suitable for the youngest group of Math learners.

Go to Free Activities and Downloads and print the Shapin’up game board, rule cards and shapes. Laminate or glue on card-stock and cut out the cards and shapes.

Before you start, let your child play with the shapes and manipulatives, ask him/her to tell you about them and to sort them according to color and shape.

The actual activity:
Tell your child that you are going to play a game with the shapes. The first contest is the biggest one wins.
Show your child a row with three triangles in order from large to small and announce the winner, second and third place.
Play the game with other shapes. Your child announces first, second, and third place.

Alternate with your child to choose a rule (smallest – largest, longest – shortest, most corners – least corners, highest – lowest) and to put together the row of three and announce places.
Make variations with small toys or manipulatives you have available.

Have fun!

Number books make a good bedtime read!


When you are selecting books to read to your kids at bedtime, consider a book that deals with numbers and calculations.

Children love to hear the same familiar story over and over and this adds to their memory of the numerical content.

Making and rereading their own Math Bedtime book is great (obviously you have gently aided in correcting any mistakes to prevent those taking root in your child’s memory). For our Number Walk and Bedtime Book activity go to the ‘Free Activities and Downloads’ menu.  

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Children learn by doing

Research in education tells us over and over that hands on activities have more impact than verbal or written explanations alone. Simple manipulatives and pictures are used as key elements to illustrate math concepts.

Download our free guidelines and templates for games, outright playful and more serious activities to develop the math centers in your children’s brain. There are sample activities to develop number sense, visuo-spatial activities and templates. Have fun!

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Number sense activities              Math concept                          
Rules of Thumb General approach for teaching your child
Number walk and Bedtime book Learning number words, counting, one to one relationship, starting with the numerals
Take a guess before you count Subitizing, small quantity estimation, quantity comparison
Learning to count on the kitchen tiles Counting up and counting down, numerals
First, Second, and Third place Play a game to learn the cardinal numbers
Number cards counting and sorting activity  NEW Counting by ones and tens, and sorting by tens
Number-line addition and subtraction Number-line, distance, counting, skip counting, addition, subtraction
On the Double Introducing the concept of multiplication by doubling
Conquer the Multiplication Tables Basic understanding of the multiplication tables till ten
Help with fractions Help your child to grasp the concept of fractions
Understanding fractions and Fractions Booklet Explanation how to make the most of the Fractions Booklet
Fractions Booklet My fractions book: whole and parts, add and subtract like parts
Fraction Notation activities and cards NEW Understanding Fraction notation and concepts
Cross out cross-multiplication Prevent confusion with cross-multiplication by showing all steps
Visuo-spatial activities  Math concept 
Symmetry activity: looking left and right Symmetry drawings: sizes and shapes, line of symmetry, symmetrical shape
Ruler number sense activity NEW Estimating size of numbers
Thinking about Area by folding Fold to divide an area in similar parts, area is width times length
Pegboards Copy patterns and shapes
Patterns from concrete to abstract From patterns with concrete objects to number patterns
Templates  Math concept
Counting place-mat  Counting to five
Number-bonds place-mat   Number-bonds to ten
Number cards    Color coded number cards 1 – 100
Base ten template  Ones, tens, hundreds
Domino Doubles cards  Learning the Doubles from 0 – 9