Saturday, February 4, 2012

Math Fun at Home

Shared at Homestead Barnhop

Our daughter is learning addition and subtraction.  We took some materials we had on hand and made a fun number line.  It runs from zero to twenty and can be used several different ways. 

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We had this hardboard material that was packaging from a piece of furnitue, some colorful number cutouts, and we put those together to make our number line.  If I didn't already have the numbers I would have used sharpies to write the numbers on the hardboard.  A number stencil would work too.

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The paper numbers are similar to sticky notes, so we had to glue down the bottom portion of each number, but they dried quickly and our number line was ready to use.

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It can be used a few different ways.  Here, she is using counters to make representative sets.  You can use all sorts of things to make sets - buttons, toy dinosaurs, paper clips - just about anything that won't roll away will work.

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We have been using the number line to solve math stories too.  For instance, you can take a small toy animal - say, a horse - and practice addition and subtraction stories:  "There are four horses in the pasture. (put the horse on the number 4 space).  Five more horses come into the pasture. (count up five spaces).  How many horses are there in the pasture now?  Further, you can use number and equation cards to represent the story 4+5=9. 

You can also combine the two - use number cards, and counting sets along with the number line.  Different learners learn different ways, but all of these hands-on methods give younger children an opportunity to really anchor these basic math concepts. 

There are lots of fun ways to use a number line to reinforce math skills.  Look around your house and see what you have  - you can make one too!

Make learning fun!
-Laura at TenThingsFarm

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