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Teaching Addition Facts

Posted by: sumi Jan 22 2004, 11:22 PM

Do any of you have fresh and creative ideas about teaching number bonds (addition and subtraction facts) to my first-grader? He doesn't focus for long and learns best while playing games. I seem to lose him when we work with manipulatives - counting out colored tiles doesn't grab his attention for long.

I can tell that we need to work on this area more - but I want to keep it as fun and fresh as I can. smile.gif Any ideas?

Posted by: CelticMuse Jan 23 2004, 09:59 AM

Have you seen the Hershey Kisses addition book? I got it for Noah for when we teach addition and subtraction, they are cute, I wouldn't use kisses every day but once in awhile it might be novel.

Posted by: Appliejuice Jan 23 2004, 09:08 PM

I had my dd roll big dice and she was to write the two numbers down and then add them. She only lasted maybe for five rolls. I found a really neat die at the school supply store. It was large clear die on the outside with black dots. In the center was a smaller red die with black dots, so it was two in one.

Play hopscotch. What ever number the rock lands on Mom call's out a number and he has to answer.


Cut posterboards into 4th and number each one. Make a LARGE die out of 5" or larger cardboard box. Number the sides 1, 2, 3. Pick a number he is having trouble adding. Place the posterboard numbers in a swiggly line through the house or outside in the yard. Ds is going to be the game piece. He or Mom rolls the die. He jumps that many places, he adds the number of the posterboard to the number he is having trouble with. If he misses, he has to go back to the number of spaces he rolled. At the finish line give him a prize. Sticker or something. Marshmellows work at this house biggrin.gif.

I'll think of some more later. HTH

Posted by: molly Jan 25 2004, 07:28 PM

I bought a math facts cd and my girls LOVE it. The addition facts are all set to song and it's a blast!
I know that I've seen these tapes/cds for sale somewhere... Maybe it was CBD's homeschooling catalog? I can't remember, but I'm sure a google search will help you find them. It was a great $10.00 investment!!!

If he's a hands-on guy, he might also like Learning Wrap-ups. They do math facts too--my 5 year old is doing her addition tables right now and those are MUCH more fun than flash cards, at least to kinisthetic (hands-on) learners!

Posted by: sumi Jan 26 2004, 08:28 PM

You all have such great ideas! We had a really great math lesson this morning... Thank you!!!! smile.gif

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