Tag Archives: counting

How Many? – A book and a math adventure

It was a rainy day in the middle of summer vacation. Ben and Zoe (6 and 5 yo) were home together because they were too young to join their older siblings on their adventure. They were a little sad and … Continue reading

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Translated from this post by Jane Kats. Recently, at our math lessons with 5-6 year olds, we were … threading beads. Actually, we were making very simple abacuses. We were putting 5 light beads and 5 dark beads on a … Continue reading

Playing Broken Telephone

What follows was translated from this post by Jane Kats.  The game described was played by children ages 5-6, but I feel that a variation of it could be fun for older kids, or even adults.  Ideas? When I was … Continue reading

Skip counting or word skipping?

We like games at our house, but there are rules that one has to follow when using them.  And the rules are not just for playing the games (those we actually often modify at will), but there are also rules … Continue reading

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Arithmetic games – is that boring?

Translated from this post by Jane Kats.  I very much subscribe to this philosophy when teaching math to kindergartners.  As for the games mentioned, I love playing many of them throughout elementary school. In our math classes, we do a … Continue reading

3-digit numbers are tricky! Part II

This is a follow-up post to this one, about introducing 3-digit numbers to kindergartners. I start this lesson by asking the students to come up to the board one by one and write down consecutive numbers starting with 100.  There … Continue reading

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Why not count on our fingers?

Translated from this post by Jane Kats. I would love to know the source of the very prevalent idea that counting on your fingers is bad. Our school is currently teaching counting and basic arithmetic using a ruler, i.e., a … Continue reading

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Conservation of fingers and toes

Zoe likes to play with my hands. She will examine the fingers, moving them around and pulling on them. And I, being who I am, find myself thinking, “Fingers are a great math manipulative. I should seize the moment and … Continue reading

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Little Kids and Big Numbers: Reading How Many Jelly Beans?

I have noticed on a number of occasions that little kids are fascinated by big numbers.   They like to hear them said, they like to see them written, they like to have them visualized.  So it was not surprising … Continue reading