## Wednesday, September 28, 2011

### Numbers

From 9:00-9:45 children are doing math throughout Summers-Knoll.  The 1st and 2nd graders are divided in 3 groups working with me, Mrs. Carpenter, and Marshall.  The children are grouped together with others who have similar skill sets.

The children who come to my class for math, work in their Singapore Math books for the first 15 minutes.  The remaining time, we do a variety of more interactive and hands on activities.  Currently, we are working on writing addition/subtraction mathematical sentences and number bonds.

 This is an example of how to make number bonds.
Today I told a story about one of my friends who has lots of cats.  I drew a picture of their house with 7 cats and their studio with 3 cats.  Then the children told me the sentences we could write about the story.  Next, we put the numbers in a number bond.  Using a real life story and situations in math, helps the children understand that math has a useful purpose in everyday life.

At home, you might try to make up some number stories with your child and then put them in the  number bond format.  For instance, pick 2 rooms in your house and count the windows in each room.  Put these at the bottom of the bond and then find out how many all together.  Try to write the 4 equations that go with the number bond.  Remember: have fun!