More Math Please

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Posted on Mar 30 2012 - 6:00am by Jill
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I have never been a fan of math. So, when I started teaching my kids, I searched for ways to make it fun and interesting. I really want my kids to enjoy working with numbers. We PLAY math all the time! I really want my children to understand math and not struggle with it, not resent it. I want to share a few of my favorite things that we have done that my kids really enjoy.
First off, I want to recommend a few books that have really helped me. Family Math and Family Math for Young Children , both by Jean Kerr Stenmark. These books are fabulous. I absolutely love them. They have so many simple and creative ways to “Play” math. Every time I pull an idea from this book, we have a good time playing our math that day. Another book that has been really helpful in teaching me how to approach math is An Easy Start in Arithmetic,by Ruth Beechick.
Just a few story books to use for teaching your kids:
Check out the author Greg Tang- he has TONS of great math books for kids,
Each Orange had 8 slices, by Paul Giganti, Donald Crews
One Hundred Angry Ants, by Elinor J. Pinczes
Mathematicians are People, Too, by Luetta and Wilbert Reimer
One Grain of Rice, by Demi This post has lots of fun ideas to go along with the book.
Here are a few math websites that I love:
Math Box Monday -this blog has a blog hop every Monday with math ideas- I love it!
A few simple ways to play math:
Match up the dots on the dominoes
Add or subtract the two sides
Play domino wars- you each get 10 dominoes turned face down. Flip them over, find the sum of the 2 sides and the highest takes all.
Face Cards:
Play addition or subtraction war- you each flip over 2 cards and add or subtract- the highest wins.
Deal out 12 cards face up. Have them take turns trying to find 2 cards that equal 10 until they have used up all the cards- when there are no more options, deal more cards
Addition quick Draw- each player gets half the deck- you both flip over a card and the first one to say the sum of the two gets both cards.
Roll a pair of dice and add/subtract the 2 numbers.
Dice Math Rainbow (see link for more details)
Odd or Even- guess before if you will roll an odd or even number- you can do this with one or a pair of dice. Keep a tally and see which is rolled more often.
Hundred Chart: You can find free printable ones all over the place
Use for skip counting
Use for adding, subtracting, multiplying or dividing
Find patterns in the numbers
Odd and even
Other Manipulative’s:
Pom-poms, Counting bears, Cuisenaire rods, Legos (Add together the dots), Beads for counting or sorting, Hop scotch, Dot-to-dots, Coins, Geo-boards, Chutes and Ladders, Clocks… and the list goes on.
I feel like making math very interactive and hands-on is important, especially at a young age. The more you let your kids use manipulative’s, the more they will enjoy their math. I would love to hear more ideas on how you make math more fun. You can really never have enough learning games, right?
Karyn blogs at Teach Beside Me.  She enjoys homeschooling her three young children.  She loves creating fun learning games for her kids.  She got a degree in Home Ec. Education.
I am truly honored to have Karyn be my first Guest Post on Enchanted Homeschooling Mom. I follow along with her blog daily and she has inspired me to add new elements into our family’s homeschooling. I have placed Karyn’s blog button on my sidebar for the next month to make it easy to hop on over and visit her wonderful blog!
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