Number fact fluency is important to develop in first and second grade. Without automatic recall it’s hard to move on to more complex skills. It’s also crucial in developing a child’s confidence in using mathematics. Without a doubt, kids need to know their addition strategies!
Some young learners find fractions really tricky to grasp. We’ve all had the child who, after you finish a unit on fractions and think you’ve done a great job, writes the numerator and the denominator the wrong way round. The secret is in making sure you don’t rush through the unit.
What do you do when one of your students decides that adding and subtracting on his fingers is easier than using the mental math strategies you’ve been teaching him or her?
There always seems to be five minutes to spare before the bell or at least there was in my class. Five minutes is just enough time to play a whole class math game.
Phonics posters are an essential part of an early years classroom but it is important that they are not just put up at the beginning of the year and left as a wall decoration.
Traditional teaching methods encouraged the memorization of the multiplication facts – all 121 of them (169 if we include the 11s and 12s). I can still recall as a young child parroting off my multiplication facts. If you’ve ever tried this with your class, and no I don’t recommend it, you’ll find you have a handful of kids who know their… Read More