# Teen versus Ty numbers

If you're a primary teacher, you'll know what I'm talking about!! Teen numbers are those ending in teen. They are often confused with -ty numbers such as twenty, thirty, etc. Oliver is pretty proud of the fact that he can count to 110 and beyond (we stopped him in the interest of time!)! However, we’d … Continue reading Teen versus Ty numbers

# Fortune-tellers for learning!

Oliver’s teacher e-mailed the other day and said that Oliver needed to practice colouring at home. We had known for a while that Oliver had trouble with penmanship and so we had spent the summer getting him to practice holding a writing utensil. Our cottage was flooded with connect the dots sheets, mazes, and pre-school … Continue reading Fortune-tellers for learning!

# Mastering the Pre-K Milestones

THE WHAT: If you are an early years teacher or parent, there are four milestones that you should be eagerly waiting for: Counting rotely The ability to recite an ordered number list, and not necessarily with any understanding! (See here for more: Learning to count…baby steps.) One to one correspondence The ability to pair an object in … Continue reading Mastering the Pre-K Milestones

# Never heard of Numicon?!

Never heard of Numicon? You’re not alone! But ever since I introduced them to our school, my love for them has grown! Numicon are number plates that represent the numbers 1-10. They are a great manipulative for the Pre-K to Grade 2 population, in that they are large, easy to grasp and manipulate, colourful and … Continue reading Never heard of Numicon?!

# Establishing Benchmarks of 5 and 10 through estimation

Much of primary math is about establishing benchmarks of 5 and 10, but have you ever stopped to wonder why those are good numbers to use? Here are a few reasons: Benchmarks of 5: We have 5 fingers (if we count the thumb!) on each hand, so a hand-y (ha!) benchmark to start with is … Continue reading Establishing Benchmarks of 5 and 10 through estimation

# Odds and Evens

I went and asked a few Grade 5 students to tell me about odd and even numbers, and this is what they said: Student A: “3 is odd, 2 is even”  Student B:“anything ending in a 0, 2,4,6,8 is even and anything ending in a 1, 3, 5, 7, 9” is odd. The students told … Continue reading Odds and Evens

# What the heck is a rekenrek?

Never heard of a rekenrek? You’re not alone, but I’m here to tell you, it is one of the best manipulatives for developing number sense in early primary, and you can make it yourself! Originally developed in Holland, it looks like a mini-abacus, but functions quite differently. Although you can have many rows in a rekenrek, … Continue reading What the heck is a rekenrek?