Visit for free and affordable printable materials!

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Addition Practice

We try and practice addition in several different ways around the house. I much prefer the traditional Montessori materials. However, due to our budget, it is just not possible, so I make and create from things around the house.

I created red and blue rods for one of our addition practices. I also made number cards and a "=" and "=" sign for Little Angel to practice adding in mathematical sentence form. For a free download of the red and blue number rods, visit my website

I found a pair of dice in my junk drawer one day. I was going to toss them out, but before I did, I racked my brain to see if I could come up with any educational ideas for them. I cut a piece of white cardstock and created a number sentence mat (shown on the left). Little Angel shakes the dice in the cup and rolls them out on the table. She places each dice in the blank "addend" area. She records the number sentence in her addition booklet (small squares stapled together to form a booklet). The number sentence mat I made from the white cardstock really helped her independently record number sentences in her booklet without prompting from me. She always asks to fill up her booklet with problems when she "plays" the addition dice game.

1 comment:

  1. Great idea! Thanks for sharing! It is wonderful to have ideas that use items that you already have around the house.