Number Play

18 Apr

Stiggy needs work on number recognition for numbers 11+. I thought a number recognition bingo would be a good way to practice this. DLTK has customisable printable bingo cards you can create and print. I printed out about 5 and laminated them so Stiggy could circle the numbers with a dry erase marker. We used a spring theme and instead of BINGO, we played BLOOM. This made it a bit more interesting, because when I called out a number for ‘O’, he had to check two columns instead of just one. After playing this game a few times, he’s become quite comfortable with numbers 20+; it’s really the teen numbers we now need to work on.

He also decided he wanted to do some adding on Friday, so I made up some little problems for him to work out. He caught on to this quite quickly and started making up his own. For example: 1 Star Wars stick + 1 Star Wars stick + 1 Star Wars stick = 3 Star Wars sticks. (As illustrated by Stiggy on the lower right side of the wipe board… the equation at the top is 1 car+ 1 car)

I also pulled out the adding Math Wrap Ups and although he liked watching me do it, he wasn’t very interested in it. I think he’d had enough by that point…that, or he enjoyed making up and solving problems more than doing drill.

Incidentally, someone on my Living Math forum posted a link to this article about teaching math to kids. Research suggests it’s better to teach math concepts to children, rather than give them the procedure (formula) to solve problems; it’s the ‘why’ that is so important, not the ‘how’. (Teach the concept; allow the child to figure out how to solve problems). This is what Living Math is all about. I see this with Stiggy all the time; he’s always showing me some math problem that he’s made up and solved…all on his own.


Posted by on April 18, 2009 in Kindergarten, Math


2 responses to “Number Play

  1. Helen

    April 23, 2009 at 7:03 pm

    Brilliant – we’ll be bingo-ing our way through the teens and onwards in the next few weeks. Thank you so much for this idea and for the link to the Living Math Forum – I’ve applied to join. You’re a star!

  2. Michelle

    April 23, 2009 at 8:02 pm

    Thanks Helen; glad I was able to help. 🙂


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