Free Printables for Qwirkle, Math Infinity Tiles, Banagrams or Apple Letters, and Mobi / Equate Math Tiles
For my child, the concept of 5 pennies in a nickel didn’t make any sense. Where did they go? I soon realized she was right. There are not 5 pennies in a nickel and she was right. There are however, 5 cents, the abstract meaning of the coin, within the nickel just as the penny equals 1 cent. Well, explaining cents to a young child isn’t going to happen, yet. So, why not make the abstract concept concrete with blocks. I found these awesome centimeter linking blocks, a 1000 for less than $20, which are working perfectly for learning money.
My child earns money for her schoolwork and chores. She gets paid in blocks, assembles them into 10s, 5s, and the remaining ones. Then, she converts those blocks to dollars and coins. For handwriting practice, she must write the amount on her tally when she places her money into the jar. This method of doing math turns a Long Vowel E phonics lesson into a detailed math lesson.
I hope this coin equivalency poster will help your little one out as well!
We are just now really beginning to understand our fractions. This is a manipulative, along with our cake fractions papercraft, that is being used on a routine basis. Simply print the document on legal size paper. Laminate using Duck Brand clear contact paper. Then, using carpet tape, stick to a piece of craft foam. Proceed to cutting out the individual pieces. A quality pair of scissors are needed for this job.
Before I made the plunge into making a real math manipulative that we would use forever more, I made these printable base 10 blocks during my pregnancy nesting phase. They work if you are on a budget. Personally, the use of cardstock base 10 blocks just did not work for us. We love our Montessori beads too much.
Another one of my pregnancy nesting projects. This project has recently been used doing the Montessori Presentation of the numbers. We are only in the double digits. It is amazing how helpful the Montessori beads are along with these strips in linking the concrete quantity to the abstract number.
Six sitting on sticks
Nine looking at the sunshine
Learning numbers to 1000 –
Well introducing the concept of larger quantities anyway
My little one may only be 5 but she insisted that we get a 1000 piece puzzle!
So, I obliged. I assembled. I flipped. I wrote the numbers. I sorted them by 10s.
No, she did not put the entire puzzle together. She did make to the 400s over a period of 2 weeks before her patience ran out. Nevertheless, after this, her 2 digit number recognition is nearly perfect.