Do you clearly hear the -n at the end of teen numbers? Probably not. That is why children, and especially English language learners, easily confuse teen numbers and “-ty” numbers, 20, 30, 40, etc. Add to that the fact that in teen numbers we name the ones before we say “teen” and no wonder young learners confuse numbers like 13 and 30 or 18 and 80.
What you can do: 1. Use child friendly visuals like ten frames to model and reinforce early numeracy. Check out this video, Count to Ten.
3. In the classroom, exaggerate pronunciation when you talk about teen numbers. I like to put a silly “n-n-n” sound on the end of teen numbers. That really gets children’s attention and we all laugh a little.
4. Talk about solutions when doing simple exercises.
9 + 5 = 14 “Is that sum 4 plus 10 or 4 groups of 10?”
28 + 2 = 30 “Is that product 3 plus 10 or 3 groups of 10?”
“There’s an app for that!” This inexpensive KinderMath app covers Common Core Standards for Kindergarten and Grade 1, incorporating ten frame models throughout to make sure children visualize the relationship between rote counting and quantity.
All of these ideas will help you align your instruction with the Common Core Standards, too.
Thanks for all you do to educate our nation’s children!
Sharon let’s her readers to be a fly on the wall of her classroom. Her blogs are full of wonderful suggestions like these discussion starters that invite every learner to join in:
“I wonder. . .”
“I notice. . .”
“I observed. . .”
Do take the time to read the reflections of an experienced teacher and gather the pearls of wisdom she shares. Sharon uses a lot of technology. But a lot of what she describes can easily be implemented without technology.
Thanks so much, Sharon Davidson of Williston, Vermont!
Education Week, among many news sources, reports that big shifts are ahead for math instruction. Big shifts can start with small steps like ten frame math.
Ten frame tiles are the best way for children in Kindergarten through Grade 2 to understand counting, quantity, and arithmetic.
Using the right tools in the primary grades is one way to make sure that children develop the deep understanding of number that they need for strong foundations in arithmetic. Now it is up to teachers and families to help children succeed.
Kindergarten used to be for learning social skills, sharing, and a morning nap. Not any more. Today’s Kindergartener is expected to be able to count, to know some letter sounds, and know how to hold a book.
The good news is that children are naturally math-y and we’ve created a great KinderMath app to help you and your child strengthen those math-y Kindergarten skills:
Counting and number meaning
Sorting and classifying
Counting on from a number other than 1
Comparing numbers within 100
You and your child can start at the easiest levels to learn and practice those Kindergarten readiness skills. Then advance through the levels to practice new skills as your child learns them in school.
Thanks for supporting your child and your child’s teacher by using learning tools from mathcoachinteractive.com.