Of all the math skills a human being needs to be comfortable with, addition and subtraction are probably at the top of the list. Even people who don’t like math need to be able to use these skills to function in the world. Addition and subtraction occur all day long, from shopping to party planning to even just timing dinner. I’m not really concerned that my kids won’t learn these skills through their daily life. I don’t think it’s necessary to pressure them into practicing their addition and subtraction skills when they’re not interested. I believe that, when they are ready, these skills will come naturally. However, in reading about educational philosophies, I’ve come across hands on learning ideas which are appealing to me, most of them Montessori-based.
Here you’ll find some tools and activities that I’ve put together to help my kids practice adding and subtracting in fun, hands-on, meaningful ways.
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