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## Making Ten Back and Forth Game

Ten has a special place in our number system, so it is critical that children know all the combinations for making ten. A quick look at where this skill goes in first and second grade helps emphasize the importance of mastering this critical skill by the end of...

## Kindergarten Essentials: Combinations for Numbers Through 10

What does Kindergarten math look like? What are the essential skills that every Kindergarten student should master prior to Grade 1? Believe it or not, fact fluency starts in Kindergarten! Now, before you whip out those flashcards (the way many of us learned our...

## Counting, Composing, and Changing Numbers

A goal of our mathematics instruction should be to help our students develop flexibility with numbers. For that to happen, children need to experience the meaning of numbers with concrete, hands-on experiences. Three keys to developing flexibility are counting,...

## Sum of Which: Promoting Computational Fluency through Game Play

I’m always on the look-out for games that are engaging for students and that promote computational fluency, so I was super excited to try out Sum of Which: A Game of Numbers and Strategy. The game’s creator, Becky Duprey, sent me a copy of her Sum of Which...

## Math Activities That Do Double Duty

One criticism I hear again and again is that there are too many standards to “cover”. I agree that if you just look at the volume of standards for each grade level, they do seem quite overwhelming. But the thing about math is that so many skills are...

## Subitizing: Moving from Perceptual to Conceptual

Subitizing, a funny-sounding word, but a very important skill for developing number sense. Basically, we subitize when we instantly recognize a small group of objects as a number. For example, if I hold up five fingers and you instantly know it’s five without...