• In two years looping together in the Stepping Stones Math program our class' children are exposed to strategies for solving a variety of math problems. We teach students to solve problems using manipulatives, lab experiments, drawings, and discussions. Students are engaged in finding answers through hands-on activities. We supplement Stepping Stones with daily clock, calendar, and counting money practice. Our class works on basic addition and subtraction facts on our school's laptop computers and our class' computer station.

    We'll be working with number sense, patterning, organizing and reading graphs, addition, subtraction, and place value (236 = 2 hundreds + 3 tens + 6 ones). We'll look at two and three dimensional shapes and "even and odd" numbers. We'll be learning how to tell time on an analog clock. We will also do some generating and solving of more complex equations (number sentences). All of my students should have learned that the equal sign (=) means "is the same as."

    Want to help your children with math at home?
    Ask your child to count to 100 by 2's, 5's and 10's. Have your child count the coins in your pocket, car or purse. Ask your child to read the time on an analog clock. Measure with a ruler around the house. Estimate ("How many?") while you shop. Have your child practice simple addition and subtraction facts. Quiz your child on "Easy Tens" (these are the combinations of numbers that add up to ten: 4 + 6, 3 + 7, 2 + 8, etc.). We have been working with "Doubles" (3 + 3, 5 + 5, 8 + 8) and "Doubles plus One" (3 + 4, 4 + 5, 8 + 9, etc. If the kids know the double they can just add or subtract one from their answer). Another new strategy we've added to our collection of math tools is "Fast Tens" (4 + 10= 14, 10 + 7= 17, 5 + 10= 15, etc.).

    Want to try an extension activity that we will be working on regularly here in class?
    This year we'll look at "missing addend" problems ( 3 + ? = 8) .
    Another step in these brain teasers is "balanced equations" (8 + 7 = 9 + ?).
    Remember, the equal sign means "is the same as."