Thursday, November 3, 2011

Friends of Ten

I am putting a lot of emphasis on making learning fun especially in the early years.  There will be plenty of time for worksheets later on.  (Although we do our fair share of those too.) So I was happy to add "Friends of 10" to our adding facts games.

To play:

I had Katie count out 10 red beans and I used a gold sharpie to color one side of each of them.  I had Katie write the words Friends of 10 on the top of the paper. I wrote the words red and gold on the paper. We put the beans in a paper cup and I had Katie shake them and poor them out onto a paper.  I had Katie tell me how many red beans there were and how many gold beans there were.  For example one time she had 2 red sided beans and 8 gold beans.  I asked her what 8 + 2 was and she started to count until I asked her how many beans we started with.  Then I asked her again what is 8+2.  This time she got it.  I played around with it telling her these were magic beans.  After a while instead of putting them all back in the cup I just turned one of the beans over.  We did 11 different ways of adding to 10 with whole numbers. As we got to ones that were similar like 8+2 and 2+8 I would have her try to figure out the second number without counting, kind of a pre-algebra type of thing, which I think is part of the premise of singapore math. 

Another day I printed out the sheets from here.  I cut them out and laminated them.  Next we played with the various strips showing again the various ways to take two numbers to add up to 10.  My three and a half year old even enjoyed this.

1 comment:

  1. Very fun, thanks for sharing. I wanted to invite you to come link up at my TGIF Linky Party -
    Beth =-)