## Thursday, 9 April 2015

We are starting to do more mathematics now that D is 5 years old. I am trying to help her get the hang of addition and subtraction. I always like to think of fun ways to help her learn maths. I think it is important for maths learning, particularly in the early days, to be very visual and practical. Therefore, I decided to set up an activity using little coloured sticks to help with counting.

I started by getting a piece of paper and writing the number 5 at the top and sums all the way down. Each sum had to produce 5 and D's job was to fill in the gaps. She used the coloured sticks to count how many extra she would need to get to five. Above you can see her workings out for the first sum.

After she had worked out the missing number for each sum, she wrote the number down. Of course, she had to use different colours for each one!

Next she decided she wanted to work on the number 7. This time, she wrote all the sums out herself.

Here is her finished worksheet. I was surprised at how much she enjoyed this activity. She has asked to do it everyday since!

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1. This is a great idea, makes it a little more fun. I'll have to try this out with my little brother.

1. thank you :) I'm sure your brother will enjoy it.

2. great idea - just going through the same with Ieuan (also 5). He's fine if he's in the mood but if he's in a grump maths is a bit of a struggle! If he doesn't get it right first time he goes into meltdown. I really like the visual aspect of this - will give it a try.

1. D is kinda the same. She gets very frustrated if she doesnt 'get' something right away. Luckily once she got the hang of this activity she loved it!

3. What a fantastic idea, I love how colourful it is to learn with as well. x

1. oh yes, colours always attract the kids. lol

4. Such a brilliant idea! a great and easy way to learn :)

1. Thank you :)

5. A lovely ideas a little different and will keep the kids engaged for longer. They love props don't they? Thanks for linking up to #WhatsYourweekend

1. You're welcome :) yes props are definitely useful for something like this.

6. Brilliant idea - I shall have to try and remember this in a few years time! Well done D :) Thanks so much for linking up with #twinklytuesday

1. You're welcome and thank you :)

7. Neat idea sister in Islam :) Thank you and jazakAllahu khair sister Weronika for sharing some of your wonderful tips for school, may Allah the Most Merciful grant you more wisdom :) Ameen. When did you first embrace Islam and how old were you then if you don't mind me asking? :)

Wasalaam from the Philippines,
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1. Jazakhallah khair sis :) I have been meaning to write a post about my conversion story for ages! I was 19 years old :) will let you know when I write the post and you can read all about it inshallah.

8. You have great ideas that will really help your children to learn and understand the mathematical concepts.

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1. Thank you :)