Hey there! Today I'm excited to share with you some great tips and tricks for making math successful! So many of the students we see at Yellow Wood struggle with math, especially with math facts or word problems. These are a few things we do and have found helpful!
1. 100 Board Games!
The Hundred Board is such a great resource for math! There are several ways we use this at Yellow Wood to help students gain number sense and learn to visualize the number line in their mind! This is especially great for skip counting and memorizing multiplication facts!
Say you want to skip count by three's (or practice your multiples of 3). Put your hundred board in a page protector and use a dry erase marker to circle 3, 6, 9... etc through the 100 board.
Circle all the multiples of 3, but now start at the end of the board! (remember, you won't always start at 100. For 3's you'll begin with 99)
Now here's where it gets a little tricky. Take a BLANK hundred board and put it in a dry erase sleeve. Since we're practicing 3's, we'll decide where 3 is and write it in. Do NOT let your student write in all the numbers. They can count through to see where the number would be, but eventually you'll want them to see the pattern and not need to do this. So write in 3, 6, 9, etc. all the way through 99!
You can follow these steps with every number. Younger students can practice filling in the 100 board first before starting skip counting. But students as early as kindergarten can practice skip counting by 2's, 5's, and 10's!