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I have been homeschooling for about 9 years now. It is so funny how times have changed from when I was in school. When I was in school, math class for 1st and 2nd grade was all about memorizing math facts, you get a sheet that was filled with math facts and you just go through and write the answers. The tests were the same way, you get a test with just plain math facts and all that was required was the answers. If the answers were right, you got credit for it.
In first and second grade I taught my daughters math facts just like I learned them, when adding double digits, you just add the ones column and the tens column and that was it. Now my son is in second grade and math is not that simple anymore. It is all about how you got the answers, breaking them down into simpler addition problems to get the same answers. I struggled with this myself, so it took me a long time to figure out how to do math this way. After I figured it out, I was amazed on how easy it was. I didn’t have to teach him about carrying the one, it was broken down to the point where all he had to do was add the ones column and tens column and boom he got the answer.
So, to help with this method I made this template using two things, a white board and masking tape.
Now, of course math is not always going to be easy, but for 1st and 2nd graders this is a genius way to do adding! Please feel free to use this idea.
What tricks do you have to teach adding to your elementary school children? Let me know in the comments.
My name is Robin. I am a homeschooling mom of three and I just love to find ways to make learning fun. I am so excited to share my ideas with you. I try to make my ideas as inexpensive as possible. Most of the items I use are things that are around most houses and if you have a printer and ink you are all set. Please feel free to use these ideas in your own learning adventure with your children.