Teaching Numbers and Place Value
There are so many fun ways that you can teach numbers and place value. Doing worksheets or counting during calendar gets boring not only to the teacher, but to the little mathematician. Today we will explore a fun, hands-on, tactile manipulative that you can use to teach number and place value with preschool, kindergarten or first grade and beyond!
Teaching to different learning styles:
When you are teaching, it is important to teach to many different learning styles. Some children learn visually, some learn by listening, while others prefer a more hands-on approach. When you teach different methods to target different learning styles, children learn better and their brains absorb the information through the different procedures.
For instance, if you were teaching a child to bake cookies, you could have them watch you, you could dictate the directions, or you could have your child participate with you. With the hands-on experience making the cookies, the child's muscle memory for making cookies will be stronger the next time they actually have to make cookies.
The same is true with math (or anything you teach!) Finding tactile, hands-on methods to teach math will strengthen the math muscle memory and help a child to understand math better.
Newméro Bricks are award-winning and have an innovative design that allows children to solve math problems by finding the solution in a hands-on, tactile way. They are designed to make math fun and manageable. They help children experience the joy of numbers through fun games and exercises. (Click here to visit the newméro Brick website) (Click here to purchase newméro Brick on Amazon)
Take a look at a newméro Brick (and watch the video to learn more too): Each brick has knobs along the top. The children can feel and see the knobs and compare: Which block is a bigger number or which block is smaller?
In addition (and THIS IS SUPER COOL!) Each brick has a jigsaw edge and bricks of the same color "lock" together when they add up to 10, 100, 0r 1000 together. So, a child can take the number 20 and lock it together with a number 80...OR take a number 300 and lock it together with a 700. (You can see in my image above that the 3 and the 7 lock together perfectly).
Each brick has a stacking knob on it so that children can build larger numbers and learn place value. The bricks stack on top of each other and each place value is a different color: Thousands are orange, hundreds are blue, tens are green and ones are yellow.
Anyway, I was super impressed by the newméro Bricks! They really do a great job helping children tactilely experience math and numbers.
I created some number and place value worksheets that you can use with newméro Bricks! Download and print these worksheets and then grab your newméro Bricks and help your little people touch and experience math!
Madreen Karle is a master first grade reading teacher with over 30 years of classroom experience. She taught reading in a special needs and English as a Second Language classroom. After retiring she wrote a reading program to help others learn how to teach reading. She is a trusted educator and author of 5 books to help teach children to read and write. In addition to her books, she is a mentor for 3 websites that give reading teacher tips (Mrs. Karle’s Sight and Sound Reading, Mrs. Karle’s Reading Patch, and Mrs. Karle’s Handwriting Patch). Through her teaching she learned that confidence was the key to learning to read. A child who is not confident at reading does not like to read and struggles to read. Mrs. Karle created “sunshine moments” to help teach children how to grow their confidence and learn to read.
Meeghan Karle Mousaw (Madreen’s daughter) has her Master’s in Special Education. She has 8 years experience teaching children to read online. In addition, she developed a curriculum to teach children handwriting called The Handwriting Patch. With the Handwriting Patch learning is fun because children learn to draw and learn handwriting at the same time. In 2019 The Handwriting Patch curriculum became an amazon best seller the first year it was released, helping thousands of kids learn handwriting with a unique, fun method. She is mom to 6 kids, each with differently learning abilities and struggles.
The Reading Patch was established by the creators of Mrs. Karle’s Sight and Sound Reading. Together they have been featured on the NBC media outlets and Parents Magazine online. Over the last 8 years in their online platform, Madreen and Meeghan have worked tirelessly with teachers, homeschoolers and parents looking to help children learn to read to become a trusted authority in teaching children to read and advocating early literacy skills. They often partner with other educational experts to deliver the most current information to the Reading Patch community.