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Picture of little dd using glass stones for division.

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I thought this was cute. Luckily our dog doesn't give her the answers. :)
by on Dec. 13, 2013 at 12:24 PM
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by on Dec. 14, 2013 at 8:54 PM

If her problem says 24 / 6 = ?  she counts out 24 stones, then puts them in 6 piles and counts that for the answer.  She's a super hands-on/visual type of gal, so it helps her become comfortable at first, then she trusts herself.

We use them for multiplication too.  4 x 7 = 4 groups of 7 stones, then adding them.  She's super at skip counting by 2s, 5s, and 10s, on her fingers, and the stones are helping her make that connection that 7 x ? is just(( 5 x ?) + (2 x ?)), 8 x ? is just ((10 x ?) - (2 x ?)).

We used base 10 blocks last year when she was adding and subtracting up to 1,000s with carrying/borrowing.  She worked with those for awhile, then just started crossing off the numbers on the paper and rolling along one day.

Quoting paganbaby:

Cute! How does that work, btw?

by on Dec. 14, 2013 at 8:56 PM
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She takes division very seriously!

Quoting kirbymom: She is so cute! Such concentration. :)

by Silver Member on Dec. 15, 2013 at 1:03 PM

I want to try that! Thanks for the idea.

Quoting TidewaterClan:

If her problem says 24 / 6 = ?  she counts out 24 stones, then puts them in 6 piles and counts that for the answer.  She's a super hands-on/visual type of gal, so it helps her become comfortable at first, then she trusts herself.

We use them for multiplication too.  4 x 7 = 4 groups of 7 stones, then adding them.  She's super at skip counting by 2s, 5s, and 10s, on her fingers, and the stones are helping her make that connection that 7 x ? is just(( 5 x ?) + (2 x ?)), 8 x ? is just ((10 x ?) - (2 x ?)).

We used base 10 blocks last year when she was adding and subtracting up to 1,000s with carrying/borrowing.  She worked with those for awhile, then just started crossing off the numbers on the paper and rolling along one day.

Quoting paganbaby:

Cute! How does that work, btw?