Focus on Math

Helping children become mathematicians!

Number Relationships: a Foundation for Number Sense April 22, 2012

In yesterday’s parent workshop (primary) session we talked about the importance of helping children build relationships between numbers. We focused on four such relationships, namely these:

  • visual/spatial relationship
  • anchors of 5 and 10
  • 1 more/1 less (and 2 more/2 less)
  • whole-part-part

Building these relationships for the numbers 1-10 lays the foundations for understanding other numbers, both larger and smaller. At every level of the place value system we can apply these same relationships. Students have the opportunity of taking something they already know and expanding it to something greater — a wonderful way for meaningful learning to happen!

In exploring these ideas and relationships yesterday we used or discussed some tools, which I will post here:

Thanks to all the participants in both workshops yesterday. Contact me if I can be of any further hep to you.
Mathematically yours,


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