Category Archives: Mathematics

Long Division with Manipulatives

Honeybee has been learning long division, and I wanted to demonstrate what the algorithm means by using manipulatives. Here’s What we started with: 368 We need to break this up into groups of 4, starting with the hundreds. Since we … Continue reading

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Pattern Blocks

The line between “math manipulative” and “toy” in our house is very blurry–actually, I don’t think it’s there at all. We have a variety of math manipulatives, and all of them get played with as toys. And of course, toys … Continue reading

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Learning Activity: Using a Balance Scale to Demonstrate Solving for X, part 2

I wanted to show the kids how to figure out an unknown quantity by finding the equivalent value on the other side of the equation. First, we put an upside-down cup on one side of the balance, and I had … Continue reading

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Learning Activity: Addition and Subtraction with Negative Numbers

Our home has a split entry, with stairs going up from the front door to the main floor or down to the basement. We used these stairs today for a fun math activity: exploring addition and subtraction with positive and … Continue reading

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