The best teaching happens when you make a lesson visual, spatial and auditory. That’s why I love teaching kids number sense with a math balance.
Utilizing a math balance in a whole-class setting of twenty-seven kids would be tricky, but at home with one child it’s easy. The balance we own came from Right Start and costs $25.
5 does not equal 8. It’s so easy to see.
Just like it’s easy to figure out that there are many number combinations that equal 5.
In fact, we spent a full ten minutes just figuring out the number 5!
In pedagogy, we call this “Constructivism”. It means learning a new concept through your own experimentation and discovery. Giving children the full Constructivist experience isn’t always possible, but a math balance makes it a lot easier.