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Learning to add with a math balance

A math balance is a fun way for kids to develop number sense.

A math balance is a fun way for kids to develop number sense.

My daughter Jenna is 4, and is in the middle of completing Right Start Level A.

Here’s some fun we had this morning “playing math”, using our math balance.  This isn’t from a specific Level A lesson; it’s just the two of us making things up. But this will give you the idea of how you can use a math balance to help kids develop number sense and computation skills.

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First, your child puts weights on the numbers you are adding.

First, your child puts weights on the numbers she is adding.

Next, your child counts on fingers to get her answer.

Next, your child counts on fingers to get her answer.

Finally, check your answer on the balance.

Finally, she checks her answer on the balance.

Fun, right? Our balance is from our Right Start kit, but you can also purchase a Number Balance on Amazon.