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