About this time, it's great to make a nice big giant number grid poster. You can make one maybe about with 4 sheets of 8 1/2 x 11. If you're a computer savvy, you can do it on your computer and blow it up at a copy place. Or you could just break out the ruler, take a black magic marker and just make yourself a nice number grid 1 to 100. You'll find that you can use this for many different things throughout their addition learning experience. But the first thing is with math, with adding and subtracting, it's very neat to see how the numbers fit on the number grid with adding and subtracting. So here we have my smaller number grid, you can make yours bigger. If you want to use it over and over again and be able to write on it, it's good to get it laminated and then use wipe off markers to write so you can always erase your marks and have a fresh number grid again. Or you can take this, leave it an 8 1/2 x 11 form and run off a bunch of photo copies and then you can keep playing with it. But for addition, let's say we have 5+7. Start with the 5. Now 5+7 is a little bit harder so let's start with 5, count up 7. Start moving as you count, tell them. We're at 5, now count 7. 1, we move on the 1, we don't count while we're on the 5. 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7. 5+7=12. You can do that with subtraction too. 14-6. Start with the 14 and count, this time with subtraction, teach them that you count backwards. 14-6, start counting as you move. 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. 14-6 is 8. It'll work with skip counting later on. You can circle different numbers and you can just use this thing for a million different learning activities.

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