More Math Talk

I have been looking around at different math programs again.  I don’t think that we are going to change right now, but it doesn’t hurt to know what is out there.  I found an interesting teaching tool in some of the programs that I looked at.  Right Start Math teaches children to call the numbers by names that they (the math program) made up.  Math-U-See does the same thing.  The numbers that they rename are the teen numbers.  Think about it, 31 and 13 both start with thir…  41 and 14 both start with four.  No wonder some kids mix them up.  They teach kids to call them one-ten three, or onety-three (depending on the program).  The funniest thing about this, two of my kids figured this out for themselves.  Kiddo likes to count the numbers ‘her’ way. (Dearie did the same thing a few years ago.)  Counting by tens she would call them onety, twoty, threety, fourty, fivety, sixty, seventy, eighty, ninety, and a hundred.  She always smiles real big when she gets to forty because whoever named the numbers got that one right.  The same for sixty, seventy, eighty, and ninety. 

 I think that I may see if I can get Honey to use these ‘nicknames.’  She does mix up the teens with their opposites (13 and 31), maybe this would help.

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