Monday, May 9, 2011

Addition with Dominoes

This is my first attempt at something a little more advanced. 
I hope everyone finds it useful.
When I was in grade school we learned our addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division facts by repeatedly  practicing them over and over again until they were permanently embedded in our little brains. 

My oldest daughter has not learned them the same way.
They skipped around and taught three different ways to do the same thing without ever mastering one technique or emphasizing the importance of having these facts memorized.

I am sure there are theories as to why this is a good teaching method.
All I know is that my 12 year old has struggled with simple addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division over the years. That is until I made her memorize them.

My hopes are to start my younger kiddos early and permanently embed their little brains with simple math.

I have included Dominoes Addition sheets for numbers one through six in one file.
There is also a large blank domino set.
I plan on using this with objects like small erasers, buttons, cheerios, other sorts of candy to bribe them with and other small educational items. 
In fact we will probably start with the large blank version before I move on to the worksheets. 

If these are a big hit I will continue to make them for numbers 7 - 12. 
Then I'll move onto subtraction.
Multiplication and division are on my mind too...but probably not for a while.

Let me know in the comments if you think these are helpful. 
I am also open to suggestions for multiplication and division!

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Addition with Dominoes 1 - 6

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Angie said...

Such a great activity! I used to do this with my kindergarteners and they LOVED it!! Now they have all sorts of character themed dominoes that make it even more fun. And I'm glad I'm not the only one who uses "all sorts of candy and stuff to bribe them with", hahaha, it works EVERY time!! Thanks for sharing!

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Annie Moffatt said...

This is GREAT! Thanks for sharing:) We will be using this soon!!