## Sunday, April 14, 2013

### Strengthen Math Skills

It's important that children spend
some time in conversation. Brain research proves that, and as classroom teachers, we know we need to let them talk... sometimes!

Brain research also proves that getting the emotions involved helps the memory. (Think back to those very emotional times of your own life... they bring back strong memories, don't they? Think:  weddings, babies, holidays)

For those reasons, I make sure my kids play plenty of math games. There are so many math skills that need to be repeated to be strengthened, and games can be played again and again!

The game above is a freebie of a game my students have played for more than 20 years. (I know I had it before my daughter was born, and she's 20 now!) The kids love it, and it's a great way to practice 2 digit addition with a little bit of luck involved! See more about this game HERE.

Here's another Math Game Freebie. I made this game one summer when I was helping out my friend with his golf camp and got inspired. (Some teachers just can't let go, can we? See THIS BLOG POST for more about this game!)

Over the years, as I've been blogging, I keep coming back to games. Here are a few other posts that might interest you about games:

Ten Easy Learning Games
Playing Math Games to Strengthen Important Skills
Card Games for Fast Facts (Guest post on Raki's Rad Resources.)

What math games do you play with your students?

1. Thanks for the great freebies! I have been looking through some of your older posts and I love what I see!

Tara
The Math Maniac

2. Thanks so much Tara!

Sally

3. How fabulous! Thank you so much!
-Julie
The Techie Teacher

4. Love making those kids think! Great freebie! Thanks!

Andrea

5. Awesome! Thanks for sharing!

6. I think that having basic math skills can definitely help you throughout your educational and professional career. My parents and I want my little brother to succeed but he is having some trouble in math this year. We are getting him a math tutor in San Jose with hopes that math will be more fun for him and easier to understand.

1. Chase,

Yes, that Number Sense is absolutely essential for success in mathematics!

Sally from Elementary Matters