Right-Brained Addition & Subtraction Book and Games

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Right-Brained Addition & Subtraction focuses on making math easy for children who struggle with math facts. This kit uses pictures, body movement, stories and hands-on activities in order to engage the multiple regions in the brain during the learning process. This means that what used to be tedious and discouraging for your child is now easy and enjoyable. Visual and kinesthetic learners in particular will benefit from the Right-Brained approach.

    Instead of memorizing number facts, your child will be hearing stories, seeing pictures, arranging numbers in patterns, doing hand motions and the facts will just stick! This book begins at the very beginning, with number recognition, counting, writing numbers, ordering numbers, number sense, and finally, teaches addition & subtraction to ten.

    Right-Brained Addition & Subtraction is full color, is game-based, and builds on your child’s own visual strengths for learning and remembering. This set includes the Dot Cards and Domino Cards that are used in the lessons in the book! The cards are laminated and extra-sturdy for long term use!

    This detailed book is packed with 101 pages of reproducible pages, games, assessments, tracking sheets, and the answer keys. 180 pages total. For learning facts over 10, buy the second book in this series: Right-Brained Addition & Subtraction Vol. 2.



Right-Brained Addition and Subtraction contains over 70 reproducible pages including

  • Full-color numbers to 20
  • Full-color map of StonyBrook Village
  • Houses and numbers templates
  • Student worksheets
  • Tracking Charts for monitoring knowledge of facts
  • Answer keys

Movement While Leaning Addition & Subtraction

1. When teaching the meaning of addition & subtraction, you could print the following equation on paper in a large size:

4 + 3 = 

2. Have the child point with her left pointer finger to the 4 and to the 3 with her right hand pointer finger. When you say "Four PLUS three" have the child move her pointer fingers toward each other, signifying the numbers will come together and combine to make a new, bigger number.

7 - 3 =

3. In the subtraction equation above, have the child point to each number with pointer fingers of each hand. Say, "Seven minus three" and when you do, have the child move his right pointer decidedly to the right to signify that the 3 is going away from the seven, leaving a new, smaller number.

4. The ÷ sign can be acted out in a way that helps the child understand the action of division. Put 10 round plastic math counters on the table. Look at the problem 10 ÷ 2 = and push the counters into two groups. You can then have the child draw an imaginary line on the table in between the two groups, using their hand palm open, with the edge of their hand running along the table to mimic the line in the "divided by" symbol

5. Finally, a whole body motion that shows the action for + is simply to bring both arms up and cross them tightly across your chest. You can make the action more to the point if you pick up some objects in each hand before crossing your arms over your chest to mimic the plus sign. This is the action of taking two groups and pulling them together to make a new total.

Use Body Motions as You Teach Word Problems

Teach your child to listen to specific words and do the related body motion when your child reads a word problem; this will help him understand which function to use for each problem.

Example: "Jane has two apples She picked five more. How many does she have now?"

    Have your child act out the problem: 1. Jane has two apples: The child will pick up two plastic math counters. 2. She picked 5 more: The child will pick up 5 more math chips and then with chips in both hands, he will cross his arms in the plus sign when he hears the word "more."

A young friend of mine was sad that I was leaving his home after a visit. I assured him we could talk on the phone after I got home. He immediately asked for my phone number. "Hold on!" he shouted as he ran into the kitchen. "I need to punch it in." I was amused to see him key my phone number on the microwave key pad. Then he announced, "Now I will never forget it!" And he didn't forget!"

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