Right-Brained Addition & Subtraction is the first in our two-part series on addition & subtraction that focuses on making math easy for children who typically struggle with remembering math facts. Right-Brained Addition & Subtraction takes a left-brained subject (symbols, abstract concepts, rules to memorize, etc.) and integrates right-brained elements and body motion 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.
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 Place Value.
Math is difficult for so many children to learn because math is taught in a hyper left-brained fashion. Given that roughly 66% of children prefer a right-brained approach to learning, it is no wonder that math seems to hard or boring for them. The hallmark of a left-brained approach is memorization of facts and procedures.
What right-brained kids need and thrive on include:
Children who are visual, right-brained WILL learn math easily if it is designed in a way that makes sense to their brains.
In our math resources, children will find math presented in ways that marry left-brained symbols with right-brained vehicles for learning and understanding such as:
Right-Brained Addition and Subtraction contains all these elements and much more.
Sarah has designed visual systems for learning addition and subtraction. Here are a few examples of the many amazing visuals and patterns that are taught in the book.
First, let’s look at learning to count and recognize numbers on sight.
The numbers in this image have a personality and an image. For example, Eight is a snowman while Six is a unicycle.
They are arranged in rows of 5. Consider all the applications of units of five: they relate directly to telling time in five-minute increments and to counting money. And most importantly it the number of fingers on a child’s hand.
When numbers are placed in a row of 5 a pattern also appears. Let’s look at the numbers again. Now look at the third column starting with the number 3. Do you see the pattern? 3 then 8 then 13 then 18 what’s next… 23.
Let’s also look at the shape of a 3 and an 8. The 3 is just like an 8 with one side cut off. The pattern and similarities are in every column now look at the 4 and 9 and you will see they look more alike than you thought.
When we look at the map of Stonybrook, many patterns emerge which children can study, and which will make it easy for them to learn and remember facts to 10…. Visually. This map contains all the facts to 10 – both addition & subtraction.
Addition & Subtraction is set in Stony Brook, a place your child will want to visit! Stony Brook is our math village where your students become property Managers.
Students will be managing how many people can live in a house on a particular street. Let’s look at 3rd Street. On Third Street only three people can live in each house. As you can see there are only two house because no matter how you arrange the numbers, there are only 2 possible ways of making a 3: 0+3 or 1+2.
Here is a problem to work through: If a house on 3 street has 1 person living on the second floor how many people will need to live on the first floor. That’s right 2.
After your student learns a street by putting numbers in houses, we transition them to traditional math problems. As you can see there are many different combinations of numbers that equal 3, however, they all fit within the two houses, making the information that your student needs to learn very limited.
And that is just the beginning of the book.
We discuss number recognition, include a number song and Kinesthetic Strategies for preventing writing numbers backward. Also included are many games you can play to make learning math fun and engaging while laying a visual background for understanding numbers and facts.
Right-Brained Addition and Subtraction contains over 70 reproducible pages including