Addition Sticks

Addition Sticks


Getting children to start thinking in the abstract world of symbols is quite tricky. When I started addition at Kanhas, I didnt really want to jump into worksheets or writing mathematical sentences immediately. I just wanted to explore the symbolic world more gradually.

I had stumbled upon an interesting idea on Pinterest for teaching Maths fact families. I decided to adapt it a little bit and let children explore addition.
We prepared ‘primary’ craft sticks which had a + and an = written on them with blank spaces for numbers. Other craft sticks just had the numbers on them. Kids had to “fill in the blanks” on the primary sticks with numbers which I initially gave them and then with their own.
Maths grids
As we did this, it was quite interesting to observe how children discovered maths facts on their own. They kept pointing out how 6+4 makes 10 and 5+5 makes 10. They also learnt that 2+3 = 3+2.
Why are they wearing crowns? “Dress up” is allowed at all times except meal time. After all, its more fun learning maths while pretending you are royalty!
Hands-on learning experiences like this one just help to make maths come alive!

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About the Author: Shweta Shetty
Suvarna Radhika Devi Dasi (Shweta Patil) has been practising Krishna Consciousness for over 15 years now. A qualified software engineer and Bharat Natyam Dancer, she has now ventured into the field of early childhood education. She has completed a certification in child care and is applying her spiritual and academic experiences to create a unique Vedic training program for children in Melbourne.

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