So here's how I started intro to addition, last week...VERY SIMPLE!
|Index card folded in 1/2 to make 2 sides, a foamy dice (Dollar Tree) and some round dot stickers|
Here's what we did:
Dominoes are great way to introduce addition! We just decided to make our own = child's ownership and to develop other skills.
This week, we are using foods (goldfish crackers, mini-marshmallows, cheerios) and placing one on each sticker of our homemade dominoes.
Once again, this helps Nixon with counting and one-to-one correspondence while Jackson is introduced to addition (for example: he puts 4 cheerios on one side, then 4 cheerios on the other side of this domino...pushes them ALL TOGETHER to see the "sum" of his addition problem.) Hope this makes sense!
What a fun way to make your little learners into mini-mathematicians!