Arithmetic is numbers you squeeze from your head to your hand to your pencil to your paper till you get the answer.
–Carl Sandburg, “Arithmetic”
Some days, math indeed feels like this. For the younger student, number recognition and learning math facts can seem like a chore. The good thing is, challenges force us to be creative and look for other ways to accomplish the same goal. Instead of using the flash cards, why not go outside and play hopscotch? For the beginner, what a fun way to learn number recognition. Draw your hopscotch with as many or as few numbers as you wish. Call out a number and have your student stop at the right one. Working on math facts? Call out addition, subtraction, multiplication or division problems and have your student stop on the answer. This activity is a great way to work with several kids at once who are at differing levels. Plus, it’s just plain fun!