## Friday, September 14, 2018

Using our Apple Number Bond learning materials is a fun way to learn number decomposition this autumn. Vito is currently learning tens and number bonds as preparation for early addition.

Our learning material comes with an apple-themed mat and cards for hands-on learning. Here, we picked a number, six, to decompose (what makes 6), and using manipulatives, we set up our mat to reflect the number bond written in the task card.

After placing the manipulatives on the mat, you can start counting the whole number (in this example, six) and its parts (two and four). I told Vito that the entire part is 6 (in the tree) and comprises 2 and 4 (the apple fruits). He later counted the manipulatives and repeated that 2 and 4 were 6.

The task cards included in this pack are from stories of 1 to 10, so you have a lot of numbers to decompose and practice on. Choose the appropriate setting that suits your student's needs. In our case, we always start with 10.

We also used our Montessori beads with the task cards. Here Vito is placing the appropriate beads on the number bonds mats. We worked on all task cards for the story of 6, counted how many combinations we could make to form 6, and recited these combinations based on the formation of our beads.

Using themed activities has always been engaging for my kids. This adds spice and fun to the common ways of learning math, usually done through plain math worksheets. Don't get me wrong, my eldest enjoys basic math worksheets. But making learning math fun will help younger kids to have a more positive outlook on learning this subject as they grow. And, of course, nothing beats using manipulatives for hands-on learning.