1. Overview

“Number Line Addition” teaches your child how to add with abstract numerals using a number line as a guide. This prepares your child for adding without visual aides.

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2. Materials

• Sight Words Number Line
• One chip or other place marker
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3. Activity

Print out the “Sight Words Number Line”. Arrange the four sheets horizontally next to each other in order and tape them in place. Place it in front of your child and give her a chip. Have her place the chip on the number that you are adding from.

Adult: Place the chip on eight.
Child: [Places chip on eight]
Adult: Now count seven more from eight and place your chip on that number.
Child: Nine…Ten…Eleven…Twelve…Thirteen…Fourteen…Fifteen [Puts chip on fifteen]
Adult: Good job! Eight plus seven equals fifteen! Now you say it.
Child: Eight plus seven equals fifteen!

Start by adding one, and then two, then three, and so on. This activity takes several months to master. Make sure your child has a thorough understanding of numerals before attempting this activity.

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4. Confidence Builder

To make the activity easier, guide your child’s hand as she completes the exercise. Have her watch you do the activity with several different examples before attempting it alone. If your child still finds the activity difficult, review some of the numeral recognition games and mental counting games before you attempt this activity again.

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5. Extension

Once your child masters the basic game, don’t tell your child where to place the chip. Simply call out “8+7” and have her tell you the answer using the chips and number line. Practice mental math by asking her to answer “1+1”, “2+1”, “3+1”, etc. without using the number line or marker. If your child can easily add 1 without the use of the number line, move up to adding 2, and so on.

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