1. Overview

The “Number Board” lays the foundation for addition and subtraction. Understanding where a number falls on the number line helps your child understand the sequence of numbers as well as the distance between them (subtraction). This activity has four different levels: Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced, and Mathematician. See the Math Curriculum page for guidance on when to complete each level.

“Complete the Number Board!”
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2. Materials

• Sight Words Number Board
• Sight Words Numbered Dots
• Timer (for Assessment)
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3. Activity

Video: Complete the Number Board!

Go to the Downloads section of this page and find the materials for the level your child is on. See the Curriculum page for guidance on when to complete the different levels. Print out the number board and numbered dots. Place the dots in a bowl and the number board in front of your child. When your child is ready to begin, tell your child: “Take out the first dot. Say the number out loud, find it on the number board, and place the dot on the matching number.” Continue until all the dots are placed on the number board.

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4. Extensions

Once your child masters the basic game, use an empty number board with no numbers. Have your child place the numbered dots in order on the empty board. This is a very hard variation, so don’t worry if your child is unable to complete this task.

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5. Assessment

This activity is excellent for assessing your child’s progress. Every two weeks, time your child completing the exercise. When your child is ready to begin, start the timer and tell your child to take out the first dot in the bowl. After the last dot has been placed, stop the timer. Record the results in a calendar to track her progress.

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Q: What if my child places the dot on the wrong number?
A: Remove the dot and tell your child to try again. Do not place the dot correctly for your child unless she places the dot incorrectly three times.

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