Monday, September 5, 2011

Math Monday ~ Subtraction Activities

Again, I'm going to start with a book recommendation. The Math Start books by Stuart J. Murphy are an excellent way to get Living Math into your homeschool curriculum! Brynne does "paper math" on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday each week. But on Thursday I like to bring in a Living Book about the concept we have been practicing all week. And, the Math Start books have something for just about every concept.

This week we did lots of subtraction problems. So, I checked out the Math Start book called Elevator Magic by Stuart J. Murphy and illustrated by G. Brian Karas.

I printed off a photograph of elevator buttons and while I read the book, Brynne pressed the "floor" that she would be on after she did the subtraction problem in the story.

For additional subtraction reinforcement, I printed off some subtraction problems and gave Brynne Do-a-Dot markers to work out the problems. She would mark a dot for the total number of the first integer, then used a pen to "x" out the total number of dots of the second integer. This kept her occupied for quite some time.

We are linking up to Math Monday at love2learn2day.


  1. Love the use of dot markers...and the link to living math. Thanks for linking up!
    Cindy @ love2learn2day

  2. Love the dot markers! I have some of those in my car from when my hubby and I would go play bingo.


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