# Math Update

We are off to a great start with our wonderful math program. During the first two weeks of school, we’ve been visualizing, representing, and breaking apart numbers using a variety of math tools: counters, stair steppers, and number cards. When we break apart a number, we take a larger number and split it into two smaller numbers. We call the two smaller numbers, partners, because when we add them together they equal the larger number. So far, we’ve discovered the partners (and switch partners) for 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, and 7. (Check out the chart below!)  We have also used our knowledge about partners and patterns to solve addition (+0, +1, +2) and subtraction problems (-0, -1, -2).

During our math routine, we have been hard at work practicing with our 120 number grid, money flip chart, number path, and secret code cards. This routine involves a series of math activities that we will continue building on each day for the rest of the year to strengthen our students’ flexibility with numbers.

Finally, thank you for helping your child complete the math homework that has come home almost every night. This important practice helps to reinforce what is taught in the classroom each day.