Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Amazing Mental Math!

The children have been very excited to see each morning how many items have been donated to the food drive currently happening in the school. They are motivated by the promise of a pizza party for the class that donates the most.
This morning one child noticed that we had many cans brought in. There were 16 from yesterday on display in the hallway and another 26 that were donated today.
"There are now 42," he shared with me.
"How do you know that?" I asked him.
"Well, 6 plus 6 equals 12, and when I add that to the others, it comes to 42."
I was amazed at his ability to mentally add the ones column of the two digit numbers and then total the tens column for an accurate sum.

The 42 food items are now on display in front of our classroom. It's not too late to send in more - we are collecting until December 12. Thanks for your support!

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