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How to Teach Number Sense? What is it exactly Anyway?

Young math students need to develop number sense

What is number sense? 

Number sense is an emerging construct that refers to a child’s fluidity and flexibility with numbers and what numbers mean as well as an ability to perform mental mathematics and to look at the world and make comparisons.  It can include:

  1. An awareness of the relationship between number and quantity
  2. An understanding of number symbols, vocabulary and meaning
  3. The ability to engage in systematic counting, including notions of cardinality and ordinality
  4. An awareness of magnitude and comparisons between different magnitudes
  5. An understanding of different representations of number
  6. Competence with simple mathematical operations
  7. An awareness of number patterns including recognising missing numbers.

Strategies to develop number sense include lots of counting games and oral drills that allow students to express their understanding of these growing concepts. The best number sense activites include concrete, representational and abstract demonstrations of the math principles.  

How Professor B Math excels in developing Number Sense in early math students.  Professor B Math program develops strong number sense, including place value and visual-spatial skills.  Using the charts which come with Book One will create amazing mental math calculation strategies and equip very young students to understand very large numbers with a sense of real-world quantity and meaning.  This program also introduces addition and subtraction as connected and related functions, not isolating each one as separate ideas.  

Professor B does not rely on rote memorization of steps.  Instead, your student will have multiple strategies for discovering answers to math problems.