Fingers are one of the most helpful tools for children in learning mathematical concepts. This is partly due to their availability; it allows children to establish one to one correspondences, or it helps to lessen the memory load of a problem thanks to having physical representations of quantities. It can even help make instantly perceive […]

Jan 17

Jan 16
In this post, we’re going to explain what adding with an unknown quantity is and why it’s taught during the first years of Elementary school. Some people think it’s strange that children are taught such an important variable, like an unknown quantity, in addition problems shortly after the children have just started to get used […]

Jan 13
In this post we are going to learn a strategy for mental calculation which we can use when one of the two numbers is near a multiple of ten. We round the number up to that nearest multiple of ten, and then we add or subtract the digits that are left. We’re going to take […]

Erinn Sluka’s son is in 3rd grade and does well in math but like any student he could always use some extra math practice. (At Smartick we’re all about the math practice!) Erinn recently signed her son up for Smartick and wrote a blog post about the experience for her site “Parenting Healthy”. In addition […]

Jan 11
In this post, we are going to see how to subtract fractions, but for that, you first have to know what the denominator and numerator of a fraction are. The numerator is the number that is written on top of the fraction and the denominator is the number written on the bottom of the fraction. […]