Every Wednesday during math tiles learners have the opportunity to work on math problems at their own pace and level. Each math activity has 20 different task cards that increase with difficulty as the learners work through them, so they get a lot of practice to master a skill. The learners work with ten number tiles (0-9) on a card. Since they are only able to use each tile once on the board, they need to manipulate different scenarios for the equations to be completed correctly on the task card (it’s a little like the game of Sudoku). The challenges get progressively harder at each activity level, which builds higher level thinking skills, sharpens their reasoning and numeracy skills, and even introduces early algebraic thinking. The children need to probe and experiment to find answers that are not readily apparent and they learn to persevere with numbers. Some of the task activity sets relate to counting, number recognition, 1:1 correspondence, counting two groups of objects and seeing the plus sign along with pictorial objects, forming addition and subtraction facts where sums or differences are given, forming balanced equations involving addition on each side of the equation, completing patterns of skip counting by 2s, 5s and 10s, understanding fact families, looking at early concepts of multiplication and a lot more. Many of the learners view math tiles as a personal game and don’t even realize they are gaining valuable math skills. We have seen amazing growth in their numeracy skills since the beginning of the school year. Thanks to our wonderful parent volunteers, learners get a lot of personal attention as the parents help the children work through the problems and check their work to see if their answers are correct. Enjoy the attached photos from math tiles!