This week the children have been playing games to strengthen fact power and to use that fact power to solve more difficult problems. The children learned the card game, “Fishing for Ten” to practice their facts that have a sum of 10. This game is very similar to “Go Fish”. If you have a regular deck of cards, use the aces as ones, take away the face cards and you are good to go. Challenge your child to a game! The young mathematicians have also learned to use what they know to solve more difficult problems For example, if I know that 2+3=5, then I also know that 20+30=50, and 200+300=500. Using what you know to solve what you don’t know is a strategy useful in so many ways. The children are also beginning to find sums with three addends! Your children continue to grow as they play games and use words to explain their thought processes! Bravo, first graders!