Many of you are using Number Talks, Ten Frames, Rekenreks, and other tools and strategies to help your children to subitize. Subitizing is the ability to tell the number of objects in a set, quickly, without counting. Subitizing helps student to develop a better number sense. It’s important for them to develop a good number and flexibility with numbers so they will find mental computations easier. For example, if a child is able to visualize what 3 looks like, either with a ten frame or a rekenrek, then that child also “sees” that 7 more are needed to make ten. They “see” this because they are able to “see” in their mind’s eye that there are 2 and 5 more that are needed.
Being fluent in their sums of ten is critical because we are typically dealing with a base-ten number system. Playing SUM OF WHICH gives a player time to think about how to make in a variety of ways. Allowing use of a ten-frame(s) and counters can be helpful when playing SUM OF WHICH is TEN and SUM OF WHICH is TWENTY. Base Ten Blocks are very helpful to a child playing SUM OF WHICH is 100. The Rekenrek is great for all three of the previously mentioned. When players are playing SUM OF WHICH is ONE with the fractions, I encourage use of the templates that come filled with the tiles for the game. Cut them into 2 by 8 arrays so players can use them much the same way as they used the ten-frames. However, now one cell is 1/16 of the whole. Two cells make 1/8 of the whole. Four cells are equivalent to ¼ of the whole and 8 make ½ of the whole. Bar models can also be used when playing SUM OF WHICH is ONE. It’s amazing at how good players get at estimating the sums of the fractions after playing SUM OF WHICH is ONE.
During the month of February, I want to make “SWEET DEALS” with you. The Primary and Upper Elementary Bundles are on sale. I am also introducing the “Big Bundle” at a reduced price. Finally, I am offering a reduced price when you buy two copies of SUM OF WHICH. Go to sumofwhich.com and check out the savings. SMART Notebook files are also now available for all SUM OF WHICH games with a reduced price when getting more than one version. They are a great way to teach the game or use as an electronic math station.
Be sure to think ahead. What will you do to celebrate the hundredth day of school? Playing SUM OF WHICH is 100 is a wonderful idea. Pi Day Tournaments playing SUM OF WHICH are also a great hit with children. Contact me if you are interested in more information.
Happy New Year! I hope this message finds you enjoying good health and happiness. January 1, 2018 QT3.14 LLC, maker of SUM OF WHICH celebrated one year in business. I am so excited to know that SUM OF WHICH is already in 16 countries and 39 US states.
When the new year rolls in, many people make their New Year’s Resolution. I am making a New Year’s Goal. By the time 2019 closes in on us, I aim to have SUM OF WHICH in at least 10,000 schools and 10,000 homes. So, I need your help. Seeing as you have purchased SUM OF WHICH, I am assuming you have either played the game yourself or heard from the lucky person you gifted it to just how much fun it is, in addition to the educational benefit. Prior to the days of internet, television, and even radio, word of mouth was the way to spread the news of something good. Today I am reaching out to you to help me spread the word. As a way of saying thank you, I will give you $1.00 off for each game purchased as a result of your referral. That means if 25 of your friends or colleagues buy a game, you get a free SUM OF WHICH Sr or you can continue to bank the credits and get a bundle or multiple games. You just pay the shipping. Get a school to buy several for the teachers in the school and you get credit for each one they buy. Everyone wins!
Now, to make this an even sweeter deal, I will give you a code to give to your friends. If they use the code NLJ18, they will get 10% off their order as well. Give them the website address https://www.sumofwhich.com and don’t forget to tell them to tell me you referred them. They can enter this information in the comments box when they check out.
Let me make this deal even sweeter. For every 1000 games sold, I will draw a name from all referrals and that person will receive a classroom set of SUM OF WHICH! You can keep it for yourself or gift it to a classroom.
Are you with me? Will you help me to get SUM OF WHICH into 10,000 homes and 10,000 schools? Start sharing today. Your friends get a discount, you get credit towards another game and you are entered into a drawing for a classroom set as many as ten times!
Please, set, start sharing. I appreciate your support.
Have a wonderful 2018.
As I look forward to this school year, I see two days fast approaching. The hundredth day of school will soon be here. SUM OF WHICH is 100 is a great game to play on that day. Get your school together and organize a school tournament. Place 4 students to a game board and have them play SUM OF WHICH is 100. Take the top four players at the close of 30 minutes and have those players play SO YOU THINK YOU CAN ADD using the 100 tiles. Crown the winner as the HUNDRED DAY CHAMP and the other three as the HUNDRED DAY RUNNERS UP. Of course, you know that in truth, all the students are winners. During that 30-minute “fun”, they were actually all practicing their math skills.
The next day on my radar is Pi Day, March 14th. Last year I was lucky enough to be in a school where we had a Pi Day SUM OF WHICH tournament. The tournament ran much like that described above, only we had two heats! It was so exciting for me to see more than 500 students play SUM OF WHICH and get excited about mathematics. Fortunately, I will once again return to the school this year when they host the second Pi Day SUM OF WHICH Tournament. It’s not too late for your school to host a tournament as well. If you are interested, contact me! You could bring this fun to your school.
Looking forward is exciting for me, but as I look back in recent past I find information you may not know as well. Have you been looking for the SMART Notebook files for SUM OF WHICH is TWENTY, SUM OF WHICH is 100, SUM OF WHICH is ONE or SUM OF WHICH Integers? Well, they are now available as are the Primary and Upper Elementary Bundles of the SMART files. You can find them in the store under the “electronic versions” tab.
Speaking of tabs, there is a new tab in the store as well. This is the “FREEBIES” tab. Right now there is a Power Point file called “Target”. I created this file as a game that teachers may wish to use to have players practice finding the missing addend in sums of ten. It is a great warm up for SUM OF WHICH. You can download this file for FREE. Yes, this is my new mission. In addition to giving money to Donors Choose, I am going to post free items to the FREEBIES part of the web page. My goal is to give you something at least once a month. You can download it and use it or download it and share it with others. Better yet, tell your friends about sumofwhich.com and get them to sign up for the newsletter as well so they will know when the next FREEBIE is available.
I am also toying with the idea of a monthly live feed. During each live feed I will share with you a teaching strategy that you may want to use in your classroom. I want to be sure it is scheduled at a time when YOU could attend. So, if this is something you might be interested in attending, please leave me a comment below and let me know when (days and times) might be best for you each month. Of course, the feed would be available to watch afterwards, but the interaction would not be available so I want to be sure I plan for a time when you could easily attend.
That’s all for now. Thank you for your support and all you do.
I have been an educator for more than 20 years. I firmly believe that students must UNDERSTAND, not memorize.