Gearing up for fall? Ready to tackle math? Want help? These free blackline math masters from Nova Scotia’s Department of Education and Early Childhood Development are a great find!

• Number charts.
• Multiplication charts.
• Base 10 foldables.
• Number lines.
• Calendars.
• Clocks.
• Fraction foldables.
• Various types of paper.
• Lots more!

The pages are available in MS Word and PDF formats.

You’ll find these tools particularly suited to students in the “manipulative mode” when it comes to math:

Have you ever seen an arithmetic workbook that uses pictures to illustrate combining a group of three and a group of two, then on the same page it has problems using the symbols 3 + 2 = 5? That’s two modes….

The secret is to begin the child’s arithmetic at a young age by using real objects. Then spend a year or two having the child do a lot of arithmetic in her head. And after she can do that well, you finally begin working with abstract symbols.

An Easy Start in Arithmetic by Ruth Beechick

In An Easy Start in Arithmetic, Dr. Beechick offers several ways to use a hundred chart (number chart above) — from easy to advanced. You’ll also find many other suggestions for using fraction, addition, multiplication, and other manipulatives to the best advantage, if you are short on ideas.

Sure, they need to understand the concepts behind the drill. But eventually, they do need to have those math facts down cold. Great find!

##### Free Resource

An Easy Start in Arithmetic by Ruth Beechick
Strongly recommend for the lower grades. So many real ideas for using math — and making it stick! Now bundled with A Strong Start in Language and A Home Start in Reading.

Making Wise Curriculum Purchases: Math

8 Ways to Supplement Your Math Program
Other ideas.

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All of our math-related resources.

The Arithmetic Primer by Frank H. Hall {Free eBook}
If you prefer something more structured, you might find this one helpful.

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