In this weeks free math worksheets, children will learn the **number bonds to 4**, how to write the number 4 in words, and other math skills involving the number 4.

These free number bond worksheets are for students learning Kindergarten or Grade 1 level math. They were designed for those even at a younger age than children typically at that level to be able to do, as my goal was to get maximum learning with minimal writing.

*To begin at the beginning of this series, go to the pre-lesson or the number zero.*

If you lost the letter tiles from the previous lessons, you can download them again here. Your child will need them to glue the letters that spell the number “FOUR” on the first page.

**Mental Math Option**

This week we will jump right into learning mental math. For those that have an iPad, you will need to download this app Abacus Adventure 1 – EverQuiz. It’s an abacus game that teaches mental math. It is about $2, but well worth it in my opinion. Since mental math classes are usually in the thousands of dollars, this was a well spent toonie for our family.

Hopefully your child has learned what zero, one, two & three look like on the abacus. If not, you might want to go over the mental math components of our previous lessons. I’m sure by now, it’s pretty obvious what 4 looks like on the abacus, remembering that each bead on the bottom has a value of 1. So 4 would then be the 4 bottom beads pushed up so that they are touching the middle beam.

So now to practice their knowledge, let them try out the Abacus Adventure 1 app. My suggestion for this week, is for you, the parent, to first complete “Basic of abacus (1)”. Then let them do “Addition Lv 1” (2). Then you also complete “Addition Lv 2” (3) for them. And then they will be able to do “Addition Lv 3” (4) and “Addition Lv 4” (5). They can go back and do previous levels at any time, but can’t advance until levels are unlocked. So in the future, when they find levels 2, 4 & 5 easy as pie, then I would let them go back and do #3, which is where they picture the abacus in their head to come up with the answer.

One part you might want to explain to them, which will be handy for level 5, is each column of beads represents the position or place value of the number. So for example, the number 24, they would put the column of beads that was in the ones position to number 4, and the column of beads that was in the tens position to the number 2. You don’t have to teach them place values just yet, simply showing them on the abacus of where to put 4 up and where to put 2 up should work just fine.

## Number Bonds to 4

One fun way my daughter enjoys practicing her number bonds, is by playing a card game very similar to Go-Fish. We call this game “4 Bonds”.

We take out all the Aces, 2’s, 3’s, 4’s and Jokers of a card deck. We want 4 wild cards, so either I take 2 other jokers from another deck, or I use the 2 extra junk cards that usually come with a deck, you know the ones that usually have some sort of advertising on it. I tell my daughter that we’re going to pretend that the Ace is the number one, and the wild cards will be zero.

Play the same way you would GO FISH. With just the two of us playing, I usually deal each of us 5 cards, and then an additional pile of 5 cards each for us to pick up when we have to GO FISH. My daughter needs to figure out which card she needs to make a pair of 4. So if she has a 4 for example, she will ask me for a Joker. If I have one, I will give it to her, if I don’t, I will say GO FISH and she will pick a card from her face down pile of 5. Then whether she got the card she needed or not, she has one chance to put one pair that equals to 4 down. She knows to put a pair down, she needs to say the math equation. For example: “Zero + Four = Four”. Then it’s my turn. If either of us runs out of cards in our hand, we then pick up the remaining cards in our own pick up pile. Once one of us has finished all our cards, the game ends, and the person with the most pairs wins. If there’s a tie, the person who ran out of cards first wins.

Come back next week for more free printables learning math skills with the number 5.

angie says

we are in kindergarten and learning our numbers and the concept of them and love your post here great work and ideas

come see us at http://shopannies.blogspot.com

Christie says

These are great! Thanks so much for linking up at the Totally Terrific Tuesday Link Party last week. Please come back again this week…we’d love to know what you’ve been up to. The party starts at 10pm. I hope to see you there!

Jill says

This looks like a fun way to learn about the number 4 for little ones!

Thank you for stopping by the Thoughtful Spot Weekly Blog Hop this week. We hope to see you drop by our neck of the woods next week!