This week we’re learning about the number six. The number bonds worksheets are focused on learning the **number bonds to 6**, writing the number “six” in words, reviewing previously learned equations and more.

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

My daughter was able to fly through the math questions on the 2nd page. When she was at 4 + 2, she got her fingers out to add them up. I drew her attention to the number pair images above which helped her quickly see that the answer was 6. When she got to the last 4 subtraction questions, I again drew her attention away from her hands to the “cheat sheet” above and showed her how she can use it to find the answer. I purposely put the number pairs above the questions for easy referral. I don’t think of it as cheating, I think of it as learning. The more time she spends studying it, the better in my opinion.

*If you need to reprint the letter tiles for your child to be able to glue the letters that spell SIX on the first page, you can download them again here.*

**Mental Math Option**

Using the free “Talking Abacus” app, make sure your child knows that a 6 is 5 + 1 on the abacus. Show them how they use their thumb to bring up a one bead at the same time as their index finger brings down a five bead. I would briefly show them a 7 (5+2), 8 (5+3) & 9 (5+4) as well.

Now using the Abacus Adventure 1 app, I would now let them try their hand at “Basic of abacus (1)”. Then let them go all the way to “Addition Lv5” (6). Even if they have done some of these levels previously, the practice is always good.

I would recommend sitting with them especially for #3 & #6, which is where they solve the math questions by trying to picture the abacus in their head. It might be tempting for them to switch to the regular left brain method of calculation, which is where we say the equation in our head or out loud before saying the answer. For example, we might say to ourselves: “Two plus two equals…..four”. It’s more auditory. We want them to try a more visual way. Ask them to try picturing the beads of the abacus in their head. They need to first imagine the abacus when it’s at the zero position. Then visualize themselves putting up two beads with their thumb, knowing how that looks, and then putting up two more beads. They can then say the answer that they “see”. Usually when my daughter or myself are doing calculations by visualization, our thumb and index finger naturally move as if we are calculating on the actual abacus.

This takes practice to train one’s brain to think this way, and it might feel very similar to stretching muscles that aren’t used to being stretched. It gets easier with time. I recommend letting them practice often, but only for a short amount each time.

### Number bonds of 6 Card Game

**Name:** 6 Bonds

**Cards:** All the Aces, 2’s, 3’s, 4’s, 5’s, 6’s and Jokers of a card deck. We need 4 wild cards, so get 2 jokers from another deck or use the 2 extra junk cards that usually come with many card decks. A total of 28 cards.

**Card Value’s:** An Ace is 1, wild cards are zero, and 2, 3, 4, 5 & 6 will be their own value. Suits are of no importance in this game.

**Deal:** For a 2 person game, deal each person 7 cards. The remaining 14 cards can be split so each person has another pile of 7 cards, face down.

**How To Play:** This game is very similar to GO FISH. You want to pair two cards whose sum is equal to 6. So if your child has a 2, but no 4, they should ask “Do you have a 4?” If you do, you give it to them, if not say GO FISH and your child will need to pick a card from their pile of 7. Whether or not, the card requested was received, before ending their turn, they have one chance to put down one pair of cards that equals to 6. To put a pair of cards down, one must say the math equation they are putting down, for example: “I am putting down a 2 and a 4, because 2 plus 4 equals 6.” If either players run out of cards in their hand, they then pick up the remaining cards in their own pick up pile. Once one player has finished all their cards (in hand & pick up pile), the game ends.

**Winner is:** 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 fun math printables of the number seven.

Christie says

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