Since we started homeschool, I have yet to enjoy the luxury of a designated “school room” in our home. This is rarely a problem…
But when I wanted a large number line for math work, an alternative to the “hundreds chart” that my little students use individually, I was stumped. Nobody would appreciate one in their bedroom and I wasn’t about to slap one up on the dining room walls!
The solution turned out to be easy and unexpectedly fun. I grabbed a stack of white printer paper and a magic marker and began outlining numbers. We laid our number line out on the floor and got down to the business of mathematics!
In their spare time the kids colored in the numbers until we had a unique, colorful number line that showed glimpses of their separate personalities from beginning to end!
Next time I’ll share some of the ways our kids–3,6 and 8–use this number line with their mathematics.