Choosing the most appropriate NumberSense Workbook for a child
Children will benefit most from the NumberSense Mathematics Programme if they start with the workbook that matches their stage of number sense development. In that way they will be able to work confidently and independently through the workbook. The workbooks are developmental in nature. Each workbook builds on the concepts and skills developed in the previous workbook. To gain as much as possible from the workbook series, children should work through the materials in the sequence that they appear in the workbook.
To help you choose the NumberSense Workbook that is most appropriate for a particular child, three sample pages are available for each of the 26 workbooks in the series. These sample pages are available in all of the languages that the workbooks have been translated into. The purpose of these sample pages is to assist you in deciding on the first workbook that a child will start working in.
Using sample pages to choose the most appropriate workbook for a child
Use the NumberSense Workbook Grade level guide (above) to determine the ideal workbook for a child based on their grade and the time of the year. Then start with the sample pages from the workbook at least four workbooks before the ideal one.
- Let the child work through these pages by him/herself.
- If the child finds the activities on the pages too easy (and gets all the answers correct), repeat the exercise with the sample pages from the next workbook.
- If the child struggles with the pages then repeat the exercise with the sample pages from an earlier workbook in the series.
The best initial workbook for a child is the workbook before the one in which the child starts to struggle.
Having decided on an initial workbook for a child, let him/her work through that workbook and those that follow at a pace of at least one page per day.
The NumberSense Companion Workbooks are structured differently in that there is one book per year for each grade (Grade 4-7). As with the NumberSense Workbooks:
- There are no section headings
- Activities are not grouped by curriculum topic; instead, topics are visited and revisited throughout the year
For some activities the teacher will need to supply materials or have access to resources – it is important to plan each lesson (page/activity) well in advance. (See our NumberSense Companion Teacher Guides here for more detail).
Using the Workbooks
For a detailed discussion on using the Workbooks, go to the Workbook Notes. The NumberSense Workbooks assume differentiated\support and classroom organisation with focus groups and independent work (i.e. developmental grouping and children on different workbooks). The NumberSense Companion Workbooks do not assume differentiated support and some activities can be dealt with by means of whole-class teaching. The suggested implementation of the NumberSense and Companion Workbooks in an Intermediate Phase classroom situation could look like this:
- Week 1: Monday – Wednesday = NumberSense Workbook and Thursday – Friday = Companion Workbook
- Week 2: Monday – Thursday = NumberSense Workbook and Friday = Companion Workbook.