Trixie was 3 years and 4 months at the time that this video was made.

The Problem

Trixie knows that her school-age cousins get homework - worksheets with math problems. So Trixie wants "homework" also. Click here for a copy of her worksheet "homework."

What To Look For In This Video

• The worksheet provides the basis for a conversation. That conversation begins with the first problem. "There are 3 circles and 4 triangles. How many circles and triangles are there altogether?"
• Trixie clearly understands this Easy Addition problem. She easily counts the 3 circles and the 4 squares. More importantly, she now knows what it means to "count the circles and squares altogether."
• Given that Trixie already know how to model Easy Addition, I am using this worksheet to introduce equations as representatives of word problems. In this case, Trixie is introduced to the equation "3 + 4 = 7." And she is also learning that that equation is read "three plus four makes seven."
• A second purpose is to give Trixie practice with Easy Addition - through this kind of practice she will eventually begin to remember some simple combinations and discover other shortcuts.
• And a third purpose is to help her learn to write the numerals.