Tapping Out Numbers
The act of tapping out numbers can help kids connect symbols to actual amounts, and “feel” the value. This is especially useful for working with multiples.
For instance, the teacher might ask students to list multiples of 4. They begin tapping sets of 4, counting as they go. Every fourth number gets a louder tap and is written down. (“1, 2, 3, 4! 5, 6, 7, 8! 9, 10, 11, 12!”) In the end, students have a list they can use to answer multiplication and division problems.