Number Sense is the ability to understand, relate and connect numbers. A strong number sense promotes flexible thinking about numbers and builds confidence and fluency. Number sense is often inhibited by over-emphasis on the memorization of math facts. The more we emphasize memorization to students, the less willing they become to think about numbers and their relations and to use and develop number sense. Number sense creates an incredibly strong foundation for computing and solving more complex math problems.
Parents, teachers, friends, and all members of a learner’s community can have an impact on a learner’s attitude, participation, and achievement. Helping entire communities to understand the value of understanding numbers and how they interrelate can help all learners achieve in math.
Our PrimeSense system exposes the prime factors of numbers to help learners understand how numbers relate and connect, as well as help them discover the natural patterns of math. At Intellivance we use visual illustrations, exercised in physical, digital, and musical play. This provides social enjoyment while exercising learners number sense capabilities.