# Lovin on Maths(Pt 2):Ten Frames Intro

Following the last post (Lovin on Maths), the next series of posts will cover some simple ways to both play with math and teach math. I am hoping people who haven’t discovered the joy of maths will find something to dig into. And, if you do already love math, I hope to provide language and games to play- to spread the love.

Ten is the beginning of it all- well, in our number system- it is the beginning of it all.

As you may or may not be well aware, we work in a Base 10 number system. We use ten different digits to represent numbers, and each position has its place value determined by powers of ten. Bases are actually a really fun thing to play with- but we won’t go there just yet. *(We can work in Base 5, for example, where the number 123 would represent 38 in Base 10, 1 group of 5², 2 groups of 5¹, 3 groups of 5⁰.)*

Let’s start with an agreement that 10 is a really valuable number to know, to understand, to mess around with, to be creative with.

The image above is a “Ten Frame”. If you are just learning to find joy in math or if you are teaching joy in math at any level, ten frames are a great place to start.

# Ten Frame Introduction

### Today, we are going to understand the basics, understand the fun of ten frames.

If we look at any particular ten frame, there are so many ways to play with it. Here is the opening ten frame again:

### What do you see?

You might see:

### How about this one- what do you see?

Maybe you see:

### What do you see in this Ten Frame?

Maybe:

### How about this one?

## It’s not just me. These are kind of fun, right?

The beginning of understanding math is understanding ten- the elegance of ten, the fun of ten, the creativity of playing with ten.

This comfort with ten- fun with ten- will take you far. Let’s start with just getting really good at seeing ten, knowing ten, recognizing all of the fun parts of ten.

Next week’s post will work on teaching with Ten Frames. If you REALLY want to start teaching with them now- start with the basic set.

Linked here is the Set of Starting Basic Ten Frames.

If you just can’t get enough, linked here are a few More Ten Frames to be creative with.

Play, and we’ll talk again next week.