Ms. Ericka’s 2nd Grade class has stepped into a new math program! The students have begun to learn different strategies and ways to solve problems. Number bonds is one of those strategies. Number bonds let children see the inverse relationship between addition and subtraction. Subtraction is not a totally different thing from addition; they are mirror images. The second graders of Ms. Ericka’s class practiced using number bonds with an activity titled, “My Name as a Number Bond”. Each student counted the letters of his or her first name and used that as one addend, then did the same thing for his or her last name and used that as the other addend. Then the students totaled up the number. This activity not only helped the students practice math, but it also allowed them to be creative and see how math can be personal, too!