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Topic: Re: How teaching factors rather than multiplicand & multiplier
confuses kids!

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Robert Hansen

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Re: How teaching factors rather than multiplicand & multiplier confuses kids!
Posted: Nov 9, 2012 12:59 PM
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On Nov 9, 2012, at 12:50 PM, Joe Niederberger <niederberger@comcast.net> wrote:

> I agree with Clyde - children learn to count, and even to count perhaps in pure numbers. Its a game, with its own rhythm, like skipping rope. But expressions like "how many" beg for an object: "how many apples". Beginning arithmetic such as addition has always been greatly aided by grounding in real world objects. That's how children
> begin to understand expressions like 3 + 5; they relate it to a real-world situation, like "3 apples + 5 apples"

I repeat my question, now to all three of you. WHEN do these games stop and the math begins?

I can't make it any simpler than that.

Bob Hansen

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