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Topic: At what age are children taught these terms?
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kalanamak

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At what age are children taught these terms?
Posted: Nov 13, 2004 10:31 PM
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When I sat down to read about young children learning math, I first cast
my mind back to what I could immediately remember of that age. The three
words commutative, associative, and distributive popped up in my head,
although I couldn't state what they meant. I don't recall the age I was
taught them, but it was probably 8 or 10 (age nine I was traveling and
had only a little public school in Canberra, where we constructed
geometrical shapes out of paper, and learned some rules about area,
etc).
Are children still taught the terms for these properties, or just the
properties? The text I'm reading doesn't specifically say to use the
words, and actually translates the definition into "kid's language", and
gives examples like clothespins clamped onto a coathanger, which one
whirls 180 degrees to show there is still the same amount.
Does anyone have any special techniques for making these words more
likely to be retained by children?
TIA
blacksalt

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