
At what age are children taught these terms?
Posted:
Nov 13, 2004 10:31 PM


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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