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Teachers' Lounge Discussion: Teaching basic addition and subtraction

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From: Suz Walker

To: Teacher2Teacher Public Discussion
Date: 2000070320:37:31
Subject: Re: Addition/Subtraction facts

Two points come to mind. First, I would not worry about math facts that are mastered if the porblem is only that he cannot write them down quickly. That is a developmental problem and will resolve itself as his fingers (really his fine motor control) continue to develop. If he can answer orally and understands and can visualize the combinations, speed of writing is a non-problem. If he is having trouble visualizing the combinations, try practicing with paper plates instead of regular flashcards occasionally. Arrange stick on dots in two different colors into tens frames. (They look like egg cartons--but with ten, not twelve.) For instance one frame may have nine green dots and another frame with three orange dots. I imagine your son will quickly be able to see why 9+3=12, since it visually "fills up" the ten frame with two left over. If he needs the kinesthetic, you can use the kinesthetic with a bigger set of tens frames and checkers or poker chips. Good luck, and feel free to write if this doesn't make sense. Suz

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