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From: Owen <owenbprince@hotmail.com> To: Teacher2Teacher Public Discussion Date: 2007090411:54:43 Subject: Re: algebra why? you need to learn algebra because all math is algebra. All numbers are an algebra statement. The formula for a number is: Number = groups times units N = g x u To understand math a person must understand this basic formula (see dictionary). You must have both parts groups and units or you do not have a number. If this is explained to children in K4 years they will do well in all math. Gail said the following in her answer to your question. "The big ideas in number include the many meanings of numbers; systems of counting numbers (i.e., onetoone correspondence, increasing and decreasing by one more and less, skip counting); composing and decomposing numbers, place value relationships, and partwhole relationships." and "Children whose skills and strategies are based on understanding of fundamental mathematical concepts are more likely to retain and be able to expand their knowledge and understanding in later years." I agree with this. The meaning of a number is the most important thing for children to learn. If they know this then all other math is not as hard to understand. If you want to know more about this and how to teach this basic information you can find it on the "DotMath for kids" web site. You can find the dotmath site if you type in dotmath for kids into any search box.
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