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Teachers' Lounge Discussion: Addition of two digit numbers

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From: Mary Cornell

To: Teacher2Teacher Public Discussion
Date: 2005061310:22:21
Subject: Simple Addition

What is so difficult about adding two numbers? If enough practice is given to children in adding two numbers, they will automatically learn to add longer numbers. We must remember that addition never goes higher than 9 + 9. Or is it possible that non-gifted children are being exposed to addition and subtraction before their brain is ready to accept the concept of addition? I'm a school volunteer, and I feel that normal children are being pushed too quickly to learn the concept of addition and subtraction. Also, they are being required to add longer numbers before they have learned their times tables. I've never been a math genius, but my son (38) still thanks me for making him learn his times tables, without which he would be unable to perform his trade.

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