While Learning Mathematics, the worst thing that you can do for a child who struggles with addition is to work on addition!
If your student is struggling with math instruction, addition  or any math concept look deeper for the solution to the problem.
Every math subject requires understanding of at least two other concepts plus place value.
For math to make sense Group 3 Concepts + Place Value (PV). This is the wellrespected number sense approach to math. The key is meaningful practice that makes concepts crystal clear.
Addition doesn't make sense unless students:
Have Solid Counting Skills (addition is a fast way of counting)
Understand Number Magnitude or Size (adding two smaller numbers creates a bigger number of a specific size)
Place Value for multidigit addition
Addition practice that is meaningful and taught three ways  conceptually, numerically and with words
Multiplication doesn't make sense unless students:
Have Solid Addition Skills (multiplication is a fast way of adding)
Are Fluent Skip Counters (the reason why multiplying by 2, 5 and 10 is so easy)
Understand the role of place value in multiplication deeply
Practice multiplication problems that covers all ten multiplication concepts
The Math Makes Sense! approach
is supported by the most effective approach to teaching, the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) Curriculum Focal Points. Most students receive math education that is defined as "a mile wide and an inch deep." Math that makes sense goes into each subject in greater depth with deeper meaning.
Number sense gives meaning to math. Deep number sense is the reason why all people who love math enjoy it. They have an insightful understanding of the value of numbers. If you lack number sense then math is often a confusing set of memorized facts and vague procedures.
Math Makes Sense!
* no frustration  frustration shuts down the brain's motivational system.
* no anxiety  anxiety turns off the brain's memory system.
* meaningful, varied practice  practice that makes sense and is never boring.
* visual, numeric and conceptual math instruction combined  kids learn math best in different ways.
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