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Nothing Replaces A Solid Education Foundation

For every skill and concept that a child is asked to master, it should be assessed whether the child can do the basics needed to be successful. Many times people confuse the repeating of memorized facts for actual understanding. For example, a child may be able to repeat that the answer to 2 + 2 is 4 or 5 + 5 equals 10. Yet, this same child has difficulty when asked to add 3 +8 or 13 +9. The problem is the student has been drilled on addition facts but has not been provided ample number sense preparation. The child does not understand one-to-one correspondence and/or grouping. Thus, the student would not understand that the numbers 9 and 13 represent two groups containing 9 individual units in one and 13 individual units in the other. This lack of basic understanding would make it difficult for the child to understand the concept of regrouping necessary to carry the ones into the tens column.

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