Parent Maths Tips #5: Breaking Down Numbers

Oct 8, 2023

Today’s parent maths tip for practising maths with your child focuses on breaking down numbers.

Counting on fingers is usually done because the child has not yet demonstrated strategies for counting other than counting by ones. Adding “8 + 6” or “12 + 9” takes a long time when counting by ones. If your child learns to break large numbers down into smaller numbers, the process can become easier. For example, “8 + 6” can be seen as

“8 + 2” (numbers that make ten) + 4 = “10” + 4 = 14.

Also, “12 + 9” can become “9 + 1” (numbers that make ten) + 11. Or it could become “12 + 8 + 1”. Breaking it down either way will be equal to 21.

Download the activity here to practise breaking down numbers with your child.

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