# Beginning Addition Skills

The concept of teaching addition is typically taught in 1st grade.  However, pre-teaching this skill at home before then can give your child a leg-up in the classroom.  Addition is easily taught to children by using maniuplatives, something that the child can physically see or touch.  Another trick is to try and incorporate it into your everyday activities.

For example, if you are at the park you can count how many ducks are in the pond and then add how many ducks are out of the pond.  Similarly you could add leaves or rocks, or whatever else might be around.  At the grocery store, you could have your child add the number of bananas and apples that you bought all together.

At home, if it is meal or snack time, you could have your child count and add the different colors of cereal o’s they may be eating or add together the different colors of M & M’s.  You can even have them count the money that they have in their piggy bank.  Depending on the amount of money in their piggy bank, you may be able to use this activity to introduce larger numbers beyond  numbers 1-10 or 1-20.

After using manipulatives, it is important to transition into using worksheets similar to what they will see at school.  This will help them to translate the activities you have been doing at home to school.  Using the math worksheet wizard, you can print free worksheets from home.  You can print addition worksheets using pictures or numbers as well as being able to print add & match (draw a line to the matching answer) or add & write (add the numbers, write the answer) style worksheets.  In addition, this website has a variety of math printable for all elementary ages and a variety of math skills.

Once your child has mastered addition, the concepts of subtraction, multiplication, and even division become easier to learn.

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Article by Laura VanHellemont

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