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Tips on Teaching Place Value

An analysis of representative literature concerns the ineffective learning, which is widely recognized. Most children are demonstrating a significant lack of getting the concept of place-value among various arithmetic teachers and researchers. It is not sufficient that one is capable of using place value in writing numbers and performing calculations and also describing the process of calculation.

There are various aspects used in teaching place value to help one in understanding place value. It is often two of the methods that are stressed or taught. The other multiple aspects are ignored, and yet one of them is very necessary for the understanding of children’s place value. 

1.    Learning number names

Learning number names and their various initials is an important process. Most learners are being provided with numbers to help them in counting quantities, developing the facility, and familiarity with numbers. Practicing numbers does not only involve reading them but also writing them. This is not happening about rules which are affecting place value. 

2.    Developing Familiarity

Familiarity is usually acquired through practice with various groupings and physical counting by groups. When appropriate, consider writing and reading group numbers. This should not be done using the concept of place value. It should be done by referring to the numbers that were written before. Practice with counting and grouping should be including grouping using tens. 

3.    Specifics about representations

Representations and details are done in the form of columns. Aspects 1, 2, and three will be requiring drill, repetitive practice, and demonstration. Aspects 4 and five will be involving reason and understanding with enough practice and demonstration to help in assimilating it. Besides, it will be helping children in remembering the overall logic using reflection instead of logical steps.

Specific Logical Steps

1.    Number Facility, Practice
The common familiar one is the one having numbers and what they are representing. This is the easiest way. It is important that pupils get to learn on counting and identifying the number of things in a group either by patterns or counting. 

2.    Simple Subtraction and Addition
Addition and subtraction are regarding quantities children are capable of adding and subtracting simply by counting together. For instance, children can be learning to play using two dice and end up adding up the quantities. It is first done by counting the dots and later by recalling the combination of dots. 

3.    Groups
Counting the large number of items one at a time is a tedious process. Therefore, counting using groups is very helpful. Students have to be rehearsed and taught on how to count this way. Besides, there will be the need of telling them that it is a more natural and faster way of calculating large quantities. 

Still needing help? Watch this quick video from Homeschool Pop that outlines Place Value!

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