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Is it normal for a child to strongly prefer addition to subtraction?

My six-year-old daughter enjoys addition but not subtraction. When we walk together, I like to give her some "mental mathematics" questions, such as "What is 13 plus 33" and she ...
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Why do so many children's book confuse discs with circles? [duplicate]

The difference between a disc (disk) and a circle is crystal clear to me: However, in many children's books, a disc is usually called a circle: Why do many children's book confuse discs with circles?...
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What is a good math "curriculum" for a mathematically precocious 4-year old?

I am parent to a 4-year-old son who is mathematically precocious. An example of what I mean (since I'm sure guys like Gauss were proving theorems at 4): He multiplies and divides small numbers easily,...
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Children's counting problems: Is this question phrased correctly?

Look at the following example: Which picture has four apples? A B C D B is the expected answer but should not the correct answer be BCD? Technically if a set has exactly $m$ elements, then it ...
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Can I motivate kids to do math by giving them candies? [closed]

I am talking about literally asking for kids' time/attention by offering them candies: not giving them tasks about summing real candies, etc. I try to teach math from time to time to my relatives of ...
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How to answer a three-year-old the question "Why is $2+6$ the same as $4+4$"?

I am teaching my daughter, who is currently about $46$ months old, additions. She is very curious and asks a lot of good questions. For example, when I told her that $2+6=8$ and $4+4=8$, she asked me ...
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Teaching a child time and hours in a digital world

My child, now four (soon five) years old, is interested in time, knowing what time it is and how long until something happens. We do not, at the moment, have analog clocks and a digital clock is not ...
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Teaching three-year-old subtraction using the number line

I am aware of questions such as this one. On the other hand, I still believe that teaching a bright three year old subtraction is possible. He counts from $0$ to $100$ and backwards from $10$ to $-10$,...
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The concept of infinity for a 5 year old

My son, who just turned 5, has been interested in the concept of infinity since long. He asks me a lot of questions regarding infinity. For example, not accepting my infinity + any number = infinity, ...
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Are kindergartners supposed to be steered from squares being rectangles?

Question 1: What are the literature, status, debates, references, etc regarding this matter please? Apparently, some (woohoo weasel words!) consider that squares are rectangles too advanced a topic ...
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In what curricula are "rectangles" defined so as to exclude squares?

Most contemporary curricula define the word "rectangle" inclusively, so that all squares are automatically rectangles. Are there curricula in which this convention is not followed? That is,...
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What's the word for addition and subtraction without borrowing or carrying over?

Is it regrouping? Upon googling it seems regrouping is borrowing or carrying over collectively. What's the word for not borrowing and carrying over? It's supposedly to train mental computation. ...
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Teaching arithmetic operations ($+ - \times \div$) to a 3 year old

What is the best way to teach the standard arithmetic operations ($+ - \times \div$) to a 3 year old child? Also: How we do know if the child has really understood it? can a kid be 3 years old ...
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Are there any video games/app to teach children at age 3-4-5?

This question is related to https://math.stackexchange.com/questions/476471/teaching-a-4-year-old-maths My 3 years old seems interested in math (remembering numbers, counting stuff and more). I want ...
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Learning counting and addition: fingers or in their head?

My kids Cindy (5 1/2, in Kindergarden) and Jamie (4, in pre-K) are taking some math enrichment classes. I have been telling and teaching them to count items and do single-digit arithmetic in their ...
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Fun games for children [closed]

I'm looking for fun games for children (from 4 to 12 years) used in learning math concepts. They can be offline or online games.
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Mathematical problems for preschoolers

What are some mathematical problems that are feasible for preschool children to stimulate their intellectual development? There are multiple natural laws that are not apparent to them, for example: ...
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