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02/08/2017
Learning basic math operations is a necessity in this day and age, as they are present in almost every situation of day-to-day life. If you'd like to give your student a head start in this department, here are some tips on how you can teach them to subtract.

How to Teach a Young Student to Subtract

Make It Tangible

The easiest way for a child to learn to subtract is to use objects they can touch. Give them 5 pencils, count them aloud, and then take 2 away. They should count again to know how many were left. This will also help them get a clearer idea of what subtractions are.

Count Backwards

If you're teaching your child to subtract, this means that they already feel pretty comfortable with counting. You can then explain to them that subtracting requires them to count backward. You may even use a number line to make this easier.

Use Stories as Problems

Telling stories as math problems (for example: Danny had 6 toys, and loaned 3 to his brother) can make subtractions less intimidating and more interesting for your child. Come up with short stories that will motivate them to practice.

Employ Fact Families

If your child knows that 5 + 4 = 9, it will be easier for them to understand that 9 - 5 = 4. Teaching your child to subtract with the use of fact families will help them relate to skills they already dominate.

Move On Little By Little

Subtractions can get more complicated when they involve two digits or triple digits. To avoid overwhelming your child, ensure they master single digits subtractions before moving on.

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