Maybe you are a homeschool mama or a classroom teacher… Either way, do you ever get frustrated when you are trying to teach regrouping during an adding or subtracting lesson? It seems so difficult for a child to understand this. You may wonder…. how can I teach this differently to get them to understand it? Is it really that hard? The truth is, they could be lacking the number sense behind it or just developmentally not be ready to learn the regrouping way. Keep reading to learn the top 10 reasons why you should stop teaching regrouping.
Did your child do well at learning place value, or so you thought? Some kids can actually memorize place value, without really understanding the number sense behind it. I mean how hard is it to do this:
562 = ____ hundreds, _____ tens, _____ ones
Especially when they are all in order like that. That’s a whole other blog post for that matter.
Some students get to second grade and do not have enough number sense to be ready for addition of two or three digit numbers. Especially regrouping! Let me get this out there… MOST second graders are not ready for regrouping and cannot successfully do it while fully understanding it. From my experience, most children will memorize the steps to be successful at it and not really know what they are doing. I believe that’s why on the Common Core Standards it is not mentioned to teach the students the standard algorithm for adding and subtracting until the fourth grade. Yes, you heard me right. FOURTH GRADE, not first grade, not second grade, and not third grade. They are not developmentally ready for regrouping until fourth grade. Well, why are we teaching it this way then? As a classroom teacher, maybe you are worried about what the parents will think or how will they add three digit numbers on the BIG test. If you are a homeschool mama, maybe you learned it that way and the textbook is also showing it that way and you just don’t know any other ways to show them. Either way… it’s time to stop and try some other strategies.
Here are the top ten reasons why you should STOP doing it right now and wait until a later time to show them.
TOP TEN REASONS WHY YOU SHOULD STOP TEACHING REGROUPING AT AN EARLY AGE
- Your textbook you are teaching from doesn’t know everything, especially what your kiddos are ready for.
- Just because you taught this way for years, doesn’t mean you can’t try something new. Give it a chance.
- Your child or students in your class would understand numbers in a deeper way and excel in fourth grade when it was time to show them the standard algorithm, and most of all excel in math for life. That’s our goal, isn’t it. Just imagine if you got everyone in school on board with this approach. What would be the results?
- Those students who are behind in math will have a better chance of developing the number sense to succeed in math.
- Stop being so afraid of what the parents might think, and just do it. The parents will thank you later on.
- Students learn how to critically think in math at a younger age which helps in later years.
- Your little scholar(s) will begin to develop a love for math. A lot of students develop a hatred for math when they are lacking the number sense to be successful. Don’t let that happen to your child or students in your class.
- This will help them to learn how to solve real world problems in a deeper way and actually remember it for problems they face in life.
- For my classroom teachers: I’m fairly certain they can use scratch paper to work out the problems for those standardized tests. They don’t have to know it the standard algorithm way.
- I saved the best for last… THE KIDS! Do it for them. They will thank you. Well, they may not come out and say the actual words, but you will be helping them far more than they could ever realize.
Now, it’s time to take action. Even if your kids already know how to regroup, you can encourage them to try to solve the addition or subtraction problem in a different way. It’s never too late to build your child’s number sense. Get out a sheet of paper and write down some problems and see what they can come up with or you can also read my blog post, Addition Strategies without Regrouping! There is a free printable to help you and your child learn some of the different strategies. It will amaze you how their little brain thinks!
Please share how the “no regrouping” way is going with your children. I would love to hear from you. God bless! 🙂