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    • Mostly we look for patterns at first, what all the numbers in a row or column have in common. Then we might try to find where a certain number belongs, looking for clues in all directions around it. I also use it as a more tactile 100 board so you can see patterns for finding multiples, primes, etc. But my preschooler isn’t there yet. 😉

    • I’m happy to see amacbean16 talk about looking at the pattern of numbers in all directions. Place value is tricky. To the left of the decimal the place values are from least to greatest starting from right to left. Counter the direction we read. Yet we write numbers in increasing value from left to right. Our brains have to learn to put so many actions into place to comprehend numbers above 10. Math is complicated and it takes daily practice, and exposure. There are no shortcuts.