In first and second grade I taught my daughters math facts just like I learned them, when adding double digits, you just add the ones column and the tens column and that was it. Now my son is in second grade and math is not that simple anymore. It is all about how you got the answers, breaking them down into simpler addition problems to get the same answers. I struggled with this myself, so it took me a long time to figure out how to do math this way. After I figured it out, I was amazed on how easy it was. I didn’t have to teach him about carrying the one, it was broken down to the point where all he had to do was add the ones column and tens column and boom he got the answer.
So, to help with this method I made this template using two things, a white board and masking tape.
What tricks do you have to teach adding to your elementary school children? Let me know in the comments.