Why I Created These Addition Strategies Worksheets
The short answer is I saw a need.
I had spent quite some time with my daughter mastering addition. She’s pretty good at it but there is one area in particular where I struggled to get her to naturally understand.
When doing mental addition, there are many ways to come up with the answer, but some ways are definitely more efficient and much faster than other ways. As a simple example, 4 + 25. When adding in one’s head, perhaps using fingers to help, adding 4 to 25 would be much faster (26, 27, 28, 29) than adding 25 to 4 (5, 6, 7, … 24, 25).
As I’m with my daughter most often during math, I often steer her towards a good strategy for the question. But I wanted her to be able to pick the best strategy herself. To do that I sat down and created some math curriculum that just needed to be made: Addition Strategies for Kids.
Here is a preview of some of the strategies taught:
Counting Up Strategy
Adding 9 Strategy
Adding 9 is another fun strategy that will be helpful for kids to know. Since different kids learn differently, I have 4 different methods for doing the Adding 9 strategy. Here is a preview of just one of them:
Adding 8 Strategy
The “Adding 8 Strategy” is taught 4 different ways as well. They will learn something from each method, but in the end they will choose whichever method they like best.
Learning doubles is an important one, because once you know the doubles, you’re able to use that knowledge as a basis for not only adding doubles but near doubles.
Doubles + / – 1 Strategy
Doubles Two Away Strategy
Friends of 10 / Number Bonds of 10
Knowing well, the numbers that add up to 10 is also a very important skill to know when doing addition. Learning the friends of 10 (or number bonds of 10) are also highlighted in this addition strategies for kids printable .pdf.
This 31 page .pdf of addition strategies worksheets is now available for $3.99 in my store.