# Blog

Place value (the value indicated by where a digit is in a multi-digit number, e.g.: units, tens, hundreds) is one of the keystone concepts in children’s math education. An understanding of place value is necessary for carrying out operations like addition and subtraction with numbers that exceed a single digit. For decades, educators have based their math curricula on the idea that place value is too difficult for most preschoolers to understand.

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Researchers at the University of Illinois have made a discovery that may seriously shape how educators approach early math. In a study published in Cognition, psychology professor Daniel Hyde tested a group of first graders’ basic intuitions about numbers.

The results of his study indicated kids who were routinely exposed to groups of items of different quantities and asked to use approximation to predict which group was bigger or smaller performed significantly better on a math test administered shortly afterwards than children who did not participate in an approximation exercise.

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Puzzles, games, friendly competition, and collaboration… get your students to dive right in with these hands-on activities.  It’s one of our favourite ways to engage and have fun with math!

Math is often a subject that is maligned by older grades (and adults!).  In these early years, you have a great opportunity to help your students develop positive attitudes towards math. Activities like these are a great way for your students to experience math in a really fun way, where there is a low cost to failure and a really low barrier to entry.

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How important is parental support in children's math development? Sylvia Tobin, a Kindergarten teacher with 28 years of experience, gives us the low-down on how to set kids up for a lifetime of success in math.

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There are so many great ways you can show your class how much fun math can be. Getting your students involved in hands-on activities with their classmates is one of our favorite ways!

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It’s no secret that success in math is a good predictor of success at life. In education and policy news these days, it seems like science, technology, engineering, and mathematics — the so-called STEM fields — dominates the discussion. Yep, as a society, we’ve all grasped on to the fact that math skills are vitally important to the types of stable, high-earning careers as can be found in the modern economy.

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The US knows math is important. In fact, according to PayScale, all the top-paying bachelor degrees require math. Math is also key to innovation and economic growth - and that’s important to everyone.

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