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Your third grader and math

Facts, facts, and more facts! In addition to drilling those times tables, third graders focus on math facts rather than fancy ideas.

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What math concepts will your third grader learn?

"Every math concept your child is introduced to will form the basis for all future math studies," says Linda Eisinger, the 2005 Missouri Teacher of the Year.

Third graders move from addition and subtraction to multiplication and division. At this stage, teachers will introduce the concepts behind those math operations using pictures and objects.

Because many kids at this age have a keen interest in how things are put together, your child may develop an interest in rules and logic. As a whole, third graders tend to be full of enthusiasm but lack patience: They may give up easily on more difficult assignments but respond well when a project is broken down into smaller, more manageable chunks. While they may need help from the teacher on getting organized and tackling challenges, they can be productive in small groups.

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