You've come across this ... children can do calculations – the mechanical aspect – but put the problem into a written context and you will frequently hear, ‘Is it an add or a take away?'
Using a gradual and structured approach, this makes makes a traditionally difficult aspect of mathematics much more accessible and comprehensible.
Word Problems: The Language of Maths
The importance of language in mathematics is well recognised. The aim in this book is to present children with step-by-step approaches to problems in order to help with the solution is effectively achieved. The activities are well presented in a photocopiable, wire bound volume with photocopy-friendly design and printing. The processes of addition, subtraction and multiplication are covered and carefully prepared word lists are included. The volume will appeal to children with difficulties in mathematics.