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How would you explain it?

My 8 yr. old still not remembering the place value and writting the extended form.

Seems to get stuck once passes the hundreds.

How can I make it easy?

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Asked by Anonymous at 8:47 AM on Oct. 9, 2009 in School-Age Kids (5-8)

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  • I taught my son (let me see if I can explain it when I am typing) that it basically starts over after hundreds.

    Like it's ones, tens, hundreds, thousands, ten thousands, hundred thousands. So, I taught him that thousands is like ones but with 4 numbers, and so on, in terms of the order they come in. It's kind of hard for me to explain on here, it made sense to him when I explained it.

    Answer by tropicalmama at 8:55 AM on Oct. 9, 2009

  • Show him numbers that have just only go up to thousands. 6,297 8, 942 ....etc. Whatever numbers you pick but make sure there is a different number in each value area. Ask him what the number is. Then ask him what number is the tens, hundreds, and ones places. Then show him that because you say 6 THOUSAND, that the 6 is in the thousands place. Write it on notecards if you have to (1000 on each card) - so you need 6 of them. 100s on another card - so you need 2 of them, etc, and show him how you write it down to make it an addition problem.

    Answer by Anonymous at 11:14 AM on Oct. 9, 2009

  • Try making some place value cards...
    Type 1-9 in 25pt in word - one number per line
    then type 10-90, then 100-900, then 1000-9000
    You will have numbers for the ones, tens, thousands.... go as high as needed.
    Cut them out and try to keep the right side cut at an even space.
    Now, lay the cards out on the floor so the ones are on the left in descending order, then tens next to them, etc...
    Have your child sit with you behind the cards.
    Say "Let's make 4,892"
    Lay down the 4,000. Stack on top, lining up the right side, 800, 90 & 2.
    You should see the number 4,892.
    Now, pull the cards apart and show him the 4 is actually 4,000 etc...
    You can use this to help with expanded form, too. 4,000+800+90+2=4,892
    Hope this helps!

    Answer by mnrsmom900 at 10:59 AM on Oct. 12, 2009

  • Just remembered, I have a word file already made up to 900,000.
    PM me and I'll send it to you!

    Answer by mnrsmom900 at 11:02 AM on Oct. 12, 2009

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