Here are examples of what it looks like when people struggle with number sense.
Adding and subtracting. Imagine a pile of seven beads. Then take away two of them. People with poor number sense might not realize that:
Now imagine adding three beads to the pile. If someone struggles with number sense, they might not recognize that:
Multiplying and dividing. When people need to combine items from several groups, they might go through the trouble of adding them. They may not grasp that it’s simpler to multiply them.
Likewise, they might not recognize that division is the simplest way to break up groups into their component parts.
Not grasping these concepts makes learning math and using it in everyday life a challenge. Learn more about
math challenges in kids