- Many children in first grade can’t really understand reverse thinking. It is apparent to adults that 6 + 4 = 10 so 10 - 4 = 6. This reverse process isn’t clear to many first graders. That kind of thinking is a developmental step which some children haven’t reached by age six.
- Place value and symbols representing it are also difficult for many children. Some children with good language skills appear to understand place value only because they can parrot back the information. Those same children cannot apply that information to a differently worded problem.
- Fine motor skills also develop at different rates. We often do not realize how much effort a small child may put into copying numbers, or writing answers in the correct place. As adults we use writing as a tool. For some young children getting the numbers down on paper is a huge part of the problem.
Oh course there are many other reasons math class may be difficult for a child. Some of those reasons will be covered in future posts.