It does, to a certain extend. The hope is that they have such a strong foundation in each skill, they are ready to build on it at the next level. We had place value trouble with our kids doing it at the beginning of a year, but not touching it again. It wasn't incorporated and mastered the way it should have been, which created problems when we got to harder topics (like long division) and the didn't know what each place actually meant. I hope Common Core is a good fix for that! (Or at least a starting point!)
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