Editor's note: This blog post was originally published March 18, 2014.
Subtraction can be a very tricky concept for young children to understand. Addition seems to come naturally to children, but subtraction is more abstract and confusing. It's very important for young learners to see the connection between addition and subtraction to have a real understanding of the concept. The video below details several strategies for parents to explore with their children when learning subtraction. These concepts are based more on number sense and place value than the traditional algorithm. Exploring di?erent strategies can really help students as young as those in ?rst grade to understand the subtraction process and not just memorize the steps.