Ask a Waldorf Teacher: Teaching Long Division

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Question from Earthschooling Member: Hi! I am working with my 11yo (12 yo in 4 weeks) on long division. She can do 3 or 4 digits divided by one digit and she can do some divided by 2 digits, but this is where we get the most hung up. She seems to have a hard time estimating to figure out what goes next. She is solid on the divide, multiply, subtract, bring down part. Any thoughts? – KP

Answer from Waldorf Teacher Diane Power: KP,  I would suggest working on estimating as askills class for a bit and let long division w/2 digits rest for amonth or so. You could play some estimating games with your daughter; use anumber line and determine what a given number is closer to (such as 17 is closer to 20 than 10); estimate how many 15s, 20s, 25s etc in a number.

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