# Number Problem Solving

Children with good number sense enjoy playing with and exploring numbers and number relationships.As a result of these strategies, they can often find the most efficient solution to the problem.Often, children with poor number sense prefer to use pen and paper rather than working things out in their heads.

I asked her why she was doing it that way around and her reply was, You have to admire her logic — if nothing else!

Children with poor number sense don’t enjoy maths and won’t spend time being creative with and exploring numbers.

It helps children understand what numbers mean, improving their performance of mental mathematics, and giving them the tools to look at maths in the outside world and make comparisons.

Children develop number sense gradually over time and at different rates through exploring numbers, visualising them in a variety of contexts, and relating them in ways that are not limited by formal written methods.

First, circle what you are looking for— the smaller number.

If one number is three times as large as another number and the smaller number is increased by 19, the result is 6 less than twice the larger number. First, circle what you must find— the larger number.

So, what is number sense and why it is important for learners to develop this skill?

The construct of number sense refers to a child’s fluidity and flexibility with numbers.

So, if one animal approached a couple of hunters, they saw this as an opportunity for a meal.

However, if 10 animals approached them, they ran, or they became the meal!