Math Naturals

Kindergartners can solve relatively complex addition and subtraction problems if allowed to use their intuitive grasp of approximate quantities.

By Emily Sohn, 00:00 AM June 1, 2007

It's probably an exaggeration to say that kids are natural math geniuses. But kindergartners can solve math problems with large numbers long before they officially learn how to add and subtract. By using their instincts to estimate values, researchers report, kids can avoid the confusion of exact calculations.

Psychologists from the University of Nottingham in England recently tested kids from a variety of backgrounds to make sure that wealth or level of education didn't get in the way of the...

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