# Teaching Kindergarten Math : How to Teach Kids Subtraction with Circles

We just showed you how to make a dots worksheet

for addition and you can also use household objects just like with counting to teach addition,

you can take products our of the refrigerator, their toys, have them add if I had this many

eggs and this many eggs, how many all together? If I had 3 teddy bears and I add 1 more teddy

bear and you can do that all throughout your household. But once they’ve learned addition

for about a couple weeks, you could start to introduce subtraction if you think they

have the concept clearly down of addition. And again for subtraction, you can start with

a very basic dots worksheet. Now instead of dots, we’re going to draw circles because

you’ll see it’s a little better to make them a little bigger. But it’s the same basic idea.

Now first teach them that the minus sign means we’re taking something away. Teach them the

first number is how many we have. This means we’re taking away the next number from how

many we have. So we have 4 and we’re taking away 3. That’s why children learn the word

take away rather than subtract for a long time, they’ll use that word instead because

it makes concrete sense to them. Of course this means what we will have, what we will

get. This is what you get when you do this. For 4, I have them draw 4 circles. Now instead

of drawing circles over the 3, because it’s take away, we’re going to show how many of

these circles we get rid of. So we’re going to x out 1, 2, 3 and have them count out in

the beginning. How many are left? We get 1 when we do this. Again, draw 6 and then don’t

draw anything for 1, instead, how many do we take away? One. Count how many are left

with your pencil tip 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and continue that way. Remember you can make as many of

these as you can. You can make them quickly. You can photo copy them or you can just keep

making fresh ones to give them the ideas so they can keep getting new problems.

my kid decided she wanted to start subtracting her food. thats the best house hold item for subtracting.

finally i can do math! =D

@Distinctforever never forgett, once you didn´t know too. And if your child doesn´t understand, would you call your own child stupid?! I hope not^^

4 oranges 3 dissapear, how many left? way better this way

this even helps me a lot! By the way, I use these videos for home school, it's excellent

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for young kids I'd buy a bunch of different things at the dollar store and place five items on the table and have them take away the amount(s). I would have them learn all the take aways…

5-1

5-2

5-3

5-4

5-5

so they learn all the take aways for that number. it will take a little longer but I think it will help.

0-0=0

0-1= -1 or 0

0-2= -2 or 0

so forth…so they can see that -1 is the same as zero.

And when a kid says " zero minus 10 trillion!" will be the same as zero or -10 trillion.and when the child says that, then I know they understand how zero works.

@jinkss111 Who taught you that -1 and 0 are the same? A negative number is less than zero. Zero is neither positive or negative. It is the absence of value. For you to say that -1 = 0 is false! 0-1 does not equal 0, it's -1 and only -1. You can't take 1 away from nothing and still have nothing. I hope that you are not teaching your children this principle, or they are going to have problems once they get start basic maths.

Thanks it's very nice…

this helps so much! i'm tutoring someone tomorrow, and this is a great way to help start teaching her the basics.

What about big numbers for example 20-11=???

Will they still draw a circle is there any easier way instead of drawing please?

As this idea with big numbers will take long time to get the answer.

I have to tutor my little brother everyday bcuz parents are at work and I have no experience teaching/tutoring and this is VERY helpful! Thank you! 🙂

very helpful 🙂

but it is very short he is showing only 3 problems

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wonderful.!

Yes awesome!!! For my autistic daughter this will make sense. 🙂

Thank I have to homeschool my baby sister and this works so well

You live in the US, teach them to count bullets.

this is very very eazy

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To easy for me

I am a fast learner and even I am a kid I know it

4 – 3= 1 easy

6-1=5 easy

5-2=3 easy

Macke

Make it harder!

9 – 1 = 8

10 – 1 =9

1 – 1 = 0

20 – 1 =19

30 – 1 =29

100 – 1 =99

99 – 1 =98

200 – 1 =199

500 – 1 =499

800 – 1 = 799

1000 – 1 = 999

10000 – 1 =9999

100000 – 1=99999

10000000 – 1 = 99999999

it 4

To easy to me to do it bit my Sister can pass adition

1-1=0😂😂😂😂

Dislike for what? Could these be adults making dislikes?

Super way to teach kids. As for bigger numbers there will be other methods to teach kids.

Some time my mum

How would teach kid 11 + 5 ? Can you please make video for that?

I like your writing😇

good nice

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The problem that I have with this video is that kindergarteners shouldn’t be doing first grade math problems nor should they have homework. This is why some young children don’t like school.Their brains aren’t developed enough for math. They should be playing, singing, fingerpainting, and running around outside. This is WHY countries like Finland kick our butts in math. Kids don’t start school until they’re 7 in Finland. The human brain doesn’t develop faster today than it did in the 60’s & 70’s. What’s the big hurry? Giving a toy intended for a 5yr old to a 3 yr old doesn’t make the 3yr old smarter sooner-the toy just doesn’t get played with. I’m so glad that I got to be a kid when I was little. When did we decide that the first grade curriculum should become the kindergarten curriculum?