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How do you teach Roman Numerals 1 to 10 7 - 8 yrs

My daughter is just 7 years old. The concept of Roman Numerals can be easy and can be difficult. I started the conversation with telling her about how after she had learnt English numbers, she learnt numbers in Hindi and each number had an equivalent numeral. I then told her about Rome and how the Romans counted - it was different from our numbers. I showed her some pictures of the Colosseum with the Roman number engraved. Then I told her about "significant" numbers - like in English we had 0-9 are the significant numbers and every number is a combination of the same, similarly for numbers between 1-10, there are 3 significant numbers - I, V and X. And then I explained certain combinations and rules. Here are some basic rules of Roman Numerals borrowed from one of the many articles on it. You Do Not Have More Than Three of The Same Numbers in a Row Example: 3 is noted as III, but four is IV, not IIII Example: 30 is XXX, 40 is XL, not XXXX You Subtract to the Left and Add to the Right of the Biggest Numeral within the Numeral Example: 4 is IV or 5 – 1 Example: 7 is VII or 5 + 1 +1 Example: 75 is LXXV or 50 + 25 (10 +10+5)

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    Roman Number Scavenger Hunt

    This article is a good one. This explains the way to teach the concept. There is also a treasure hunt idea that could make the learning even more exciting.

    Roman Number Scavenger Hunt Create a bunch of Roman numerals and hide them in the house, or at a park. You can also attaché them to different items. Then give the children a sheet with Arabic numerals (1, 2, 3 etc.) and have them write down what the corresponding Roman numeral is attached to.

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  • Step 2

    Draw and paint Roman Numerals

    Draw and paint Roman Numerals

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  • Step 3

    A Roman Numeral Riddle

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  • Step 4

    Worksheet to practice Roman Numerals

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