The concept of subtraction 3 - 4 yrs

I once heard of a father who taught his daughter about subtraction starting with the concept of “difference”. And moved attention form generic difference to the number. This way of teaching gets home the point of subtraction as much as standard ways

  • Step 1

    subtraction with circles

    After teaching the child about noticing the difference, and hence the number in each and their differences, this is a good way to transition from actual shapes to drawn circles

  • Step 2

    Teaching subtraction in families

    to give you a general idea of approaches that can be used

  • Step 3

    Khan Academy video

    Finally the video from Khan Academy. But without the earlier steps these videos may not be as useful. It would also help to look at the addition videos of KhanAcademy