# Is it typical for a 5yo to add and subtract 1 and 2 digit numbers?

posted June 8th, 2016 at 8:34pm in Toddler

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- mine can and i think it's pretty above average! 6-8-2016 8:35pm
- 1 digit, I'd say. 2 is advanced 6-8-2016 8:35pm
*+1*like - Not common, but normal. Not doing it is also normal. There is a huge range at that age. 6-8-2016 8:35pm
*+4*likes - no. and i have a very advanced / way ahead 6 yo so i am right in the thick of that. that sounds very unusual. 6-8-2016 8:35pm
- no way your "way ahead" 6yo isn't doing this yet 6-8-2016 8:40pm
*+1*like - lol, it's not. 6-8-2016 8:41pm

- no way your "way ahead" 6yo isn't doing this yet 6-8-2016 8:40pm
- 1 vs. 2 digit numbers are very different. 6-8-2016 8:35pm
- and depends on whether or not she's talking about regrouping. that's a whole other beast and I'd be impressed IF a 5 yo can do that 6-8-2016 8:36pm
- what is regrouping? 6-8-2016 8:40pm
- carrying the 1. changing up the place value and regrouping tens and ones 6-8-2016 8:42pm
- mine doesnt carry i think, but she could do 12+10 or 11+7, etc. 6-8-2016 8:43pm

- carrying the 1. changing up the place value and regrouping tens and ones 6-8-2016 8:42pm
- ita borrowing and carrying would be so advanced 6-8-2016 8:42pm
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- what is regrouping? 6-8-2016 8:40pm

- and depends on whether or not she's talking about regrouping. that's a whole other beast and I'd be impressed IF a 5 yo can do that 6-8-2016 8:36pm
- 2 digits would be advanced 6-8-2016 8:35pm
- not untypical, depends on what the kid has been exposed to 6-8-2016 8:36pm
*-1*dislike - mine did 1-2 digits by 1st grade-can't remember exact age. but he turned out to be advanced in math, even now in 6th grade 6-8-2016 8:36pm
- teacher here. that's expected now for all first graders in common core 6-8-2016 8:37pm
- common core isn't developmentally appropriate for many kids 6-8-2016 8:38pm
*+1*like- you dont have to tell me twice. i am expected to teach it 6-8-2016 8:39pm
*+2*likes- what test does you state give? 6-8-2016 8:40pm
- theres a city MOSL but no state test for 1st graders in ny 6-8-2016 8:41pm

- what test does you state give? 6-8-2016 8:40pm

- you dont have to tell me twice. i am expected to teach it 6-8-2016 8:39pm

- common core isn't developmentally appropriate for many kids 6-8-2016 8:38pm

- teacher here. that's expected now for all first graders in common core 6-8-2016 8:37pm
- using the algorithim? pretty good. using counters or modeling, normal 6-8-2016 8:36pm
*+1*like,*-1*dislike- if the child has been exposed to it, it's nothing magic by the end of K to know how to do this 6-8-2016 8:43pm

- 2 digit toward end of 1st grade. So 7yos. Seems early for a 5yo. Has the kid had K yet or redshirted? 6-8-2016 8:38pm
- it IS early for age 5, regardless of grade 6-8-2016 8:41pm
- Imwas just thinking if hes in preschool,it's really really early 6-8-2016 8:43pm
- Op: kid just finished preschool. Going to K next year. Not redshirted 6-8-2016 8:44pm
- I evaluate kids and it's early regardless 6-8-2016 8:45pm

- Imwas just thinking if hes in preschool,it's really really early 6-8-2016 8:43pm

- it IS early for age 5, regardless of grade 6-8-2016 8:41pm
- my 5yo K student is adding/subtracting 2 digit numbers, and she is G&T fwiw 6-8-2016 8:39pm
- My kid learned this in montessori as did many of his classmates. It's unusual b/c kids that young aren't usually exposed to much math. 6-8-2016 8:40pm
*+1*like- ditto i responded above you, dd was montessori preK and was doing early math last year 6-8-2016 8:42pm
- OR: We are obsessed with reading/literacy in this country and totally ignore math. Can you imagine if we did puzzles and problems with your young kids from birth the way we read...(more) 6-8-2016 8:42pm
- Some of us do 6-8-2016 8:43pm
- You know what I mean though, right? 6-8-2016 8:43pm
- yes it's a great point 6-8-2016 8:44pm

- You know what I mean though, right? 6-8-2016 8:43pm
- my dh read about this a while ago and has been giving her oral math problems at bed time. she LOVES math, she's chose the 2nd grade math skills book from a toy store and did most...(more) 6-8-2016 8:44pm

- Some of us do 6-8-2016 8:43pm

- OR: We are obsessed with reading/literacy in this country and totally ignore math. Can you imagine if we did puzzles and problems with your young kids from birth the way we read...(more) 6-8-2016 8:42pm
- np: This. We just assume kids that young won't get it, but many do if they are taught. 6-8-2016 8:42pm
*-1*dislike- Why don't you relax and just let your 5 yr. old enjoy life? 6-8-2016 8:45pm
*+1*like- why are you teaching your child that math is not enjoyable? 6-8-2016 8:47pm

- guess what... it has no bearing on later achievement- none! So why not spend that time playing and talking and thinking and wondering and getting dirty? School is much LESS fun...(more) 6-8-2016 8:48pm
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- Why don't you relax and just let your 5 yr. old enjoy life? 6-8-2016 8:45pm

- ditto i responded above you, dd was montessori preK and was doing early math last year 6-8-2016 8:42pm
- Not typical but it depends on the kid. Doing it unprompted ESP 2 digits is advanced. My k student learned from dh without much effort and I think she is average at math at best....(more) 6-8-2016 8:42pm
- "not typical but it depends on the kid"? lol 6-8-2016 8:44pm
- I worded it badly but I meant to point out that many kids CAN do it if taught but those who pick it up naturally are prob advanced 6-8-2016 8:46pm
- no, developmentally most kids at age 5 don't really understand the concept 6-8-2016 8:54pm

- I worded it badly but I meant to point out that many kids CAN do it if taught but those who pick it up naturally are prob advanced 6-8-2016 8:46pm

- "not typical but it depends on the kid"? lol 6-8-2016 8:44pm