Introducing long division made my brain hurt.   It made my son’s brain hurt.   Oh, long division, you were not our friend. I heard repeatedly, “I just don’t understand what I’m doing!” That’s a sure sign to put on the breaks and slow down.   I went back through my Teacher’s Guide for our math curriculum & found this amazing tool: I cut it out & taped it to the desk.   The steps are so simple.   But it WORKS.   My once frustrated, lost child was able to follow this sequence and after about 4 problems, he declared himself THE KING OF DIVISION. Success can sure boost a child’s self esteem, & long division was no longer a confusing maze of numbers for my son.   It never occured to me to write the steps this way. If your child is struggling with long division, make your own chart (or print out the photo above!) and see if this little tool will   help. Your child will soon become the MASTER OF LONG DIVISION too! Make long division practice simple with magnets!

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