Most students intuitively understand how ‘adding to’ and ‘subtracting from’ works. To enhance this knowledge, we have been doing a lot of work ‘composing’ and ‘decomposing’ numbers. Now, we are now introducing the ‘formal’ addition and subtraction concepts including writing equations (number sentences) and solving story problems. Today, your child is bringing home the manipulatives for the poem ‘5 Little Monkeys jumping on the Bed’ which uses subtraction. I’m sure they’d love to share the poem with you and show how the manipulatives work.