# Preventing Math Mistakes

Errors in math are not always a sign that a child doesn’t understand the concepts. When a child remembers how to perform the math problem, but doesn’t allow enough space for borrowing or carrying, they will often arrive at an incorrect answer. They might not line up the place values when they write out a math equation and end up adding or subtracting the one’s column with the ten’s or hundred’s columns. Graph paper is a must for developing spatial alignment for both math and writing.

The operation signs, +, -, x, or ÷ must also be clearly shown in the correct location of each problem. When students write the sign of operation repeatedly, it assists their brain in understanding and remembering what is required for each of those symbols.