If your student is struggling to understand adding or subtracting, I like to use a basket of apples as an example:
ADDING - the first number is the number of apples you start with, and the second number is how many you are given, EX. 2+1 you start with 2 apples in a basket, and your friend gives you 1 more, now you have how many?
SUBTRACTING - the first number is again how many you start with in the basket, and the second number is how many you give away. EX. 3-1 you start with 3 apples in your basket, and give away one apple. How many do you have left in your basket?
**An extra color & cut sheet (a worm and apple) was sent home for extra practice. It does not need to be returned, but is for you to enjoy at home! :) **