What is a doubles strategy?

**Here's My Answer**

by Zach

(Singapore)

A Doubles Strategy, quite simply put, is to count by doubling a given number. You could also say that it is the 2 times table.

Doubles occur everywhere in life.

For example:

an egg carton is 6 + 6 = 12 eggs

two hands are 5 + 5 = 10 fingers

2 packs of 8 crayons has 8 + 8 = 16 crayons

two weeks are 7 + 7 = 14 days

legs on an insect (3 on each side) 3 + 3 = 6 legs

Engage in incidental learning. Make use of everyday opportunities to practise the strategy and ask your kids to apply and explain how they arrive at the answers. Every kid learn a little differently from another, find out what works best for them. Encourage them to explore different ways and come up with their own strategies.