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Understanding analogies and the ability to reason analogically (reasoning used to identify, evaluate, and solve an analogy) are important problem-solving skills. Problem-solving is an essential part of mathematical development. Analogies teach children to break problems down into their component parts, making it easier to recognize familiar formats that enable students to produce solutions. The math analogies in this book ask your child to draw and verbalize their answers. The drawings develop fine motor skills and the verbalization develops communication skills. The analogies in this book are designed around the grade-appropriate standards identified by the National Council of Teaching Mathematics.