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As an early years teacher, I see how important it is for students to make connections when they decompose numbers and begin to recognize, just as how the video explained, you can see numbers as groups of numbers or multiples of numbers rather than just the oneness. As they progress, soon they are able to recognize doubling and halving. But I think this is best learned when the students are able to manipulate objects concretely and make the connections when they are asked to articulate a response to “How do you know?” This translates into our everyday lives where students can transfer their understanding. So proportional reasoning is being able to take the relationships of numbers (whole and parts) and apply them to either compare or predict.