Recent homework from la classe di matematica...
We often see lots of work that promotes mental math.
With problems like this...
(k=thousands; h=hundreds; da=tens; u=ones)
And those to be solved specifically like this, requiring the students to recognize the logical grouping...
18+15+2= (18+2)+15= 20+15=35
60+40+75= (60+40)+75= 100+75= 175
This week I also saw some spelling work.
Disclaimer: I hate generalizations. This is my limited experience at my third grader's tiny primary school lost in northern Italy. If you have a different experience with this, please share!