Make sure that your child knows that word problem solutions always include a label and that several “label patterns” not only put the correct label after the numerical solution but also help you be sure that you solved a problem correctly. For example, if you want to add together the number of apples in a basket and the number of oranges, you can do that, but what will the label be? It can’t be “orange” or “apples”. Make sure that your child knows, if that really was the calculation requested (and not a mis-reading of a word problem that came with extraneous information) that the label wording can be changed to “fruit” or “apples and oranges.” If multiplying two lengths, the label will be “square (length word)” and that if adding those lengths, the label is just the name of that length, such as feet, inches, etc. If three groups of toys each contain 6 toys, then the label will be toys; there is no need for part of the label to express “group” as that is implied in multiplication problems.