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amother




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Post  Wed, Nov 07 2018, 1:55 pm
My daughter is struggling with math. She is only up to basic addition and subtraction, but I see she doesn't have a math brain. Right now she is keeping up, but I know it will be harder for her once she can't count to the answer. Her teacher is teaching in different ways, so that each child can get it. She taught doubles, numbers that add to 10...

How can I get her to get basic math without drilling her with flashcards? Knowing addition and subtraction well is really important. I don't want to make it an issue with her either.

I am not a brilliant person by any means, didn't do great in school, but basic math was always automatic. My husband is in a field with numbers, he doesn't get how people don't see numbers in their head Very Happy. My younger child, two years below her, is better at math than she is.
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zaq









  


Post  Wed, Nov 07 2018, 5:01 pm
Does the teacher use “manipulatives”? Iow objects dc can move around to really see and feel the calculation? If not, do it at home. Use blocks, checkers, Cheerios, whatever, and have dd move them together to add, apart to subtract, etc.

If you don’t like loose objects, try an abacus.
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Teacher_EW









  


Post  Wed, Nov 07 2018, 5:32 pm
Get her solid on base 10. If she can understand what numbers go together to make 10, she can understand all of math. Using a visual like a 10 frame, which is structured and unmoving, can help her "see" the pairs that make 10. Once she can quickly list the 6 was to make 10 (1 and 9, 6 and 4, etc) you can move to the next step. Additionally, make sure she understands basic number concepts - like greater/less than.
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amother




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Post  Wed, Nov 07 2018, 5:33 pm
amother wrote:
My daughter is struggling with math. She is only up to basic addition and subtraction, but I see she doesn't have a math brain. Right now she is keeping up, but I know it will be harder for her once she can't count to the answer. Her teacher is teaching in different ways, so that each child can get it. She taught doubles, numbers that add to 10...

How can I get her to get basic math without drilling her with flashcards? Knowing addition and subtraction well is really important. I don't want to make it an issue with her either.

I am not a brilliant person by any means, didn't do great in school, but basic math was always automatic. My husband is in a field with numbers, he doesn't get how people don't see numbers in their head Very Happy. My younger child, two years below her, is better at math than she is.


Sorry. You are going to have to drill and drill and drill to give her basic skills. And then drill some more.

My daughter doesn't have a math brain. I taught her multiplication using dance moves and songs. We practiced and practiced. I got a multiplication bingo and played with the other kids.

There is no other way than hard work if your daughter is not initiative with numbers. I wanted my daughter to have a basic understanding of math. It took years for her to learn to carry ones to the tens place.
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wife2









  


Post  Wed, Nov 07 2018, 5:46 pm
I was trained to teach math to kids who have disabilities. I can talk to you on the phone to share some strategies of how to teach it visually. I help people for free because I'm not a math person and want to help struggling kids. Pm me and I'd be glad to teach you basics over the phone.
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oneofakind









  


Post  Wed, Nov 07 2018, 5:46 pm
I don't have a brain brain and I'm terrible at memorization but with a lot of drill, did ok in elementary school. My daughters learned the multiplication tables put to a tune, it made it much easier. In high school, as an anti authority teenager, I had a much harder time with memorizing rules in algebra, geometry because they wouldn't stick in my head because they made NO sense to me. I had nothing to anchor it to.

I wish there was a way somebody could have explained some logic there (if there is any) because it would have been helpful.
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Teacher_EW









  


Post  Wed, Nov 07 2018, 6:14 pm
oneofakind wrote:
I wish there was a way somebody could have explained some logic there (if there is any) because it would have been helpful.

PM if you still want help understanding the logic, because with the right instruction most math can make sense to u.
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flmommy









  


Post  Wed, Nov 07 2018, 7:10 pm
We had great success with Math Seeds. Made by same company as Reading Eggs. It’s approx $50 and takes your child step by step through math. I also took my DD to a learning specialist who taught her touch math which helped a ton. If you google it you will see that some people say it slows you down later in life but for someone who you know is already bad at math it is life changing.

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Teacher_EW









  


Post  Wed, Nov 07 2018, 7:13 pm
Touch Math is life changing. It does not help with comprehension of math concepts, by it is AWESOME for computation.
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groisamomma









  


Post  Wed, Nov 07 2018, 7:27 pm
Just throwing this out there as a math teacher...teachers have to differentiate and teach concepts in different ways to cater to all students, however sometimes (rarely, but it does happen) for a kid like your daughter too many strategies for the same operation just confuse her.

At this age a basic set of Base Ten blocks will give her foundational understanding of the concept (you obviously show her, then let her use a whiteboard to make up examples and model them to her imaginary class) and from there you take over and drill. Drill on the computer, on paper, verbally, etc, but drill.

Bear in mind that double-digit addition and subtraction is different than knowing multiplication at your fingertips.
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animeme









  


Post  Wed, Nov 07 2018, 7:52 pm
There are a lot of math games on the comouter or iPod that make learning facts more pleasant than just drilling cards. It helps bring in some fun.

What does the teacher say about how she is doing?
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