(((hugs)))carissa wrote:Hi, Ladies! I've searched the forum and read some great posts about how to reinforce the basic addition facts. I guess what I'm looking for is a little reassurance that we'll make it through this "block" we have in math, and some input on what my plan should be.
My ds will be 7 in April, and we've been working on basic addition facts in math this year. He's starting to say things like, "I hate math," and "I'm never going to get it!" I think some of this can be attributed to a lack of drill on my part. He's never struggled with anything before, and I was pretty relaxed. I made some addition facts flash cards, but I wasn't faithful to use them every day. Now I wonder if I should have been using them a couple times a day!
He understands the concept of addition, and knows some of his facts, but he keeps getting hung up on his +2s (even though he's been able to skip count by 2s for a couple years, he seems to not make the connection between the ideas). His +3s also get mixed up. I figured he'd get them eventually and went on in the lessons.
So, my plan is to set aside the book for now, make him some worksheets, do math games focusing on the addition facts and advancing as he's reached mastery, and make sure drill is a part of our math time daily. I'm strongly considering switching over to Singapore to have a fresh start in math and get rid of the "I hate math" feeling. I'd welcome your teaching ideas, your perspective about kids who get "stuck" here and there, and input about switching. He's not going to be stuck here forever, right?
He's 6.5 years old. It's going to be ok.
Honestly, I'm not a huge fan of slow them down at this age just because of lack of rote memory skills and speed.
maybe a bit more later...