Hi Kathy,klewfor3 wrote:Just wondering how it works for those that have gone before me
We are finishing up a few math lessons in 4A for my 11 yr. old so that he starts out fresh with 5A in his 6th grade year. As we are working through the last book, he has a lot of review pages. We end up doing much of it together (and we have throughout the school year). Is that fine? Should he be able to do all the reviews without any help?
He grasps much of the concepts but gets hung up on things like conversion of sizes, etc. Once I remind him he does the rest himself. It seems ok, but he's my first so I don't know.
I'm sure we are all unique so I hope you get lots of replies, but I'll start with one family's way of doing things.
My son had a well-known pencil phobia, so we often did those long reviews on the marker board. And he did very well on the math portion of the ACT in later years, by the way.
I have no problem with a teacher helping a student. Of course, the goal is for students to race ahead on their own, but meanwhile I'm all for being their teacher and nudging them in the right direction. Not only am I okay with helping, but I believe in letting kids help themselves via cheat-sheets Just like the little alphabet card in 1st grade, eventually the 12th grader will not need to look at which way the b and d face, and meanwhile I'd rather the student practice doing it the correct way rather than getting it in his brain wrong over and over. I have yet to meet a kid who wanted to look up something he already knew, so eventually he should stop wanting helps he no longer needs, especially when he gets to upper math and has a lot to do each day.
If you do want to use one of the reviews as a "test," then you might approach it differently. But often teachers who test will give prep sessions and extra credit etc. And with Singapore, we don't want to prep kids so much that they revert back to approaching math problems in only one way - the weakness of most American math programs, IMHO.
I always tried to present Singapore math in terms of "what do you think we should try" or "how about trying this" - and that method requires trying things that don't work sometimes, and hopefully figuring out why. I think Singapore elementary is a great opportunity to build that foundation.
Just one way of looking at it,