I feel almost certain that it is not your ds being stubborn.scmlg wrote:We are using Singapore 3A with my third grader. We are at the end doing division.
I've done all I know to do. I've broken it up with cookies, we've memorized our multipication tables, I've done a thousand problems (okay, close to it) with him, I've done the fact families with him over and over again. He can tell me in words how to do the problem and what the answer is. BUT he can NOT write it. So, if we have 84 divided by 6, I have to prompt him the entire way. Without the promptings he tries to write the answer anywhere except the correct place.
Today, I just about lost it. It's now 2:40 and he's still at the table with Math that we started at 9:00 this morning!!! He had 15 problems to do. I feel like it's all on purpose. But then I think no he just doesn't get it. Please, help me.
I think most kids struggle with this level of math. It just doesn't make sense to them where the different numbers go. It just takes time to absorb & sink in.
Sometimes it's worse with boys because their handwriting makes it hard to keep track of, and because they have been resistant to learning about the importance of neatness & placement.
You could take a break & do some of the fun units in Singapore (measuring water, counting money), while keeping up a few long division problems every day. Slowly the whole thing will sink in.
I liken it to drivers ed -- you can't learn everything instantly. It takes hours of driving before you can handle your vehicle without painstakingly thinking about each step (especially for those of us who didn't grow up paying attention to driving). Once you have mastered your own vehicle, then you are free to start paying attention to all the other things going on around you. That's when you become a good driver.
In sympathy because I've been there :o)