Hi Niki,niki wrote:My son really gets math ideas quickly. Even though he placed into 2A, it's really been easy for him. Some of the things in 2A are a review for him.

I rarely use the textbook. Does anyone else find they don't need to practice in the textbook? He just opens his workbook and plugs along, getting everything right. I'm sure this will change as we get to the end...but we're about 1/2 through at this point. Do you just let the kids move on until they become stumped?

This is just my opinion, but I would briefly go thru each textbook lesson with him. The textbook lessons introduce the idea that there are different ways to think about the same problem. Your student doesn't need to do the problem any specific way, but it would be nice if he got used to seeing that problems can be approached from several directions.

When he gets to higher math and longer word problems, he will be more prepared for tackling things from different angles until he finds something that works.

Maybe you wouldn't need to do as much teaching in the measurement, time, & money sections.

Also, you could probably skip the longer practices & reviews, if he's breezing along.

Julie