It has been a long time coming to the point where Alli is right now in her math knowledge. For the longest time math was a HUGE struggle. It started in 1st grade when she had 7 and 8 confused and just couldn't straighten it out in her head. Lots of issues were resolved once her VISION was fixed....see this blog (VISION THERAPY) but there were still LOTS of residual issues.
Memorizing her math facts was just not an academic strength for her. We played math games, but anything written down was just light years harder for her. BUT.....this is the year!!!! She is taking off in her math knowledge and is actually enjoying her daily math drill and kill worksheets that I have created (or from the curriculum we are using...Singapore Math).
As a former math teacher, I feel very strongly that the basics are so important that it is pointless in moving on if the basic facts are still challenging for a child (the joy of homeschooling, right?) So here we are with Alli in 4th grade and she is FINALLY getting her math facts memorized. Better late than never, and who cares really!! She is ready and it is so fun to see her taking off in her knowledge.
There are a few things she does every single day to practice her math skills.
FIRST: Make 10 Pyramid Game - See this past post.....MAKE 10
However, she is adding to 11 currently and then after another week or so I will move her up to adding to 12, etc....it is a quick way to practice a certain sum over and over and she enjoys is, so we just keep doing it every day (after 3 years that is pretty awesome that she still loves this game!)
SECOND: Addition and Subtraction Fact Family
We started this a month ago and I gave her two dice that were numbered 1 - 12. She would do 3 different rolls each day. She was so excited about how well she was doing that she started timing herself!! This paper is just something I hand wrote and make a new copy every two weeks (two sided). Here is what the entire sheet looks like:
THIRD: Place Value Addition and Subtraction
She is doing so awesome with this!! Every day does 2 problems. She rolls these 4 dice: two are numbered 0 - 5, and two are numbered 4 - 9. She writes the 4 numbers down on the left and then creates 2 different numbers from them, adds and then subtracts. These 2 problems daily have increased her skill in this TREMENDOUSLY!! Here is the document for this.....ADD and SUBTRACT
FOURTH: MULTIPLY and DIVIDE FACT FAMILY
She is just starting this one. We are working on memorizing her facts for the 2, 5 and 10 tables so I have a die labeled 2, 5, 10, 2, 5, 10 and then another 1 - 12 die. She rolls them both, writes the 2 numbers in the boxes, and then figures out the 3rd number to complete the family. Then, completes the 4 math sentences. She is really getting this quick. I think teaching the division at the same time will save a lot of grief later. Here is my document for this MULTIPLY AND DIVIDE FAMILIES.
Once again I see evidence that when children are actually READY to learn something it comes much quicker and easier. It has been a slow road to the place we are at right now, but she is going freight train speed now!!! We have nearly finished an entire year of the math curriculum in 2 months!!