My daughter is struggling with math concepts of addition and subtraction. Her teacher keeps sending home flash cards and telling us she needs to know these off the top of her head, but how can I get her to learn them? She gets frustrated. I need some ideas for helping her. Thanks!Answer Question
Asked by Anonymous at 10:02 PM on Jan. 8, 2010 in School-Age Kids (5-8)
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Answer by justmyopinion at 10:30 AM on Jan. 9, 2010
Does she not understand the concept of addition and subtraction, or does she just not have her facts memorized?
If she can use her fingers to add and subtract, but it takes too long, she has the concept. In that case she just needs practice. Flash cards work great if you use them correctly. The big mistake people make with them is using too many at once. You should only use 5-7 at a time and review those for 2 or 3 days until she knows them by heart. Then swap a couple of them for new ones. That way she can keep reviewing the ones she knows and learn a couple new ones each day. Also, have her say the problem and the answer aloud when you show her the card. Then you repeat the whole thing so she hears it again.Â Keep rotating the cards and putting in ones she's already memorized to make sure she keeps them memorized. For the typical kid- it takes about a month to get the bulk of the facts memorized.
Answer by maxswolfsuit at 11:56 AM on Jan. 9, 2010
If she can't add or subtract even wither her fingers, then don't start with the flash cards. She needs to work hands on with maniplulatives to understand that she is putting groups together or taking away from a group. Using Cheerios or Goldfish crackers is fun because she can eat them to practice subtraction. That really solidly enforces the concept of taking away. Once she gets better at doing problems with manipulatives show her how she can use her fingers to replace the items. If she can count on her fingers then she can start with the flashcards.
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