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# How to improve math skills of a first grader?

My 6 years old daughter seem to be Ok in math, but uses only very basic strategies and it takes her very long to find out even simplest things like 6-5 or 4+3...
She is good at skip counting, geometry, graphs, patterns, but not so good in counting money, finding missing numbers...
How can I help her?

Asked by ganna04 at 4:01 PM on Feb. 19, 2011 in School-Age Kids (5-8)

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• They say practice makes perfect. That's what I would do- just practice a lot with her. That's the only thing that helped my younger DD.

Answer by lovingmy4babies at 4:03 PM on Feb. 19, 2011

• try using objects at first to make it fun, ex. pennies, candies, or whatever, count out 10, minus some, once you do the equations using candy(or whatever object) write it on paper,so she sees what it looks like both ways.

Answer by minimo77 at 4:18 PM on Feb. 19, 2011

• xtramath.com can help with her math facts. It's a free program.

Answer by 0123456 at 4:59 PM on Feb. 19, 2011

• xtramath.org -- sorry.

Answer by 0123456 at 5:00 PM on Feb. 19, 2011

• My kids play a lot of math games online to help with skills. http://www.funbrain.com/ is great and is free

Answer by scout_mom at 7:08 PM on Feb. 19, 2011

• My oldest didn't fully understand money til 2nd grade. Now she gets it. We went over values at home using actual change to make the equivalants (10 pennies equals 2 nickels, 1 dime etc.), then went shopping. The 'real world' helped make it click for her. And like another poster said practice, practice, practice....and patience, patience patience....

Answer by van5 at 3:49 PM on Feb. 20, 2011

• Money is introduced in first grade, but they're not expected to master it just yet. Just keep practicing with it.

Answer by Pnukey at 8:40 PM on Mar. 1, 2011

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