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# Need Some Help with Math for My 1st Grader!

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We struggle with math quite a bit. She can do addition and subtraction. She can count by 2's, 5's and 10's. She just got the hang of 1 more and 1 less...until we introduced 10 more and 10 less (for the 3rd time this year). She doesn't get it at all and if I try to go back to 1 more and 1 less she suddenly doesn't remember how to do that either. I'm at a loss.

Any tips?

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by on Apr. 1, 2012 at 11:20 AM
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by on Apr. 1, 2012 at 6:14 PM
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Here are many free educational resources.

Also, this may help: Game 1- you could tell the child the second/last number will always stay the same when you add 10. Game 2- this game is not visually appealing, but is on topic.

10 more/less, 1 less/more instruction video. Here is the same number chart used in the video.

Online emanipulatives from the same place the number chart comes from. (Click 'grade1' at the bottom to go to more 1st grade math enrichment activities.)

by on Apr. 2, 2012 at 1:47 PM

We used R&S 1 with cute little finger puppet ducks for manipulatives (the curriculum specifies flannel board ducks).

by on Apr. 2, 2012 at 1:59 PM

some great advice! let us know what works!

by on Apr. 2, 2012 at 8:13 PM

Thanks ladies! My dad is a math teacher and I finally got my daughter to see him and have him 'evaluate' her and he suggested that we get her counting backwards fluidly and start again. He says she's missing that 'block' in her mathematics foundation. So it looks like we will be holding off on the concept for a bit here while we get back to the super basics.

by on Apr. 2, 2012 at 8:15 PM

Math U See!!! It turns those abstract concepts into concrete ones. I can't recommend it enough!!

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