# HELP!!!!! Math Issues

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I despised Chicago (aka Everyday) Math. It made zero sense and my daughter wasn't getting the correct answers!

Language, like reading, English on the other hand, he's not so fond of. Lol he procrastinates on book reports. :p dd loves reading. Thank goodness one does. I'd hate to fight with both of them about it. :p

I teach 2nd grade, and we would call that method "show all totals". The idea is breaking down the numbers into tens and ones, such that you can see where the answer is coming from. I've never seen it done with multiplication, but I don't teach it, so it is certainly possible that my school uses it. Basically, you're thinking of 84 as 8 tens (80) and 4 ones (4) and the 79 as 7 tens (70) and 9 ones (9).

I tell my kids that they don't have to LIKE or USE the "new" methods, but that for some kids it helps them to break it down like that and to understand the process, so I have to teach it.

So I'm not a teacher, and my DD is only in Kinder, but I remember from our school tours a teacher explaining that different kids think and learn in different ways. So they teach several methods of approaching problems, and the kids can pick up on and use the one that makes the most sense to them. Don't know if it works or not, but that's the thinking.

Quoting momtolittleg:I teach 2nd grade, and we would call that method "show all totals". The idea is breaking down the numbers into tens and ones, such that you can see where the answer is coming from. I've never seen it done with multiplication, but I don't teach it, so it is certainly possible that my school uses it. Basically, you're thinking of 84 as 8 tens (80) and 4 ones (4) and the 79 as 7 tens (70) and 9 ones (9).

I tell my kids that they don't have to LIKE or USE the "new" methods, but that for some kids it helps them to break it down like that and to understand the process, so I have to teach it.

I am homeschooling my 2nd grade daughter. Are you saying it is ok if I just teach her the traditional way of math? To tell the truth,the "new" methods are something I am not even remotely familiar with.

Whatever method you use to teach it, as long as it works EVERY TIME to give the correct answer, go ahead and use it! That is one of the advantages of homeschooling.

I'm sure I'll be all on my own on this one, but this is a great way to teach multiplication.

Teaching kids to add up the partial products for 2 digit multiplication speeds them up and actually enables them to do very difficult problems in their heads. I started teaching this 3 years ago. It took a while to wrap my mind around it. But when I saw how much better the kids I became a firm believer in it.

They old way still works of course. This even helps them get better at that too.

Quoting CBMMOM:

Quoting momtolittleg:I teach 2nd grade, and we would call that method "show all totals". The idea is breaking down the numbers into tens and ones, such that you can see where the answer is coming from. I've never seen it done with multiplication, but I don't teach it, so it is certainly possible that my school uses it. Basically, you're thinking of 84 as 8 tens (80) and 4 ones (4) and the 79 as 7 tens (70) and 9 ones (9).

I tell my kids that they don't have to LIKE or USE the "new" methods, but that for some kids it helps them to break it down like that and to understand the process, so I have to teach it.

I am homeschooling my 2nd grade daughter. Are you saying it is ok if I just teach her the traditional way of math? To tell the truth,the "new" methods are something I am not even remotely familiar with.

The new methods really help kids the understand the steps we all learned in the with the old methods. It's a much deeper level of understanding that paves the way for more difficult concepts.

Honestly, if you just teach it old way she will be lost if she ever has to do the "new" math.

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Tammy on Oct. 11, 2012 at 8:07 PMI'm glad to hear that! With my oldest homework became overwhelming and LONG and awful in 4th grade! When had a similar solution and it was such a relief!