having a little difficulty with maeven’s math right now. nothing huge, but its something i need to work on. the problem is that she’s still counting while figuring out math problems. that’s not what she’s supposed to be doing in the rightstart math program. i had sorta known this but last week when i did a lesson with her that ended in a little practice work, i saw her even counting for the problems where she’s only adding 1 to the number…and i know she could do this quicker because we’ve been doing the “what comes after” game for weeks where i say a number and she tells me, as fast as she can, what number comes after it. tonite i was thinking about this and realized she might not have put those 2 things together in her head yet to figure out that that’s what adding 1 is doing, just telling what the next number is. so tomorrow i’m going to make it a point to talk to her about this.
but anyway once i realized that she was still counting, i stopped the practice sheets because it says in the manual that children who are still counting at this point need more work on the strategies. so i went to the yahoogroup for users of this program and asked their advice.
i learned that i should use the games more…this program has a lot of great math games that are used to help kids learn the strategies. like having them better get to know the numbers that add up to 10 by playing memory where you don’t match the exact 2 numbers, but instead you get a match when you find 2 numbers that add up to 10. 🙂 pretty clever, eh? i love it! they do the same thing with go fish and old maid. clever clever! 🙂 i just haven’t spent a huge amount of time playing the games with her and i obviously need to do these games more.
so i went ahead and bought the math games book, even though i don’t technically need it til the next level (because in the level we’re in, all the games are explained in the lessons), but it supposedly has even more games in it than are presented in the manual…and i was told by someone who has the book that she wished she had it when her child was in level b (the level we’re in).
so i am waiting for that to come in. and in the meantime i’ll go through the manual and pick out the games that will help me help maeven better learn the strategies we’ve learned so far, and stop counting. counting, according to this program, is an extremely inefficient way to do math. she’s supposed to do it visually, in her head. many kids picture the abacus in their head when they are doing problems, moving the beads over in their head.
the problem is, i think, that before we started doing this particular math program…we TAUGHT her to count. with her fingers even! DOH! luckily she didn’t get super efficient at it yet…i mean she’s good but at least she hasn’t been doing a lot of it for many years…because now i have to help her UNlearn that. woops!